- Congressman Ron Paul has a long history of working for
Freedom in our nation's capitol. As a member of the United States House
of Representatives, Dr. Paul has consistently worked to limit the size
of the federal government. He has always worked to reduce taxes. He has
repeatedly supported the cause of free markets. And he has never voted
to support any measure not authorized by the Constitution of the United
States of America.
- Some important facts about Ron Paul's record:
- * He has never voted to raise taxes.
- * He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
- * He has never voted for a federal restriction on
- * He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
- * He has never taken a government-paid junket.
- * He has never voted to increase the power of the
- * He does not participate in the lucrative congressional
- * He returns a portion of his annual congressional
office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.
- * He voted against the Patriot Act.
- * He voted against the Iraq war.
* He wants to remove Marijuana from the list of controlled substances
- Ron Paul currently leads ALL '08 candidates with one-third
of military contributions for Q2
- Military contributions among Republican presidential
candidates place Ron Paul on top at 49.5%, with nearly as much as all Republicans
- A more complete compilation of statistics by Phreadom
shows that presidential candidate Ron Paul leads all 2008 presidential
candidates in military contributions from the US Army, Navy, Air Force,
Marine Corps and war veterans. Presidential candidate Ron Paul leads with
an impressive one-third of all contributions this second quarter according
to newly released data from the FEC.
- Ron Paul currently has more cash-on-hand than John McCain
this quarter, and this new information is indicative of Ron Paul's success.
It appears that our soldiers and war veterans have an affinity to, or inclination
for Ron Paul's non-intervention principle - defending our homeland and
pursuing terrorists, but no nation-building.
- Military contributions for Q2
- Ron Paul 32.94%
- John McCain 22.99%
- Hillary Clinton 13.92%
- Bill Richardson 7.03%
- Barack Obama 6.85%
- Mitt Romney 4.68%
- Rudy Giuliani 3.06%
- John Edwards 2.97%
- Tom Tancredo 1.85%
- Duncan Hunter 1.32%
- Joe Biden 1.06%
- Mike Huckabee 0.20%
- Mike Gravel 0.09%
- Sam Brownback 0.07%
- Dennis Kucinich 0%
- Tommy Thompson 0%
- Chris Dodd 0%
- Jim Gilmore 0%
- John Cox 0%
- Source: Finance Reports for the 2007 July Quarterly and
compiled by Phreadom. Visit phreadom.blogspot.com for more detail.
- 1. Ronald Ernest Paul was born on Aug. 20, 1935, in Pittsburgh.
His father was a dairy farmer.
- 2. Paul graduated with a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg
College in 1957 and with a medical degree from the Duke University School
of Medicine in 1961.
- 3. He served as a flight surgeon in the Air Force from
1963 to 1965 and in the Air National Guard until 1968. That year he moved
to Texas to take over another doctor's medical practice.
- 4. Paul greatly admires Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973),
an Austrian economist who advocated laissez-faire, free market policies.
A photo of the economist decorates his office wall. Paul became interested
in politics in 1971 when President Nixon removed the country from the gold
standard and set wage price controls disappointing actions to Paul
(and presumably von Mises).
- 5. Paul was elected to the House of Representatives in
a special election in April 1976 to replace resigning Rep. Robert R. Casey.
He was not re-elected later that year but did win his bid in 1978. He held
office until early 1985, when he returned to his medical practice.
- 6. Paul ran for president in 1988 as a candidate for
the Libertarian party. He received over 400,000 votes (or 0.47 percent),
finishing third behind George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukakis.
- 7. Returning to the GOP, Paul won office again in 1996
to represent his Texas district in the House. He has been re-elected five
times. He reportedly would like to be listed as both a Republican and a
Libertarian, if Texas law allowed. And maybe also as a member of the Constitutional
- 8. Paul received the nickname "Dr. No" in Congress
for repeatedly casting "nay" votes, even on legislation with
almost unanimous support from his Republican colleagues. Explaining why
he opposes legislation that expands government power, funds federal spending,
or reduces privacy: "I interpret through the eyes of the Constitution.
If we don't have direct authorization, I don't vote for it, even if there
are good intentions." In 2006, the Washington Post wrote: "He
says, if his fellow Republicans are 'very desperate,' he may allow himself
to be talked into changing a 'no' vote to 'present.' "
- 9. During his medical career specializing in obstetrics/gynecology,
he delivered more than 4,000 babies. He refused to accept payment by Medicare
or Medicaid, preferring to not charge patients or to work out a cash payment.
- 10. Paul is married to Carol Wells. They have five children
and 17 grandchildren. He supported his children during their undergraduate
and medical school yearsnot letting them accept federal student loans.
It is also said he plans to refuse his congressional pension.