I call bullshit. You've never seen a free market.
There is no perfect candidate. So you have to decide what our most important issues are, and then see who has the best positions on the important stuff. I think America is doomed because of excessive spending and out-of-control debt. Combined with The Fed's behavior, I'm concerned about what happens to our Republic when the dollar collapses. I'm more concerned about that than I am about Iran's Nukes or any upcoming terrorist attacks. So Ron Paul is my man. Even if he's elected, he can't actually pull ALL of our troops back home at once on his own, but it is nice to have somebody steering the debate toward the important issues. We can't afford to police the world and we can't afford to be a welfare state (well, we might be able to do either one alone, but no both). Something has to change, and the change has to be drastic.
Herb Stein's Law: "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop." We can't keep spending money we don't have forever. It will stop one way or another...
Technicaly, that's true. A COMPLETELY free market can never exist. Nit picker
We do have the money. It's in the portfolios of rich people
(combined with certain reductions in spending and fraud of course). The top rate has gone from over 90% to 35% AND capital gains has been reduced too - the "job creators" have pocketed their largesse.
Our problem is not just a problem of spending. But some of us see it that way. Fine, but let's just admit how we've gotten to where we are. No one philosophy is without blame. Some people in Congress don't see it that way. That's why their rating is in single digits. They cast blame and don't accept any. Hard to do when Clinton left Bush a surplus, no matter how legitimate it was or wasn't.
My wife is waiting for me so we can go for a walk so I don't want to look up links but doesn't Ron Paul want to cut government spending by about a third?
Isn't that what is largely to blame for starting the great depression?
Reducing government spending harms the economy, admit it or not. Paul is a mistake in several different ways.