Quem Distribui A Riqueza, Assume Que A Riqueza É Sua Para Distribuir

A diferença entre socialismo e comunismo é muito ténue. É que para distribuir a riqueza (em nome do progresso, solidariedade, justiça social, bem comum, etc. etc. etc.) primeiro é preciso alguém produzi-la; depois é preciso alguém se apoderar dela coercivamente; e finalmente é preciso “distribuí-la” por alguém que não a produziu, como se a necessidade (ou outro interesse superior) conferisse um direito de propriedade igual ou superior a quem produziu essa riqueza.

Ron Paul, numa entrevista, afirmou que achava a ideia do imposto sobre o rendimento repugnante porque se baseia no pressuposto de que o governo possui 100% dos rendimentos dos cidadãos e que “permite” que os cidadãos retenham uma percentagem desse rendimento. Ayn Rand também expõe de forma eloquente este ponto na citação abaixo:

If a man proposes to redistribute wealth, he means explicitly and necessarily that the wealth is his to distribute. If he proposes it in the name of the government, then the wealth belongs to the government; if in the name of society, then it belongs to society. No one, to my knowledge, did or could define a difference between that proposal and the basic principle of communism.” ~ The Ayn Rand Letter

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Ron Paul Sobre A Posição de Obama Em Relação À Síria

Vale a pena ler o comentário de Ron Paul sobre a posição do presidente Obama em relação à Síria.

President Obama announced this weekend that he has decided to use military force against Syria and would seek authorization from Congress when it returned from its August break. Every Member ought to vote against this reckless and immoral use of the US military. But even if every single Member and Senator votes for another war, it will not make this terrible idea any better because some sort of nod is given to the Constitution along the way. 

Besides, the president made it clear that Congressional authorization is superfluous, asserting falsely that he has the authority to act on his own with or without Congress. That Congress allows itself to be treated as window dressing by the imperial president is just astonishing.

The President on Saturday claimed that the alleged chemical attack in Syria on August 21 presented “a serious danger to our national security.” I disagree with the idea that every conflict, every dictator, and every insurgency everywhere in the world is somehow critical to our national security. That is the thinking of an empire, not a republic. It is the kind of thinking that this president shares with his predecessor and it is bankrupting us and destroying our liberties here at home. 

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Ron Paul Channel… announced!

Yesterday Ron Paul unveiled his Ron Paul Channel, a project that has been kept under wraps for several months now. When I found out last night that I was going to be hosting the Peter Schiff Show today, I shot him a quick email and was able to get him on the program for a few minutes to tell us about it. Plus a word about his heroic Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Have a listen! – via TomWoods.com

Blue Wallpapers

Sendo eu um adepto de Macs e de imagens visualmente ricas, sempre tive dificuldade em arranjar bons fundos para o meu portátil. Mais ainda imagens que juntassem ao visual um significado que me agradasse. Para preencher esse espaço – e me facilitar a tarefa de ter sempre wallpapers que me agradem, criei este fim-de-semana um blog específico, que será sempre pequeno mas que será o repositório de imagens de qualidade e sempre com uma citação liberal. O endereço é:

Blue Wallpapers

Darei prioridade a ecrãs 1280 (os de 1024 é só fazer redimensionar, os de ecrãs maiores têm de me pedir versões específicas via o meu mail – campelodemagalhaes@gmail.com – limitados aos tamanhos máximos das imagens de base) pois é a minha resolução no portátil e irei acrescentando mais na medida do possível e da necessidade que eu sinto. Tentei já de início ter vários estilos para agradar a diversos tipos de gostos e coloquei tudo em inglês para facilitar a disseminação das mesmas. Ficam aqui alguns exemplos (clicar para aumentar):

   

Ron Paul: Election shows U.S. ‘far gone’

Notícia Washington Times:

Rep. Ron Paul, whose maverick presidential bids shook the GOP, said in the wake of this week’s elections that the country has already veered over the fiscal cliff and he sees no chance of righting ship in a country where too many people are dependent on government.

“We’re so far gone. We’re over the cliff,” the Texas Republican told Bloomberg Television’s “In the Loop” program. “We cannot get enough people in Congress in the next 5-10 years who will do wise things.” The video can be seen here.

Mr. Paul, who is retiring after 12 terms in the House, said voters on Tuesday rejected Mitt Romney because he had opposed the government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler.

The people in the Midwest voted against him: ‘Oh, we have to be taken care of!’ So that vote was sort of like what we are laughing at in Greece,” Mr. Paul said.

“People do not want anything cut,” he said. “They want all the bailouts to come. They want the Fed to keep printing the money. And they don’t believe that we’ve gone off the cliff or are close to going off the cliff. They think we can patch it over, that we can somehow come up with some magic solution. But you can’t have a budgetary solution if you don’t change what the role of government should be. As long as you think we have to police the world and run this welfare state, all we are going to argue about is who will get the loot.”

Ron Paul speech – SunDome Tampa Florida

Ron Paul Full Speech With Rand’s intro – We Are the Future Rally in SunDome Tampa Florida

Ron Paul rally, Rand Paul speech highlight division at Republican National Convention

The elder Paul, who announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t seek another House term, was Romney’s last active challenger in the Republican presidential race. His campaign’s grassroots efforts had won him significant convention representation in a handful of states, though Romney forces succeeded in ousting some of the Paul supporters, including those in the Maine, Louisiana and Oregon delegations.

By declining to release his delegates that remained seated, Paul kept the spotlight on divisions within the party. The party platform adopted at the convention also spoke to his influence. It included his push for an audit of the FED and his call for a commission to consider “a metallic basis for U.S. currency,” or a return to the gold standard.

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Wrong Paul

Sobre Paul Ryan e o seu suposto apoio a “Orçamentos Equilibrados”, recomendo:

The RLC Blog:

Right you are, Laurence: Paul Ryan has an undeserved reputation as a deficit hawk. His much touted budget proposal was a joke — as Lew said,Don’t Confuse Paul Ryan With Ron Paul. As Ron Paul points out in the above link, no government agencies were to be removed and there was only a chance of a balanced budget after 30 years.

The left-wing and right-wing media will do their part, to be sure, to each reinforce their own stereotypes of Ryan with absolutely no analysis at all. To the right he is warrior against big government, to the left he is a monster who will starve the children for fear of government spending.

Of course on the biggest budget issues, Ryan spends more than a drunken sailor. See this from the RLC analysis that Laurence linked to:

Paul Ryan on War and Intervention Abroad
-Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
-Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
-Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
-Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)

Conclusion: Romney’s VP Pick = Pro-War Big Government Republicanism, 2.0

In that he is perfect for the Republican Party. The self-deluded would do well to wake up and smell the coffee. This is not an aberration, this is the party.

EDIT: I should add that Ryan voted to allow the president to indefinitely detain American citizens without trial, when not assassinating them via drones (NDAA 2012/2013).

E sobre as votações dele, no Bedford Patch:

Here’s why: An evaluation of Ryan’s record by the Republican Liberty Caucus in 2008 stated actions that likely would not sit well with small government conservatives. It stated “It appears that when Paul Ryan’s party is doing the spending, raising debt limits, and acting unconstitutionally… Ryan goes with the flow. Congressman Ryan’s actual record leaves much to be desired. The issue Ryan is most known for is his interest in cutting the deficit and balancing the budget. But why did the Congressman vote to bail out the auto industry, to pass the Medicare package to the tune of $400 billion, and to nationalize education via No Child Left Behind?”

Paul Ryan on Bailouts and Government Stimuli

-Voted YES on TARP (2008)
-Voted YES on Economic Stimulus HR 5140 (2008)
-Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
-Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)

Paul Ryan on Entitlement Programs

-Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
-Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
-Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
-Voted YES on Head Start Act (2007)

Paul Ryan on Education
Rep. Ryan went along with the Bush Administration in supporting more federal involvement in education. This is contrary to the traditional Republican position, which included support for abolition of the Department of Education and decreasing federal involvement in education.

-Voted YES on No Child Left Behind Act (2001)

Paul Ryan on Civil Liberties

-Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
-Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
-Voted YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)

Paul Ryan on War and Intervention Abroad

-Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
-Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
-Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
-Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)

Congressman Ryan supports the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, federal bailouts, increased federal involvement in education, unconstitutional and undeclared wars, Medicare Part D (a multi-trillion dollar unfunded liability), stimulus spending, and foreign aid.

According to Michelle Malkin in 2009, “[Paul Ryan]“… “hyped as a conservative rock-star” …. “gave one of the most hysterical speeches in the rush to pass TARP last fall; voted for the auto bailout; and voted with the Barney Frank-Nancy Pelosi AIG bonus-bashing stampede.”  Milwaukee blogger Nick Schweitzer wrote: ‘He ought to be apologizing for his previous votes, not pretending he was being responsible the entire time, but I don’t see one bit of regret for what he did previously. And I’ll be damned if I’m going to let him get away with it’.”

In this attached YouTube video of Congressman Ron Paul speaking to Neil Cavuto, Paul stated he thought Paul Ryan’s budget plan “doesn’t cut anything of substance”. Paul is the only other candidate whose name will appear on the ballot at the RNC Convention and who is seen by many as a breath of fresh air for daring to tell the truth about many issues.  Cavuto admitted that  Ryan’s budget, compared to Paul’s, was “mild”.

So when it comes to Paul Ryan, I guess you could sum it up this way: “the more things change, the more they stay the same”

Note-se que a posição do Instituto Cato é diferente.

Rand Paul e os apoiantes de Ron Paul

Ron Paul Supporters Are Really Pissed That Rand Paul Endorsed Mitt Romney

“I think Rand Paul believed he could build from his father’s base,” said Brian Doherty, a journalist who has been covering the Ron Paul Revolution since the late 1990s. “But I think he has probably found in the last 24 hours that this might prove more difficult than he expected.”

But Doherty told Business Insider that he was not completely surprised that Sen. Paul opted to endorse Romney. Unlike his father, Paul has frequently shown a willingness to work with the GOP Establishment, and has previously indicated that he planned on getting behind whoever his party picked as the nominee.

“There are a lot of Ron Paul people who like to think of themselves as a ragtag rebel army,” Doherty said. “But Rand Paul is clearly positioning himself to play the part of the loyal opposition in the Republican Party. Emphasis on loyal.”

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Ron Paul venceu Nevada e Maine?

Como podem ler no site do Washington Post, Ron Paul elegeu 22 dos 25 delegados a Tampa.

Na 1ª ronda terão de votar de acordo com o resultado de Fevereiro (Romney 50%, Paul 19%), mas se houver mais rondas podem votar em quem quiserem. E claro, podem ajudar a alterar algum ponto no programa Republicano.

No Maine, Ron Paul conseguiu os 15 delegados em disputa, mas a campanha do Romney ainda está a tentar alterar esse resultado.

Ron Paul na lista dos 100 Mais Influentes da Time

E com um bom texto a condizer:

Why does Congressman Ron Paul draw such large and enthusiastic audiences even though he has no chance of winning the Republican nomination? Because people like a politician without marbles in his mouth.

Paul does not censor himself. He comes across as sincere, earnest and independent of his party’s fat cats. In the debates, only he called out the American Empire’s meddling in the business of countless nations around the world. He assails the Pentagon’s bloated budgets and has worked with liberal Democrat Barney Frank to shrink the military-industrial complex. He wants to end our boomeranging wars.

Paul, 76, draws a distinction between libertarian conservatives and those corporatist conservatives entrenching a corporate state in which Big Business merges with Big Government. That’s why he is against bailouts. His defense of privacy and civil liberties and his opposition to the war on drugs endear him to people beyond his libertarian base. They even include some progressives who cannot abide his views against health, safety and economic regulations or his denunciation of the Federal Reserve’s fiat money and social-welfare programs like Medicare.

Ron Paul na UCLA

Pode ter perdido a nomeação para o Partido Republicano, mas Ron Paul continua a liderar a revolução liberal nos EUA, para tristeza de muitos que perguntam quando vai isto parar. A resposta? Não vai.

Como escreveu Tom Woods,

Here’s Ron Paul at UCLA. (Click on the image to get the full effect.) None of the others, who are just more of the same Dole/McCain/Bush nothingness, can generate this kind of interest. When they are long forgotten, Ron Paul’s legacy will live on. Who else inspires Americans to read the great economists and political philosophers, and to question the regime’s sacred orthodoxies?

Ovação por 8000 alunos:

Discurso:

Ron Paul e o “Establishment”

Todos os que apoiam Ron Paul se queixam de que o establishment os maltrata. Mas desde 2008 muita coisa tem vindo a mudar…

Este artigo da Business Insider, Ron Paul Is Secretly Taking Over The GOP — And It’s Driving People Insane, fala de vários tópicos importantes para perceber o que está a acontecer.

1º, porque eles não gostam dos apoiantes do Ron Paul:

The (alleged) bias against Paul may also be the product of an organic opposition to the libertarian Congressman and his army of ardent fans. Paul volunteers tend to be young and relatively new to party politics, and their presence has many state GOP stalwarts feeling territorial. 

“People feel threatened — they don’t want to see a bunch of kids who may have voted for Barack Obama take over,” Wead said. “They feel a sense of ownership over the party — but there has to be an accommodation.” 

2º, o que eles fazem contra os Paulites:

Evidence is mounting that Mitt Romney’s 194-vote victory over Ron Paul was prematurely announced, if not totally wrong. Washington County canceled their caucus on Saturday on account of three inches of snow (hardly a blizzard by Maine standards), and other towns that scheduled their caucuses for this week have been left out of the vote count. Now, it looks like caucuses that did take place before Feb. 11 have also been left out of final tally. 

As the full extent of the chaos unfolds, sources close to the Paul campaign tell Business Insider that it is looking increasingly like Romney’s team might have a hand in denying Paul votes, noting that Romney has some admirably ruthless operatives on his side and a powerful incentive to avoid a fifth caucus loss this month.

3º, como respondem os Paulites:

But state party machinations are already starting to backfire. The Paul campaign believes it has won the majority of Maine’s delegates — and the perceived election fraud has galvanized Paul supporters to demand their votes be counted in the state’s straw poll ‘beauty contest.’

Caucus chaos has also proved to be fertile ground for Paul’s quiet takeover of the Republican Party. Since 2008, the campaign and Paul’s Campaign for Liberty PAC have made a concerted effort to get Paul sympathists involved in the political process. Now, tumult in state party organizations has allowed these supporters to rise up the ranks.

4º, por fim, como o establishment esrá a mudar:

The fruits of this labor are evident in Iowa, where Paul’s former state campaign co-chair A.J. Spiker was just elected as the new chairman of the Iowa Republican Party. Spiker replaces Matt Strawn, who stepped down over this year’s Iowa caucus dustup. In Nevada, the state chair has also resigned over caucus disaster, and several Ron Paul supporters are well-positioned to step up to fill the void. These new leaders not only expand Paul’s influence at the state level, but also help protect Paul and his hard-won delegates from state party machinations as the delegate-selection process moves to district and state conventions, and eventually the Republican National Convention this summer.

“We are always trying to bring people into the party,” Benton said. “I think that is a very positive thing for Republicans. Ron is the person who can build the Republican base, bring new blood into the party. That’s how you build the party.” 

In Maine, the caucus disaster has made the state GOP prime for a Ron Paul takeover. And that means that Paul’s hard-won delegates will be protected as the delegate selection process

“We are taking over the party,” Wead told BI. “That’s the important thing — and that is what we are doing in Maine.

Vai ser bonito o dia em que o establishment seja na sua maioria pro-Ron, anti-Romney…

E se houvesse um Ron Paul português?

O que aconteceria se, como propõe Ron Paul na sua campanha presidencial, o imposto sobre rendimentos fosse reduzido a 0%? O economista do vídeo dá o exemplo do caso americano, onde nunca houve tanta prosperidade como na época anterior ao imposto.

E em Portugal, o que aconteceria se o IRS e IRC introduzidos em 1989 fossem abolidos?

Se no início dos anos 80 os portugueses estavam na 39ª posição a nível mundial quanto ao PIB per capita e conseguiram subir ao 34º lugar até 1990, um ano após a introdução do imposto sobre o rendimento o país estagnou durante uma década, e a partir daí tem sido sempre a descer. Se as projeções do FMI para 2015 se confirmarem, Portugal ocupará na altura o 43º lugar.

Em 22 anos de aplicação do IRS e IRC, que provas temos da sua eficácia? Será racional continuar a usar um sistema sem calcular o impacto que a intervenção do Estado na redistribuição da riqueza teve na efectiva capacidade do país produzir riqueza? Ou, pelo menos, continuar a evitar a questão dos benefícios do imposto sobre o rendimento, como se estivéssemos perante uma evidência tornada dogma?

Fujam, que o FBI anda atrás de nós!

FBI warns of threat from anti-government extremists.

These extremists, sometimes known as “sovereign citizens,” believe they can live outside any type of government authority, FBI agents said at a news conference.

The extremists may refuse to pay taxes, defy government environmental regulations and believe the United States went bankrupt by going off the gold standard.

Routine encounters with police can turn violent “at the drop of a hat,” said Stuart McArthur, deputy assistant director in the FBI’s counterterrorism division.

“We thought it was important to increase the visibility of the threat with state and local law enforcement,” he said.

In May 2010, two West Memphis, Arkansas, police officers were shot and killed in an argument that developed after they pulled over a “sovereign citizen” in traffic.

Last year, an extremist in Texas opened fire on a police officer during a traffic stop. The officer was not hit.

Legal convictions of such extremists, mostly for white-collar crimes such as fraud, have increased from 10 in 2009 to 18 each in 2010 and 2011, FBI agents said.

“We are being inundated right now with requests for training from state and local law enforcement on sovereign-related matters,” said Casey Carty, an FBI supervisory special agent.

FBI agents said they do not have a tally of people who consider themselves “sovereign citizens.”

J.J. MacNab, a former tax and insurance expert who is an analyst covering the sovereign movement, has estimated that it has about 100,000 members.

Sovereign members often express particular outrage at tax collection, putting Internal Revenue Service employees at risk.

(Reporting By Patrick Temple-West; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh)

 E ainda por cima colocamos os do IRS em risco de desemprego!
Apre, que não temos coração!!!

Nevada: Paul + Romney; Gingrich afunda-se

Romney ganhou no Nevada – com quase 50% dos votos – e está já próximo de deter a aura de inevitabilidade que fará os Republicanos se unirem atrás do eventual nomeado.

Perante isto, chamo só atenção para 2 notas:

1. Ron Paul aproxima-se de Romney que, verdade seja dita, era o candidato mais próximo de Paul desde o início – e que é provada pelas boas relações de Ann Romney and Carol Paul. Sinais:
- Revolution PAC diz que só Paul e Romney podem ganha a Obama.
- Washington Post sobre esta aliança.
- Jovem sobre a necessidade da união para salvar o GOP.
- Paul defende Romney 1.
- Paul defende Romney 2.
- Semelhança dos planos dos 2.
- Relevância da Recomendação de Voto de Ron Paul.
- Mais um…

2. Gingrich ten o coração perto da boca. Dá-lhe combatividade, mas fá-lo cometer certos erros. Especialmente sobre pressão.
‘THIS IS WHAT FAILING LOOKS LIKE’.