No iPhone do Ricardo… (12) Clubbed to Death, Rob Dougan

Quem não se lembra de vídeos como este ou este sobre Ron Paul? Esta é a música:

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

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

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 – – 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.”

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.