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    Ron Paul got his
Think Progress: Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), a libertarian hero, last year said that allowing Social Security to exist is akin to permitting slavery. But during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, Paul admitted to the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein that he collects Social Security checks anyway:

STEIN: A bit of a personal question then, are you on Social Security? Do you get Social Security checks?
PAUL: I do.
STEIN: Well, I mean, is there — you just told younger generations that they should ween themselves off this social contract.
PAUL: That is true.
STEIN: But you haven’t done it yourself…Don’t you think you chould have set a good example for the future generations. You’re not the wealthiest man in congress, I know that, but you have enough means to take care of yourself in retirement…Couldn’t you have set an example?
PAUL: No. I think the programs are so designed, just as I use the post office too, I use government highways, I do that too, I use the banks, the federal reserve system, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work to remove this in the same way on Social Security.

It’s ‘the system,’ man. So while Paul got his, he’s working to cancel yours.

    Ron Paul got his

    Think Progress: Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), a libertarian hero, last year said that allowing Social Security to exist is akin to permitting slavery. But during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, Paul admitted to the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein that he collects Social Security checks anyway:

    STEIN: A bit of a personal question then, are you on Social Security? Do you get Social Security checks?

    PAUL: I do.

    STEIN: Well, I mean, is there — you just told younger generations that they should ween themselves off this social contract.

    PAUL: That is true.

    STEIN: But you haven’t done it yourself…Don’t you think you chould have set a good example for the future generations. You’re not the wealthiest man in congress, I know that, but you have enough means to take care of yourself in retirement…Couldn’t you have set an example?

    PAUL: No. I think the programs are so designed, just as I use the post office too, I use government highways, I do that too, I use the banks, the federal reserve system, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work to remove this in the same way on Social Security.

    It’s ‘the system,’ man. So while Paul got his, he’s working to cancel yours.

    — 2 years ago with 25 notes
    #class war  #news  #politics  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #conservatives  #GOP  #got his  #hypocrite  #libertarian  #Republicans  #Ron Paul  #social security  #wants yours cancelled 
    RON PAUL fanatics are probably not making many friends at state caucuses – Over the weekend, Ron Paul won Maine and Nevada, gaining 20 of 24 delegates in Maine, and 22 of 25 in Nevada. In addition to the chaos that Paul will cause at the national convention, consider how this makes the average Republican caucus-goer feel. You make a good faith effort to vote, you leave the caucus with the impression that you elected a delegate loyal to your candidate, and then you find out that your vote didn’t matter at all because some Paulist used a technicality to essentially unseat the person for whom you voted. – Balloon Juice
NOW IDAHO — This year, contingencies are being planned to respond to Paulians. And one reason the campaign is quiet about the strategy (multiple reporters told me last week that they were having more luck with scared Romney supporters than with proud Paul supporters) is because it can be thwarted with enough warning. In Idaho, Paulians have eight days to win district delegates. — Dave Weigel, Slate

    RON PAUL fanatics are probably not making many friends at state caucuses – Over the weekend, Ron Paul won Maine and Nevada, gaining 20 of 24 delegates in Maine, and 22 of 25 in Nevada. In addition to the chaos that Paul will cause at the national convention, consider how this makes the average Republican caucus-goer feel. You make a good faith effort to vote, you leave the caucus with the impression that you elected a delegate loyal to your candidate, and then you find out that your vote didn’t matter at all because some Paulist used a technicality to essentially unseat the person for whom you voted. – Balloon Juice

    • NOW IDAHO — This year, contingencies are being planned to respond to Paulians. And one reason the campaign is quiet about the strategy (multiple reporters told me last week that they were having more luck with scared Romney supporters than with proud Paul supporters) is because it can be thwarted with enough warning. In Idaho, Paulians have eight days to win district delegates. — Dave Weigel, Slate
    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #ron paul  #lol  #republicans  #maine  #nevada  #idaho  #tampa 

    RON PAUL supporters are causing Mitt Romney major headaches in Nevada and Maine.

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #lol  #news  #politics  #ron paul  #mitt romney  #nevada  #maine  #republicans  #gop 
    "THE RON PAUL insurrection in Tampa – The McCain camp was forced to fight off an insurrection on the 2008 convention floor from delegates supporting Ron Paul in what was at the time a very underreported story. It looks like the Paulites are burrowing themselves in deeply this time around, too, controlling more delegates than he “deserves” by taking advantage of the byzantine delegate-nominating process."
    — 2 years ago
    #news  #politics  #ron paul  #tampa  #insurrection  #delegates 
    [“Ron Paul with sad meat.” Image: ccindecision]
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Where is Ron Paul? — Two things Ron Paul isn’t doing: He’s not winning — he has yet to place first in a primary or a caucus, either this cycle or last. And he isn’t making a lot of appearances on the campaign trail — over the past week, he has held only three campaign events, while his rivals’ events have numbered in the dozens. Four things Paul is doing: He’s appearing on late-night TV; he’s having a town hall at the University of Maryland in College Park on Wednesday; he’s holding what his campaign describes as a “giant” rally on Thursday at the University of Wisconsin in Madison; and he’s airing TV ads criticizing his rivals over last week’s Etch a Sketch incident. 

    [“Ron Paul with sad meat.” Image: ccindecision]

    Where is Ron Paul? — Two things Ron Paul isn’t doing: He’s not winning — he has yet to place first in a primary or a caucus, either this cycle or last. And he isn’t making a lot of appearances on the campaign trail — over the past week, he has held only three campaign events, while his rivals’ events have numbered in the dozens. Four things Paul is doing: He’s appearing on late-night TV; he’s having a town hall at the University of Maryland in College Park on Wednesday; he’s holding what his campaign describes as a “giant” rally on Thursday at the University of Wisconsin in Madison; and he’s airing TV ads criticizing his rivals over last week’s Etch a Sketch incident. 

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #news  #politics  #ron paul  #might as well go edit some newsletters  #done and done 
    NY GOP lawmaker says she’d vote for Obama, that Republicans would “take women back decades” →

    How refreshing — real honesty from a Republican. And from a woman, naturally.  Cheers, Assemblywoman!

    Asked which Republican candidate she supports, New York Assemblyman Teresa Sayward (R) replied:

    SAYWARD: I do not have a favorite in the presidential race, if I had to vote today, I’d vote for Obama.

    INTERVIEW: Really?

    SAYWARD: Absolutely… Because I really, truly think that the candidates that are out there today for the Republican side would take women back decades.

    Why do I say naturally the honesty came from a woman? Because Republican men neither care nor realize what they sound like to us. Just listen to them. I’m sure women in the GOP can hear them too.

    — 2 years ago with 16 notes
    #news  #politics  #vote!  #GOP  #Mitt Romney  #Newt Gingrich  #President Obama  #Republicans  #rick santorum  #Ron Paul  #take women back decades  #Teresa Sayward  #vote for obama  #women 
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So this happened - Mitt Romney has morphed from the inevitable candidate into a Sisyphean character. The former Massachusetts governor, with the looks, pedigree and resume tailor-made for a White House run, was forced to push the rock once again up the proverbial hill on Super Tuesday, falling well short of breaking away from the rest of the field. A squeaker of a win over Rick Santorum in Ohio was, as GOP strategist Alex Castellanos called it on CNN, a “near-death experience” for his campaign. That it was coupled with defeats in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Dakota, made it all the more difficult to swallow.
Santorum camp asking conservatives to pressure Gingrich to drop out - Rick Santorum’s campaign is calling on conservatives to pressure Newt Gingrich to abandon his bid for the White House, a senior adviser told reporters tonight. Senior campaign strategist John Brabender said the key for the campaign going forward will be creating an opportunity to challenge Mitt Romney one-on-one, though Brabender maintained the Santorum campaign would not directly call on Gingrich to drop out of the race. ”We’re never going to call on anybody to get out, but what we are calling is on Tea Party supporters and conservatives is to rally behind the only candidate that has demonstrated over and over again that he’s the one who can compete against Mitt Romney,” Brabender said.

    So this happened - Mitt Romney has morphed from the inevitable candidate into a Sisyphean character. The former Massachusetts governor, with the looks, pedigree and resume tailor-made for a White House run, was forced to push the rock once again up the proverbial hill on Super Tuesday, falling well short of breaking away from the rest of the field. A squeaker of a win over Rick Santorum in Ohio was, as GOP strategist Alex Castellanos called it on CNN, a “near-death experience” for his campaign. That it was coupled with defeats in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Dakota, made it all the more difficult to swallow.

    • Santorum camp asking conservatives to pressure Gingrich to drop out - Rick Santorum’s campaign is calling on conservatives to pressure Newt Gingrich to abandon his bid for the White House, a senior adviser told reporters tonight. Senior campaign strategist John Brabender said the key for the campaign going forward will be creating an opportunity to challenge Mitt Romney one-on-one, though Brabender maintained the Santorum campaign would not directly call on Gingrich to drop out of the race. ”We’re never going to call on anybody to get out, but what we are calling is on Tea Party supporters and conservatives is to rally behind the only candidate that has demonstrated over and over again that he’s the one who can compete against Mitt Romney,” Brabender said.
    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #politics  #news  #super tuesday  #mitt romney  #rick santorum  #newt gingrich  #ron paul 
    image: alapoet
Paul: Nothing Wrong With Obama’s Apology Over Koran-Burning Incident - On CNN’s State of the Union, Ron Paul said he doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with an apology that might calm things down. “I don’t think it wrong, but it’s pretty much irrelevant. But I think Republicans who are condemning it are a little bit over the top too.” The other Republican candidates attacked the President for his apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the an incident in which U.S. service members burned Korans on a base in Afghanistan.
(That’s all fine and good but, still, on women’s rights and choices, Ron Paul is just like the rest.)  

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    Paul: Nothing Wrong With Obama’s Apology Over Koran-Burning Incident - On CNN’s State of the Union, Ron Paul said he doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with an apology that might calm things down. “I don’t think it wrong, but it’s pretty much irrelevant. But I think Republicans who are condemning it are a little bit over the top too.” The other Republican candidates attacked the President for his apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the an incident in which U.S. service members burned Korans on a base in Afghanistan.

    (That’s all fine and good but, still, on women’s rights and choices, Ron Paul is just like the rest.)  

    — 2 years ago with 173 notes
    #news  #politics  #afghanistan  #ron paul  #president obama  #apology  #burning korans 
    image: current
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Santorum: Romney and Paul in ‘coordination’ against me (or the calculated alliance between Romney and Paul to vote Santorum off the island) - “I felt like, you know, messages were being slipped behind my chair,” he added. Santorum’s remarks, which came in response to a question from a member of the audience, reflect growing attention on a theory about an unlikely political partnership. “It is pretty remarkable in 20 debates that Ron Paul has never attacked Mitt Romney,” Santorum said. Calling him Romney’s “wingman,” Santorum said of Paul, “he is no conservative,” adding, “we don’t need the Ron Paul faction and the moderate establishment teamed up to attack the real conservative in this race.”

    image: current

    Santorum: Romney and Paul in ‘coordination’ against me (or the calculated alliance between Romney and Paul to vote Santorum off the island) - “I felt like, you know, messages were being slipped behind my chair,” he added. Santorum’s remarks, which came in response to a question from a member of the audience, reflect growing attention on a theory about an unlikely political partnership. “It is pretty remarkable in 20 debates that Ron Paul has never attacked Mitt Romney,” Santorum said. Calling him Romney’s “wingman,” Santorum said of Paul, “he is no conservative,” adding, “we don’t need the Ron Paul faction and the moderate establishment teamed up to attack the real conservative in this race.”

    — 2 years ago with 17 notes
    #news  #politics  #rick santorum  #ron paul  #mitt romney  #romney - paul alliance  #paul is romney's wingman  #lol 
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Santorum makes zero mention of jobs in CNN debate - In total, the four GOP contenders mentioned the word “jobs” only 10 times over the span of two hours — and former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) uttered the word a grand total of zero times. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said the word four times each. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) mentioned it twice (one of those mentions was in reference to “the job Barack Obama isn’t doing”). Moderator John King said the word “jobs” four times.

    image: socialistexan

    Santorum makes zero mention of jobs in CNN debate - In total, the four GOP contenders mentioned the word “jobs” only 10 times over the span of two hours — and former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) uttered the word a grand total of zero times. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said the word four times each. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) mentioned it twice (one of those mentions was in reference to “the job Barack Obama isn’t doing”). Moderator John King said the word “jobs” four times.

    — 2 years ago with 29 notes
    #news  #politics  #jobs  #gop debate  #rick santorum  #mitt romney  #newt gingrich  #ron paul  #unemployment  #one percent  #99%  #gop  #republicans 
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Tonight’s GOP debate: will Rick Santorum embrace his religious fanaticism? Will there be starbursts?
Jed Lewison brings up a good point about tonight’s GOP debate – Rick Santorum’s answer to the religion question will define Wednesday’s debate:

With Rick Santorum’s radical views on the role of religion in public life under fire not just from those of us on the left but also Mitt Romney’s allies in the Republican establishment, here’s an easy prediction for tomorrow’s debate: How Santorum handles the “are you a religious fanatic and/or would you govern as one?” question will define the debate. Thanks to Newt Gingrich’s famous outburst, John King might not have the guts to open the debate with that question, but there’s no way he can avoid asking it without looking like a total idiot. When he does, if Santorum betrays even a hint of defensiveness in his answer, it could be a disaster for his candidacy. On the other hand, if he goes on the attack against his critics, it could send starbursts flying throughout the GOP and presage a mad rush to his candidacy like the one Gingrich experienced in South Carolina.

Will the typically angry, low-info, resentful, cheering-for-executions-and-deaths-of-the-uninsured teabaggy audience applaud louder for an American Theocracy as envisioned by the little mullah, or for an American Plutocracy as plotted by the King of Bain? Tune in! 
February 22, 2012: 8pm ET on CNN – Live StreamLocation: Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, ArizonaSponsor: CNN and the Republican Party of ArizonaParticipants: Romney, Santorum, Paul, Gingrich

    Tonight’s GOP debate: will Rick Santorum embrace his religious fanaticism? Will there be starbursts?

    Jed Lewison brings up a good point about tonight’s GOP debate – Rick Santorum’s answer to the religion question will define Wednesday’s debate:

    With Rick Santorum’s radical views on the role of religion in public life under fire not just from those of us on the left but also Mitt Romney’s allies in the Republican establishment, here’s an easy prediction for tomorrow’s debate: How Santorum handles the “are you a religious fanatic and/or would you govern as one?” question will define the debate. Thanks to Newt Gingrich’s famous outburst, John King might not have the guts to open the debate with that question, but there’s no way he can avoid asking it without looking like a total idiot. When he does, if Santorum betrays even a hint of defensiveness in his answer, it could be a disaster for his candidacy. On the other hand, if he goes on the attack against his critics, it could send starbursts flying throughout the GOP and presage a mad rush to his candidacy like the one Gingrich experienced in South Carolina.

    Will the typically angry, low-info, resentful, cheering-for-executions-and-deaths-of-the-uninsured teabaggy audience applaud louder for an American Theocracy as envisioned by the little mullah, or for an American Plutocracy as plotted by the King of Bain? Tune in! 

    February 22, 2012: 8pm ET on CNNLive Stream
    Location: Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona
    Sponsor: CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona
    Participants: Romney, Santorum, Paul, Gingrich

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #news  #politics  #religion  #another one!  #GOP  #gop debate  #Jesus  #king of bain  #Mitt Romney  #Newt Gingrich  #plutocracy  #president of your bedroom  #religious fanatic  #religious fanaticism  #Republicans  #rick santorum  #Ron Paul  #theocracy 
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Arizona Republican debate on Wednesday at 8pm ET - The final four have not shared a stage in almost a month: Not since Romney won Florida, Nevada and Maine. Not since Santorum triumphed in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. Not since Paul won — well, Paul won nowhere, though he told me on CNN’s “State of the Union,” “It all depends on how you measure winning … the bottom line is who is going to get the delegates … and we think we’re doing pretty good.” Also not winning anywhere since the last debate is Gingrich, who retains his down-but-never-out storyline. The former House speaker promised recently, “I have been front-runner twice. I suspect I’ll be the front-runner again in a few weeks.”

    Arizona Republican debate on Wednesday at 8pm ET - The final four have not shared a stage in almost a month: Not since Romney won Florida, Nevada and Maine. Not since Santorum triumphed in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. Not since Paul won — well, Paul won nowhere, though he told me on CNN’s “State of the Union,” “It all depends on how you measure winning … the bottom line is who is going to get the delegates … and we think we’re doing pretty good.” Also not winning anywhere since the last debate is Gingrich, who retains his down-but-never-out storyline. The former House speaker promised recently, “I have been front-runner twice. I suspect I’ll be the front-runner again in a few weeks.”

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #news  #politics  #gop  #republicans  #arizona  #debate  #rick santorum  #mitt romney  #ron paul  #newt gingrich 
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Ron Paul warns U.S. ‘slipping into a fascist system’ - The White House hopeful said the country had been on the wrong course ever since President Woodrow Wilson, who helped establish the U.S. Federal Reserve in 1913. Paul often laments the increased size of the government over the last 100 years and the move away from the gold standard. He has also voiced concerns about American’s civil liberties. “We’ve slipped away from a true Republic,” Paul said. “Now we’re slipping into a fascist system where it’s a combination of government and big business and authoritarian rule and the suppression of the individual rights of each and every American citizen.”

    Ron Paul warns U.S. ‘slipping into a fascist system’ - The White House hopeful said the country had been on the wrong course ever since President Woodrow Wilson, who helped establish the U.S. Federal Reserve in 1913. Paul often laments the increased size of the government over the last 100 years and the move away from the gold standard. He has also voiced concerns about American’s civil liberties. “We’ve slipped away from a true Republic,” Paul said. “Now we’re slipping into a fascist system where it’s a combination of government and big business and authoritarian rule and the suppression of the individual rights of each and every American citizen.”

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #ron paul  #same shit different day  #ron paul warns us about things  #federal reserve!  #gold standard!  #fascist system!