Archive for April, 2012

April 30, 2012

Thoughts on the Paul-Krugman Debate

by Eric T. Phillips

Krugman had no substantive responses to Ron Paul’s arguments. He stated from the outset that he took it for granted that the Federal Reserve should be in charge of monetary policy, dismissing Ron Paul’s arguments as left overs from the world of a 150 years ago. When Dr. Paul correctly retorted that Krugman’s arguments have their roots in the government debasement of coins, which has been happening for thousands of years, Krugman scoffed at talking about ancient history. Even though he brought it up. “I am not a supporter of the economic policies of Emperor Diocletian,” he told us. (Though he later followed up on his blog, after bragging about that oh-so-witty response, that “we really don’t know what happened” during the Diocletian era. So maybe he is a supporter of Diocletian after all).

Krugman argued–or rather, asserted–that the 1950’s represented a golden age of government management of the economy. He never responded to Ron Paul’s argument that the postwar era reveals Keynesianism as the fraud it is since the massive decrease in government spending after the war did not lead to a depression, as the Keynesians of the time predicted so confidently.

Bringing up Milton Friedman is the only thing I don’t think Dr. Paul should have done. Friedman was terrible on monetary policy, and while Paul knows this and was making a valid point, bringing him up gave Krugman the opportunity to use his “even Milton Friedman would think you are crazy” routine.

April 30, 2012

Ron Paul v. Paul Krugman

by Eric T. Phillips

The much anticipated debate:

April 30, 2012

Marco Rubio on the NDAA Indefinite Detention Bill

by Eric T. Phillips

Marco Rubio explains his position on the NDAA to a Ron Paul supporter at CPAC. Can you guess his position?

April 30, 2012

Ron Paul: The Last (Non-Romney) Man Standing

by Eric T. Phillips

James Antle III reports on the Ron Paul movement’s continuing insurgent strategy:

Ron Paul supporters continue to fight on at Republican caucuses and conventions. Last weekend, they won at the Louisiana caucuses even though Paul managed just 6 percent of the vote in the state’s primary earlier this year. The Paulites carried the 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th congressional districts. According to one count, 74 percent of the delegates elected to the state convention Saturday were Paul supporters…

That same day, Ron Paul supporters were elected chairman and vice chairman of the Alaska Republican Party. Paul finished third in the popular vote in Alaska’s caucuses, but his supporters joined with former Tea Party Senate candidate Joe Miller to dominate the state convention. According to Politico, “It’s more evidence of the political maturation of the Paul forces, who are beginning to seize the levers of powers from within state parties.”

Read the rest.

April 28, 2012

Adam Kokesh on Marco Rubio

by Eric T. Phillips

Adam is pissed:

April 27, 2012

“The Most Hawkish Foreign Policy Speech Since Woodrow Wilson”

by Eric T. Phillips

Some reactions to Rubio’s war-mongering speech.

Michael Brendan Dougherty:

It is also very clear that Rubio was aiming his remarks partly at Ron Paul and Rand Paul, who have successfully built a small bloc of conservative Republicans who have grown skeptical of using America’s military to fix any and all problems on planet earth. “I recently joked that today, in the U.S. Senate, on foreign policy, if you go far enough to the right, you wind up on the left,” he said.

Rubio’s speech is a remarkable political document. It shows that some Senators have learned nothing from the past decade.

Pat Buchanan:

John Quincy Adams’ declaration that America goes not “abroad in search of monsters to destroy,” says Rubio, is an idea that he rejects.

A wiser guide, said the senator, is Bob Kagan, Barack Obama’s favorite neocon, who calls it a myth that America is in decline and who urges a more robust and interventionist foreign policy.

Rubio says that on arrival in the Senate, he was astonished to find conservative colleagues advocating “withdrawal from Afghanistan and staying out of Libya.”

“Today in the U.S. Senate, on foreign policy, if you go far enough to the right, you wind up on the left,” Rubio joked.

But is it leftist for senators, after 10 years of fighting two wars, with 6,500 dead, 40,000 wounded, $2 trillion sunk and a harvest of hatred reaped, to think that perhaps it may not have been wise to plunge into Mesopotamia and the Hindu Kush?

Tim Stanley:

Rubio’s target is obvious: Ron Paul, Rand Paul, and those elements of the Tea Party Right that dissented on Libya. Given that it barely scraped 20 percent in most primaries, it’s amazing how much the Paulite revolt seems to have upset the Republican establishment. In fact, Rubio’s entire speech (and it’s a long one) reads like a step-by-step rebuttal of the Paulite critique of neoconservative foreign policy – the belief that America has a moral duty and a strategic interest to promote global democracy…

Apparently, if some goatherd in the mountains of Afghanistan loses one of his flock to a landmine, the consequences for Topeka, Kansas could be terrible. The absurdity of the theory that literally every security problem in the world is a direct threat to the United States is but one example of Rubio’s naïveté. In his vision, America never makes mistakes and everyone loves it. Small nations regard the US as their protector against bigger nations, whose wickedness is irrational: “Other countries look apprehensively on the growing influence of newly emerging powers in their midst, and look to the U.S. to counterbalance them.”


April 26, 2012

More TSA Outrages

by Eric T. Phillips

While passing through security at a Kansas airport recently, a grandmother and her 4-year-old granddaughter were accosted by TSA agents. The little girl committed the crime of running over to hug her grandmother while she was in line for a pat-down. Mary Theroux explains what happened next:

TSA agents, as is their wont, couldn’t handle normal human behavior and instead interpreted the contact as sinister, declaring that the grandmother had passed a gun to the little girl during the exchange. One officer repeatedly said she had “seen a gun in a teddy bear” in the past…

Not surprisingly, the agents’ antics drove the little girl to hysterics, which the agents dealt with, again brilliantly, by ordering her to stop crying. Yes, TSA, ordering a 4-year old to stop crying works every time: great training there! Unable to execute a full-body assault on the terrorized little girl, two big strong agents called for backup saying, “The suspect is not cooperating.” The “suspect,” of course, being a 4-year old girl who likes to dress up as a princess.

Confronted with thuggish strangers, the little girl burst into tears and  fled. A TSA agent then shouted at her grandmother, “We are going to shut down the airport if you don’t grab her.”

NewsOK reports:

The incident went on for maybe 10 minutes, until a manager came in and allowed agents to pat the girl down while she was screaming but being held by her mother. The family was then allowed to go to their next gate with a TSA agent following them.

Naturally, the TSA investigated the incident itself and, shockingly, found itself free of any wrongdoing. The agency released the following statement: “TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child.”

The agency released the exact same statement concerning an incident with a 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. The girl is easily frightened by her frequent encounters with the TSA (she must always get patted down because of her metal leg braces), and her parents asked the agents on duty to introduce themselves and be gentle. The thugs ignored the parents’ request, however, and traumatized the girl with an aggressive pat-down.

To top it all off, the LA Times has just broken another story of TSA corruption: four screeners have just been charged with accepting bribes from drug dealers in exchange for turning a blind eye to large quantities of meth in their luggage. This is hardly a surprising coming from an agency known for its rampant thievery.

There can be no compromise with this criminal agency. It should be completely abolished and the airlines themselves should be responsible for the security of their passengers and planes.

April 25, 2012

Marco Rubio’s Foreign Policy

by Eric T. Phillips

In his foreign policy address that ended only minutes ago, Marco Rubio challenged the growing non-interventionist movement on the right. Positioning himself alongside such Democratic luminaries as Joe Lieberman, neocon favorite Scoop Jackson, Franklin Roosevelt, and Harry Truman, he argued that the world’s business is our business, that the U.S. government must be the leader in battling against “international threats to peace and security,” that Russia and China are dangerous rivals, and that foreign aid makes the world a better place.

“Everywhere we look,” he argued, “we are presented with opportunities for American leadership to help shape a better world in this new century.”

“Preventing a dominate Iran” is one of these “opportunities” where “preferably we can succeed through coercive means through short of military force.” Rubio’s best case scenario, in other words, still relies on “coercive means.”

Syria is also in his cross-hairs. And even more frighteningly, he came out for the expansion of NATO into the Russian sphere of influence.

Six thousand dead American soldiers, tens of thousands of dead Afghan and Iraqi civilians, and at least $3 trillion blown is not enough for Rubio. He sees opportunities for more such disasters everywhere he looks, and he embraces them. Not one word about the human cost of American invasion and occupation. Not one word about the crippling national debt that is so exacerbated by the kind of reckless military spending he advocates. And yet he managed to twice lament the lack of “trust in government.”  Rubio is an authoritarian who pays mere lip service to the ideals of freedom and the free market.

He’s a dangerous man.

April 25, 2012

Elizabeth Warren: All-Around Statist

by Eric T. Phillips

Not only is she a socialist on domestic policy, she also wants to starve the people of Iran. The Huffington Post reports:

Warren’s campaign website features a policy statement declaring that “Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons” and “Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is unacceptable because a nuclear Iran would be a threat to the United States, our allies, the region, and the world.”

The statement continues, “The United States must take the necessary steps to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. I support strong sanctions against Iran and believe that the United States must also continue to take a leadership role in pushing other countries to implement strong sanctions as well. Iran must not have an escape hatch.”

Warren’s claim that “Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons” is especially notable because it contradicts public statements by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as well as reported intelligence findings of the U.S. and Israeli governments.

At a February hearing, Panetta told lawmakers, “The intelligence does not show that [Iran officials] have made the decision to proceed with developing a nuclear weapon.”

Reuters reported in March, “The United States, European allies and even Israel generally agree on three things about Iran’s nuclear program: Tehran does not have a bomb, has not decided to build one, and is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead.”

April 24, 2012

Marco Rubio: George W. Bush “Did a Fantastic Job as President,” Mitt Romney is “Going to Make a Great President”

by Eric T. Phillips

On a recent CNN interview:

That’s pretty much all you need to know to understand what kind of Republican Marco Rubio is.


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