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A Closer Look at Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul

Welcome to my new blog, which will follow Dr. Ron Paul's presidential campaign.

Hello Patch readers,

Some of you may have seen my columns and other stories here on Patch. Now I'm adding blogging to my repertoire and this particular blog will focus on the 2012 presidential race and more specifically, the candidate I am personally endorsing, Dr. Ron Paul.

If you aren't familiar with Dr. Paul or if you've heard from the mainstream media (I know you have) that he is kooky or has "some good ideas, but his foreign policy is dangerous," I ask you to take a closer look at this candidate who is the only one who truly understands and truly defends the U.S. Constitution.

I will not only introduce you to Ron Paul's policies, but I will also compare and contrast his record with the other candidates' records. Even if you do not believe yourself to be a "politically inclined" person, as I thought of myself just a few short months ago, I will show you how and why this man's message changed my mind.

This election for me is not about Dr. Paul himself, but about his ideas of liberty and bringing America back to its roots. Stay tuned for more on Ron Paul's strong finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire and what lies ahead in the next couple of weeks in South Carolina and Nevada.

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Louis Kroeck January 13, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I'd like to hear your thoughts on Paul's economics. Particularly his views on the gold standard. While I truly like Mr. Paul for his views on civil liberties, I have a firm belief that going back to the gold standard would destroy the economy and foreign trade of this country. "Flat money" might sound nice in theory but government spending is actually the best proven method for exiting a recession.
Jamie McKibbin January 14, 2012 at 05:55 AM
"...government spending is actually the best proven method for exiting a recession." Really? Care to explain why the Great Depression ended only after government gave up spending and control of the economy, fifteen years after its beginning? Or care to explain 1920-21 - the speedy recovery after only a year and with government downsizing? The market when free to allocate resources efficiently is the best method for ending recessions and improving everyone's living standards. Governments waste society's wealth on war, bureaucracies, and welfare. That's no way to foster a healthy, productive economy.
CDuffield January 15, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I endorse your endorsement. Since I discovered Ron Paul in 2007, I have been an advocate for sound monetary policy, civil liberties, a non-interventionist foreign policy, living within our means, and constitutional government. He is the reason I ran for office and I am inspired by his limited government ideas. Can't wait to read your reports.
Louis Kroeck January 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Jamie, I believe you are taking a minority view of how we actually ended the great depression. Regardless of your position I'm sure you'll admit that government spending on WWII helped to move our economy forward following the depression, particularly in terms of dealing with unemployment.
Bill Walker January 27, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Actually Louis, the US recovered AFTER WWII, not during. During the war we didn't even build passenger cars and food was rationed. Read any standard history; the economy recovered after the ten million government workers were laid off and government spending cut.

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