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Archive for the month “September, 2011”

LA Times reports Ron Paul is Third

In a fascinating piece, LA Times writes that Paul is now officially third place:

Quietly, and very much under the radar, Ron Paul, the Texas congressman who no pundit believes has a serious chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination, is staging a bit of comeback, returning to his position as a solid No. 3 candidate in the GOP race.

Dismantle the TSA

They’ve been accused of rampant thievery, spending billions of dollars like drunken sailors, groping children and little old ladies, and making everyone take off their shoes.

But the real job of the tens of thousands of screeners at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is to protect Americans from a terrorist attack.

Yet a decade after the TSA was created following the September 11 attacks, the author of the legislation that established the massive agency grades its performance at “D-.”

“The whole program has been hijacked by bureaucrats,” said Rep. John Mica (R. -Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

“It mushroomed into an army,” Mica said.  “It’s gone from a couple-billion-dollar enterprise to close to $9 billion.”

Read the entire article

America, Wars, Foreign Policy, Michael Sheuer and Why we were Attacked on 9/11

“Unless you understand the motivation of your enemy…you will never their ability to recruit in future generations.”

–Michael Sheuer

Ron Paul third on CNN Poll

CNN’s politicalticker writes:

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who’s making his third run for the White House, is at 12 percent. Every other candidate is in single digits.

Perry stung by Paul

In the HuffPo commentary section of last night debate there were two interesting comments worth mentioning. First, it was Ryan Grim’s observations that Audit the Fed has become largely mainstream in the Republican Party. He writes:

The bruised relationship between the Republican Party and the Federal Reserve was on dramatic display in response to a question about whether the Federal Reserve should be audited. Such a look-see into the workings of the central bank was considered radical just a few years ago; it was only over the staunch opposition of Wall Street and the leadership in both parties that a watered-down measure to partially audit the Fed became law in 2010. But the policy now seems to be uniformly backed by the GOP’s presidential contenders.

“Of course we should see what the Fed is doing,” Romney said.

Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum all backed a Fed audit, as well, while arguing that it should no longer focus on increasing employment, restricting its focus to inflation.

Rick Perry stood by his controversial Fed comments from earlier in the campaign, when he said that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke would be treated “ugly” in Texas and that his monetary policy was “almost treasonous.” Perry slightly softened the charge, saying that Bernanke himself wasn’t a traitor, but that using the Fed for political purposes was “almost treasonous.” Bernanke is a Republican.

Secondly, was John Ward’s summary of Paul’s critique of Perry’s job growth program:

The second key moment in the debate tonight, as it relates to Rick Perry’s fortunes, came when Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) went after the Texas governor. Paul was asked if Perry should get credit for Texas’ job growth. Not only did Paul say no, he said that under Perry, his taxes have doubled, the state’s debt has tripled and 170,000 of the state’s new jobs were government jobs.

That came moments after Romney had gotten in a nice jab at Perry, saying that under the previous two governors, Democrat Ann Richards and Republican George W. Bush, job growth per year was higher: 2.5 percent for Richards, 3.5 percent for Bush and 1 percent for Perry.

Perry is looking good overall, but the shots from Paul will bloody him a little. Maybe a reason why Perry should have avoided going after the Texas congressman in the last debate.

Overall, this was a fine debate for Paul. Paul took the opportunity to make some salient observations on a variety of issues and once again had the opportunity to defend his consistent record against the interventionist foreign policy.

Revolution PAC’s New Ad for Ron Paul

Ron Paul, a Strong Contender

Rick Perry made Ron Paul a strong contender over night. At least, this is what this fantastic piece observes:

Something interesting happened in that moment during the Republican presidential debate when Texas Governor and GOP front-runner Rick Perry turned to Ron Paul during a break, continuing a spirited exchange while physically grabbing him and pointing an index finger toward Paul’s face.(Photo: Reuters)
Texas Governor Rick Perry (L) talks during a break with Rep. Ron Paul, (R-TX) on stage at the Reagan Centennial GOP presidential primary debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California September 7, 2011.

Ron Paul is 10 Points Head of Obama with Independent Voters

This is a great piece ultimately revealing the failing policies of Obama:

The polls for a one-on-one match-up with Obama are climbing for the GOP candidates as the approval rating for the current occupant of our White House continues to dive into dangerous territory.

Perhaps the most revealing spread of polling numbers comes from the latest Rasmussen poll on Tuesday showing that among voters that do not identify themselves as Republican or Democrat, Ron Paul is now in a 10-point lead over Obama (43% to 33%).  This means that Paul is picking up a significant portion of the all important Independent, Decline-to-state and 3rd party vote.  These 3 categories represent the fastest growing segments of registered voters today.  This trend is largely being fueled by rapidly increasing voter’ discontent of traditional, establishment candidates.  Only God knows what these numbers may grow to by November of 2012.

Continue reading on Examiner.com Ron Paul soars to 10-point lead over Obama among fastest growing voter segments – Washington DC Conservative | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-washington-dc/ron-paul-soars-to-10-point-lead-over-obama-among-fastest-growing-voter-segments#ixzz1XTCrVJUD

Ron Paul, Reagan, and Foreign Policy

Excellent summary of Reagan and Paul’s foreign policy…not identical, but no so different in comparison to Santorum and McCain:

O’Reilly’s Man, Jesse Watters Gets the Truth From Paul

This is great:

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