Ron Paul: Time is Running Out
Thursday, 25 September 2008

Dear Friends,
 
Whenever a Great Bipartisan Consensus is announced, and a compliant  media assures everyone that the wondrous actions of our wise leaders  are being taken for our own good, you can know with absolute  certainty that disaster is about to strike.
 
The events of the past week are no exception.
 
The bailout package that is about to be rammed down Congress' throat  is not just economically foolish. It is downright sinister. It makes  a mockery of our Constitution, which our leaders should never again  bother pretending is still in effect. It promises the American people  a never-ending nightmare of ever-greater debt liabilities they will  have to shoulder. Two weeks ago, financial analyst Jim Rogers said  the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made America more communist  than China! "This is welfare for the rich," he said. "This is  socialism for the rich. It's bailing out the financiers, the banks,  the Wall Streeters."
 
That describes the current bailout package to a T. And we're being  told it's unavoidable.
 
The claim that the market caused all this is so staggeringly foolish  that only politicians and the media could pretend to believe it. But  that has become the conventional wisdom, with the desired result that  those responsible for the credit bubble and its predictable  consequences - predictable, that is, to those who understand sound,  Austrian economics - are being let off the hook. The Federal Reserve  System is actually positioning itself as the savior, rather than the  culprit, in this mess!
 
* The Treasury Secretary is authorized to purchase up to $700 billion  in mortgage-related assets at any one time. That means $700 billion  is only the very beginning of what will hit us.
 
* Financial institutions are "designated as financial agents of the  Government." This is the New Deal to end all New Deals.
 
* Then there's this: "Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the  authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency  discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any  administrative agency." Translation: the Secretary can buy up  whatever junk debt he wants to, burden the American people with it,  and be subject to no one in the process.
 
There goes your country.
 
Even some so-called free-market economists are calling all this  "sadly necessary." Sad, yes. Necessary? Don't make me laugh.
 
Our one-party system is complicit in yet another crime against the  American people. The two major party candidates for president  themselves initially indicated their strong support for bailouts of  this kind - another example of the big choice we're supposedly  presented with this November: yes or yes. Now, with a backlash  brewing, they're not quite sure what their views are. A sad display,  really.
 
Although the present bailout package is almost certainly not the end  of the political atrocities we'll witness in connection with the  crisis, time is short. Congress may vote as soon as tomorrow. With a  Rasmussen poll finding support for the bailout at an anemic seven  percent, some members of Congress are afraid to vote for it. Call  them! Let them hear from you! Tell them you will never vote for  anyone who supports this atrocity.
 
The issue boils down to this: do we care about freedom? Do we care  about responsibility and accountability? Do we care that our  government and media have been bought and paid for? Do we care that  average Americans are about to be looted in order to subsidize the  fattest of cats on Wall Street and in government? Do we care?
 
When the chips are down, will we stand up and fight, even if it means  standing up against every stripe of fashionable opinion in politics  and the media?
 
Times like these have a way of telling us what kind of a people we  are, and what kind of country we shall be.
 
In liberty,
 
Ron Paul

 



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