As New Hampshirinos go to the polls today to decide who will briefly be the front-runner for the Republican nominee before all the Racist Uneducated Anti-Mormons who currently make up the GOP base realize, no, they're stuck with Mitt, I thought it would be... instructive?
No, that's not the word.
Getting warmer, I suppose.
A space-filler that helps point out how dangerously crazy Ron Paul actually is?
To point out how dangerously crazy Ron Paul actually is by combining actual Ron Paul quotes with hot women. The hot women come from the "Pin-Ups For Ron Paul" calendar, and I'd link to it but linking to a Republican website automatically enrolls you in the Ku Klux Klan, so you'll have to find it on your own if you are so inclined.
The pictures are from the "Hotties 08" line-up, because (ii) I could only find pics of that and (^) Ron Paul's chances to get elected died long ago anyway, so using a 'blast from the past' set of pictures seemed appropriate.
On making sure your medicine is safe: Asked whether the federal government should regulate drugs, Paul said
"you don't need government to do that... On regulations, no, I don't believe in any of these federal regulations ... [W]ho ends up doing the regulations on the drugs? They do as much harm as good."
By the way: There may kind of be some powerful prescription painkillers in your Gas-X, so make sure you take extra free markets with you to Walgreens.
On AIDS: Paul, a "medical doctor" of the same sort Tom Coburn claims to be -- don't be their patient!-- once proposed a simple treatment plan for AIDS sufferers, which included this:
Do not allow the [AIDS] patient to eat in a restaurant.
To be fair, he was probably concerned about making sure the restaurant's bathroom was open in case he needed to use it to avoid catching gay from an apartment.
On how you could pay for health care if only Big Pharma wasn't using doctors to keep you sick:
Paul, who admits on his site that medical expenses are too high and who proposes to give the poor a tax break for actual health care expenses -- a "solution" that would give the poor a break on taxes they don't pay (because they have no income) to offset the money they don't make that they don't spend on health care they don't receive -- says that everyone would be fine if doctors would just provide free care, but they don't because:
Unfortunately, the current medical monopoly corrupts many doctors by rewarding practices that are not in the patients’ best interest. Pharmaceutical companies have a vested interest in not curing people, but getting them permanently addicted to expensive drugs that have many side effects, thereby requiring additional drugs to suppress those side effects. Many doctors are afraid to speak up and question the system for fear of being ostracized by their peers or even losing their license.
See? We don't need socialized medicine. We just need the free market to... um... undo what the free market has done.
That quote, by the way, comes directly from Paul's website.
On how the government was just the right size in 2001, and we can get back to that paradise if we just put in federal toll roads: Paul is quoted at "On The Issues" as being in favor of getting rid of the income tax:
But, you know, if you got rid of the income tax today you’d have about as much revenue as we had 10 years ago, and the size of government wasn’t all that bad 10 years ago. There’re sources of revenues other than the income tax. You have tariff, excise taxes, user fees, highway fees. So, so there’s still a lot of money. But the real problem is spending. But, you know, we lived a long time in this country without an income tax. Up until 1913 we didn’t have it.
In 2001, the federal government took in $1,991,100,000,000. (Source.) $1,145,400,000,000 of that came from income taxes. I'm no mathematician, but that's over half of all revenues. Ron's not proposing, mind you, to cut government in half in that quote. He wants to get the government to its 2001 size and fund it without income taxes: so "tariff, excise taxes, user fees, highway fees" would all have to double to get Ron Paul the government he wants.
Enjoy paying about $400 for that Mattel action figure toy you want: action figures are largely imported and taxed via tariffs. That's just an example, of course: In RonPaulAmerica(TM) circa 2001, you will also pay to drive anywhere the federal government makes a road, and you would enjoy user fees for other government services like police protection and the Army.
I certainly look forward to that.
"Hello? This is Wisconsin. We've been invaded by Canada and need some army."
"Certainly. Do you want to pay with a credit or debit card?"
Being invaded by Canada, I mean. It's got to beat living in RonPaulAmerica(TM) circa 2001.
Also: I'm pretty sure this girl to the right is bleeding.I hope she has some money to get that treated right away so that next year, RonPaul'sGovernment (TM) Circa 2001 can give her a break on her taxes.