Why GOP Should Embrace Ron Paul


There is friction galore between Ron Paul and the Republican Party.  It strikes me as odd that it should be the case given that Paul is only mouthing the end results of the smaller government crowd who rail against Washington, and work feverishly to slow down the work of government.  One would think Ron Paul would be the hero of the Tea Party, and all those who only wake in the morning so they can find some new way to undercut government.

And the truth is that Paul’s vision reveals—with candor and specificity—what the G.O.P.’s rhetorical hostility to government would mean if it were rigorously put into practice. A minimal state, without welfare provisions for the unemployed. A quarter of a million federal workers—as a first installment—joining those unemployed. Foreign policy and national defense reduced to a few ballistic-missile submarines. The civil-rights legislation of the nineteen-sixties repealed as so much unwarranted government intrusion. As for the financial crisis, Paul would have countenanced no regulation that might have prevented it, no government stabilization of the financial system after it happened, and no special help for working people hurt by it. This is where the logic of government-shrinking leads.

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