Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ron Paul - Position on Issues

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Principles & Values

Ron Paul on Abortion
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  • Get the federal government out of abortion decision. (Nov 2007)
  • Delivered 4000 babies; & assuredly life begins at conception. (Sep 2007)
  • Sanctity of Life Act: remove federal jurisdiction. (Sep 2007)
  • Nominate only judges who refuse to legislate from the bench. (Sep 2007)
  • Save "snowflake babies": no experiments on frozen embryos. (Sep 2007)
  • No tax funding for organizations that promote abortion. (Sep 2007)
  • Embryonic stem cell programs not constitionally authorized. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • No federal funding of abortion, and pro-life. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 56% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)
Ron Paul on Budget & Economy
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  • Give up American empire; that reduces debt without sacrifice. (Dec 2007)
  • We spend too much, tax too much, & print too much money. (Dec 2007)
  • Restore GOP by returning to less gov't & fiscal conservatism. (Dec 2007)
  • Weak economy is source of resentment against immigrants. (Dec 2007)
  • Maintain the value of the dollar, unlike Federal Reserve. (Oct 2007)
  • Currency inflation counterfeits prosperity & destroys poor. (Oct 2007)
  • Can't legislate economic fairness; so make government small. (Sep 2007)
  • Prioritize spending based on Constitution--and lower it too. (Sep 2007)
  • Government out of regulating economy & out of our bedrooms. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Supports Balanced Budget Amendment & on-budget accounting. (Dec 2000)
  • Maintain public information about M3 money supply. (Mar 2006)
Ron Paul on Civil Rights
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  • Civil Rights Act was more about property than race relations. (Dec 2007)
  • Against ID for immigrants; it leads to national ID card. (Dec 2007)
  • Protect all voluntary associations; don't define marriage. (Oct 2007)
  • No legislation to counteract the homosexual agenda. (Sep 2007)
  • No affirmative action for any group. (Sep 2007)
  • No need for Marriage Amendment; DOMA is enough. (Sep 2007)
  • First Amendment was written for controversial speech. (Sep 2007)
  • Use power of presidency to restore habeas corpus. (Sep 2007)
  • Don't ask, don't tell is a decent policy for gays in army. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Rated 67% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 38% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 39% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
Ron Paul on Corporations
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  • Voted NO on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 46% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)
Ron Paul on Crime
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  • Changed opinion to anti-death penalty due to many mistakes. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposes "hate crimes" legislation. (Sep 2007)
  • Not appropriate to prosecute all illegal adult pornography. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposes the death penalty. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 60% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 11% by the NCJA, indicating a "soft-on-crime" stance. (Dec 2005)
Ron Paul on Drugs
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  • War on drugs is out of control; revert control to states. (Dec 2007)
  • Repeal most federal drug laws; blacks are treated unfairly. (Sep 2007)
  • Inner-city minorities are punished unfairly in war on drugs. (Sep 2007)
  • $500B on War on Drugs since 1970s has been a total failure. (Sep 2007)
  • Legalize industrial hemp. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • War on Drugs has abused Bill of Rights . (Dec 2000)
  • Legalize medical marijuana. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated A by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated +30 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Dec 2006)
Ron Paul on Education
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  • Close Dept. of Education, but don't dismantle public schools. (Dec 2007)
  • Don't impeach judges for decisions on legislature prayers. (Sep 2007)
  • Present scientific facts that support creationism. (Sep 2007)
  • Equal funds for abstinence as contraceptive-based education. (Sep 2007)
  • Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling. (Sep 2007)
  • Guarantee parity for home school diplomas. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 67% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Ron Paul on Energy & Oil
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  • Big Oil profits ok; Big Oil subsidies are not. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Repeal the gas tax. (May 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
Ron Paul on Environment
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  • Property rights are the foundation of all rights. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
Ron Paul on Families & Children
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  • Let parents decide on mental health screening for kids. (Jan 2005)
  • Voted NO on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 76% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
Ron Paul on Foreign Policy
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  • Cut off all foreign aid to Israel & to Arabs. (Dec 2007)
  • Get out of South Korea and let two Koreas unify. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush humble foreign policy was hijacked into nation-building. (Dec 2007)
  • Stop interfering with Latin America; talk & trade instead. (Dec 2007)
  • Empires usually end by spending too much to maintain empire. (Dec 2007)
  • Stronger national defense by changing our foreign policy. (Nov 2007)
  • No constitutional or moral authority for US action in Darfur. (Sep 2007)
  • Don't pressure Israel to give up land for promise of peace. (Sep 2007)
  • Not US role to monitor eradication of legal slavery in Sudan. (Sep 2007)
  • Avoid ratifying Law of the Sea Treaty. (Sep 2007)
  • Right to spread our values, but wrong to spread by force. (Aug 2007)
  • Our foreign policy is designed to protect our oil interests. (Jun 2007)
  • Bush mistake: ran on humble foreign policy; now runs empire. (Jun 2007)
  • Non-intervention is traditional American & Republican policy. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Foreign aid often more harmful than helpful . (Dec 2000)
  • Ban foreign aid to oil-producers who restrict production. (May 2001)
Ron Paul on Free Trade
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  • Block international highway from Canada to Mexico. (Dec 2007)
  • No North American Union; no WTO; no UN. (Sep 2007)
  • Inappropriate to impose sanctions for persecuting Christians. (Sep 2007)
  • China trade not contingent on human rights & product safety. (Sep 2007)
  • No NAFTA Superhighway from Canada to Mexico. (Sep 2007)
  • NAFTA superhighway threatens widespread eminent domain. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • No restrictions on import/export; but maintain sovereignty . (Dec 2000)
  • End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire . (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 76% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
Ron Paul on Government Reform
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  • Dismantle agencies that have no Constitutional role. (Dec 2007)
  • Put 65 projects into 2006 bills, worth $4B to his district. (Dec 2007)
  • No on all earmarks, even those he proposes for his district. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports compulsory term limits, not voluntary for himself. (Dec 2007)
  • DC voting representation should be determined by Amendment. (Sep 2007)
  • No federal voter ID card; but state ID cards ok. (Sep 2007)
  • Constitution was written to restrain the federal government. (Sep 2007)
  • We are drifting rather rapidly into a totalitarian state. (Sep 2007)
  • Disallow lawsuits that stop public officials invoking God. (Sep 2007)
  • End government secrecy; restore openness of information. (Aug 2007)
  • With neocon philosophy, Cheney is more powerful than Bush. (Aug 2007)
  • Signing statements erode constitutional balance. (Jul 2007)
  • Close departments of Energy, Education & Homeland Security. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit federal power, per the 10th Amendment. (Dec 2000)
  • Unlimited campaign contributions; with full disclosure. (Dec 2000)
Ron Paul on Gun Control
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  • Let airlines make rules about passenger guns to fight terror. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposes the DC Gun Ban; it's not just a "collective right". (Mar 2007)
  • Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms. (Nov 1996)
  • Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Support the Second Amendment . (Dec 2000)
  • Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
Ron Paul on Health Care
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  • Insurance companies & gov't make healthcare unaffordable. (Oct 2007)
  • Transfer funds from debt & empire-building to healthcare. (Oct 2007)
  • Socialized medicine won't work; nor managed care. (Oct 2007)
  • Managed care is expensive and hasn't worked. (Sep 2007)
  • Oppose mandated health insurance and universal coverage. (Sep 2007)
  • Not government's role to protect people like Terri Schiavo. (Sep 2007)
  • Insurance reward for avoiding tobacco, alcohol, obesity. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Abolish federal Medicare entitlement; leave it to states. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 56% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Prohibit mandatory mental health screen for students. (May 2007)
Ron Paul on Homeland Security
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  • We don't need any troops abroad--they don't help our defense. (Dec 2007)
  • Stop policing the world and we can get rid of income tax. (Dec 2007)
  • Bring all troops home from abroad & save $100B's every year. (Dec 2007)
  • 9/11 resulted from blasphemy of our bases in Saudi Arabia. (Dec 2007)
  • Suicide terrorism stops when we stop intervening abroad. (Dec 2007)
  • In wartime, people willing to sacrifice liberty for security. (Dec 2007)
  • We have a de-facto draft; we can achieve more in peace. (Dec 2007)
  • Protect against terrorism by understanding their motivations. (Dec 2007)
  • Violating habeas corpus will be used against us. (Sep 2007)
  • Protect military chaplains' right to pray in preferred faith. (Sep 2007)
  • Eliminate FBI & DHS; interpret intelligence intelligently. (Sep 2007)
  • Pre-emptive war is not part of the American tradition. (Jun 2007)
  • DHS is unmanageable bureaucracy--eliminate it. (May 2007)
  • Military aggressiveness weakens our national defense. (May 2007)
  • Be cautious about warrantless searches & habeas corpus. (May 2007)
  • Criticizes use of war on terror to curtail civil liberties. (Jan 2007)
  • Opposes Patriot Act & Iraq War. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted NO on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • End draft registration; all-volunteer forces . (Dec 2000)
  • Federal duty to provide missile defense . (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 67% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Terminate Selective Service. (Jan 2007)
Ron Paul on Immigration
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  • If economy were good, there'd be no immigration problem. (Dec 2007)
  • Amend Constitution to remove aliens' birthright citizenship. (Dec 2007)
  • Those who attack bilingualism are jealous & feel inferior. (Dec 2007)
  • No amnesty, but impractical to round up 12 million illegals. (Sep 2007)
  • Immigration problem is consequence of welfare state. (Sep 2007)
  • No amnesty, but border fence isn't so important. (Jun 2007)
  • We subsidize illegal immigration, so we get more. (Jun 2007)
  • Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 83% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Ron Paul on Jobs
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  • Right to organize; but no special benefits for unions. (Oct 2007)
  • Minimum wage takes away opportunities, especially for blacks. (Sep 2007)
  • No "sexual orientation" in Employment Non-Discrimination Act. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Rural Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 47% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a mixed record on union issues. (Dec 2003)
Ron Paul on Principles & Values
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  • Reagan ran on limited government, but increased its size. (Dec 2007)
  • Called Bush 41 a "bum"; didn't vote for Bush 43. (Dec 2007)
  • 99% no intention to run as independent if he loses GOP race. (Dec 2007)
  • Breaks one-day fundraising record: $6M at "Boston Tea Party". (Dec 2007)
  • Broke fundraising records by spontaneous support on Internet. (Dec 2007)
  • Only support GOP nominee if they end war & reduce spending. (Oct 2007)
  • Washington shouldn't dictate to us our personal behavior. (Sep 2007)
  • GOP will continue losing elections with current Iraq policy. (Sep 2007)
  • The champion of the Constitution. (Jun 2007)
  • Congress should write fewer laws regarding church & state. (Jun 2007)
  • Given epithet "Dr. No" by colleagues in Congress. (Jan 2007)
  • Religious affiliation: Protestant. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Republican Liberty Caucus. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 17% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Ron Paul on Social Security
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  • Never voted to spend one penny of Social Security money. (Dec 2007)
  • Allow young people to get out of the system. (Oct 2007)
  • Personal retirement accounts allow investing in one's future. (Sep 2007)
  • Federal government won't keep its entitlement promises. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 30% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Ron Paul on Tax Reform
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  • Doesn't want flat tax or consumption tax. (Dec 2007)
  • Get rid of IRS; get rid of income tax; get rid of spending. (Dec 2007)
  • I have never voted for a tax increase; and never will. (Nov 2007)
  • Immediately work to phase out the IRS. (May 2007)
  • Get rid of the inflation tax with sound money. (May 2007)
  • Campaign slogan in 2004: The Taxpayers' Best Friend. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Overhaul income tax; end capital gains & inheritance tax. (Dec 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 89% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Ron Paul on Technology
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  • No Fairness Doctrine: no equal time if morally objectionable. (Sep 2007)
  • Don't apply broadcast indecency rules to cable networks. (Sep 2007)
  • Trusts the Internet a lot more than the mainstream media. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on establishing "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet). (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on promoting commercial human space flight industry. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning Internet gambling by credit card. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access. (Feb 2002)
Ron Paul on War & Peace
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  • If Iran invaded Israel, it's up to Congress to declare war. (Dec 2007)
  • Israeli government & the neocons want US to bomb Iran. (Dec 2007)
  • Every country ended slavery without civil war; US could have. (Dec 2007)
  • Non-intervention means Congress declares war when threatened. (Dec 2007)
  • Congressional authorization needed to attack Iran's nukes. (Oct 2007)
  • Radicals come to kill us because we occupy their lands. (Sep 2007)
  • Talk to Iran like we talked to Soviets during Cold War. (Sep 2007)
  • Ronald Reagan had the courage to turn tail & run in Lebanon. (May 2007)
  • Intervention abroad incites hatred & attacks like 9/11. (May 2007)
  • When we go to war carelessly, the wars don't end. (May 2007)

    Iraq War

  • Different view on war because I adhere to the Constitution. (Dec 2007)
  • Iraq is not Nazi Germany; WWII opposition did not cause WWII. (Dec 2007)
  • Anger abroad at US for planning 14 permanent bases in Iraq. (Dec 2007)
  • Mercantilist oil dependency was reason for war. (Oct 2007)
  • We went into Iraq under false pretenses of WMD and 9/11. (Sep 2007)
  • Preemptive war is against Christian doctrine of just war. (Sep 2007)
  • No US role in autonomy for Christians in Iraq Nineveh region. (Sep 2007)
  • People saying "bloodbath" said "cakewalk": listen to dissent. (Sep 2007)
  • Take marching orders from Constitution; not from al Qaeda. (Sep 2007)
  • How many more lives lost just to save face? (Sep 2007)
  • Neocons hijacked our foreign policy to invade Iraq. (Sep 2007)
  • Iraq war is illegal; undeclared wars never end & we lose. (Aug 2007)
  • Neocons promoted Iraq war for years; not about Al Qaida. (Aug 2007)
  • We're more threatened now by staying in Iraq. (Jun 2007)
  • Stop policing Iraq's streets; have Iraqis take over. (Jun 2007)
  • We should have declared war in Iraq, or not gone in at all. (May 2007)
  • Opposes Iraq war and opposes path toward Iran war. (Jan 2007)

    Voting Record

  • Voted against war because Iraq was not a national threat. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
Ron Paul on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Bush's faith-based initiative is "a neocon project". (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to states. (Dec 2000)


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Abortion is a woman's right
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Get the federal government out of abortion decision: Opposes topic 1
Delivered 4000 babies; & assuredly life begins at conception: Opposes topic 1
Sanctity of Life Act: remove federal jurisdiction: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Nominate only judges who refuse to legislate from the bench: Opposes topic 1
Save "snowflake babies": no experiments on frozen embryos: Opposes topic 1
No tax funding for organizations that promote abortion: Opposes topic 1
No federal funding of abortion, and pro-life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 56% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Opposes topic 1
NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Favors topic 1
YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
No affirmative action for any group: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Rated 39% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action: Neutral on topic 2
YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Opposes topic 2
NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+2 points on Social scale)
Protect all voluntary associations; don't define marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
No legislation to counteract the homosexual agenda: Favors topic 3
No need for Marriage Amendment; DOMA is enough: Opposes topic 3
Opposes "hate crimes" legislation: Opposes topic 3
No "sexual orientation" in Employment Non-Discrimination Act: Opposes topic 3
Rated 38% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights: Neutral on topic 3
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC.: Opposes topic 3
NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-3 points on Social scale)
Don't impeach judges for decisions on legislature prayers: Opposes topic 4
Present scientific facts that support creationism: Favors topic 4
Disallow lawsuits that stop public officials invoking God: Strongly Favors topic 4
Protect military chaplains' right to pray in preferred faith: Favors topic 4
No Fairness Doctrine: no equal time if morally objectionable: Favors topic 4
Rated 76% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record: Strongly Favors topic 4
Rated 17% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Opposes topic 4
YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+2 points on Social scale)
Changed opinion to anti-death penalty due to many mistakes: Opposes topic 8
Opposes the death penalty: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 60% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation: Neutral on topic 9
Rated 11% by the NCJA, indicating a "soft-on-crime" stance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Opposes topic 9
YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Opposes the DC Gun Ban; it's not just a "collective right": Strongly Favors topic 10
Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Support the Second Amendment : Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Neutral on topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(0 points on Economic scale)
Transfer funds from debt & empire-building to healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Socialized medicine won't work; nor managed care: Opposes topic 5
Managed care is expensive and hasn't worked: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Oppose mandated health insurance and universal coverage: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Abolish federal Medicare entitlement; leave it to states: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Rated 56% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues: Neutral on topic 5
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Favors topic 5
YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Favors topic 5
NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Allow young people to get out of the system: Strongly Favors topic 6
Personal retirement accounts allow investing in one's future: Favors topic 6
Rated 30% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record: Strongly Favors topic 6
NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Favors topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling: Strongly Favors topic 7
Abolish the federal Department of Education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Rated 67% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education: Neutral on topic 7
YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Repeal the gas tax: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence: Opposes topic 18
NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+5 points on Social scale)
War on drugs is out of control; revert control to states: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Inner-city minorities are punished unfairly in war on drugs: Opposes topic 19
$500B on War on Drugs since 1970s has been a total failure: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legalize industrial hemp: Opposes topic 19
War on Drugs has abused Bill of Rights : Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legalize medical marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated A by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated +30 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Bush's faith-based initiative is "a neocon project": Strongly Opposes topic 20
Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to states: Strongly Favors topic 20
NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Opposes topic 20
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Repeal tax cuts on wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Doesn't want flat tax or consumption tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
I have never voted for a tax increase; and never will: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Campaign slogan in 2004: The Taxpayers' Best Friend: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Overhaul income tax; end capital gains & inheritance tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Phaseout the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 89% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Opposes topic 11
YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-5 points on Social scale)
No amnesty, but border fence isn't so important: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated 83% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No North American Union; no WTO; no UN: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Inappropriate to impose sanctions for persecuting Christians: Favors topic 13
China trade not contingent on human rights & product safety: Favors topic 13
No NAFTA Superhighway from Canada to Mexico: Opposes topic 13
No restrictions on import/export; but maintain sovereignty : Strongly Favors topic 13
End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire : Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 76% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+2 points on Social scale)
Bring all troops home from abroad & save $100B's every year: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Military aggressiveness weakens our national defense: Strongly Opposes topic 15
End draft registration; all-volunteer forces : Strongly Opposes topic 15
Federal duty to provide missile defense : Strongly Favors topic 15
Rated 67% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues: Neutral on topic 15
Terminate Selective Service: Opposes topic 15
NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Opposes topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors topic 15
NO on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 15
YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+2 points on Economic scale)
NO on banning soft money and issue ads: Opposes topic 16
NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions: Opposes topic 16
NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees: Favors topic 16
NO on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+5 points on Social scale)
First Amendment was written for controversial speech: Strongly Favors topic 14
We are drifting rather rapidly into a totalitarian state: Strongly Favors topic 14
Violating habeas corpus will be used against us: Strongly Favors topic 14
Be cautious about warrantless searches & habeas corpus: Strongly Favors topic 14
Criticizes use of war on terror to curtail civil liberties: Strongly Favors topic 14
Opposes Patriot Act & Iraq War: Favors topic 14
NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+5 points on Social scale)
Ronald Reagan had the courage to turn tail & run in Lebanon: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iraq war is illegal; undeclared wars never end & we lose: Strongly Favors topic 17
Neocons promoted Iraq war for years; not about Al Qaida: Strongly Favors topic 17
We should have declared war in Iraq, or not gone in at all: Favors topic 17
Opposes Iraq war and opposes path toward Iran war: Strongly Favors topic 17
Foreign aid often more harmful than helpful : Strongly Opposes topic 17
Ban foreign aid to oil-producers who restrict production: Opposes topic 17
NO on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Favors topic 17

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