“American Pie”: An Intro to Ron Paul





4 responses to ““American Pie”: An Intro to Ron Paul”

  1. Wayne Avatar

    Too bad he was­n’t elected.

    1. Rick Beckman Avatar

      I know! I was look­ing for­ward to being able to buy ran­cid meat and dri­ve crum­bling inter­states while our edu­ca­tion­al sys­tems degrade into a free-for-all of what­ev­er the pre­vail­ing reli­gions of a state want it to be.

      For our chil­dren’s sake, may Ron Paul’s brand of lib­er­tar­i­an­ism stay far away from the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment, now and for always.

      1. Dennis Avatar

        It’s fright­en­ing how much stu­pid was packed into one com­ment. Every­one is try­ing to sell you bad meat?

        1. Rick Beckman Avatar

          Take away gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions and con­se­quences for run­ning unsafe fac­to­ries or sell­ing unsafe prod­ucts, and yeah, we’ll see peo­ple get­ting sick far more reg­u­lar­ly from food than we do already. Cor­po­ra­tions are far more inter­est­ed in cut­ting costs than spend­ing even more to meet high­er standards.

          Before fed­er­al reg­u­la­tions start­ed being built up, food inspec­tion was seen to be the purview of the con­sumer, not the gov­ern­ment (“The Long Strug­gle for 1906 Law,” James H. Young, 2003). The prob­lem with that is that it means the bad food is mak­ing it to the shelf and cus­tomers have to be able to rec­og­nize prob­lems with *pack­aged* food pri­or to pur­chase. Gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions ensure the food is checked pri­or to end­ing up on shelves, allow­ing con­sumers to shop with con­fi­dence far more often.

          Ron Paul want­ed to elim­i­nate every gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­to­ry unit, remov­ing fed­er­al over­sight from Amer­i­ca’s industries.

          His­to­ry has repeat­ed­ly shown that when that hap­pens, peo­ple suffer.

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