Here’s some info on Congressman Ron Paul, who is trying for the Republican nomination for President in 2008. For those of you who don’t know, Paul was the Libertarian candidate for President in the early 90s.
Big government has had its chance. Now it’s time for real change. It’s time for Ron Paul.
Meet Congressman Ron Paul
Congressman Ron Paul is the leading advocate for freedom in our nation’s
capital. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Paul
tirelessly works for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free
markets, and a return to sound monetary policies. He is known among his
congressional colleagues and his constituents for his consistent voting
record. Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed
measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution. In the words of
former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Dr. Paul is the “one exception
to the Gang of 535″ on Capitol Hill.
Ron Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated
from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine,
before proudly serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during
the 1960s. He and his wife Carol moved to Texas in 1968, where he began
his medical practice in Brazoria County. As a specialist in
obstetrics/gynecolo gy, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies.
He and Carol, who reside in Lake Jackson, Texas, are the proud parents
of five children and have 17 grandchildren.
While serving in Congress during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr.
Paul’s limited-government ideals were not popular in Washington. In
1976, he was one of only four Republican congressmen to endorse Ronald
Reagan for president.
During that time, Congressman Paul served on the House Banking
committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and
an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve’s inflationary measures. He
was an unwavering advocate of pro-life and pro-family values. Dr. Paul
consistently voted to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending and
regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote the return of
government to its proper constitutional levels. In 1984, he voluntarily
relinquished his House seat and returned to his medical practice.
Dr. Paul returned to Congress in 1997 to represent the 14th
congressional district of Texas. He presently serves on the House
Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Foreign
Affairs. He continues to advocate a dramatic reduction in the size of
the federal government and a return to constitutional principles.
Congressman Paul’s consistent voting record prompted one of his
congressional colleagues to say, “Ron Paul personifies the Founding
Fathers’ ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his
principles will never be compromised, and they never are.” Another
colleague observed, “There are few people in public life who, through
thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles. Ron Paul is
one of those few.”
Brief overview of Congressman Ron Paul’s record:
He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.
He is the only Congressman who is consistently ranked # 1 by THE
CONSERVATIVE INDEX, routinely scoring a perfect 100%.
He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the
U.S. treasury every year.
Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation
each year, probably more than any single member of Congress.
http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=8Hfa7vT02lA , Ron Paul’s responses from
the May 3, 2007 GOP debate.
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