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Ron Paul Scorns the Media for Misrepresenting His Plan to Cut Spending

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Ron Paul

In a recent editorial for USA Today, Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul clarified his plan to get the federal government out of student loans and derided the media for misrepresenting it:

My "Restore America" budget plan would eliminate five federal departments, including the Department of Education. But the aspect of that department that deals with student loans isn't eliminated — it's simply handled elsewhere in the budget. Yet the many headlines that came out after my interview Sunday on Meet the Press exclaimed that I wanted to "end" or "phase out" all student loans. In the long term — just like Social Security for people under the age of 25 — this is technically true. But to portray my budget plan as immediately getting rid of student loans is simply dishonest.

Paul blames federal student loans for driving up the cost of education to begin with, but sympathizes with students that are "slaves to massive debt simply for trying to get a college education." He believes that federal student loans must ultimately be eliminated, but there has to first be a period of transition. "Our economy is not healthy enough, nor are most Americans in a financial position at the moment, for any of these programs to be significantly altered now," he writes. 

He also criticized the media for attacking bold approaches to problems like funding Social Security and Medicare:

Anytime someone dares to seriously address the major problems posed to us by a government program, many in the news media accuse that person of wanting to hurt citizens in a reckless manner….

But constantly frightening Americans anytime someone dares to offer serious solutions is the easiest way to make sure there is never any transition, never any real reform, and never any recovery.

Read the whole thing here.

Reason's candidate profile on Paul is here. Recent Reason on Ron Paul here, here, and here; and on student loans here. Nick Gillespie discusses student loans on Freedom Watch below.

(Hat tip to the indefatigable Joe M.)

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  1. Somebody once made a comment that KMW always has the worst screen caps in attached videos. I’ve noticed a trend lately where in every screen cap of Nick it looks like he’s getting the world’s greatest blow-job. Is it The Jacket bringing the pleasure or does Nick honestly have someone hide under that table at all of his appearances? In either case, well done Nick.

  2. i.e., slaves to capitalism

    Or is usury always moral?

    1. agecy, free will, etc.

      1. You say you’re for free?

        Officer, am I free to gambol about plain and forest?

        No, I’m not free to?

        Oh. Freedom is more than a political slogan to whitewash capitalist aggression, yonemoto.

        Capitalism is a prison. Debt is one of the common holding areas.

        1. ME WANT TO RAPE SLAVES. ME LIKE SLAVES TO RAPE.

        2. Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.

    2. Or is usury always moral?

      Yes.

      Next question.

      1. Because that is what debt makes of people. Slaves, as Ron Paul states.

        1. Because debt, like slavery, is forced upon people?

          One wonders how you have the ability to type, your ignorance and stupidity are so incredibly vast.

          “Since I have to breathe I am a slave to air!!”

          1. ….at all costs!

            Talking Points:

            Breathing air is slavery too!

          2. Please don’t feed the disgusting troll.

          3. I think school just let out.

          4. OWNED

            1. Ron Paul calls debt slavery.

              Libertarian responds with “breathing air is slavery.”

              Next libertarian says “OWNED.”

              WTF, is libertarianism the short bus of political sophistry?

              1. ME LIKE RAPING MARXIST TW*TS. mE COME OVER SOON.

  3. Reason, why oh why do you keep posting articles ignoring Ron Paul and/or giving him negative/unfair/unfawning coverage? Even in his positive coverage, I detect your deeply ingrained doubt.

    Fawn, fools, fawn!

    1. I’m canceling my subscription!

      1. Yes, if they refuse to purge that enemy of the Good Doctor, “Katherine-Mangu Ward”, I’m going to not only cancel my non-existent subscription, but I’m going to go whine about you over on Lew Rockwell…

        1. “We are Lew Rockwell.
          We’re not very Legion, but.
          We do not forgive.
          We do not forget.
          Expect us – to bitch about how nobody slavishly adores Dr Paul like we do!”

          1. There once was a Rockwell named Lew
            Who found that his blog hits were few
            He tried some race-baiting
            And Kochtopus hating
            And brought Doctor Paul way down too

            1. ^^^ this!

        2. …I’m going to not only cancel my non-existent subscription, but I’m going to go whine about you over on Lew Rockwell…

          Tough to do, since Lew Rockwell doesn’t allow anyone to post comments.

      2. You’re not doing it right.
        It’s “Cancel my subscription!”

        1. I’m so angry with Reason that not only did I cancel my subscription, but I re-subscribed just so I could cancel again. Tell me how my ass taste, cosmos.

          1. “Cancel my subscription!”

            Woot! I’m gonna gambol across a whole bunch of artificial lines in the Earth on down to the bar!

      3. I would cancel mine, but I really couldn’t care less.

        1. Or have one.

  4. indefatigable eh? looks like sloopy has been knocked off his perch.

    1. The better the adjectives get you know the more hate is behind it. People really ought to be striving for words like “insufferable”, “indolent” or “crusty”.

      1. I’m going to request “mendicant” if I ever get a hat tip. Which I won’t.

        1. You’d have to beg for the hat tip first.

  5. That’s interesting, you didn’t link to Reason’s most recent article devoted entirely to Ron Paul. Feh.

    1. Re: Thorium,

      you didn’t link to Reason’s most recent article devoted entirely to Ron Paul. Feh.

      Maybe Reason wants to disavow itself from it…

      Will that work? Only Chapman will tell!

  6. Another Ron Paul hit piece by the Orange Line cosmotarian Beltway mafia at Reason (of which there is none in this article). I’m cancelling my subscription.

    1. ? I’m sympathetic to the Reason-doesn’t-love-Paul-as-much-as-it-probably-should sentiment, but how is this particular piece negative? ~50% of it is direct quotes of Paul himself!

      1. I’m pretty sure they are all being sarcastic.

        1. Sarcasm? Cancel my subscription!

        2. Obviously these Reason-less morons do not sense the gravity of the situation. The Bilderbergs are ushering in the apocalypse and only one Kindly Gynecologist is standing between us and the abyss, and all these prissy-loving Johnsonite squishes want to do is joke around like a pack of hyenas!

          1. I’m going to summon Cosmotarian Overlord if yall aren’t careful.

            1. Cosmotarian Overlord was a better threat when Postrel was in charge.

            2. ME WILL RAPE OVERLORDS.

        3. It’s Friday afternoon before Halloween. Time to put on your costume and pregame!

          1. Don’t forget to make sure your costume is CPSC-approved.

            In other words, boring as fuck.

  7. But constantly frightening Americans anytime someone dares to offer serious solutions is the easiest way to make sure there is never any transition, never any real reform, and never any recovery.

    Yeah, and? Anti-establishment attitudes went out after the 60s. We are the establishment now. Why would we want to reform that?

  8. “My “Restore America” budget plan”

    Why does shit always need to have cute names, they think the population is so retarded that its the only way they will respond? Just call it a fucking “budget plan”.

    1. But the population IS so retarded that’s the only way they’ll respond. You can blame them for playing with the cards they’ve been dealt.

    2. You know. it’d be nice to restore America, but on the other hand, Romney’s got this “Save America” budget plan, and saving America seems like a good idea too. I’m torn…

    3. So, is that, like… a paint job, new chrome, stuff like that?

    4. “Restore America” was too complicated for the media to follow. “9-9-9” is about as complicated as they can understand, or bother to cover.

  9. Oh, good. Another article about the fucking racist Bircher.

    1. Re: Max,

      “Racist”? Prove it.

      1. I thought the comment pithy and not at all like the real Max. If there is one.

        Is the good doctor really a Bircher? That would be kind of funny.

        1. To Max, anyone who isn’t Team Blue = racist Bircher.

    2. Max, if you are running for the office-of-troll (OOT), you sure have my vote. I’ll keep watching for you on the ballot.

      1. Are you kidding, he’s polling at 5%! Rectal/White Indian is dominating with 65% of likely voters, with Tony pulling 20%, and 5% undecided.

    3. Don’t be too surprised if no one pays much attention, no offense. White Retard has devoured all the trollfeed, leaving a barren wasteland for other trolls in the wake of her gambol. A tragedy of the commons situation, really.

      1. Stand in amazement and silence at his brilliant identification of the aggression inherent in the capitalist “free” market tyranny.

        1. I got a good laugh out of both of these here posts. Hopefully the second one wasn’t serious.

        2. at least Galt knows that silence speaks louder than non-stop verbiage.

    4. coming from one who supports the Clintonite O-Bomba’s slaughter of black Africans….

  10. Aside from putting my clothes back on, what can I do to get a hat tip? Shouting at my screen doesn’t work. Whom do I tell about all the foolish stuff I see on my new media device? Is there a special REASON email address set up to receive awesome tips?

    1. You need to be more beloved.

      1. If I had a hat, I’d tip it. Motorcycle helmet okay?

  11. You devise a plan to blow up David Gregory’s world and you don’t expect to be mindlessly challenged on it?

  12. But constantly frightening Americans anytime someone dares to offer serious solutions is the easiest way to make sure there is never any transition, never any real reform, and never any recovery.

    I understand Dr Paul’s point. However, for accuracy I would change the sentence to something like “constantly frightening Americans anytime someone dares to offer serious solutions is the easiest way to make sure there is a violent transition, partial reform, and ugly recovery.”

  13. Officer, am I free to gambol about plain and forest; more specifically, the square meter encompassing White Indian’s point of contact with plain and/or forest, wherever that may be?

    I am? SWEET.

    1. W.I.,

      It’s just Reason that doesn’t want you to gambol. Over here on Lew Rockwell, where we will fight against teh evol state violating your rights to gambol. Bring your girlfriend Rather too and we can all gambol together across forest and plain! Let’s leave these immoral wastoids with the immoral police state they deserve.

  14. Indefatigable bitches!

    1. Ahem… “Indefatigable, bitches”.

      1. I was calling the bitches indefatigable, bitch.

  15. “Our economy is not healthy enough, nor are most Americans in a financial position at the moment, for any of these programs to be significantly altered now,” he writes.

    You know, if this were anyone other than Ron Paul, then Lew Rockwell would be all over him as a libertarian sellout and KOCHtopus stooge.

    1. You know, if this were anyone other than Ron Paul, then Lew Rockwell would be all over him as a libertarian sellout and KOCHtopus stooge.

      In all seriousness is there anyone at LRC that is worth reading?

      They can’t all live up to LRC’s stereotype, can they?

      1. Anthony Gregory is one of the best libertarian writers out there.

        Michael S. Rozeff is a pretty solid financial analyst.

        And of course, William Anderson contributes to Reason, as well as Rockwell.

        Some of the others, like that Karen from Detroit, can come across as, well, kooky.

        1. Thank you I’ll look into them.

  16. Officer, am I free to occupy the spacetime of another?

    1. No no, it’s “Timecop, am I free to gambol across the grandfather paradox?”

    2. …you have already accepted the Officer’s Authority.

  17. The “stop complaining about student loans” argument is always done by older people who didn’t have to pay so much for college, went to school at a time with less inflation, could have gotten a decent job without it, didn’t have to make debt decisions affecting the next 20 years at age 17/18 and – had they gone to college – would have at least had a chance of getting a job after. We’ll stop complaint when you stop complaining that your 401k has disappeared because, after all, that’s just betting anyway.

    1. Whoa, whoa. Yes, the Baby Boomer generation is bloated with turds and college is ridiculously expensive these days. However, the ‘forgive student loan debt’ people are still tripping balls.

    2. No, the “stop complaining about student loans” argument is done by people such as myself who took out large loans and ARE PAYING THEM BACK!!! So STFU and quit asking the government to steal from others to pay your debts!!!

    3. The real problem, that no one wants to admit, is that we’re sending far too MANY people to college in this nation. You don’t need a BA in Literature or Sociology to be an HR manager.

      If you can afford a degree and want to study philosophy or history for pleasure, fine. If you want to take a loan to get a degree that will substantially increase your earning power, like a BS in engineering, that’s a good choice if you have the aptitude for it. But this ridiculous idea that somehow everyone should go to college, and that the government should underwrite that cost, is hugely destructive. It forces up costs for everyone so that it’s hardly even possible to work your way through school unless you’re on a merit scholarship, and results in many people going into massive debt for useless degrees that will have no practical benefits in their working life. It’s as dumb a policy as I can imagine.

      1. I’m pretty sure I’d just have gone to ITT Tech for an Associates in Sys Admin if my now-self was able to speak with my 18-year-old self. A 4-year degree from a highly-rated private university was almost a total waste in my case, given my current career.

  18. Ron Paul did good job.

    1. He always does.

  19. So indefatigable am I, in fact, that I have returned six years later to gloat.

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