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Ron Paul & Earmarks

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by TomVols, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. TomVols

    TomVols New Member

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    Last week (I believe, Friday), on CNBC's "Kudlow & Company", Rep. Paul gave a very good series of answers as to what he believed the govt's response should be to the stock market/subprime mortgage mess (nothing) and some good other answers on the economy/spending. But Kudlow then asked Paul about his (I believe) $400 million in earmarks he has requested for his district, two of which concerned studies in shrimping and marketing of shrimp. Paul defended the practice saying it was what everyone did and he should not be held to a different standard. He also blamed the system a bit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vg-AA7QjIc

    (the earmarks conversation starts at 3:50)

    How does this all gel with his verbal support of fiscal conservatism?

    Just curious - not an attack. Thanks!
     
  2. Ps104_33

    Ps104_33 New Member

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    I guess he really doesnt practice what he preaches.
     
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    saturneptune New Member

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    You actually said someone doesn't practice what they preach? And you continue to praise George Bush? What kind of thought process is that?
     
  4. Rufus_1611

    Rufus_1611 New Member

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    As he said in the interview he voted against the bills. Once they are approved anyway he would be doing his district a disservice by not bringing that money home. The members of his district are paying into the system, why should they be refused money when congress approves doling it out?
     
  5. TomVols

    TomVols New Member

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    I thought that was pretty flimsy and rather Clinton-esque on his part. I see his point. However, why be outspoken against fiscal irresponsibility, yet take advantage of it? I compare this to his voice support for life, but terrible pro-life voting record, among other issues.

    The earmarks he has requested are not Constitutional in any way. He would not have to vote against them if he didn't put them in the bills in the first place.

    Reminds me of a local business man who rented a building to what has become the largest Adult oriented business in the state. Yet he says he tells people not to go there. Meanwhile, he cashes a $7,000 a month rent check from the people. :rolleyes:

    Despite his flimsy position on this, I did like most of what he said to Kudlow regarding the real market solution to the subprime issues some investors are facing.
     
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