The perception of Ron Paul for many citizens is that he’s a bit out there, the crazy grandpa and far-out old man that’s running for the presidency. These are, of course, silly labels used by sillier people. However, because of the shallow and repetitive talking points in this dreadfully long primary season, I have been forced, for intellectual stimulation, to take a look at Ron Paul. I simply can’t perpetually write about Romney the businessman, Santorum the preacher or Newt, the man with baggage. As a conservative, a little more right than most, I have some rock-solid reasons folks could jump on the Ron Paul band-wagon. Here’s reason number one.
Ron Paul wants to decrease the size of government. I believe in small government. So Mr. Paul and I easily reach agreement here. I question government’s intent and motivation regarding all things. It is filled with hypocrisy, saturated with corruption and it is administered by, for the most part, self-serving people that value their future more than the country’s. Would it be so bad to thin it a bit?
When I was young, being a government employee was a not seen as the celebrated career it is now. Why? Because it was commonly known then, that the government hires virtually anyone, no matter the true competencies of the individual. And it fires virtually no one, regardless of the true incompetence. The practice still exists, it’s just hidden better from the public. In Dayton, Ohio, you can score a 58% and 66% on a two-part exam and still become a police officer. I’ve been long out of high school but doesn’t that equate to an F and a D minus? But it gets better. These scores were dropped down from the outrageous 66% and 72%, previous requirements. What a great system, fail your test and get job, a pension and a gun. And, perhaps most tragically, we expect these flunkies to make quality decisions while on the beat. It’s absurd. More specifically, it’s government. We had a Congress in 2010 that actually passed a national health care law before it was written. How trust-worthy are these people? The politicians that pass these types of legislation are not concerned about you, me or the quality of the country. They are concerned about their re-election, nothing more. I think we could clean a few of these folks out and improve things a bit, how about you?
I also doubt the government’s ability regarding all enterprises. And since Ron Paul wants to do away with several government agencies, we again see eye to eye. Most would agree the government was slow to re-act to the BP spill. It seems common knowledge now that FEMA was the real disaster during Hurricane Katrina. Recall in 2009 when the government had to announce it was 30% off on vaccine projections. Have you heard of the Benjamin Isherwood and the Henry Eckford naval vessels? Some $600 million was flushed. Mr. Paul has said he would do away with the Department of Education. Promoted and politicized by the National Education Association (NEA) a labor union, and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 17, 1979, it began operating on May 16, 1980. It’s not very old. America existed, give or take, some 200 years without it. Do we really need it? In 2008, William Bennett, former Secretary of Education, outlined 20 concerns regarding US education. Among them was that, “American 12th graders rank 19th out of 21 industrialized countries in mathematics achievement and 16th out of 21 nations in science. Our advanced physics students rank dead last.” More recently, DegreeReaerch.com reported in 2010 that 1.2 million students drop out of high school every year, some 7,000 per day. Do you feel these types of statistics are accomplishment? I don’t.
The Department of Energy, another target of Ron Paul, is a similar situation to the Department of Education, being relatively young (1977). The Department of Energy’s fiscal 2012 budget request was for $21 billion. Yes, that’s with a “b”. With that kind of funding, how can we have any energy issues at all? Apparently, someone is not doing their job. So, I agree with Mr. Paul, let’s dump it.
Of course, these examples are just a water drop in an ocean. I can go on and on and on. Government incompetency and corruption is rife with examples. Google the subjects and you could read for months. In my life, the only thing I’ve seen the government do well is perpetuate itself. And it does that, by and large, by force, by deceiving the public and stepping on the Constitution. Name a program and you find horrifying incompetence. Name an agency and you can find disturbing short-sightedness and waste. Name an institution and you can find corruption and the exploitation of the citizenry. Only the most absurdly naive are blind to this and only those with an agenda deny this. Ron Paul wants to shrink government. He says he’ll eliminate the departments of Energy, HUD, Commerce and Education, as well as a few others. As a citizen, sitting in a front row seat, observing the changes in American society over the last 30 years or so, I’d support Ron Paul in his quest to shrink government. To me, and this goes beyond the massive inflation of government under Obama’s administration, it has been made clear that government doesn’t need to be just small, it needs to be infinitesimal.Tweet
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