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					ECONOMICS
                              RESTORING AMERICA'S PROSPERITY
* Vetoing any unbalanced budget Congress sends to his desk.
* Refusing to further raise the debt ceiling so politicians can no longer spend recklessly.
* Fighting to fully audit (and then end) the Federal Reserve System, which has enabled the over 95%
reduction of what our dollar can buy and continues to create money out of thin air to finance future
debt.
* Legalizing sound money, so the government is forced to get serious about the dollar’s value.
* Ending the corporate stranglehold on the White House.
* Driving down gas prices by allowing offshore drilling, abolishing highway motor fuel taxes,
increasing the mileage reimbursement rates, and offering tax credits to individuals and businesses for
the use and production of natural gas vehicles.
* Eliminating the income, capital gains, and death taxes to ensure you keep more of your hard-earned
money and are able to pass on your legacy to your family without government interference.
* Opposing all unfunded mandates and unnecessary regulations on small businesses and entrepreneurs.

END THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK

                  THE FED: DISHONEST, IMMORAL, UNCONSTITUTIONAL

There is no greater threat to the security and prosperity of the United States today than the out-of-
control, secretive Federal Reserve.
Imagine that parents, overwhelmed by debt and months behind on their bills, sent their spendthrift
teenagers out each weekend for a night on the town with credit cards and blank checks. Would anyone
be surprised if this family never got their finances under control?
Yet that is how a government which is almost 15 trillion dollars in the red behaves by entrusting
taxpayers’ financial futures to the Federal Reserve, which pumps money into the economy whenever it
chooses and makes secret deals with Wall Street executives, foreign central banks, and other politically-
connected insiders without any significant oversight from Congress.
Snuck through Congress on Christmas Eve in 1913, the Federal Reserve Act established the Fed as
America’s central bank. The Fed essentially creates money out of thin air, manipulates interest rates,
and interferes with the free market. By doing so, the Fed fuels our economy’s boom-bust cycle and has
helped devalue our dollar by over 95%.
According to the Minneapolis Federal Reserve branch’s own website, what you could buy with $1.00
in 1913 would now cost you $22.55.
Although Congress and the Treasury helped bring about the housing bubble and financial collapse with
legislation, regulations, and keeping the funds flowing to reckless institutions like Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac, the Fed was the main cause of the crisis. Its interference in setting interest rates distorted
the market, and its status as the “lender of last resort” ensured banks could hook individuals and
businesses for loans on projects that weren’t in as high demand as forecasters believed.
When the crash occurred, common sense dictated a change in policy. But the Federal Reserve only
increased its lending and intervention to historic highs.
While selling Americans a bill of goods that the economy would never recover without unprecedented
bailouts, we now know that at the peak of its “emergency lending,” the Fed was providing nearly 90%
of its discount window loans to foreign banks! This included making over 70 loans to a bank partially
owned by the Bank of Libya.
The Fed was able to get away with these actions because Congress lacks the authority to thoroughly
and completely audit it. In fact, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appeared before Congress
early in the crisis and was able to refuse a direct request to disclose which institutions were receiving
trillions of taxpayer dollars from the Fed.

                                             IN THE SHADOWS
It was only thanks to overwhelming grassroots support for Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed legislation that we
have been granted limited insight into the Fed’s operations. If it hadn’t been for last minute efforts to
water down his bill, we would have learned even more about the Fed’s actions before and during the
crisis.

                                       TIME FOR SOUND MONEY
As President, Ron Paul will work for passage of comprehensive audit legislation, and he will also fight
to legalize sound money so Americans will have alternatives to the Fed’s inflated paper money.
Ultimately, he will lead the charge to end the dishonest, immoral, and unconstitutional Federal Reserve
System, enabling America to take a giant step toward economic security, financial responsibility, and
lasting prosperity.


TAXES

LOWER TAXES

                                      KEEP MORE OF YOUR MONEY
The power to tax is the power to destroy, which is why Ron Paul will never support higher taxes.
Our national debt is currently over $14 trillion, with the government spending nearly $2 trillion more
per year than it collects. The American people should not have to pay for Washington’s reckless and
out-of-control appetite for debt.
High taxes stifle innovation, prevent saving, destroy production, crush the middle class and the poor,
and discourage investment. Every American is entitled to the fruits of his labor, especially during these
tough economic times.
Lowering taxes will leave you more money to take care of yourself and your family, and it will allow
businesses greater opportunities to hire new workers, increase current salaries, and expand their
companies.
As President, Ron Paul will support a Liberty Amendment to the Constitution to abolish the income
and death taxes. And he will be proud to be the one who finally turns off the lights at the IRS for good.
Capital gains taxes, which punish you for success (and interfere with your efforts to hedge against
inflation by purchasing gold and silver coins), should also be immediately repealed.
Struggling college students and those working to support their families would be greatly benefited and
receive an immediate pay raise by eliminating taxes on tips.
As a congressman, Ron Paul has consistently endorsed legislation to let Americans claim more tax
credits and deductions, including on educational costs, alternative energy vehicles, and health care. He
also believes it is immoral to tax senior citizens twice by requiring them to include Social Security
benefits in their gross income at tax time. A first step to eliminating that requirement would be to repeal
the 1993 increase in taxes on Social Security benefits. Then we must abolish that tax entirely.
While a Flat Tax or a Fair Tax would each be a better alternative to the income tax system,
Congressman Paul believes we would have to guarantee the 16th Amendment is repealed to avoid
having both the income tax and one of these systems as an additional tax.
But there is a better way. Restraining federal spending by enforcing the Constitution’s strict limits on
the federal government’s power would help result in a 0% income tax rate for Americans.
The answer to spending and debt is to return to a constitutionally limited government that protects
liberty – not one that keeps robbing Peter to pay Paul.


HEALTHCARE

                             DO NO HARM, FREEDOM NOT FORCE

* Repeal ObamaCare and end its unconstitutional mandate that all Americans must carry only
government-approved health insurance or answer to the IRS.
* Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines.
* Provide tax credits and deductions for all medical expenses.
* Exempt those with terminal illnesses from the employee portion of payroll taxes while they are
suffering from such illnesses or are incurring significant medical costs associated with their conditions.
* Give a payroll deduction to any worker who is the primary caregiver for a spouse, parent, or child
with a terminal illness.
* Ensure that those harmed during medical treatment receive fair compensation while reducing the
burden of costly malpractice litigation on the health care system by providing a tax credit for “negative
outcomes” insurance purchased before medical treatment.
* Guarantee that what is taken from taxpayers to pay for Medicare and Medicaid is not raided for other
purposes.
* Make all Americans eligible for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and remove government-imposed
barriers to obtaining HSAs.
*Stop the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from
interfering with Americans’ knowledge of and access to dietary supplements and alternative treatments.
*Prevent federal bureaucrats from tracking every citizen’s medical history from cradle to grave by
prohibiting the use of taxpayer funds for a national database of personal health information.




NATIONAL DEFENSE
                                  STRONG, SECURE, RESPECTED
* Make securing our borders the top national security priority.
* Avoid long and expensive land wars that bankrupt our country by using constitutional means to
capture or kill terrorist leaders who helped attack the U.S. and continue to plot further attacks.
* Guarantee our intelligence community’s efforts are directed toward legitimate threats and not spying
on innocent Americans through unconstitutional power grabs like the Patriot Act.
* End the nation-building that is draining troop morale, increasing our debt, and sacrificing lives with
no end in sight.
* Follow the Constitution by asking Congress to declare war before one is waged.
* Only send our military into conflict with a clear mission and all the tools they need to complete the
job – and then bring them home.
* Ensure our veterans receive the care, benefits, and honors they have earned when they return.
* Revitalize the military for the 21st century by eliminating waste in a trillion-dollar military budget.
* Prevent the TSA from forcing Americans to either be groped or ogled just to travel on an airplane and
ultimately abolish the unconstitutional agency.
* Stop taking money from the middle class and the poor to give to rich dictators through foreign aid.


2ND AMENDMENT
PROTECT GUN RIGHTS

                          RON PAUL’S PRO-SECOND AMENDMENT STANDS
As a congressman, Ron Paul has never once voted for any piece of legislation that would infringe on
gun owners’ rights or weaken the Second Amendment.
The inalienable right to keep and bear arms is not only essential to a free society, but it is the guardian
of every other right.
During his time in Congress, Ron Paul has worked tirelessly to restore the Second Amendment rights
of all Americans by:
* Introducing legislation to repeal the “Brady Bill” and the so-called “Assault Weapons Ban.”
* Authoring legislation to end U.S. membership in the anti-gun United Nations to ensure American tax
dollars are not used to fund global gun control schemes like the so-called “Small Arms Treaty.”
* Writing a bill that would allow pilots and specially trained law enforcement personnel to carry
firearms in order to protect airline passengers and help prevent future 9/11-style attacks.
With our gun rights under constant attack from our own government and the anti-gun United Nations,
as well as the threat of rising crime due to our country’s economic woes, Congressman Paul believes it
has never been more important that our President be 100% committed to defending our God-given right
to keep and bear arms.
In Congress, Ron Paul has stood as a champion for law-abiding gun owners, and he will continue
protecting your Second Amendment rights as President.


RIGHT TO WORK
WORKERS RIGHTS


                          FORCED UNIONISM VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION
Freedom of association is one of the foundations of a free society. The Founders clearly understood
this, which is why they sought to protect this God-given right in the First Amendment.
While Ron Paul supports the right of every American to join a private sector union if they wish, he
believes, like most Americans, that forcing workers to pay union dues just to get or keep a job is wrong.
Unfortunately, over 75 years ago, the right to decide freely whether or not to join a labor union was
taken away from American workers by Congress.

                                BIG LABOR’S FORCED-DUES EMPIRE
As a result, national union bosses rake in $8 billion every year from workers who are forced to pay
dues to a labor union just to provide for themselves and their families.
Then, to add insult to injury, Big Labor uses this forced-dues money to bankroll the campaigns of tax-
and-spend, big government politicians all across the country like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack
Obama!

                                   A PRO-RIGHT TO WORK RECORD
That’s why Ron Paul has been a strong supporter of the National Right to Work Act in Congress.
Passage of a National Right to Work law would end forced union dues by repealing compulsory-dues
provisions in federal labor law.
In addition to his support for a National Right to Work law, he also voted to defeat Big Labor’s “Card
Check” scheme.
This bill would have eliminated secret ballot elections for union organizers – allowing union bosses to
intimidate workers into signing themselves over to union boss control.
And he voted against the Police and Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill.
This legislation was designed to put all American police and firefighters under the union bosses’
control – just the first step toward forcing all state and local public employees under Big Labor’s
thumb.
Ron Paul’s exceptional record on Right to Work issues earned him the prestigious Everett Dirksen
Award from the National Right to Work Committee.
And he’s been proud to receive the support of the National Right to Work Committee in each and every
one of his Congressional elections over the years.
As President, he will continue to lead the fight to free Americans from the shackles of compulsory
unionism by working to pass a National Right to Work law.
HOMESCHOOLING
STANDING UP FOR HOMESCHOOLING

                                     HOMESCHOOLING CHAMPION
Ron Paul believes no nation can remain free when the state has greater influence over the knowledge
and values transmitted to children than the family does.
And the truth is, no big government spending program can or will solve our nation’s education
problems.
One-size-fits-all central planning simply does not work.
As a congressman, Ron Paul has been a consistent supporter of homeschooling and educational
freedom.
Being a homeschooling parent takes a unique dedication to family and education.

                                 TAX CREDITS FOR HOMESCHOOLING
In many cases, homeschooling families must forgo the second income of one parent, as well as incur
the costs of paying for textbooks, computers, and other school supplies.
And with combined taxes taking almost 50 percent of the average family’s income, there is little left
over for low- and middle-class parents to even consider other educational opportunities.
That’s why, during his time in Congress, Ron Paul has introduced legislation to:
* Help parents better educate their children by providing parents with a $5,000 per child tax credit for
tutors, books, computers, and other K-12 related educational needs.
* Ensure that the federal government treats high school diplomas earned through homeschooling the
same as other high school diplomas.

                                    PUT PARENTS BACK IN CHARGE
Congressman Paul wants parents to have the freedom to choose the best educational options for their
children, and his commitment to ensuring homeschooling remains a practical alternative for American
families is unmatched by any other Presidential candidate.
As President, he will veto any legislation that encroaches on homeschooling parents’ rights.
Returning control of education to parents and teachers on the local level is the centerpiece of Ron
Paul’s education agenda.

      IMMIGRATION
SECURE OUR BORDERS

                                  A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY
A nation without borders is no nation at all.
It just doesn’t make sense to fight terrorists abroad while leaving our front door unlocked.
Unfortunately, for far too long, neither major political party has had the courage to do what is necessary
to tackle the problem.
Instead, we’re presented with so-called “solutions” that involve amnesty proposals or further restricting
Americans’ civil liberties through programs like REAL ID.
Ron Paul opposes both of these schemes and believes they will only make illegal immigration and the
problems associated with it worse. He has been proud to see states exercising their Tenth Amendment
rights and protecting their citizens by refusing to comply with the unconstitutional REAL ID law.
While the federal government neglects its constitutional responsibility to protect our borders, it
continues to push mandates on the states to provide free education and medical care to illegal
immigrants at a time when the states are drowning in debt. This must not be tolerated any longer.
Like most Americans, Ron Paul also understands just how valuable legal immigration is to our country.
Immigrants who want to work hard, obey our laws, and live the American Dream have always been
great assets.

                                       COMMON SENSE REFORMS
If elected President, Ron Paul will work to implement the following common sense reforms:
* Enforce Border Security – America should be guarding her own borders and enforcing her own
laws instead of policing the world and implementing UN mandates.
* No Amnesty - The Obama Administration’s endorsement of so-called “Comprehensive Immigration
Reform,” granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, will only encourage more law-breaking.
* Abolish the Welfare State – Taxpayers cannot continue to pay the high costs to sustain this powerful
incentive for illegal immigration. As Milton Friedman famously said, you can’t have open borders and
a welfare state.
* End Birthright Citizenship – As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be
granted U.S. citizenship, we’ll never be able to control our immigration problem.
* Protect Lawful Immigrants – As President, Ron Paul will encourage legal immigration by
streamlining the entry process without rewarding lawbreakers.
As long as our borders remain wide open, the security and safety of the American people are at stake.
As President, Ron Paul will address immigration by fighting for effective solutions that protect our
nation, uphold the rule of law, and respect every American citizen’s civil liberties.

ENERGY

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

                                       FREE MARKET SOLUTIONS
The free market – not government – is the solution to America’s energy needs.
Unfortunately, decades of misguided federal action have helped lead to skyrocketing fuel prices,
making it even more difficult for hardworking families to make ends meet.
Washington’s bureaucratic regulations, corporate subsidies, and excessive taxation have distorted the
market and resulted in government bureaucrats picking winners and losers.
In fact, much of the “pain at the pump” Americans are now feeling is due to federal policies designed
by environmental alarmists to punish traditional energy production – like oil, coal, and natural gas – in
hopes of making energy sources they favor more “economical.”
Sadly, even with $4.00 a gallon gasoline, many are attempting to make our energy crisis even worse by
working to impose job-destroying carbon taxes, or a “Cap and Tax” system.
As long as we allow federal regulations and bureaucratic red tape to get in the way of energy
exploration, our country will never solve its energy crisis, and Americans will continue to pay the price
in high costs.

                                       A PRO-ENERGY PRESIDENT
As President, Ron Paul will lead the fight to:
* Remove restrictions on drilling, so companies can tap into the vast amount of oil we have here at
home.
* Repeal the federal tax on gasoline. Eliminating the federal gas tax would result in an 18 cents savings
per gallon for American consumers.
* Lift government roadblocks to the use of coal and nuclear power.
* Eliminate the ineffective EPA. Polluters should answer directly to property owners in court for the
damages they create – not to Washington.
* Make tax credits available for the purchase and production of alternative fuel technologies.
It’s time for a President that recognizes the free market’s power and innovative spirit by unleashing its
full potential to produce affordable, environmentally sound, and reliable energy.


ABORTION

A PRO-LIFE CHAMPION

                                     AN EXPERIENCED PHYSICIAN
As an OB/GYN who delivered over 4,000 babies, Ron Paul knows firsthand how precious, fragile, and
in need of protection life is.
Dr. Paul’s experience in science and medicine only reinforced his belief that life begins at conception,
and he believes it would be inconsistent for him to champion personal liberty and a free society if he
didn’t also advocate respecting the God-given right to life—for those born and unborn.
After being forced to witness an abortion being performed during his time in medical school, he knew
from that moment on that his practice would focus on protecting life. And during his years in
medicine, never once did he find an abortion necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman.
As a physician, Ron Paul consistently put his beliefs into practice and saved lives by helping women
seek options other than abortion, including adoption. And as President, Ron Paul will continue to fight
for the same pro-life solutions he has upheld in Congress, including:
* Immediately saving lives by effectively repealing Roe v. Wade and preventing activist judges from
interfering with state decisions on life by removing abortion from federal court jurisdiction through
legislation modeled after his “We the People Act.”
* Defining life as beginning at conception by passing a “Sanctity of Life Act.”
Because he agrees with Thomas Jefferson that it is “sinful and tyrannical” to “compel a man to furnish
contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors,” Ron Paul
will also protect the American people’s freedom of conscience by working to prohibit taxpayer funds
from being used for abortions, Planned Parenthood, or any other so-called “family planning” program.
The strength of love for liberty in our society can be judged by how we treat the most innocent among
us. It’s time to elect a President with the courage and conviction to stand up for every American’s right
to life.

      Statement of Faith
“I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, and I endeavor every day to follow Him in all I do
and in every position I advocate.”
-Ron Paul
My faith is a deeply private issue to me, and I don’t speak on it in great detail during my speeches
because I want to avoid any appearance of exploiting it for political gain. Let me be very clear here: I
have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, and I endeavor every day to follow Him in all I do
and in every position I advocate.
It is God Who gave us life. As He is free, so are those He created in His image. Our rights to life and
liberty are inalienable.
I’m running for President of the United States because I believe that our traditions and way of life are
under attack from an out-of-control federal government and reckless politicians who show no regard
for what our Founders entrusted to our protection.
America became the greatest nation in human history because a dedicated band of Patriots believed
their God-given rights were worth fighting for, even if it meant challenging the world’s most powerful
nation in what many deemed a “hopeless” cause.
Being free meant so much to our forefathers that they put everything on the line – and thousands
sacrificed their lives – to give the promise of liberty to not only their children and grandchildren, but to
generations they knew they would never even meet.
Their courage and determination guaranteed they would defy the odds and achieve victory.
In this critical election, you and I must decide if the principles of limited government and personal
freedom are worth fighting for once again.
Since I’m asking for your vote and your trust to lead this nation, let me tell you a little bit about my
background and beliefs.
My parents raised my four brothers and me on a dairy near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they set
clear examples for each of us about faith, honest living, and individual responsibility. Their Christian
values helped inspire two of my brothers to eventually enter the ministry, and provided me with the
foundation I needed to practice medicine and one day become a U.S. Representative.
In addition to my time in Congress, I am proud to have delivered over 4,000 babies as a country doctor
in Texas. As I trained to practice medicine, I became convinced without a doubt that life begins at the
moment of conception. I never performed an abortion, and I never once found an abortion necessary to
save the life of the mother. In fact, I successfully helped women struggling with their pregnancies to
seek other options, including adoption.
I am running to Restore America Now, and by that I mean that it’s time to protect and promote the
basic God-given rights inherent in the promise of America.
We must pass on our heritage of liberty to the next generation – not tens of trillions of dollars in debt
and liabilities.
We must stand for life – not allow millions of innocent children to continue to be slaughtered with the
government’s approval.
We must follow the Biblical mandate of using honest weights and measures – not printing money out
of thin air in almost complete secrecy and then handing it over to oppressive dictators.
We must only send our men and women to fight for our country when the mission is clear, every
necessary tool needed to win is provided, and we respect the Constitution by declaring war.
Once war is declared, it must be waged according to Just War principles. We should only fight when
it’s in our national security interest, and we should no longer do the corrupt United Nation’s bidding by
policing the world.
In Congress, I never vote for any piece of legislation that violates the Constitution’s strict limits on
government power. I also do not participate in the congressional pension system.
As President, I give you my word that I will only exercise my authority within the confines of the
Constitution, and I will work every day to rein in a runaway federal government by binding it with the
chains of that document.
For my stands and beliefs, I am told that my efforts are “hopeless.” Like those who were proud to
stand up for what they knew was right to create our nation, however, I firmly believe that now is a
better time than ever before to reclaim our liberties. No situation is hopeless for those who receive
their strength from their faith, family, and freedom.
And like those Patriots, I have no doubt that liberty will prevail.
I invite you to join me and millions of other Americans in taking our stand to honor our forefathers’
sacrifices and Restore America Now.

For Liberty,


Ron Paul

				
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