It is taken for granted that government can do whatever it wants so long as those doing it seem to be acting in good faith and arenâ€™t benefitting too overtly.Details
Prior to 1937, Congressâ€™s role in the regulation of commerce was quite simply defined as the â€œmovement of goodsâ€ between states, and put most production and manufacturing outside of the regulatory power of Congress. This definition has essentially been abandoned ever since the Supreme Court, in 1937, upheld an act allowing Congress to regulate many aspects of labor through the National Labor Relations Board.Details
by Rep Ron Paul
President Obama signed an executive order last week continuing the faith-based initiatives program created by former President Bush.Â When the program was created, I warned that giving taxpayer money to private religious organizations would eventually lead to political control and manipulation of them.Â This week has provided some evidence that this was a justified concern.
The logic behind funding faith-based initiatives seemed reasonable to some.Â Private organizations are much more effective in charitable endeavors than government programs and bureaucracies.Â Therefore, why not â€œoutsourceâ€ some of the governmentâ€™s welfare-state activities to these worthy organizations?ÂDetails
by Rep Ron Paul
Billions of dollars were recently lost in the collapse of Bernie Madoffâ€™s self-described Ponzi scheme, in which too-good-to-be-true returns on investments were not really returns at all, but the funds of defrauded new investors.Â The pyramid scheme collapsed dramatically when too many clients called in their accounts, and not enough new victims could be found to support these withdrawals.Â Bernie Madoff was running a blatant fraud operation.
Fraud is already illegal, and he will be facing criminal consequences, which is as it should be, and should act as an appropriate deterrent to potential future criminals.Â But it seems every time someone breaks the law, politicians and pundits decide we need more laws, even though lack of laws was not the problem.Details
by Rep Ron Paul
With the election behind us, our country turns hopeful eyes to the future.Â I have a few hopes of my own.
I congratulate our first African-American president-elect.Â Martin Luther King, Jr. certainly would be proud to see this day.Â We are stronger for embracing diversity, and I am hopeful that we can continue working through the tensions and wrongs of the past and become a more just and colorblind society.ÂDetails
by State Rep. Jason Murphey (OK-31)
Last Friday, I attended a meeting of House Republicans in order to elect new officers for the next session of the legislature.
There were more representatives in the room than ever before as the people voted to elect sixty-one Republicans up from fifty-seven and chose not to remove a single GOP incumbent.Details
It is amazing how far away we as a nation have strayed from the original vision of the founders with regards to the proper role of government. We have, in fact, devolved 180 degrees from that original purpose. Government was intended to be the protector of the rights of the people. Every individual was to be free to pursue his idea of happiness, as long as he did not violate the rights of others to do the same.
Government was to step in only when oneâ€™s â€œliberty interestâ€ was violated to â€œrestoreâ€ the victim. This was called the restorative justice principle. In fact, there was no â€œcrimeâ€ other than treason against the people as a whole, unless there was a victim. No fines were paid to the State. The sole purpose of the law was to restore the victim.Details