Ron Paul and his son Rand have gained popularity in recent years especially among working class people and members of the 9/11 Truth Community. Their non-interventionist foreign policy and rhetoric denouncing the TSA, NSA and the Federal Reserve while promoting civil liberties has served to gain them support among groups such as liberal working class people that wouldn’t normally support conservative Republicans. Alex Jones’ cheer leading has also put them on the map with groups that would normally reject their conservative economic agenda. A closer look at what is really going on with Ron and Rand Paul reveals that certainly in the 9/11 context there isn’t much “there” there. Ron and Rand appear to be the political equivalent of jet fuel, nanothermite and DEWs.
Ron and Rand Waffle on 9/11 Truth
9/11 was the most important historical event since the JFK assassination. It was the largest false flag terror event of all time. If you publicly tout the government’s Official Conspiracy Theory of 9/11 you are either “too stupid to live or crooked as hell” as Gordon Duff points out. The Pauls tip toe around 9/11 Truth without ever coming out publicly in support of The Movement. Ron Paul attributes the cover up of the events of 9/11 to government ineptness (a favorite conservative meme) rather than being an “inside job.” Ron Paul Oct. 7 2007: “I think indirectly out of ineptness rather than participating in it, planning it or allowing it to happen. I see its ineptness – that’s why I think the investigations are always (to) cover up of the inefficiency of government…..” The public quotes I have seen attributed to Rand pretty much echo his father’s sentiments.
Government ineptness cannot begin to explain how two 110 story, 500,000 ton buildings disappeared from the Manhattan skyline in less than 30 seconds. Or how a third 47 story skyscraper “collapsed” at free fall speed in a vacuum even though no plane hit it more than six hours after the Twin Towers “collapsed.” 9/11 was a well planned and executed event. It was not perfectly executed – they made some mistakes – but it certainly appears that the perpetrators achieved all of their major objectives from the operation. Of course none of the actual perps have been charged with any crime in relation to 9/11.
There are many quotes from Ron stating that a new investigation into 9/11 would be a good idea depending on how it was conducted. Ron has a valid point here – most government “investigations” merely cover up false flag events rather than expose them (see the Warren Commission, the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) and the 9/11 Commission). So calling for a new government investigation into 9/11 is rather pointless anyway.
No one should accuse either Ron or Rand as being “too stupid to live” – they are both highly educated, intelligent men. So that leaves us with “crooked as hell.” As we have seen during Ron’s lengthy term in the House and Rand’s stint in the Senate the perpetrators of 9/11 have had very little to fear from either Ron or Rand – no muckraking from either of them.
Austrian Economics is a Disaster
No analysis of Ron Paul would be complete without a breakdown of his libertarian economic agenda. The Paul economic agenda is killer austerity budget cuts to programs that benefit low income people while nominally reducing corporate welfare programs like the defense budget. The bottom line is what is the difference if austerity is imposed by one of the too big to fail Zombie Banks or Ron or Rand Paul?
The Austrian School of economics policies would result in a deflationary crash – the more severe the better – aka “creative destruction.” This approach was inspired by Andrew Mellon. The thought being liquidate everything then there will be a recovery. The net result of these policies is that the moneyed interest will be able to buy up assets cheap. Austrians simply can’t fight economic depressions. There can be no government jobs program; it’s not allowable in the Austrian universe. There are no historical examples of this approach working.
Ron Paul’s 2012 Restore America budget would have cut one trillion dollars from the Federal Budget. This would average out to be a 27% across the board cut. However, the Pentagon budget cut would only be 15%. WIC would be slashed 33%, SCHIP (child health insurance) 44% Medicaid cut 35% and even though 50 million Americans are on food stamps Paul would cut that program massively.
Paul would keep the Bush tax cuts in place but squash all unions making every state a “Right to Work” state. This would end organized labor and lower wages for nearly all working people. Paul’s budget would encourage financial speculators and cut the corporate income tax to 15%. He also proposed to eliminate taxes on foreign profits. Of course no tax cuts for regular people are to be found anywhere in his budget.
Paul would eliminate five Federal cabinets: HUD, Departments of Energy, Commerce, Interior and Education as well as ALL foreign aid. While there is undoubtedly some largesse in foreign aid this would eliminate 57% of all food aid worldwide.
Ron Paul would seek to usher in another wave of deregulation and privatization. As though deregulating the banking industry was such a success under Reagan, Bush and Clinton. Banking and financial industry deregulation is what brought us the 2007-8 financial crisis. It wasn’t the sub-prime mortgages folks.
Ron Paul is not totally without merit. He opposed the 2008 Bush/Paulson bailout, foreign wars and the TSA assault on travelers. So while Ron Paul is not that great he is better than mainline Republicans in many respects. Rand has filibustered against the drone program.
The Ron Paul agenda (like all Republicans) benefits the top 1% at most. The folks that perpetrated the 9/11 attacks are almost all certainly in the top 1% while nearly all members of the 9/11 Truth Movement are part of the bottom 99%. So the next time you get asked to contribute to a Ron or Rand Paul “Money Bomb” just say NO.
Tarpley on Ron Paul’s Austerity Plan: