Thursday, December 27, 2007

Dr. No

From John Stossel in today's NY Sun:

U.S. Congressional representative and Republican presidential contender Ron Paul has been called "Dr. No" because he repeatedly votes against legislation he believes gives government too much power. If it's not in the Constitution, he says, the federal government has no business doing it. He even votes against appropriations to his constituents.

For example, his Texas district is subject to floods, but he voted against FEMA. He represents a farm district, but has voted against farm subsidies because they are not authorized by the U.S. Constitution.

In other words, Ron Paul, aka Dr. No, is a real rarity, a politician with integrity. He's my kind of politician, and I've joined the list of academics for Ron Paul.


At 12/27/2007 12:32 PM, Blogger VH said...

Stossel is preaching to the choir as far as I'm concerned; I registered Republican just to vote for Paul in my states primary. Yes, I understand he has a snowball's chance in Hades on being nominated by the party for president. Paul is a true small government fiscal conservative which is more than can be said for the other "run of the mill" front runners.

At 12/27/2007 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. CD, I totally disagree with your rosy outlook on housing and the US economy. That said, I totally agree with your support of Ron Paul.


Thank you.

At 12/27/2007 5:28 PM, Blogger Cobb said...


Even though Ron Paul won't win, his mere presence is great for our country. It's important for people to know that there's another option out there. The better he does in the primaries, the more seriously his views have to be taken. So, good for you for voting him. I'll be doing the same.

At 12/27/2007 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh. I never would have predicted your endorsement of Paul, Dr. Perry. I'd vote for Barney Frank before I'd vote for a guy who wants money supply constrained by the amount of gold that we can find and extract from the earth.


At 12/28/2007 2:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 12/28/2007 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, there is more than one Dr. No. See link to article about Tom Coburn, another fiscally conservative republican senator who has earned this moniker.

Nice to know that there is someone on the job trying to make sure that tax dollars are spent wisely rather than too well.

At 12/28/2007 11:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Ron Paul on about 70% of the issues, but the 30% I disagree with him on are so bad I can't support him. Or, I agree with him in principle (foreign noninterventionism) but disagree with his policy conclusions (run out of Iraq right now). I love the emphasis on a strict interpretation on the constitution, but he seems like a nut job.

While I have Austrian Economics leanings and education, I can't quite agree with Paul's views on my supply, and I am also a bit suprised by your endorsement of him. Oh well, let's hope we at least get someone that won't take us farther towards central planning and socialism.

At 12/28/2007 12:22 PM, Blogger Colin said...

"He even votes against appropriations to his constituents."


At 12/28/2007 4:23 PM, Blogger thomasblair said...


The distinction may seem minor but he votes "nay" on the passage of the bill after requesting the funds. So yes, "he even votes against appropriations to his constituents".

At 12/28/2007 4:25 PM, Blogger thomasblair said...

anon 7:36,

Your characterization of Paul's monetary policy stance is incorrect. Rather than tie the US to the gold standard, he would seek to allow competing currencies, breaking the Fed's monopoly on producing currency.


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