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Ron Paul Stands for His Beliefs

Republican candidate Ron Paul gave voters a taste of his libertarian views on multiple issues during a house party in Amherst.

Ron Paul is not taking the nation’s issues sitting down, in fact, he decided to stand up on a coffee table.

The 2012 Republican candidate stood before a packed house of voters at a residence in Amherst last night on his last campaign stop that day. After a short speech he took questions from an audience of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

Here is what Ron Paul had to say about his presidential race and the problems facing our country:

On Governor Rick Perry

When asked about Rick Perry’s introduction to the race, Paul said that it was expected and “time will tell” what sort of effect he will have on the race. However, he said that Perry won’t be taking any of his votes because the Texas governor is too similar to the other candidates.

“I put the other candidates in a certain category,” he said. “You won’t hear the same type of solutions from other candidates. They wont talk about bringing the troops home, they aren’t going to be talking about repealing The Patriot Act, they aren’t going to be talking about personal liberties as I do.”

On Alternative Parties

One citizen asked the candidate if he would consider running in a third party, but Paul said he was not interested. He cited the difficulty for alternative candidates in a broken system where they would get dismissed.

“Our system is biased against competition in the political system,” he said.

On The Economy

When asked about a plan to improve our economy and create more jobs, Paul replied that the best way to stimulate the economy is to bring the troops home and have them spend money in our country.

He said that both the country and its citizens need to live within their means and work to bring the economy back to a stable level.

Paul said he is against the inheritance tax and wanted to fix the issues apparent in the Federal Reserve. He also wants to see more responsible taxation that reflects our nation’s reality.

“If it is a flat tax, I want it pretty darn flat,” he said.

On Foreign Policy

Paul said he was very opposed to any further military action across the globe, especially in Iran.

“Some people think Iran is working on a nuclear weapon and we should attack them,” he said. “Anybody thinking about starting another war should have their head examined.”

He stated that Iran has a “long tradition” of not invading other countries, unlike our own. He added that our country doesn’t have enough money to fight a war and Iran is not a threat to focus on.

“We are supposed to go to war against a county that can’t even make gasoline for themselves? It makes no sense to me.”

On America’s relationship with Israel, Paul said that we should continue to treat them fairly and trade with them, but we shouldn’t give them any financial support. He extended that notion to other countries that receive funds from our government.

“They should take care of themselves,” said Paul. “I wouldn’t give them any money, I wouldn’t give anybody any money, we don’t have any money.”

He said he would offer Israel advice, but would not tell it what to do. Additionally, he would remove the sanctions against Cuba and implement a friendlier policy with other countries.

On Energy

The Republican candidate emphasized his belief in the market’s ability to solve our nation’s problems, such as the future of energy production.

He said he does not believe in having the government support any one type of energy and would leave it to the free market to decide what works best for the country.

“Just get out of the way, somebody is going to figure out what to do,” he said.

He supports alternative energy such as wind and nuclear energy, but wants to make sure the most efficient source of energy used is decided by the will of the people, not politicians.

“The people I know don't know about energy, they have no idea what is the best form of energy. Nobody does, and the market has to decide what form of energy is best.”

On Healthcare

On the issue of healthcare, Paul stressed that his experience in the medical field showed that it could function in the absence of Medicare or Medicaid, but it was a different society back then. He said the system is broken now, with patients being charged the most for services.

He added that too many people dependent and the care of patients being taken out of the hands of doctors. Admittedly, he said it was a tough balance of taking care of our citizens and avoiding wasteful spending.

“We don’t want to throw people out on the street, but at the same time we know we have to save the money someplace.

On Social Programs

One voter asked about his stance on federal social programs, such as Social Security. Paul said there was not much room in the constitution for federal programs and preferred them handled at the state level.

He applied this philosophy to areas such as education, saying that the Department of Education had no authority to tell states what to do in their schools. He added the Social Security is bankrupt due to the wars we are involved in, but stressed that social programs in general are not the best option.

“Social programs don’t work, the best social program is freedom,” he said. His solution is to have an environment in the country where the market offers incentives to work hard and save money while being productive.

On Regulations

The libertarian candidate expressed his opposition to regulation organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“The agencies of government end up serving special interests,”  said Paul. “The FDA frequently serves the interests of drug companies.”

When pressed by an audience member on the need to regulate pollution, Paul responded that the EPA is not the best solution to control environmental damage. He said pollution issues were dealt with by the free market before the EPA was formed, adding that special interests controls the regulators far too often.

“The market is a more powerful regulator,” said Paul.

Amherst Patch will have a Q&A session with Ron Paul posted later this afternoon, followed by voter reaction of the candidate's visit.

StopCorporatism August 19, 2011 at 10:35 AM
Thanks for an article that actually reports Dr. Paul's positions without dismissing them. For those who like what they read, please donate to the moneybomb tomorrow, Sat Aug. 20, at ronpaul2012.com.
activa August 19, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Yes thanks for at least posting his issues. But I just want to say that on Social Security, he would not eliminate it for people who are dependent on it, and offers a transition out of it. Social Security is an insolvent program. It gives out more money than it takes in. Also for the economy, one major thing that he wants to do that was not mentioned, was that he wants to eliminate the tax on repatriated capitol. That is instead of taxing people and businesses for bringing money back into the country, he wants to get rid of that tax which invites the money to come back in. He is also opposed to the 'earned income credit' which allows in some cases, people to get back more money from the government than they put in. And finally he is opposed to the Investment Protection Corporation which makes tax payers cover losses for U.S. companies doing business overseas.
Nicholas Clemens August 19, 2011 at 12:19 PM
As an American, I'm sick of electing people who don't DO WHAT THEY SAY THEY WILL. For once, I see a candidate that has had the same beliefs and spoke the same truths for his entire career. I know in my heart, that Ron Paul is our man for 2012. Only he can make a difference and break the mold.
John St Croix August 19, 2011 at 12:39 PM
This article states that Ron Paul is a libertarian when he is not.. he's a republican and always has been... geesh.
Dave August 19, 2011 at 01:05 PM
The Following is What is Different and Better About Ron Paul Over All Others: He has never taken a government junket. He does not participate in the lucrative Congressional Pension Program. He returns a portion of his annual Congressional Office Budget every year. He has never voted to raise taxes. He has never voted for an unbalanced budget. He voted no to the bankster bailout. He voted no to raising the debt ceiling and warned us against the “Super Congress” part of the legislation that resembles both an “ Enabling Act” and a “Politburo.” He has never voted to restrict gun ownership. He has never voted to raise Congressional Pay. He never voted to increase Executive Branch Power. He will Reinstate The Constitution and Save The Republic He will END the unconstitutional FED. He will phase out the unconstitutional IRS beginning immediately  He will limit Big Government in your private affairs He voted against regulating the Internet He is the only candidate for President in 2012 who actually served his country. He was a flight surgeon during Vietnam. Ron Paul’s popularity is so high among U.S. service members that the Texas  Congressman’s presidential campaign has received more money from U.S. soldiers than any other candidate in the 2012 presidential race.  http://www.thestatecolumn.com/...
Dave August 19, 2011 at 01:06 PM
He voted against the Iraq War and warned us against going forward with an undeclared war.“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it´s realized that our liberty and wealth are in Jeopardy” July 10th, 2003 He voted against the unconstitutional and un-patriotic misnomered so called “Patriot Act”. He supports a non-interventionist foreign policy yet a strong defense He will end the inflation tax He is a true Constitutional Conservative He would have soundly beat Obama in 2008 because Independents trust him and like him. We could have had a V8 instead of McCain´t in 08 Ron Paul for President 2012 Because no one else can be trusted to say what he means and do what he says like Ron Paul does. Ron Paul is the man of the hour. They used to laugh him for being way ahead of the others in his thinking and his warnings. Now, they are not laughing because what he predicted is coming to pass. Now, he is being called a prophet for having warned us and still calmly suffered through the barbs. "First they, ignore you, then they fight you, then you win." Gandhi When fascism goes to sleep it looks under the bed for Ron Paul.
Kurt August 19, 2011 at 01:18 PM
@Teacher. Except that time he ran as a Libertarian.
Jenny W. August 19, 2011 at 03:02 PM
@Kurt/Teacher Yes, for one whole year in 1988 he changed his "ticket" from Republican to Libertarian. The real questions is why isn't anyone calling Mitt Romney and Rick Perry Democrats?! They started out their political careers on a different "ticket", and not even just a mildly different "ticket" (i.e. Republican vs Libertarian as they are next to each other on the political "wheel") rather they are now running on the OPPOSITE party ticket with very little to no explanation let alone 57 years of questioning their party loyalty by calling them Democrats as those who call Paul a Libertarian are doing. We all need to dig just a little deeper, somewhere therein lies the truth.
RP_2012_YES August 19, 2011 at 03:47 PM
For Milleniums..... tribes have revered their Elders, due to the edlers Wisdom that can only come from a lifetime of experience. School is in Session kids. In your heart you know this is true. Don't be ruled by Fear. Dig That.
Kaphen DePriest August 19, 2011 at 04:04 PM
We need more honest politicians like Ron Paul who will tell us the truth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvuLTLdF4Ts
destiny August 19, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Ron Paul 2012. EDUCATE YOUSELF. Save America!
destiny August 19, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Ron Paul is Polite and Wise. He leads by example. He gets people to start talking about the important issues.
windwardtack August 20, 2011 at 04:30 PM
Ron Paul has an approach to Social Security and Medicare I wish he would say more often. He does if he is specifically asked about what he would do, given people who paid in, but if not asked in that way he'll go first to the philosophical point that social security etc should never have been created under the Constitution and that the government can't be trusted to manage money. However, here is his approach to social security and medicare, given those who have already paid for it, for those who want to see it: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec11/ronpaul_07-20.html

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