Ronald 'Ron' Ernest Paul's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Ronald 'Ron' Ernest Paul
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Carol Wells; 5 Children
Birth Date: 08/20/1935
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, PA
Home City: Lake Jackson, TX
Religion: Protestant
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Ron Paul refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Paul. H Amdt 209. Session 109. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ron Paul voted NO on 25 May 2005. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. CNN 'The Situation Room' Transcript. 13 May 2011. "I support the protection of all human life. And it's -- the big question is: who speaks for that individual which is a live human being that has a heartbeat and brain waves and has legal rights? It isn't so much there's one right over another. It's how do you protect all rights? And the fetus does have human rights and deserves rights. But the problem is, is who speaks for them? I'm for repealing Roe versus Wade. And it's not an attack on women's rights. Women have rights, but they also have responsibility if they're responsible for life." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Issue Position: Life and Liberty. 25 May 2011. "I am strongly pro life. Life begins at conception. […] I do not believe this should be a federal matter. All issues of life and violence and crime and murder are dealt with at the local level. Many politicians talk about honoring our veterans and their sacrifices. Yet so often the rhetoric obscures The right of an innocent, unborn child to life is at the heart of the American ideals of liberty. My professional and legislative record demonstrates my strong commitment to this pro-life principle. In 40 years of medical practice, I never once considered performing an abortion, nor did I ever find abortion necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Values Voter Presidential Debate. 17 September 2007. “As an O.B. doctor of thirty years, and having delivered 4,000 babies, I can assure you life begins at conception. I am legally responsible for the unborn, no matter what I do, so there's a legal life there. The unborn has inheritance rights, and if there's an injury or a killing, there is a legal entity. There is no doubt about it.” (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2010. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 28 July 2011. “Representative Paul supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010.” (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009-2010. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 28 July 2011. “Representative Paul supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2009-2010.” (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2010. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 28 July 2011. “Representative Paul supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 20 percent in 2010.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. CNN Southern Republican Debate. 19 January 2012. “I follow what my understanding is of the Constitution. And it does allow for the states to deal with difficult problems. A matter of fact, it allows the states to deal with almost all the problems if you look at it. It is not given -- these powers aren't given to the Congress. I see abortion as a violent act. All other violence is handled by the states -- murder, burglary, violence. That's a state issue. So don't try to say that I'm less pro-life because I want to be particular about the way we do it and allow the states the prerogative. This is the solution. This is the solution. Because if we would allow the states to write their laws, take away the jurisdiction by a majority vote in the Congress, you repeal Roe versus Wade overnight, instead of waiting year after year to change the court system.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul signed the Susan B. Anthony List: Pro-life Leadership Presidential Pledge. 14 June 2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. S 403. Session 109. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ron Paul voted No on 26 September 2006. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. S 3. 108th Congress. Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion Bill. Ron Paul voted Yes on 21 October 2003. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

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  • Ron Paul. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes. Ron Paul voted YES on 1 July 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. ABC "This Week" – Transcript. 1 January 2012. “Yeah, technically these programs aren't constitutional, but at every speech, I talk about a transition. I want to cut $1 trillion, but I have priorities. I want to cut from overseas. I want to stop these wars. I want to get rid of several departments. I want to go back to 2006 budgeting. At the same time, I say the priorities that I would protect -- Medicare, Social Security, health care for the children -- and the only way you can work out a transition is cutting spending. Otherwise, we're going to continue to erode the purchasing power of the dollar. And the people who are getting these -- these Social Security checks won't have any value. They already know the value of their check is going down.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. CNN "CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate" – Transcript. 12 September 2011. “First thing I would like to do is make sure that you understand there's a difference between military spending and defense spending. I'm tired of all the militarism that we are involved in. And we're wasting this money in getting us involved. And I agree, we are still in danger, but most of the danger comes by our lack of wisdom on how we run our foreign policy. So I would say there's a lot of room to cut on the military, but not on the defense. You can slash the military spending. We don't need to be building airplanes that were used in World War II -- we're always fighting the last war. But we're under great threat, because we occupy so many countries. We're in 130 countries. We have 900 bases around the world. We're going broke. The purpose of al Qaeda was to attack us, invite us over there, where they can target us. And they have been doing it. They have more attacks against us and the American interests per month than occurred in all the years before 9/11, but we're there occupying their land. And if we think that we can do that and not have retaliation, we're kidding ourselves. We have to be honest with ourselves. What would we do if another country, say, China, did to us what we do to all those countries over there? So I would say a policy -- a foreign policy that takes care of our national defense, that we're willing to get along with people and trade with people, as the founders advised, there's no authority in the Constitution to be the policeman of the world, and no nation-building. Just remember, George Bush won the presidency on that platform in the year 2000. And I still think it's a good platform.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Blog: The Military Can Waste Money Too. 28 June 2010. "Our military spending in general has grown way out of control. This is largely because fiscal accountability in military budgeting is seen, by many, as weak on defense. This is absolutely wrong and a dangerous way to think. It is certainly possible for the military to waste money, or to spend money counterproductively, and indeed it has. But out of political correctness, the military has been getting blank checks from the administrations and Congress for far too long. […] Of course, the obvious way to save money and be safer is to stop meddling in the affairs of foreign countries and just bring our troops home. This will happen eventually if our empire, like every other fallen empire, insists on spending itself into collapse. If we want to avoid this, we must look into ways to bring our costs under control. Military budgets must be on the chopping block along with everything else." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "If we have to cut, maybe we wouldn’t be so — so determined that you can’t cut one nickel out of the militarism around the world. Neither the Democrats or the Republicans want to cut that. So if you want to cut, you have to put the militarism on the table, as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 18 February 2011. "One reason that H.R. 1 does not cut spending enough is that too many fiscal conservatives continue to embrace the fallacy that we can balance the budget without reducing spending on militarism. Until Congress realizes the folly of spending trillions in a futile attempt to impose democracy on the world we will never be able to seriously reduce spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. CNN 'The Situation Room' - Transcript. 10 July 2010. "BLITZER: [...] Give me a number that you think would be realistic from your vantage point for the Pentagon's annual budget. PAUL: Well, you can't do it in one year, but I think we could probably do it with about 30 percent of what we have, if we have a noninterventionist foreign policy. And I agree with Barney on his argument this project that we are dealing with, and I agreed to join in, it doesn't deal with bringing troops home who are active in battle in Afghanistan, so that is the case. But I have also made the case that I want to distinguish between military spending and defense spending. We are mostly talking about some military spending, and Barney makes this very important point. That we are subsidizing other rich nations for this, and I think that is very important. Defense spending is very, very important. I believe in the defense. It is just that I think the intervention-as a matter of fact undermines our defense. And that is where I find the problem. But right now, I think that this is, to me, you know, a modest approach, but that is where you start." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ron Paul voted NO on 19 June 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Tax Limitation Committee. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Access 27/06/11. "Representative Paul supported the interests of the National Tax Limitation Committee 93 percent in 2007-2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. CNN "The Situation Room" – Transcript. 2 December 2011. “BLITZER: One final question before I let you go, extending the payroll tax cut is a big issue. The Republicans have one idea of paying for it. The Democrats have another idea for paying for it. How will you vote when the dust settles to extend the payroll tax cut, which could provide $1,000 for the average American family next year? PAUL: I definitely would vote. I never vote to raise taxes and that would be voting to put the tax back on so I would definitely for extending it. But I would insist that we pay for it and I would want to cut, all we'd have to do is cut about 10,000 or 15,000 people out of the embassy in Baghdad and bring them home and we could pay for it and do it. Cut some overseas spending and make sure people get even more tax breaks and not think that you have to pay for it by raising taxes on somebody else.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "BAIER: Well, I'm going to ask a question to everyone here on the stage. Say you had a deal, a real spending cuts deal, 10 to one, as -- as Byron said, spending cuts to tax increases. […] Can you raise your hand if you feel so strongly about not raising taxes, you'd walk away on the 10 to one deal? […] OK. Just making sure everyone at home and everyone here knows that they all raised their hands. They’re all saying that they feel so strongly about not raising taxes that a 10 to one deal, they would walk away from. Confirming that.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. GOP Presidential Forum. 5 September 2011. “You know, everybody is talking about cutting a little bit on the capital gains. I want to get rid of the capital gains tax and get rid of the income tax, shrink the federal government. Believe me, you would have the jobs then. But of course it's not going to be easy, because half the people in this country, they sort of like receiving your money, and they're not going to go away easily. But what it's going to lead to is the destruction of our currency and the bankruptcy of the country. And that's going to be much worse than somebody withstanding a cut. But you have to change that. You have to change the regulatory code, the tax code, the monetary system.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Statement on Tax Compromise Legislation. 17 December 2010. "I recently voted again in favor of HR 4853, the Middle Class Tax Relief Act, legislation which ensures the continuation of the Bush-era tax cuts, fixes the AMT patch, and significantly reduces the burden of the estate tax in 2011. If no action had been taken by this Congress, all Americans would have had to pay higher income, dividend, estate, and capital gains taxes beginning on January 1, 2011. I will always vote to lower taxes at all levels, and I will never vote for tax increases. [...] Allowing taxes to rise and provide more money to the federal government would only serve to further feed the beast that is devouring this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. New York Times - Ron Paul Answers Your Questions: Part Two. 20 November 2008. "Q: What are your thoughts on abolishing America's income tax and switching over to a consumption tax such as the fair tax? A: I want to abolish the income tax, but I don't want to replace it with anything. About 45 percent of all federal revenue comes from the personal income tax. That means that about 55 percent, over half of all revenue, comes from other sources, like excise taxes, fees, and corporate taxes. We could eliminate the income tax, replace it with nothing, and still fund the same level of big government we had in the late 1990's. We don't need to 'replace' the income tax at all. I see a consumption tax as being a little better than the personal income tax, and I would vote for the Fair-Tax if it came up in the House of Representatives, but it is not my goal. We can do better." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 2007. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Representative Paul supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 85 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Access 27/06/11. "Representative Paul supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 95 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 4853. 112th Congress. Temporary Extension of Tax Relief. Ron Paul voted YES on 2 December 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Paul. Lowering the Cost of Healthcare. 21 July 2006. "The lesson is clear: when government and other third parties get involved, health care costs spiral. The answer is not a system of outright socialized medicine, but rather a system that encourages everyone- doctors, hospitals, patients, and drug companies- to keep costs down. As long as 'somebody else' is paying the bill, the bill will be too high." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. CNBC "Republican Presidential Debate" – Transcript. 9 November 2011. “My plan of cutting the budget by a trillion dollars does deal with Medicaid. And that is that it preserves it, and there is a transition period, with the goal that eventually we would hope to move that back into the economy. But right now, it would be too much to do it in one year. You know, finding a trillion dollars was a job and a half, and getting rid of five departments. So, yes, my budget takes into consideration health care for the elderly, health care on Medicaid, as well as child health care. At the same time, we deal with the bailouts, the banks, and all the benefits that they get from the financial system, because what we're facing today is the crisis in this housing crisis.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. CNN "CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate" – Transcript. 19 September 2011. “I practiced medicine before we had Medicaid, in the early 1960s, when I got out of medical school. I practiced at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, and the churches took care of them. We never turned anybody away from the hospitals. And we've given up on this whole concept that we might take care of ourselves and assume responsibility for ourselves. Our neighbors, our friends, our churches would do it. This whole idea, that's the reason the cost is so high. The cost is so high because they dump it on the government, it becomes a bureaucracy. It becomes special interests. It kowtows to the insurance companies and the drug companies, and then on top of that, you have the inflation. The inflation devalues the dollar, we have lack of competition.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Slashing the Budget? 21 November 2005. "The budget bill fails to address the root of the spending problem -- this belief that Congress continually must create new federal programs and agencies. However, with the federal government's unfunded liabilities -- Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid -- projected to reach as much as $50 trillion by the end of this year, Congress no longer can avoid serious efforts to rein in spending. Instead of a smoke-and-mirrors approach, Congress should begin the journey toward fiscal responsibility by declaring a ten percent reduction in real spending, followed by a renewed commitment to fund only those government functions that are consistent with the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Op-Ed: Healthcare Plan Based On Economic Fantasy. 3 August 2009. "It is still surreal that in a free country we are talking only about HOW government should fix healthcare, rather than WHY government should fix healthcare. This should be between doctors and patients. But this has been the discussion since the 60's and the inception of Medicare and Medicaid, when government first began intervening to keep costs down and make sure everyone had access. The result of Medicaid/Medicare price controls and regulatory burden has been to drive more doctors out of the system - making it more difficult for the poor and the elderly to receive quality care! Seemingly, there are no failed government programs, only underfunded ones. If we refuse to acknowledge common sense economics, the prescription will always be the same: more government." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. America's Treasury Is Bare. 14 May 2009. "There was a lot of expression of the outcry about this spending and the deficits we have and the deficits exploding and the Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid underfunded, and we are in the midst of a crisis. But it doesn't seem to bother anybody about spending. But the truth is, the Treasury is bare. The Treasury is empty. And yet we continue to spend all this money." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Paul. ABC "This Week" – Transcript. 1 January 2012. “Yeah, technically these programs aren't constitutional, but at every speech, I talk about a transition. I want to cut $1 trillion, but I have priorities. I want to cut from overseas. I want to stop these wars. I want to get rid of several departments. I want to go back to 2006 budgeting. At the same time, I say the priorities that I would protect -- Medicare, Social Security, health care for the children -- and the only way you can work out a transition is cutting spending. Otherwise, we're going to continue to erode the purchasing power of the dollar. And the people who are getting these -- these Social Security checks won't have any value. They already know the value of their check is going down.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Slashing the Budget? 21 November 2005. "The budget bill fails to address the root of the spending problem--this belief that Congress continually must create new federal programs and agencies. However, with the federal government's unfunded liabilities-- Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid-- projected to reach as much as $50 trillion by the end of this year, Congress no longer can avoid serious efforts to rein in spending. Instead of a smoke-and-mirrors approach, Congress should begin the journey toward fiscal responsibility by declaring a ten percent reduction in real spending, followed by a renewed commitment to fund only those government functions that are consistent with the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Op-Ed: Healthcare Plan Based On Economic Fantasy. 3 August 2009. "It is still surreal that in a free country we are talking only about HOW government should fix healthcare, rather than WHY government should fix healthcare. This should be between doctors and patients. But this has been the discussion since the 60's and the inception of Medicare and Medicaid, when government first began intervening to keep costs down and make sure everyone had access. The result of Medicaid/Medicare price controls and regulatory burden has been to drive more doctors out of the system - making it more difficult for the poor and the elderly to receive quality care! Seemingly, there are no failed government programs, only underfunded ones. If we refuse to acknowledge common sense economics, the prescription will always be the same: more government." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Lowering the Cost of Healthcare. 21 July 2006. "The lesson is clear: when government and other third parties get involved, health care costs spiral. The answer is not a system of outright socialized medicine, but rather a system that encourages everyone- doctors, hospitals, patients, and drug companies- to keep costs down. As long as 'somebody else' is paying the bill, the bill will be too high." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. America's Treasury Is Bare. 14 May 2009. "There was a lot of expression of the outcry about this spending and the deficits we have and the deficits exploding and the Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid underfunded, and we are in the midst of a crisis. But it doesn't seem to bother anybody about spending. But the truth is, the Treasury is bare. The Treasury is empty. And yet we continue to spend all this money." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 6331. 110th Congress. Medicare Bill. Ron Paul voted NO on 15 July 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Access 27/06/11. "Representative Paul supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 95 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens Against Government Waste. 2009. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 29 July 2011. "Representative Paul supported the interests of the Citizens Against Government Waste 86 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • GOP Presidential Forum. 5 September 2011. “Well, I don't want any chance that they would raise taxes to balance the budget. And I support the general concept of a balanced budget amendment, but I emphasize the spending side of the equation, you know, that we have to cut the concept of government, the appetite for big government. And again, the balanced budget amendment, we should do it.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Ron Paul Forming Exploratory Committee for Possible 2012 Run. 25 April 2011. "HANNITY: Your son Rand says a balanced budget amendment would do it for him, if we could get that. PAUL: Yeah, and I guess I probably would have a little disagreement on that. I would, you know, vote for that, but that wouldn't make me satisfied to raise the debt, because when are you going to get the amendment passed? You have to pass it through the House and the Senate and pass it through the states, five or 10 years from now. That is what is wrong with all these budget proposals. It does nothing until, you know, many years out. But the amount of deficit difference, national debt difference in 2016 between Republican and Democrats is $19 trillion for the Republicans and $20 trillion for the Democrats. I mean, that's all fiction. It doesn't mean anything." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Paul: Subcommittee To Explore Relationship Between Federal Reserve And Government Debt. 9 May 2011. "The national debt has exploded by more than 60 percent over the past four years, and it looks like Congress will be asked to approve another $2 trillion increase for the next year. On top of trillions of dollars in bailouts, the American people will not stand for this continuing fiscal profligacy. This is why it is so important to understand the relationship between monetary policy and the national debt. Foreign governments cannot continue to purchase unlimited amounts of U.S. debt. If the federal government cannot cut spending and bring the budget back into balance, the Fed undoubtedly will be forced to simply monetize trillions of dollars in Treasury debt, which is nothing more than a stealth form of default. That devaluation of the dollar will lead to such high inflation that QE2 and its effects will look like a drop in the bucket in comparison." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. New York Times - Ron Paul Answers Your Questions: Part One. 14 November 2008. "Q: Do you believe that it is possible to make positive incremental changes to our monetary policy, entitlements, taxes, etc. within the system, or is it just a matter of waiting for failure and then coming in with a solution? A: [Ron Paul] Yes, I do believe we can make successful changes. And I want to start making those changes now so that we can avoid a devastating collapse. But we need to start quickly before it's too late. If we can cut spending and balance budgets, beginning with our overseas expenditures, we can do a lot to fix this mess. We also need monetary reform. I would begin with the incremental step of repealing legal-tender laws and legalizing the use of gold and silver to act as a currency alongside the dollar. That would help stabilize the dollar and strengthen our monetary system." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Issue Position: Debt and Taxes. 25 May 2011. "Real conservatives have always supported low taxes and low spending. But today, too many politicians and lobbyists are spending America into ruin. We are nine trillion dollars in debt as a nation. Our mounting government debt endangers the financial future of our children and grandchildren. If we don't cut spending now, higher taxes and economic disaster will be in their future and yours. In addition, the Federal Reserve, our central bank, fosters runaway debt by increasing the money supply making each dollar in your pocket worth less." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Paul: Paul Announces Subcommittee Hearing On The Federal Reserve's Impact On Unemployment. 25 May 2011. "While the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress believe increased government spending will improve the nation's economy, Republicans on the Financial Services Committee know economic growth depends on providing the private sector, especially small businesses, with the certainty they need to create jobs. The Fed's policies, as well as the Obama administration's unsustainable debt and spending, continue to prevent small business owners from growing and hiring because of continued uncertainty over new taxes, higher interest rates, and the expanding role of government in the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. In Case You Missed It: Ron Paul Makes Statement on Super Committee. 21 November 2011. “Government spending isn't just wasteful; it is often actively harmful to stated goals.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. CNBC "Republican Presidential Debate" – Transcript. 9 November 2011. “We are talking about the tax code. But that's the consequence, that's the symptom. The disease is spending. Every time you spend, spending is a tax. We tax the people, we borrow, and then we print the money and the prices go up, and that is a tax. So you have to address the subject of spending. That is the tax. That is the reason I go after the spending. I propose in the first year cut $1 trillion out of the budget in five departments.” (votesmart.org)
  • Club for Growth. 2010. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 29 July 2011. “On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Representative Paul a rating of 90 percent.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. GOP Presidential Forum. 5 September 2011. “Well, what you need to do is repeal about 70 years of bad economic policy, which isn't all that easy because we follow Keynesian economics, and Keynesian economics teaches that you need to spend more money. No matter how much people are in debt and the government is in debt, they advocate just more spending. So you have to reverse that concept. Now, we have to do a lot. We have to repatriate our capital.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. The Keys to Economic Growth. 13 June 2011. "It is clear the U.S. economy is in terrible shape, and that no amount of government spending or Federal Reserve quantitative easing can reduce unemployment, increase real productivity, or address our debt fiasco. U.S. jobs and productivity are dependent on the accumulation of private capital to finance existing businesses or fund new entrepreneurial activity. Private capital-- whether accumulated by profitable U.S. businesses, invested by private equity and venture capital firms, or attracted from abroad-- is the key to economic growth and new jobs. But we cannot create jobs if we demonize profits, punish risk-taking capitalists, and stay hostile to foreign investment." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 1424. 111th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Ron Paul voted NO on 3 October 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 1. 111th Congress. Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill"). Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Ron Paul voted NO on 28 January 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Issue Position: Debt and Taxes. 25 May 2011. "Real conservatives have always supported low taxes and low spending. But today, too many politicians and lobbyists are spending America into ruin. We are nine trillion dollars in debt as a nation. Our mounting government debt endangers the financial future of our children and grandchildren. If we don't cut spending now, higher taxes and economic disaster will be in their future and yours. In addition, the Federal Reserve, our central bank, fosters runaway debt by increasing the money supply making each dollar in your pocket worth less." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 5140. 110th Congress. Economic Stimulus Plan. Ron Paul voted NO on 7 February 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Paul. HR 1424. 111th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Ron Paul voted NO on 3 October 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. CNN 'Republican Debate' - Transcript. 13 June 2011. "If you want to, we need to get the Fed to quit printing the money and if you want capital, you have to entice those individuals to repatriate their money and take the taxes office, set up a financial system, deregulate and de-tax to invite people to go back to work again." (votesmart.org)
  • Club for Growth. 2010. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 1 August 2011. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Representative Paul a rating of 90 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 1. 111th Congress. Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill"). Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Ron Paul voted NO on 28 January 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Presidential Candidates Debate. 24 January 2008. “MR. WILLIAMS: Congressman Paul, you often have a different view of these issues. So I'll ask a vastly different question. Does government -- should government, in your view, have any role at all in stimulating the economy like this? RON PAUL: Well, sure, indirectly. They shouldn't stimulate it by interfering in the market rate of interest. That's where our basic problem comes from. And when you do that, you get into these problems, and then everybody wants to solve the problem by printing more money and spending more money and asking the Federal Reserve to, you know, lower interest rates. And that just makes the problem that much worse. The government does have a responsibility, but it's supposed to lower taxes, get rid of regulations, and devise a monetary policy that makes some -- makes some sense.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Economic Stimulus Concerns. 27 January 2008. “There are a few ideas out there for economic stimulus that I do support, such as making permanent President Bush's tax cuts. I have also signed on as one of 49 original cosponsors of the Economic Growth Act of 2008 which will provide actual economic stimulus through private sector tax relief and job-creating business incentives.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Introduce of the Affordable Gas Price Act. 15 March 2011. "Instead of expanding government, Congress should repeal federal laws and polices that raise the price of gas, either directly through taxes or indirectly though regulations that discourage the development of new fuel sources. This is why my legislation repeals the federal moratorium on offshore drilling and allows oil exploration in the ANWR reserve in Alaska. My bill also ensures that the National Environmental Policy Act's environmental impact statement requirement will no longer be used as a tool to force refiners to waste valuable time and capital on nuisance litigation. The Affordable Gas Price Act also provides tax incentives to encourage investment in new refineries." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Ron Paul voted YES on 23 May 2003. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

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  • Ron Paul. Aging Infrastructure. 27 August 2007. "Infrastructure, in a capitalist model, is an asset worthy of maintaining to ensure continuity of revenue. In a government controlled model infrastructure is nothing but a cumbersome liability. This should be taken into consideration when developing plans to keep our current infrastructure safe. Privatization should be used to encourage maintenance and safety, and where private companies truly invest and bear the upfront costs in return for ability to collect tolls or usage fees in some form. But public/private partnerships that look more like corporate welfare must be avoided. We should re-examine how we handle the taxes we collect for infrastructure and how we allocate that money. At the very least reins need to be put on the Highway Trust Fund. Funds collected from the gas tax should go into the Trust Fund -- period. Even the most ardent liberal and passionate conservative can agree that when they pay gasoline taxes, the least they expect is a road and bridge system that won't crumble beneath their feet. Before any subsidies or welfare payments are paid out, before social security is handed out to illegal immigrants, or health care is given to everyone, before bridges to nowhere are built at home, or entire countries bombed and rebuilt abroad, before any other myriad of exotic government projects are even considered, infrastructure should be attended to and taken seriously." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. MSNBC 'Morning Joe' - Transcript. 27 January 2009. "MR. BARNICLE: Congressman, hang with me for a couple of seconds here. I am extremely limited, and 90 percent of this conversation that you've been having with Dylan and Carlos has gone way above my head. But your basic theory, let's get government out of nearly everything, let's swing back to what I do nearly every morning. I drive to work on roads filled with potholes, beneath bridges that are crumbling. What's the answer here? Do I go out and try and find six carpenters and some bricklayers and some masons to fix those bridges and -- roads and bridges? Government's got to do it. What's the deal here? What is your point of view about stuff like that -- basic reconstruction of this country? REP. PAUL: Okay, I know I can't have my perfect society quickly, but what I would do is quit bombing bridges in Iraq and then paying to rebuild them, and then wasting the money in the rebuilding over there. I would take that money, save it on the deficit, cut the deficit, and spend some on our infrastructure. That's what I would do, and we could do that. But as long as you do it through debt financing, it's impossible. Ideally, roads and bridges should have been taken care of by our states. It wasn't designed in the Constitution that the federal government would take care of every bridge and every road." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 2847. House 111. Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits. Ron Paul voted NO on 04 March 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?cs_id=28969&can_id=296 (votesmart.org)

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  • Ron Paul. Daily Iowan: Ron Paul: Education, Abortion, Marriage, should be up to the states. 8 March 2011. “I don’t believe the federal government should be involved in education at all. That means I don’t believe in the Department of Education.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Ron Paul vs. Ed Shultz: End the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture. 20 May 2011. "But when I am asked what I would cut, I would say the Department of Education should be cut, it’s unconstitutional, it’s inefficient. We’ve spent nearly 2 trillion dollars on the Department of Education and people aren’t doing that well. Right now in the city of Washington we spend $25,000 per student and they’re not doing all that well. We can spend $400 or $500 on a homeschooler in Texas, and not that I believe that everyone should be homeschooled, but in comparison they spend $400, $500 dollars and they almost all go to college and there are no guns and no drugs. Defending the educational system even when it’s unconstitutional doesn’t make much sense to me." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Issue Position: Education. 26 May 2011. "I support giving educational control back to parents, who know their children better than any politician in D.C. ever will. The federal government has no constitutional authority to fund or control schools. I want to abolish the unconstitutional, wasteful Department of Education and return its functions to the states. By removing the federal subsidies that inflate costs, schools can be funded by local taxes, and parents and teachers can directly decide how best to allocate the resources." (votesmart.org)

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  • Republicans for Environmental Protection. 2009. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 1 August 2011. "Representative Paul supported the interests of the Republicans for Environmental Protection 0 percent in 2009. Points for significant non-voting actions were added to or subtracted from percentages calculated from voting records. Thus, the rating may be less than 0 or greater than 100." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. H.R. 2454. 111th Congress. American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. Ron Paul voted NO on 26 June 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. H.R. 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Ron Paul voted YES on 7 April 2011. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul signed Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 28 April 2009. (www.noclimatetax.com)
  • Ron Paul. Global Warming Petition Signed By 31,478 Scientists. 4 June 2009. "It is time that we look beyond those few who seek increased taxation and increased regulation and control of the American people. Our energy policies must be based upon scientific truth--not fictional movies or self-interested international agendas. They should be based upon the accomplishments of technological free enterprise that have provided our modern civilization, including our energy industries. That free enterprise must not be hindered by bogus claims about imaginary disasters." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Washington Post- The Candidates: Rep. Ron Paul. 12 October 2007. "When it comes to the environment and global warming from emissions, it has to be dealt with in one of two ways -- preemptive regulations, which I don't agree with, or with private property principles. Nobody has the right to pollute their neighbors' air or water or land. People who pollute should be taken to court and closed down, but we have 150 years of traditions where they have been able to get away with this. We don't need government regulations to solve these problems. I grew up in Pittsburgh, where you couldn't even see the noon sun in the sky, and that whole city was cleaned up without the federal government needing to be involved. I think we would have been much better served from the start if people would have better understood the principles of private property." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Cap and Trade: Another Nail in the Economy's Coffin. 26 May 2011. "Contrary to claims repeated over and over, there is no consensus in the scientific community that global warming is getting worse or that it is manmade. In fact over 30,000 scientists signed a petition recently directly disputing the claims on which this policy is based. Legitimate environmental claims should instead be directed towards the public sector. The government, especially the military, is the most serious polluter in the country, and is exempt from most EPA regulations. Meanwhile Washington bureaucrats have classified the very air we exhale as a pollutant and have gone unchallenged in this incredible assertion. The logical consequence is that there will come a time when we will have to buy a government permit just to emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from our own lungs! The events on Capitol Hill last week just demonstrate Washington’s audacity in manufacturing problems just so they can expand government power to solve them." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 1 August 2011. "Representative Paul supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

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  • Ron Paul. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. “In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay. [...] Our country is home to vast energy resources, and your Administration has forced American exploration and drilling to a halt in the most critical region of the U.S. that provides our domestic energy supplies.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Big Government Responsible for High Gas Prices. 4 May 2008. “Last year, in order to provide the American people with relief from high oil prices, I introduced the Affordable Gas Price Act (HR 2415). [...] The Affordable Gas Price Act also expands the supply of gasoline by repealing the federal moratorium on offshore drilling, including in the ANWR reserve in Alaska. HR 2415 also provides tax incentives and protection from nuisance lawsuits for those seeking to build new refineries. Finally, HR 2415 authorizes a federal study on the link between our nation's monetary policy and the price of oil.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. A Free Market in Gasoline. 31 October 2005. "What can Congress do to provide Americans with some relief at the pump? First it can suspend federal gas taxes, which would save consumers nearly 20 cents per gallon. In the long term, Congress must pass legislation like HR 4004, which I introduced earlier this month. HR 4004 takes a comprehensive approach by allowing offshore drilling, eliminating regulations that restrict refining, and suspending harmful tax rules that discourage domestic oil production. If we hope to have a stable, affordable supply of gas, we must allow the free market to operate." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Ron Paul voted YES on 5 May 2011. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 6. 108th Congress. Energy Omnibus Bill. Ron Paul voted NO on 15 June 2004. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 3534. 111th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Ron Paul voted NO on 30 July 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Consumer Alliance for Energy Security. 2007. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 1 August 2011. "Representative Paul supported the interests of the Consumer Alliance for Energy Security 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)

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  • Ron Paul. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Ron Paul voted YES on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Ron Paul voted YES on 17 March 2011. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ron Paul voted NO on 19 June 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. CNN 'Republican Debate' - Transcript. 13 June 2011. "I served five years in the military. I've had a little experience. I've spent a little time over in the Pakistan/Afghanistan area, as well as Iran. But I wouldn't wait for my generals. I'm the commander in chief. I make the decisions. I tell the generals what to do. I'd bring them home as quickly as possible. And I would get them out of Iraq as well. And I wouldn't start a war in Libya. I'd quit bombing Yemen. And I'd quit bombing Pakistan. I'd start taking care of people here at home because we could save hundreds of billions of dollars. Our national security is not enhanced by our presence over there. We have no purpose there. We should learn the lessons of history. The longer we're there, the worse things are and the more danger we're in as well, because our presence there is not making friends let me tell you." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 2010. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 29 July 2011. “Representative Paul supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Letter to President Obama. 20 September 2011. “We have put our troops in harm's way, and we must honor our promises. And, our troops have paid a heavy price these past ten years. Over 5,000 have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, 40,000 have seen crushing injuries, and hundreds of thousands more suffer from brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder. Authentic, Constitutionally-sound national security -- a strong national defense -- begins with guarding our borders and not the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Hearing of The House Committee On Foreign Affairs – Afghanistan. 10 December 2009. “This 'surge' will bring US troop levels to approximately those of the Soviets when they occupied Afghanistan with disastrous result back in the 1980s. I fear the US military occupation of Afghanistan may end up similarly unsuccessful. Without a real strategy in Afghanistan, without a vision of what victory will look like, we are left with the empty rhetoric of the last administration that 'when the Afghan people stand up, the US will stand down.' I am afraid the only solution to the Afghanistan quagmire is a rapid and complete US withdrawal from that country and the region. We cannot afford to maintain this empire and our occupation of these foreign lands is not making us any safer. It is time to leave Afghanistan.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 17 March 2011. “We don't need to be occupying Afghanistan or any other country. We can't change Afghanistan. The people who are bragging about these changes, even if you could, you are not supposed to. You don't have the moral authority. You don't have the constitutional authority.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Issue Position: National Defense. 25 May 2011. "I believe that as a nation, we should: Re-focus the efforts of our military and intelligence services on locating those individuals who planned the terrorist attacks on the U.S. and who remain at large. It must be made clear that the United States cannot be attacked with impunity. When I voted for the authorization to use force against those who attacked us in 2001, I did not imagine that we would be getting bogged down for years in a nation-building exercise in Afghanistan while the perpetrators remain at large. Efforts in that part of the world should be exclusively focused on apprehending those responsible for the attacks against the United States." (votesmart.org)

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  • Ron Paul. Ending Suicide Terrorism. 21 July 2005. "The best news is that if stopping suicide terrorism is a goal we seek, a solution is available to us. Cease the occupation of foreign lands, and the suicide missions will cease. Between 1982 and 1986, there were 41 suicide terrorist attacks in Lebanon. Once the U.S., the French, and Israel withdrew their forces from Lebanon, there were no more attacks. The reason the attacks stop, according to Pape, is that the Osama bin Ladens of the world no longer can inspire potential suicide terrorists despite their continued fanatical religious beliefs." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. 2012 ABC/Yahoo!/WMUR New Hampshire Republican Primary Debate. 7 January 2012. “MCELVEEN: I want to give Congressman Paul a chance to weigh in here, because foreign policy is something that a lot of people think is your Achilles' heel when it comes to getting elected. You have said that you wouldn't have authorized the raid to get Osama bin Laden. You think that a nuclear Iran is really none of our business. How do you reconcile that, when part of your job as president would be to... (CROSSTALK) PAUL: Well, I think -- I think that's a misquote. I don't want Iran to get a nuclear weapon. I voted to go after bin Laden, so that, you know, takes care of that.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. CNN "CNN National Security Debate" – Transcript. 22 November 2011. “I worry most about overreaction on our part, getting involved in another war when we don't need to, when we have been attacked, and our national security has not been at threat. And I worry a lot about people never have come around to understanding who the Taliban is and why they are motivated. Taliban doesn't mean they want to come here and kill us. The Taliban means they want to kill us over there because all they want to do is get people who occupy their country out of their country, just like we would if anybody tried to occupy us.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Keep Your Eye on the Target. 29 November 2001. “We have been told on numerous occasions to expect a long and protracted war. This is not necessary if one can identify the target - the enemy - and then stay focused on that target. It's impossible to keep one's eye on a target and hit it if one does not precisely understand it and identify it.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. End the Wars, Stop Blaming Islam for 9/11. 7 September 2010. "But while I am pleased to see General Petraeus recognize the danger of one type of incitement, he unfortunately fails to see the whole picture and understand that our policies of torture, targeted assassination, invasion of Muslim countries and unintended infliction of civilian casualties in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are also provocative. Pictures of victims of torture as well as innocent people killed by drones and stray bombs are every bit as bad as burning the Quran. In some ways, what Jones is doing may be minor compared to the resentment toward us as a consequence of what our government has done to thousands of innocent victims. As I have said time and time again, Osama bin Laden wins by ‘proving’ that America is an enemy of Islam and has an occupation agenda in the Middle East. And, we continue to walk into his trap and hand him up his best recruitment tool in his efforts to provoke hatred and terrorism against the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. CNN "CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate" – Transcript. 12 September 2011. “We're under great threat, because we occupy so many countries. We're in 130 countries. We have 900 bases around the world. We're going broke. The purpose of al Qaeda was to attack us, invite us over there, where they can target us. And they have been doing it. They have more attacks against us and the American interests per month than occurred in all the years before 9/11, but we're there occupying their land. And if we think that we can do that and not have retaliation, we're kidding ourselves. We have to be honest with ourselves. What would we do if another country, say, China, did to us what we do to all those countries over there? […] So I would say a policy -- a foreign policy that takes care of our national defense, that we're willing to get along with people and trade with people, as the founders advised, there's no authority in the Constitution to be the policeman of the world, and no nation-building.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Bin Laden is Dead, Let's Come Home! 9 May 2011. "It is time to consider a sensible non-interventionist foreign policy as advised by our Founders and authorized by our Constitution. We would all be better off for it." (votesmart.org)

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  • National Rifle Association. 2008. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 29 July 2011. “In 2008 National Rifle Association gave Representative Paul a grade of A-, in its scorecard for candidates seeking office in 2008.” (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 29 July 2011. “Representative Paul supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 22 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House).” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Second Amendment Battle in DC. 10 February 2008. “Like the Founding Fathers, I believe that the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental to a free society. Where law-abiding citizens are most freely allowed to defend themselves, communities are safer, while crime rises when law-abiding people's access to firearms is restricted. Gun laws only disarm those who respect the law. [...] Gun control laws turn peaceful citizens into sitting ducks for criminals to prey upon.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. 20 October 2005. “As a firm believer in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and an opponent of all Federal gun laws, I cannot support a bill that imposes new, unconstitutional gun controls on Americans. I believe that the Second Amendment is one of the foundations of our constitutional liberties. In fact, I have introduced legislation, the Second Amendment Protection Act (H.R. 1703), which repeals misguided Federal gun control laws such as the Brady Bill.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Issue Position: The 2nd Amendment. 25 May 2011. "I share our Founders' belief that in a free society each citizen must have the right to keep and bear arms. They ratified the Second Amendment knowing that this right is the guardian of every other right, and they all would be horrified by the proliferation of unconstitutional legislation that prevents law-abiding Americans from exercising this right." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Congressman Paul Takes Aim at DC Gun Ban. 7 February 2008. "If the Supreme Court finds that the D.C. gun ban is a 'reasonable' limitation of Second Amendment rights, the Court could create a dangerous precedent for the nation in the future. Such a decision could open the door to further regulation on American citizens' Second Amendment rights on a large scale." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 6842. 111th Congress. Repealing Portions of the DC Firearm Ban. Ron Paul voted YES on 17 September 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. S 397. 109th. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Ron Paul voted NO on 20 October 2005. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Access 27/06/11. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America - April Ratings gave Representative Paul a grade of 100." (votesmart.org)

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  • Ron Paul. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ron Paul voted YES on 19 January 2011. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Full Transcript: ABC News Iowa Republican Debate. 10 December 2011. “But you talk about the-- the Obamacare using force, but that's all government is, is force. I mean, do you have a choice about paying Medicare taxes? So there's not a whole of different-- you're forced to buy insurance. That's one step further. But you have to stop with force. Once government uses force to mold behavior or mold the economy, they've overstepped the bounds and they've violated the whole concept of our revolution and our Constitution.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. CNN Southern Republican Debate. 19 January 2012. “The gentleman asked whether he thinks we can repeal Obamacare. Theoretically, we can. The likelihood isn't all that good. We can diminish some of the effect, but I'm more concerned about a bigger picture of what's happening. And that is, government involvement in medicine. […] We will get rid of all this government program, unfortunately because we're going bankrupt and you're going to have runaway inflation, and our checks are going to bounce. And that's going to be a lot worse problem than we're facing tonight.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. GOP Doctors Caucus: Six Months Later and ObamaCare Still Isn't Working. 22 September 2010. “The last six months have just confirmed what many of us knew before the bill was passed: expanding government control of health care is the wrong way to fix the numerous problems that were created by prior government interventions. Congress must repeal this bill and replace it with free-market and constitutional health care policies that put patients in charge of health care.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Authoritarianism is Bad for Your Health. 14 June 2010. “Polls show that a large majority of Americans don't want Obamacare. Congress should seize the opportunity to repeal the very worst aspect of this new legislation, namely the mandate that forces every American either to purchase health insurance or face an IRS penalty. This mandate represents nothing more than an unconstitutional, historically unprecedented gift to the insurance industry. [...] Congress should end the Obamacare mandate and allow market-based medicine to flourish.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Obamacare's Hidden Monstrosities: A Disaster Waiting to Happen. 26 May 2011. "The best answer, of course, would be to repeal the entire health care law, along with all other unconstitutional spending. But Congress is more likely to continue the shell game to cover the fact that we are broke and can afford none of this." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 3962. 111th Congress. Health Care and Insurance Law. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Ron Paul voted NO on 7 November 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 3590. 111th Congress. 2010 Affordable Care Act. Ron Paul voted NO on 21 March 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 2872 111th Congress. Health Care Reconciliation Act. Ron Paul voted NO on 25 March 2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • Ron Paul. HR 3590. 111th Congress. 2010 Affordable Care Act. Ron Paul voted NO on 03/21/10. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Introduction of The End of The Mandate Act. 15 March 2011. “Mr. Speaker, today I am introducing the End the Mandate Act. This legislation repeals the sections of the health reform law that force all Americans to purchase federally-approved health insurance plans. As two federal courts have ruled, forcing every American to obtain health insurance is a blatant violation of the Constitution. [...] Congress made a grave error by forcing all Americans to purchase health insurance. The mandate violates fundamental principles of individual liberty, and will lead to further government involvement in health care. I therefore ask all of my colleagues to join me in correcting this mistake by cosponsoring the End the Mandate Act.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Obamacare is Bad for Your Health. 13 June 2011. "Let me repeat: we need a system in America where patients pay cash for basic services, and carry insurance only for serious illnesses and accidents. 'Health maintenance' is the responsibility of each of us individually. We cannot continue to collectivize the costs of healthcare and expect things to get better. Authoritarianism is bad for your health. Congress should end the Obamacare mandate and allow market-based medicine to flourish." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Obama the Corporatist. 25 March 2011. "A careful examination of the policies pursued by the Obama administration and his allies in Congress shows that their agenda is corporatist. For example, the health care bill that recently passed does not establish a Canadian-style government-run single payer health care system. Instead, it relies on mandates forcing every American to purchase private health insurance or pay a fine." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. H.R. 4995. 111th Congress. End the Mandate Act of 2010. Introduced on 13 April 2010. Ron Paul was a SPONSOR. (www.govtrack.us)

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  • Ron Paul. HR 5281. 111th Congress. DREAM Act. Ron Paul voted NO on 8 December 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Numbers USA. 2011. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 29 July 2011. “As of February 25th, 2011, NumbersUSA - 2012 Presidential Hopefuls gave Representative Paul a grade of C- based on what Representative Paul says a President should do about immigration.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. CNN "CNN National Security Debate" – Transcript. 22 November 2011. “But, yes, we do have a national responsibility for our borders. What I'm, sort of, tired of is all the money spent and lives lost worrying about the borders between Pakistan and Afghanistan and forgetting about our borders between the United States and Mexico. We should think more about, you know, what we do at home. We need better immigration services, obviously. But, you know, if you subsidize something or give people incentives, you get more of it. So if you give easy road to citizenship, you're going to have more illegals.” (votesmart.org)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2009-2010. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 29 July 2011. “Representative Paul supported the interests of the American Immigration Lawyers Association - U.S. House 0 percent in 2009-2010.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Issue Position: Border Security and Immigration Reform. 25 May 2011. “End birthright citizenship. As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be citizens, the incentive to enter the U.S. illegally will remain strong. Pass true immigration reform. The current system is incoherent and unfair. But current reform proposals would allow up to 60 million more immigrants into our country, according to the Heritage Foundation. This is insanity. Legal immigrants from all countries should face the same rules and waiting periods." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "But I have a strong position on immigration. I don’t think that we should give amnesty and they become voters. But I do think we should deal with our borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Immigration and The Welfare State. 8 August 2005. “Amnesty for illegal immigrants is not the answer. Millions of people who broke the law by entering, staying, and working in our country illegally should not be rewarded with a visa. Why should lawbreakers obtain a free pass, while those seeking to immigrate legally face years of paperwork and long waits for a visa?” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration, and Control Act of 2005. Ron Paul voted YES on 16 December 2005. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

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  • Ron Paul. We The People Act. 4 March 2004. “I rise to introduce the We the People Act. [...] The We the People Act also protects the traditional definition of marriage from judicial activism by ensuring the Supreme Court cannot abuse the equal protection clause redefine marriage.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Ron Paul voted NO on 18 July 2006. Project Vote Smart Summary. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Republican Debate. 13 July 2011. "The federal government shouldn't be involved. I wouldn't support an amendment. But let me suggest -- one of the ways to solve this ongoing debate about marriage, look up in the dictionary. We know what marriage is all about. But then, get the government out of it. Why doesn't it go to the church? And why doesn't it to go to the individuals? I don't think government should give us a license to get married. It should be in the church." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "But on the issue of marriage, I think marriage should be between a single man and a single woman. And the federal government shouldn’t be involved." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. “Mr. Speaker, while I oppose federal efforts to redefine marriage as something other than a union between one man and one woman, I do not believe a constitutional amendment is either a necessary or proper way to defend marriage.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Ron Paul on Gay Marriage. 22 October 2007. “If you believe in federalism it’s better that we allow these things to be left in the state. My personal belief is that marriage is a religious ceremony and it should be dealt with religiously. The state really shouldn’t be involved. The state both federal and state-wise got involved mostly for health reasons 100 years ago or so but this should be a religious matter. All voluntary associations whether they’re economic or social should be protected by the law. But to amend the Constitution is totally unnecessary to define something that’s already in the dictionary. We do know what marriage is all about. We don’t need a new definition or argue over a definition and have an amendment to the Constitution. To me it seems so unnecessary to do that." (youtu.be)

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  • Ron Paul. Financial Fallacies. 25 May 2011. "In summary, privatizing Social Security is the best thing that can happen to all citizens, young and old alike. It doesn’t have to go into effect immediately, but once it does, the gains will be enormous. False accusations of 'the market' tanking are always taken over a very short sample size, and not a real retirement investment timeline. Short term, the markets are volatile. Long term, which is what retirement savings is based on, the broad market has always come out way ahead, especially when comparing it to fiat money." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Social Security: House of Cards by Ron Paul. 9 November 2004. "We've all heard proposals for 'privatizing' the Social Security system. The best private solution, of course, is simply to allow the American people to keep more of their paychecks and invest for retirement as they see fit. But putting Social Security funds into government-approved investments could have dangerous consequences." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. Why the Government Lies About Social Security. 26 May 2011. "The best way to fix the impending Social Security crisis is also the simplest: Allow younger individuals to opt out of the program and use their tax savings to invest privately as they see fit. This is the true private solution. Your money has never been safe in the government’s hands and it never will be." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Paul. End Social Security, Medicare, and the Welfare-Warfare State. 25 May 2011. "First, Congress needs to stop using payroll taxes for purposes not related to Social Security, which was a trick the Clinton administration used to claim balanced budgets. Second, Congress should eliminate unconstitutional spending – including unnecessary overseas commitments – and use the saved funds to help transition to a Social Security system that is completely voluntary. At some point in the near future Congress must allow taxpayers to opt out of federal payroll taxes in exchange for never receiving Social Security benefits." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 1996 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate all principles you support concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape or when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xd) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xe) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
Xf) Abortions should always be illegal.
g) Other

Indicate your position concerning affirmative action programs.

a) The federal government should consider preferences to minority-owned businesses in granting government contracts.
b) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
c) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
d) The federal government should provide affirmative actions programs as long as such programs do not include quotas.
Xe) The federal government should not provide any affirmative action programs.
f) Other
YesDo you support amending the US Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?

1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only.

Greatly Decreasea) AIDS Programs
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts funding
Greatly Decreasec) Education (K-12)
Greatly Decreased) Environmental programs
Greatly Decreasee) Housing projects
Greatly Decreasef) Job training programs
Greatly Decreaseg) Law enforcement
Greatly Decreaseh) Medicaid
Greatly Decreasei) Medicare
Greatly Decreasej) NASA
Greatly Decreasek) Student loan programs
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare (AFDC)
m) Other
Greatly Decreasen) Other
o) Other

2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas?

Yesa) Agriculture
Yesb) Education
Yesc) Farm subsidies
Yesd) Food stamps
Yese) Law enforcement
Yesf) Medicaid
Yesg) Medicare
Yesh) School lunches
Yesi) Welfare
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support regarding campaign finance reform.

a) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns and provide public funding for complying candidates.
c) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
Xd) Pass legislation that would encourage full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
e) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
Xf) Other

Get rid of gov. influence on the to remove incentive to `buy' the politicians.

Indicate which principles you support to address crime.

a) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for adult first-time felons.
Xe) Limit the number of appeals allowed to inmates on death row.
f) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
g) Expand funding for community policing programs.
h) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
i) Prosecute youths accused of murder as adults.
j) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
Xk) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xl) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
m) Other

Indicate what changes you support (if any) regarding funding for the following categories. Select one number only.

Greatly Decrease1) CIA appropriations
Greatly Decrease2) Defense plant conversion
Greatly Decrease3) Military hardware
Greatly Decrease4) Military space shuttle missions
Slightly Increase5) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Decrease6) Development of new weapons
Greatly Decrease7) Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
Slightly Increase8) Armed Forces personnel training
9) Other
No1) Do you support amending the United States Constitution to allow voluntary prayer and/or moment of silence in public schools?
No2) Do you support funding the National Service Program (Ameri-Corps) in which young people receive money from the federal government for college in return for performing community service?

3) Indicate which principles you support concerning education.

a) Maintain the national standards and goals set forth in "Goals 2000".
Xb) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
Xc) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
d) Implement charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues.
f) Other

Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources.

Xa) Transfer public lands, such as federal forests and range lands, to the jurisdiction of state and local governments.
Xb) Require the federal government to reimburse citizens when environmental regulations limit use of privately owned lands.
c) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
Xd) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
Xe) Utilize cost-benefit analysis to determine economic impacts of proposed environmental protection and cleanup legislation.
f) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
g) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the amounts charged to mining companies using federal lands.
h) Encourage development of alternative fuels and electric cars to reduce pollution.
i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
j) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
k) Require that a percentage of purchases made by federal agencies include recycled components.
l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution.
m) Other

Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.

Federal1) Border security
State2) Civil rights enforcement
Local3) Education
State4) Environmental cleanup
None5) Job training
State6) Law enforcement
None7) Low-income housing
State8) Medicaid
Federal9) Medicare
State10) Welfare (AFDC)
11) Other
Yes1) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Cuba?
Yes2) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Vietnam?
Yes3) Should the US recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
No4) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty?
No5) Should the US continue funding for Radio Marti and TV Marti?
No6) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Asia?
No7) Do you support the deployment of US troops to the former Yugoslavia?

8) Indicate your position concerning economic aid to Russia and the former Soviet republics.

a) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be increased to facilitate democracy and market reforms.
b) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be continued unless Russia exports nuclear weapons or related technology.
Xc) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be decreased and/or eliminated.
d) Other

9) Indicate which principles you support regarding US economic aid to foreign countries.

a) Foreign aid should only be given when extraordinary circumstances and disaster threaten the lives of civilian populations.
b) Foreign aid should be given to countries only when it is in the security interests of the United States.
Xc) Foreign aid should be eliminated from any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Foreign aid should be maintained at current levels.
Xe) Other

No foreign aid is authorized in the Constitution.

10) Indicate which principles you support regarding the United States - United Nations relationship.

a) The US should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
b) The US should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital US interests are directly threatened.
Xc) The US should use military force only when the US border or territories are attacked or American citizens are in danger.
d) The US should pay the money it owes to the United Nations.
Xe) The US should withdraw from the UN completely.
f) Other

Indicate which principles you support concerning gun issues.

a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms.
Xd) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms.
Xe) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms.
Xf) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered.
g) Other

Indicate which principles you support regarding America's health care system.

a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xb) Provide vouchers to the working poor so they can buy into a private health care plan.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
d) Support a "managed competition" health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
Xe) Provide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
Xf) Allow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
Xg) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xh) Encourage tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support concerning illegal drugs.

a) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
b) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
c) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
d) Require drug testing for federal employees in sensitive positions (Air Traffic Control, National Park Police, Secret Service, etc.).
e) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
f) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
g) Decriminalize the possession and private use of marijuana.
Xh) Other

The War on Drugs has failed. The Fed. gov should turn the responsibility over to the states.

Indicate which principles you support regarding issues relating to immigration.

Xa) Further limit the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens.
d) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States.
e) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
Xf) Restrict the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. AFDC, HUD housing, food stamps, etc.).
Xg) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship.
h) Other
NoShould the President be allowed to veto certain items of legislation while signing spending or tax bills into law?
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. Explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

Set a good example.

Indicate which principles you support regarding the poor and homeless.

Xa) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
b) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
c) Increase funding of programs that help alcoholics and drug addicts recover and find steady work.
d) Increase the minimum wage.
e) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
f) Provide government jobs for those who wish to work and cannot find a job in the private sector.
Xg) Increase the income tax deduction on individual contributions made to charities that help the poor and homeless.
Xh) Implement enterprise zones in communities with high unemployment.
i) Other

1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only.

Income Taxes

Eliminatea) Retiree income over $40,000
Eliminateb) Family income less than $25,000
Eliminatec) Family income $25-75,000
Eliminated) Family income $75-150,000
Eliminatee) Family income over $150,000

Other Tax Issues

Eliminatef) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateg) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseh) Charitable deductions
Eliminatei) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increasej) Corporate income taxes
Eliminatek) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Increasel) Estate taxes
Greatly Increasem) Medical expense deductions
Greatly Increasen) Mortgage deductions
o) Other
Yes2) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Yes3) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a broad-based consumption tax?
Yes1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?

2) If you support term limits, how many years should each serve?

Senator (years)

12

Representatives (years)

8

Indicate which principles you support concerning terrorism.

a) Relax current guidelines that forbid the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from investigating terrorist groups when there is a "reasonable indication" of terrorist activities.
b) Relax wiretapping restrictions to give the FBI broader authority to investigate terrorist suspects.
c) Require that chemical tracing agents be added to commercially-sold products that can be used to produce explosives.
d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals.
e) Grant broader authority to the US Immigration and Naturalization Service to deny entrance visas to terrorist suspects.
f) Maintain limits on the authority of federal agencies investigating suspected terrorists.
g) Restrict the investigative authority of the FBI and other governmental agencies.
Xh) Other

State law enforcement agencies should be more independent. Fed should have less jurisdiction.

No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries?
No3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
No4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
No5) Do you support lifting the trade embargo imposed against Cuba?
Undecided6) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes7) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?

Indicate which principles you support regarding unemployment.

Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
b) Increase funding for national job-training programs.
c) Increase funding for public works projects such as the repair of roads and bridges.
Xd) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xe) Establish enterprise zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
f) Overhaul the current unemployment system by focusing on training and education in skills needed in certain industries.
Xg) Eliminate any governmental programs designed to reduce unemployment.
h) Other

Indicate which principles you support regarding the US welfare system.

a) Strengthen child support collection procedures and increase penalties for parents who do not pay child support.
Xb) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
c) Require welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unemployed in the private sector.
Xd) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
Xe) Limit the benefits given to single women if they have additional children while receiving welfare benefits.
f) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
g) Provide rent or housing supplement vouchers for low-income families.
h) Make no substantial changes at this time.
i) Increase funding of programs that prevent teen pregnancy and family break-up.
Xj) Support programs that give incentives for employers to hire and train welfare recipients.
k) Other
1) Explain your two main legislative priorities if elected to Congress.

Reduce the size & scope of the Fed. Gov.

2) Should your priorities require additional government funding, please explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.

They don't!