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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Six Reasons . . . Ron Paul

Mish gives us six reasons to vote for Ron Paul.  I am not making this up.

  1. Paul is the only one for a balanced budget and a plan to get there
  2. the only one who would bring US troops home immediately
  3. the only one who would end the Fed
  4. the only one who believes in the free market
  5. the only one who believes gold should be money
  6. the only one who would dismantle entire government departments

I see five good reasons NOT to vote for Ron Paul.  In general, his thinking is about as nuanced as a sledge hammer - which is no more than what you can expect from a sociopath.  Regarding item 2, Paul is only against war because it is an example of government spending.  So, on the one thing he gets right, it's for the wrong reason.

What I will say for Paul is that (although he is every bit as capable of mendacity as any other politician) I do not doubt his sincerity and openness regarding his policy positions.  What you see is really what you will get.

Unfortunately, what you see is somewhere between butt-ignorant and bat-shit crazy.


BadTux said...

Unfortunately, what you see is somewhere between butt-ignorant and bat-shit crazy. Which makes him different from the 30% of Americans who self-identify as Republicans... how?

- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

Jazzbumpa said...

Well, as Bill Maher said about Dr. Paul the lesser, "The shit doesn't fall far from the bat."