Writes Ron Paul: “The men who led the American Revolution and drafted the Constitution understood that people flourish best under conditions of freedom”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
Recently Congress sent the latest Farm Bill to the president. The bill features brand new federal programs, expansion of existing subsidies, more food stamps and more foreign food aid. This bill hits the taxpayer hard, while at the same time ensuring food prices will remain elevated. The president vetoed the bill, citing concerns over its costs and subsidies for the wealthy in a time of high food prices and record farm income. Nevertheless, this over-reaching, government-expanding Farm Bill will soon be law.Details
Reader commentary from A. Linder
When I write my congressman or senator and ask them to please stop sending money to foreign governments, they write back to me as though I do not know what I am talking about. They “know” what is best for this country and believe the foreign expenditures are justified.
Then, they “thank me for writing”.Details
by Rep Ron Paul
Congress is poised to pass the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) authorizing up to $50 million in unconstitutional foreign aid.Â The bill passed out of the Foreign Affairs Committee with a bipartisan agreement to nearly double the President’s requested amount.
It is always distressing to see officials in our government reach across the aisle to disregard Constitutional limitations.Details
Guest Commentary by David Smith
Let me ask you a couple of questions.Â First, which demographic segment has the best voting record?Â Meaning, of any age group, which group votes more regularly than any other?
Old people, right?Â Retirees, seniorsâ€¦old people.Â No offense intended.
So if you wanted to propose a government entitlement program and your goal was to be elected to four terms in the White House, you would want to make the beneficiaries of this newly proposed programâ€¦old people, right?
Well if your name is Franklin Delano Roosevelt, that would be your proposal.Details
President Bushâ€™s Faith-Based Initiative has reached the Supreme Court. As reported in the Christian Science Monitor: President Bush’s faith-based initiative is a signature program of his administration. But not all Americans share the president’s belief that the government should work in close partnership with religious organizations willing to perform nonreligious public services, like running homeless…Details