Ron Paul in Tampa: A GOP Outsider’s Last Hurrah

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Texas Representative Ron Paul speaks at a rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Aug. 26, 2012

Tampa

The Sun Dome at the University of South Florida (USF) is typically filled with basketball fans and shouts of “Go Bulls!” But on the Sunday before the Republican National Convention, it hosted a different sort of enthusiast: libertarians yelling, “End the Fed!” As they did in 2008, dutiful supporters of presidential contender Ron Paul rallied to celebrate their hero before the official GOP gathering. About 11 miles from the hall where Mitt Romney is expected to accept the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday, the Congressman’s constituency made its voice heard.

Paul took the stage after almost five hours of other speakers, montage videos and musical acts. He spoke for more than an hour, criticizing the Federal Reserve, calling for an end to overseas wars and praising the virtues of individual liberty and small government. Paul also alluded to grudges with Republican National Committee members and Romney backers who had worked to keep Paul out of the spotlight. “We’ll get into the tent,” Paul told his supporters at the rally, “because we will become the tent eventually.” On Saturday, the 12-term Congressman and three-time presidential candidate told the New York Times that he had been offered a chance to speak at the convention — if the Romney team were allowed to vet his remarks and if Paul would unconditionally endorse the presumptive nominee. He didn’t agree.

For Paul to be officially nominated from the floor at the convention — which would guarantee high-profile coverage and a speech — he needed control of five state delegations. Some were still being contested as Republicans descended on Tampa, but Paul didn’t have the numbers. Campaign manager Jesse Benton said his team only had themselves to blame. But Romney co-opted a few of Paul’s delegates through a strategic use of Republican Party rules. “They definitely exploited their influence,” says 24-year-old Eric Brakey, one of Paul’s Maine delegates who was unseated and replaced by a Romney supporter. “We certainly feel disrespected by the Romney campaign.”

In the days leading up to the convention, party officials proposed a rule that would bar candidates from chasing unbound delegates at state conventions — Paul’s approach this election cycle. Those at the rally interpreted it as a means of stifling democratic competition. “They’ve learned how to bend rules, break rules and now they want to rewrite the rules!” Paul told the crowd. The thousands gathered in the Sun Dome — not quite filled to its 10,000-seat capacity — responded to his remarks with cheers, waving signs that read, “Ron Paul 2016!” and “Our country is sick. We need a doctor.”

Paul’s political relationship with Romney has been fraught but not entirely antagonistic. Throughout the primary, Paul attacked other candidates more than he did the former Massachusetts governor. “That made it pretty clear to anybody with brains that our side had started talking with the Romney people,” says a senior Paul staffer. And while the convention won’t feature a major role for Paul, he won’t be entirely absent either. Paul’s son Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has a prime-time speaking slot. A video tribute to Paul is on the schedule. More important, Paul’s fingerprints can be seen on the party’s official policy platform, which includes some of his pet issues, like giving Congress more oversight of the Federal Reserve. “To get the attention of the Establishment Republicans, where they felt compelled to talk about [auditing the Fed] in the platform,” Paul said at the rally, “I never dreamed.”

That doesn’t mean his supporters are ready to back Establishment Republicans. Some so-called Ronulans accuse Romney of paying lip service to their movement. “They want the youth that’s in this movement,” says Patricia Dixon, 80, who came to Tampa from the North Hollywood neighborhood in Los Angeles. “They want the fervor that’s in this movement. They think they can — excuse the term — trick us into supporting them.”

Despite the bitter feelings, Paul’s rally was in many ways cathartic. Delegates who will vote for Paul, with no hope of him becoming the nominee, stood and pumped their fists while the crowd cheered them on. They booed government restrictions on raw milk, cheered for obscure economists and scoffed at zinc pennies. Carol Paul, Ron’s wife for 55 years, was given a “first lady of liberty” award. Barry Goldwater Jr. told everyone that he takes life with a grain of salt “and a shot of tequila.” Blues Traveler’s John Popper raged on his harmonica and Jimmy Vaughan picked his guitar.

It was a fond farewell. Paul is expected to retire from Congress this year, and another presidential run is unlikely. Although he seems to hope that his son Rand will continue his legacy — a video tribute at USF hinted as much — the libertarian leader sounded a note of caution about the future. “We have to aim high. We have to be very idealistic. We have to use reason. And we have to have passion,” he said to great applause. Outside the rally, a large roadside sign flashed, “Vote for RON PAUL.” And then, “This is your last chance.”

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satta
satta

The majority of the Republican Party - not to mention the rest of the country - is not yet ready to accept the premise that our government does not act in our best interests.  However, this view has gained unprecedented traction through Ron Paul's last two runs at the presidency, with a number of Paul-influenced representatives in the Senate and the House as well as a significant number of state and county party organizations now controlled by Paul supporters.  

Will the movement's momentum  continue without Ron Paul or will it evaporate?  I think the answer lies in the living conditions in this country.  There never would have been a Ron Paul movement if economic conditions had not disaffected so may people.  If the economy continues to languish, people will keep looking for more satisfying answers than the bromides offered by the two party establishments, and the liberty movement may yet have its day.  As the Zen master said, "We'll see."

Terry Clifton
Terry Clifton

This may be our last time as a nation to finally get it. Ron Paul has been the voice in the wilderness. Obama and Romney have no use for our Constitution.  Both of them will continue to kill and maim the innocent people under the guise of fighting terrorism. Obama has no problem doing that (Yemen, 24 innocent women and children) and this is exactly why the blow back will keep coming to our cities for years to come. Ron Paul is the only one with the intelligence and guts to call it like it really is. We have been sticking our noses in other countries business for decades, and when it was our time to get it, over 3,000 of our citizens paid the price for our arrogance and meddling.

Ron Paul has been warning us about Corporatism and how the big banks are too cozy with the federal government.  Romney amp; Obama love them some big banks..

Ron Paul has called for all of our troops to be brought home..We are propping up the economies of over 65 foreign countries. We spend over 1 trillion dollars per year playing World Cop Team USA.

Ron Paul has the sanest economic, immigration, and education policies of the 3.

As long as the electorate has their hands out for the freebies, like the bums that line the corners, we are doomed to repeat this mistake until we fall into a fascist state.

I hope someone picks up and carries Dr. Paul's message..before it's too late..

davossherman
davossherman

"Another presidential run is unlikely."

Dictatorships don't elect presidents.

sacredh
sacredh

I've said many times on here that I respect the Ron Paul people because they're the most dedicated and fervent among all of the supporters of any presidential candidate. However, I seem to recall most of them saying they'd never support any candidate other than Ron Paul. They said they'd sit out the election rather than sell out and vote for mMitt Romney. Well guess what? The nomination is Mitt's and they've sold out.

Terry Clifton
Terry Clifton

Not me..I'm writing in Ron Paul..I don't care, he's my only choice. 

dissidentX
dissidentX

 Hey have you heard?

Obama's gonna take our guns! Oh wait, under Romney governance, certain guns that were legal became illegal because of his actions.

We must repeal Obamacare! Oh wait, Romney implemented socialized healthcare with the individual mandate long before Obama did.

Obama's gonna raise taxes! Oh wait, Romney as governor raised taxes. Even Obama hasn't done that yet.

We need SCOTUS picks that will reverse Roe v Wade! Oh wait, Romney is on record countless times supporting a woman's right to choose. Oh wait, Reagan himself gave us liberal judges.

If anyone preaches the mantra of "Anyone But Obama" (ABO), it should not include people like Joseph Stalin and Mitt Romney.

sacredh
sacredh

Ron Paul was the only hope for the country. If Ron isn't the republican nominee, I swear I'll vote for Obama before I vote for a crook like Romney.

peacock2828
peacock2828

If Paul isn't the nominee, I won't vote at all.

ERenger
ERenger

Me too! 

I'm voting for Obama just to show Romney he can't disrespect Ron Paul and his movement! 

Screw you, Romney!

Support Ron Paul, vote Obama!

Terry Clifton
Terry Clifton

Then you need to lie silent when Obama ruins what's left of this Republic. If you're going to vote for the devil..Then pack a sweater..

sacredh
sacredh

I'll vote for Obama just because the idea of Queen Ann in the White House sickens me. You know she'll tear out the shag carpeting and her show horses are going to sh1t everywhere.

cin
cin

 What you did there? I see it.

sacredh
sacredh

I'm sure I don't know what you're implying.

peacock2828
peacock2828

@olily:disqus  Don't worry.  Rand will inspire another generation of Ronulans (I prefer the term "Paulistinian," but that usually gets taken as anti-Semitic or anti-Arab).

sacredh
sacredh

Then I'll play. ;  )

cin
cin

 I'm kind of sad. This might be our last chance ever to play whack-a-Ronulan.

enginepe
enginepe

The Obama/Biden/Romney/Ryan ticket will win, and they have no clue how to drive this bus to safety. 

sqweasel
sqweasel

Having a plan does not mean your can drive safely.  The reason RP did not happen is that most people thought he would drive off a cliff.

enginepe
enginepe

We're already going off a cliff, chief.  

Oscar_DeGrouch
Oscar_DeGrouch

Have fun with the $2,000 that I donated to Ron Paul, Jesse.

Debbie Hanrahan
Debbie Hanrahan

I was a Republican for 35 years. I am now an Independent.  GWBush was the end for me.  I watched the party of a small strong central government become the party of inflated government intrusion into peoples lives, unjustified costs and increased deficit based on unjustified war.  I had hoped my party would regain their senses.  Instead they have moved so far right they resemble financial facists and Christian Sharia law.  Now they change rules and the idea of the GOP ever becoming a large tent is gone.  The Grand Old Party exists no more.

Doc3
Doc3

Yes and we now have the New Democratic Progressive Union Socialist Communist Party. Gone are the Blue Dogs and moderates all that are left is Obama, Peelosi, Reid and the Dirty Dogs, Rat Dogs, Yellow Dogs and Red Dogs.

It is time for a new party in this Nation that does represent the principals of small government, less spending, fewer wars, secure the borders and restoration of the Liberties in our Constitution. Maybe by 2016 what Dr. Paul has started will be able to challenge the norm.

Benevolent Lawyer
Benevolent Lawyer

 Obama is the best choice for ANY analytical, rational or  middle class

voter. I never thought I would write this since I am a Conservative. But

for me, at least right now, my only option is Obama/Biden 2012. Romney

is the LAST person I would EVER vote for. He ruined MA, and now he wants

to bring the same havoc to the national level.

http://blackrepublicanandmywor... 

FreedomForLiberty
FreedomForLiberty

 Are you serious? You do know that he voted for NDAA, that's means that he has the power to assassinate ANY American, or put them in jail over in CUBA for as long as he wants and you won't even get a trail. If you're found innocent, he can still keep you there. Also, if you don't know he has other alias such as Bobby Soetoro and Harrison J Bounel. His social security number doesn't come from Hawaii, but yet from Connecticut circa 1890. Sort of funny seeing what I had to provide just to prove I am who I am just to be in the Military, yet we don't even know who this man really is. And I don't know about you, but NOTHING has gotten better.  Be smart and do your homework.

Benevolent Lawyer
Benevolent Lawyer

Governor Romney passed a host of new tax and fee increases, hitting the corporate world hard and devastating job creation.

As Peter Nicholas, chairman of Boston Science Corporation, stated, “tax rates on many corporations almost doubled because of legislation supported by Romney.”

The Cato Institute reported that in his first year as Governor, Romney “proposed 140 [million] dollars in business tax hikes through the closing of ‘loopholes’ in the tax code.”

As Nicholas explains, “Romney’s tax policies were

not helpful for many small businesses…when Romney took many IRS subchapter S businesses in Massachusetts and almost doubled their tax rates, it was an important disincentive to investment, growth and job creation.”.   

As Joseph Crosby of the Council on State Taxation stated, “Romney went further than any other governor in trying to wring money out of corporations.”

Romney also raised taxes on business again in 2004 and 2005, for a grand total of 309 million dollars levied upon the corporate sector. He then increased taxes on business property , tried to raise taxes on hotels (but was

stopped by the DEMOCRAT legislature!) , joined a coalition lobbying congress to tax internet activity , and supported a tax on out of state commuters.

 Nor did Romney fight the passage of higher rates on death taxes; indeed, his official position on a state bill was “no position.”    Moreover. Governor Romney supported gas tax hikes both for Massachusetts and for the federal government. 

He also proposed a new excise tax on SUVs and a new sales tax on all used cars.

Indeed, Romney failed to reduce ANY of the myriad taxes Massachusetts imposes on its citizens, even though the previous two Republican governors, William Weld and Paul Cellucci, were both able to reduce tax  rates. 

As Governor Cellucci confirmed, Romney “did not have any broad-based tax cuts in his four years as Governor.”  Indeed, while Romney raised over a hundred

different fees and taxes, the two previous Republican governors signed more than 40 tax reduction bills, even though Democrats controlled the legislature.

For a detailed list of the fees and taxes raised by Romney, go here:  http://romneyfacts.com/assets/...

Benevolent Lawyer
Benevolent Lawyer

In fact, the top finance advisor to two prior Republican governors said Romney was distracted by political ambition in the final years of his term. "

The real tragedy of Romney's governorship is that he did not utilize his full capacity as governor," said Stephen P. Crosby, who served in the Cabinet of two previous Republican governors and advised the transition of Romney's Democratic successor. Crosby, dean of the University of Massachusetts' McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, praised Romney's leadership and business acumen but said he never delivered on promises to lure jobs to the state."

Benevolent Lawyer
Benevolent Lawyer

From Gingrich: Mr. Gingrich

previewed his line of attack at a Tea Party rally here on Thursday, in an effort to counter the Romney campaign ads that paint Mr. Gingrich as a Washington influence-peddler who earned $  1.6 million advising Freddie Mac,

which Republicans blame for the housing collapse. “I think someone who owns stock in a place that forecloses on Floridians has a lot of gall to start raising the issue,” Mr. Gingrich said. “We ought to find how much money has he

made over the years foreclosing on Floridians.”

Mr. Gingrich was referring to a report on, of all places, the left-leaning Web site Think Progress on Wednesday, which claimed that an examination of Mr. Romney’s personal financial disclosure from last year showed he and his wife owned shares of a Goldman Sachs fund that invested in mortgage-backed securities. It linked the fund to

“thousands” of foreclosure proceedings against Floridians. The tax returns Mr. Romney released this week also showed he held Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac investments.—

“We have to ultimately focus on beating Barack Obama,” he said, “but we’re not going to beat Barack Obama

with some guy who has Swiss bank accounts, Cayman Island accounts, owns shares of Goldman Sachs that forecloses on Floridians, is himself a stock-holder in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac while he tries to think the rest of us are too

stupid to put together the dots to understand what this is all about.” 

In a sign that Mr. Romney is worried about Mr. Gingrich’s appeal to Tea Party groups, the campaign sent two senior

surrogates to the rally to rebut Mr. Gingrich’s rhetoric for the news media.

Both Santorum and Gingrich banged on Romney for changing positions the pursuit of winning elections.

Benevolent Lawyer
Benevolent Lawyer

 

SANTORUM: Oh, look, I think what

Newt just talked about with going after Governor Romney's record in

Massachusetts is absolutely dead-on. Governor Romney's record in Massachusetts

is deplorable. It's not a conservative record. It's tax increases, as he

mentioned, $50 a taxpayer-funded abortions in "RomneyCare." There are

a whole host of fees and things that the governor put in place that, actually,

he even proposed and a Democratic legislature wouldn't go along with some of

his tax increases.

 

So you have a -- that's why I've been somewhat, you

know, hesitant to go after his Bain Capital record. I don't want to divert

attention away from his horrible record as governor and being a moderate to

liberal governor in Massachusetts. That's the record I want -- as Newt said,

gun control, abortion, and a very bad record on taxes and spending. Those are

the kind of things that I want to talk about here in South Carolina

Benevolent Lawyer
Benevolent Lawyer

The Republican presidential candidate appears to have profited from a marketing company that was contracted by the state of Massachusetts after receiving $5 million (£3.2 million) in financial backing from Bain Capital, Mr

Romney’s investment firm.

One of his vice-presidential candidate's brothers, who is a former Bain consultant, was at the time of the investment a senior executive at the marketing company, Imagitas, which was co-founded by another former Bain executive.

Both Mr Romney and Tobin Ryan, who omits his work at Imagitas from his corporate biography, also apparently stood to benefit from the $230 million (£146 million) sale of the company in 2005, while Mr Romney remained in office.

Massachusetts law requires that all state employees divest themselves of financial interests in private sector contracts with state agencies. At the time, failure to do so could have resulted in a $2,000 (£1,273) fine or a 2.5-year prison sentence. The potential punishments are now stronger.

Asked repeatedly by The Daily Telegraph throughout this week whether Mr Romney had indeed profited from the company, had been aware of the potential conflict of interest, or had taken any action to avoid one, his campaign and Bain Capital declined to comment.

The finding also sheds light on previously unnoticed connections between Mr Romney’s involvement in the private sector, government and campaign finance.

Imagitas donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Republican Governors’ Association while it was chaired by Mr Romney. A former Imagitas investor and director donates to both Mr Romney and Paul Ryan, who also received thousands of dollars in contributions from his brother Tobin.

Pro-transparency groups said that Mr Romney should have declared his interest, and lamented the cycle of cash through business and politics. Melanie Sloan, of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said the case

showed that “the problems of money in politics are legion”.

“Mitt Romney should have been extra careful,” said Ms Sloan. “That is part of the deal in politics. This appears to be a conflict of interest, and he should have disclosed his stake in a company that stood to gain from its work for his administration”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

Doc3
Doc3

 Obama is the worst thing to happen to this Nation since Carter and will go the way of Carter. The wallets of the Nation will speak with a clear voice in November and elect Anybody Butobama. He has ruined the Nation and spent us into insolvency. If you have not had the chance go see, "2016 Obama's America" before you vote.

Benevolent Lawyer
Benevolent Lawyer

Out of the 25 freshmen Republican Governors rated by the Cato Institute on fiscal issues, Romney had the 2nd worst score.

1. By Romney’s last year in office, Massachusetts was ranked by the Public Policy Institute of New York on its Cost of Doing Business Index, as the 4th most expensive state in which to do business in.  Data compiled by the Tax Foundation reveals that during Romney’s term, the per capita tax burden increased from 9.3% to 9.9%, a .6% increase.  In real dollars, the per capita tax burden increased 1175.71 dollars during Romney’s term.

2. Romney didn’t “turn a 3 billion dollar deficit into a nearly $1 billion surplus.” Rather, the deficit was 1.3 billion according to Factcheck.org and he balanced the budget with

mostly tax and fee increases with very little spending cuts.

3. According to the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation, Romney “proposed four budgets while in office…each budget increased spending over the previous year.”

. As Club for Growth echoed, Romney’s last budget “was a whopping 10.12% larger than the preceding fiscal year.”

Indeed, Carla Howell, president of the Massachusetts-based Center for Small Government, is blunt about Romney’s record: “Romney claims to have cut the Massachusetts budget by ‘2 billion.’ Sometimes he claims he cut it ‘3 billion’….but these cuts were merely budget games….not only did Mitt Romney refuse to cut the overall Massachusetts budget, he expanded it.

Dramatically….Romney initiated massive new spending –without any prodding.” 

4. The alleged budget surplus by Romney is also mythical. The Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation and the conservative Massachusetts think tank, Beacon Hill Institute, both challenged that notion. In fact, Romney left a

billion dollar deficit for his successor.

Benevolent Lawyer
Benevolent Lawyer

“During the four years Mitt Romney was governor of

Massachusetts, it had the second worst jobs record of any state in  America…it wasn’t a regional issue. The rest of New England created nearly 200,000 jobs.”

Job growth was devastated by Romney’s policies. The Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation says that under Romney, “job growth has been anemic.”.

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate was 5.2% when he assumed the governorship and 5.3% by the end of his term, a figure

significantly higher than the national average at the time of 4.6% (AND THOSE FIGURES WERE FROM A GOOD ECONOMIC TIME, NATIONALLY). But Romney’s unemployment figures are, in reality, 2-3 points higher than what they appear because Massachusetts was RANKED SECOND IN THE NATION FOR THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE GOING TO LOOK FOR WORK ELSEWHERE. Since they’re no longer residents, they weren’t counted in the employment

statistics.

According to job creation experts Andrew Sum and Joseph McLaughlin of Northeastern University, manufacturing employment during the Romney years “declined by 14%, the third worse record in the country.” 

The same scholars wrote that “from 2001 to 2006, Massachusetts ranked 49th in the nation in job creation…”

The Boston Globe business columnist Steve Baily wrote that “there are 40,000 fewer people in the workforce than when Romney took over.” 

This view was echoed by the Boston Herald’s business columnist, Bret Arends, who wrote,

“During the four years Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, it had the second worst jobs record of any state in America…it wasn’t a regional issue. The rest of New England created nearly 200,000 jobs.”

Another way to judge a state’s economy is to look at its Gross State Product and these statistics are kept by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Between 2001-2005, the percent GSP increase for Massachusetts was an anemic

8.44%, one of the lowest five-years increases in the country – 44th out of 50 states.

We’ll let labor market economist Andrew Sum summarize: “as a strict labor market economist looking at the record, Massachusetts did every poorly during the Romney years…on every measure  you’ve got, the state was

a substantial under-performer.”

chris
chris

It's true that the economy crashed under Bush in 2008, but do you remember that it crashed under Bush in 2001 as well?

2001 to 2008 (and present) has been one long prop-up of the economy.  Our debt and spending has been papered over, literally, with freshly-made, worthless pieces of debt.

What we're seeing now is not a Bush's fault vs. Obama's fault economic mess.  It is a failure of a fundametally flawed monetary system where a priveledged few benefit from the labor of the population by the threat of violence from the federal government.

End the Fed, and repeal legal tender law; problem solved.

anon76returns
anon76returns

Very interesting.  You think that America votes with its wallets?

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

 You must be one of those baggers who has forgotten that the economy crashed in 2008.  Before the election.

Or did you think everything would start over on January 20, 2009?

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

The question for those who left the GOP is who do you vote for? Voting for Romney only enables the party that drove you out in the first place. And if you're still embracing traditional R values, does that make you vote Democratic? Yes, there's Gary Johnson, but do you want to go that far with libertarian values, esp. if a defense hawk? Maybe you'll have to persuade Ron Paul to go third party.

chris
chris

It's important to remeber that we don't have a two party system.  We have two parties that want you to THINK we have a two party system.

A vote for anyone but R or D send the message that you're not happy with the big parties' candidates.

Phil Stanley
Phil Stanley

I will be joining you soon Debbie.  I've had enough of the GOP myself.  For all the same reasons you laid out and more.  GOP = No Integrity.  Corrupt to the core!

chris
chris

I'm staying, but I totally see where you guys are coming from.  Can't say I blame you.

I don't care how right (or left) a party leans, tho.  All I care about is that they 1) follow the constitution, and 2) leave me alone.

That being said, where's my party?

Citizen1985
Citizen1985

Ron Paul, thank you.

Gary Johnson, you have my vote.

rusty shackleforrd
rusty shackleforrd

Paul not only had what he needed, but more. Camp mitt obamney and RNc flat out cheated and stole this election.I'd go as far as to say Paul would have won this whole thing. I'll never vote republican again after what i've seen.C'mon Gary Johnson!

sqweasel
sqweasel

Dear Rusty, RP failed to get the votes in the primary hence his failure to get the nomination.  Doesn't matter since Mittens will fail as well.

chris
chris

RP ended up with 11 states, and was cheated out of 7 majorities my Romney's lawyers and state-level party bosses.

I can't fault you for not knowing that, since the media was astonishingly silent on the shenanigans...

Suzi Saul
Suzi Saul

The great and wonderful Romney...bah!!! He's trying to take away the liberties of the citizens of my country before he even gets to the election. What will he do if he actually wins this thing??? You think Obama is bad? Just wait! Not only is Romney trying to get rid of your neighbor's votes through voter suppression, he is trying to get Gary Johnson off the ballots. First it was Michigan, then Pennsylvania, now Iowa. I'm sure he won't stop trying to get rid of Gary, who has every right to campaign for POTUS, just as much right as Romney has, and just as much right as you or I have. Yet, he's trying to make sure the third candidate gets no votes, and he's trying to make sure Obama gets less votes.....by any means necessary. He is TERRIFIED he can't win on his own merits, so just as he will do anything he can not to pay his rightful taxes to our country (including paying taxes to a foreign country or shipping our jobs to a foreign country), he is doing anything he has to to suppress our votes and our CHOICES!!! ARE WE IN THE MIDDLE EAST WHERE THE VOTING IS RIGGED OR IS THIS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!!?????!!!!!

Down with DICTATOR ROMNEY!!!! Americans, what do we do with traitors?? Do we vote them into the highest position in the land?

Nick11766
Nick11766

No difference between Romney(care) and Obama(care), yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.

They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like "America Deceived II".

They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.

They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.

Impeach Obama, support Ron Paul.

Last link of "America Deceived II" before it is completely banned:

http://www.amazon.com/America-...

DeathofLiberty
DeathofLiberty

The author of this article is obviously poorly educated as evidenced by the "obscure economics" comment.  Is nature so obviously obscure?

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Yes, nature can be quite obscure. Meteorology is as scientific as possible but hardly precise. Quantum mechanics allows for multiple choice behaviors. Where is that AIDS cure, by the way? And it took a long time for scientists to find the Higgs boson (if it had been named the Higgs bosom, horny scientists would've found it long ago).

anon76returns
anon76returns

And what shall we make of the quality of your education if you conflate 'economists' with 'economics'?