Saturday, February 2, 2008

Putting Government on a Diet

I'm supporting Ron Paul for President
I know this is not food and diet related, but I still wanted to share this with my readers.... I've finally decided to support Ron Paul for president. Although there is no candidate that reflects my views 100%, Ron Paul comes pretty darned close. I am basically an Objectivist, which means things like capitalism, small government, individual rights, free markets and low taxes are important to me. A friend recently told me I am a "small L" libertarian... maybe that is true. I certainly don't espouse some of the more radical views of the anarchist wing of the libertarian party, just as I disagree with the views of the religious right republicans and the big nanny government democrats. I guess you would say I am one of the politically homeless. Anyhoo, here is a press release from the Ron Paul campaign.

Ron Paul 2008 - Hope for America

Ron Paul Unveils a Real Economic Stimulus Plan

Press Release - January 24, 2008 12:43 pm EST

Four-pronged approach will strengthen the economy by reforming taxes, cutting spending, improving monetary policy and eliminating burdensome regulations

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA –Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has unveiled a comprehensive economic revitalization package. The four-pronged plan is designed to stem the current economic slide and address the unsound governmental policies that are harming Americans’ pocketbooks.

“Real economic reform must address the underlying reasons for the current economic malaise,” said Ron Paul. “This plan is more than just a band-aid for our economy; it fundamentally reforms four areas where government policies are damaging our national economy. When enacted, my plan will provide both short-term stimulus, and lay the groundwork for long-term prosperity.”

The comprehensive economic revitalization plan is available online at:

The four areas that the plan covers are:

* Tax Reform - Reduce the tax burden and eliminate taxes that punish investment and savings, including job-killing corporate taxes.
* Spending Reform - Eliminate wasteful spending. Reduce overseas commitments. Freeze all non-defense, non-entitlement spending at current levels.
* Monetary Policy Reform - Expand openness with the Federal Reserve and require the Fed to televise its meetings. Return value to our money.
* Regulatory Reform - Repeal Sarbanes/Oxley regulations that push companies to seek capital outside of US markets. Stop restricting community banks from fostering local economic growth.

Congressman Paul has written or co-sponsored numerous bills to enact the policies in his plan. In Congress, he has been a champion of lower taxes and limited government.

Congressman Paul is the ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee's Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology. In Congress, Dr. Paul has never voted for a tax increase or for an unbalanced budget.