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Apr 18, 2014

The below video featuring Ben Bernanke at the National Press Club on February 3, 2011, isn’t notable so much for its content (which is full of the usual distortions and talking points) but for its existence. After all, the Fed Chairman is one of the most influential, powerful figures on the political/economic scene, yet he […]

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Here's The Weekly Podcast! Cattle rustlers and cowboys on horseback riding to a…

Apr 18, 2014
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Cattle rustlers and cowboys on horseback riding to a showdown. It had all the makings of an old fashioned range war. But the rustlers were government agents who were rounding up rancher Clive Bundy’s cattle.

Violence has been averted… for now. But what happens next?

Ron Paul talks about the Nevada showdown between Bundy and his supporters versus the Bureau of Land Management, and about property rights and the federal government’s massive land ownership in the western states.

And a conversation with Pat Buchanan who has long been warning about the dangers of expanding NATO to Moscow’s’ front door. It is policy now beginning to bear grim consequences. Buchanan talks about the showdown in Ukraine and the danger of the security guarantees America has given around the globe.


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Ron Paul: The Nevada Range War – Antiwar.com (blog)

Apr 18, 2014

Ron Paul: The Nevada Range War
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Charles Goyette talks with Ron Paul on their weekly podcast about cattle rustlers, cowboys on horseback, and the Nevada showdown with the BLM. Violence has been averted… for now. But what happens next? And a special conversation with Pat Buchanan ...


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Welefare Queens give Congress ulitmatium

Apr 18, 2014

The international welfare queens at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are demanding that US Congress approve “reforms” that give Russia and China more say over how the taxpayer dollars the US Government sends to the IMF are spent. The IMF has said that  unless Congress passes those reforms by the end of the year they […]

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Why Does Ron Paul Think Bitcoin Does Not Fit The Definition Of Money? – Forbes

Apr 18, 2014
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Ron Paul: Bitcoin is not ‘True Money’ – CoinDesk

Apr 18, 2014

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US Congressman Ron Paul does not believe bitcoin is ‘true money,’ but he is still a big fan of the concept.

Ron Paul is one of the most prominent libertarians in US politics. Much of the libertarian movement is in favour of digital currencies, either through active support and endorsement, or by advocating no government interference and regulation.

Ron Paul even got the distinction of having an altcoin named after him. He never shied away from controversial issues and he never kept his love of bitcoin a secret. Paul’s views on the state of our current financial system are more or less known and he reiterated his position on Quora this week.

Government should stay out of the way

When asked why he thinks bitcoin does not fit the definition of money, Paul said it is his personal opinion, but that it should be irrelevant in the big scheme of things.

“Though I don’t personally believe that bitcoin is true money, it should be perfectly legal and there should be no restrictions on it, there should be no taxes on it. The people who operate bitcoin would, of course, be prohibited from committing fraud but the people should be able to have competition whether it is a basket of commodities or crypto-currencies – it should be perfectly legal,” said Paul.

He argued that freedom from government intervention on the Internet is a prerequisite for the development of digital currencies. Paul said he is concerned that the government may want to curtail Internet freedoms. He warned that everyone should be concerned about government interference online regardless of their position on digital currencies.

Terrible monetary system debases currencies

The Congressman pointed out that he sees bitcoin as a very interesting subject and that he has been a champion of legalising competition in currencies for many years.

Ron Paul went on to explain why he’s drawn to digital currencies:

“We have a terrible monetary system today. We have a government that purposely counterfeits and debases the currencies, and I believe that the alternative would be a competition.  That means that anything that wants to substitute for the American dollar should be permitted.

There should be no prohibitions; there should not be a monopoly and a cartel running our monetary system because it so often benefits the privileged few. We certainly saw this in the bailing out of the financial system where the wealthy bankers got bailed out it in this recent and severe recession. I am a strong believer in competition. Bitcoin is an introduction to that.”

Paul stressed the importance of keeping the Internet free of government interference and at the same time keeping digital currencies alive and legal. He warned that the financial system is run by a cartel and by special interests.

“We want a system that truly challenges the government in their ability to take care of the very wealthy at the expense of the middle class and the poor,” he concluded.

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Ron has given another statement on the standoff in Nevada with federal officials…

Apr 17, 2014
Ron has given another statement on the standoff in Nevada with federal officials. He also warns that while the feds have backed off for now, the situation is likely to escalate: http://bit.ly/1j8EI9M
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Why we fight the IRS

Apr 17, 2014

Campaign for Liberty has been in the news a lot lately about our fight against the IRS. You can read a recap of the events here. But basically the IRS is requesting information on our donors, and fining us for not providing it. The right of our members to engage in political activity by privately […]

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Ron Paul: ‘Political Correctness’ Behind Concerns About My Institute … – Mediaite

Apr 17, 2014

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Megan Stiles on The Blaze

Apr 17, 2014
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Ron Paul: Bitcoin Is Not ‘True Money’ – Business Insider

Apr 16, 2014
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Ron Paul detailed his thoughts on Bitcoin in one of two posts he wrote on the question-and-answer site Quora Wednesday. While the former Republican presidential candidate and congressman expressed support for the cryptocurrency, he also said it is not "true money."

"Though I don’t personally believe that Bitcoin is true money, it should be perfectly legal and there should be no restrictions on it, there should be no taxes on it," Paul wrote. "The people who operate Bitcoin would, of course, be prohibited from committing fraud but the people should be able to have competition whether it is a basket of commodities or crypto-currencies - it should be perfectly legal."

Paul described Bitcoin as an "introduction" to competition for the dollar that could improve our "terrible monetary system."

"Bitcoin is a very interesting subject because for many years in Congress I was a champion of legalizing competition in currencies," wrote Paul. "We have a terrible monetary system today. We have a government that purposely counterfeits and debases the currencies and I believe that the alternative would be a competition. That means that anything that wants to substitute for the American dollar should be permitted. There should be no prohibitions; there should not be a monopoly and a cartel running our monetary system because it so often benefits the privileged few. ... Bitcoin is an introduction to that."

Paul also noted Bitcoin requires "freedom from government intervention when it comes to the Internet" to flourish. He said he is "concerned that the government ultimately wants to curtail the Internet."

"The internet is the salvation for those of us who believe in liberty because it is an alternative way of getting around the system not only in the spreading of our ideas in this instance but in in terms of getting around the monetary system on the whole if they do permit crypto-currencies and other forms of transactions. So, this is something that we should all be concerned about whether we endorse it or not," Paul wrote.

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Ron Paul Is On Quora Now – Business Insider

Apr 16, 2014
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Former Republican presidential candidate and Congressman Ron Paul has signed on to the question-and-answer service Quora. 

On Wednesday, Paul posted answers to a pair of questions about his positions on marijuana and Bitcoin. 

Paul responded to the question about marijuana by calling the American War on Drugs "outrageous." 

"The drug war has never done anything good. It cost a lot of money, it was an excuse to violate the civil liberties of a lot of Americans, and it challenges the notice that people get to make their private choices. Even when there’s risk involved, government is meant to protect us from ourselves, government is meant to protect our liberties," Paul wrote. "When people have the right to make their own decisions, they should be responsible for all the actions they take. The drug war is a typical example of how the government is intending to make people better and once they do that they are getting into the business of removing personal liberty."

Paul argued Bitcoin is not "true money," but he said the cryptocurrency should be "perfectly legal and there should be no restrictions on it, there should be no taxes on it." 

Scott Stenholm, an executive producer at Paul's RonPaulChannel digital news network, confirmed to Business Insider that the posts on Quora were written by Paul himself.

"We've been talking about it for a while," Stenholm said of Paul's decision to join Quora. "President Obama did it and some other high profile people. It seems to be getting a fast response. ... Ron wants to get the message out, so we thought it would advantageous."

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Rand and Ron Paul ride to the rescue for Bundy in Nevada standoff with feds – Washington Times

Apr 16, 2014

Defiant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy received some key but qualified support in his still-unresolved standoff with the Obama administration.

Libertarian icons ex-Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and his son, Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, both came out with critical comments on the federal government’s handling of the land dispute, while the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association broke its silence on the dispute Wednesday with harsh words of its own for the feds.


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The NCA’s careful statement noted the group “does not condone actions that are outside the law, in which citizens take the law into their own hands,” but it noted that Mr. Bundy and his family were provoked by the policy of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

“Ranchers such as Mr. Bundy have found themselves with their backs against the wall as, increasingly, federal regulations have infringed on their public land grazing rights and the multiple-use management principle,” the association said. “This is not only devastating to individual ranching families; it is also causing rural communities in the West to wither on the vine.”

The senior Mr. Paul also criticized what he said was overkill in the armed confrontation that nearly led to violence before the BLM stood down over the weekend.

File-This Saturday, April 5, 2014 file photo shows Cliven Bundy talks on the phone at his ranch near Bunkerville Nev. Dave Bundy the son of Cliven Bundy a rural Nevada cattle rancher fighting government efforts to remove his cattle from disputed grazing areas northeast of Las Vegas was detained by federal agents. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher,File)

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“They may come back with a lot more force, like they did at Waco with the Davidians,” the senior Mr. Paul said on Fox News, referencing the 1993 Branch Davidian standoff in Texas that left nearly 100 people dead.

His son, Rand Paul, became one of the first of the 2016 contenders to weigh in on the dispute, criticizing the heavy federal enforcement array in the confrontation.

“The federal government shouldn’t violate the law, nor should we have 48 federal agencies carrying weapons and having SWAT teams,” Mr. Paul said on a Kentucky radio station.

The younger Mr. Paul also appealed for the Bundy family, which does not recognize the federal government’s jurisdiction over the disputed lands, to seek redress nonviolently.

“I hope it’ll go through a court,” he said “But if it were in a court, I would be siding and wanting to say that, look, the states and the individuals in the state should own these lands.”

The dispute between Mr. Bundy and the federal government revolves around grazing rights for a herd of cattle. Mr. Bundy contends he owns the land the cattle graze on and that it has been in his family for generations. But the government disputes his ownership claim, and won a court judgment that he owes nearly $1 million in grazing fees and taxes.

Armed federal law enforcement personnel surrounded the ranch, while armed militias joined with Mr. Bundy. After a few days, the government withdrew to prevent a direct conflict, Bureau of Land Management and Interior Department officials said.

Friends of the Bundy family said they found damage to Mr. Bundy’s property and livestock once federal personnel withdrew.

“They had total control of this land for one week, and look at the destruction they did in one week,” Corey Houston, a friend of the rancher, told Fox News.

Mr. Houston charged that the federal government left the territory in disarray, including destroyed water lines, holes in fences, and several dead cattle.
“So why would you trust somebody like that?” he said. “And how does that show that they’re a better steward?”


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Tonight on The Independents: Red Meat Wednesday, With Ron Paul, Nick … – Reason (blog)

Apr 16, 2014

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Ron Paul Discusses IRS Targeting of C4L on Cavuto

Apr 16, 2014

“They’re after us! They want money from us!” Watch Ron Paul’s interview on Cavuto discussing the IRS targeting Campaign for Liberty:  

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Ron Paul touts Rand as a presidential ‘frontrunner’ – Washington Post (blog)

Apr 16, 2014
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Former congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex.), in a new fundraising e-mail for his Campaign for Liberty, plays up his son's status as a "frontrunner" for president in 2016.

The e-mail focuses on the CFL's decision to resist the Internal Revenue Services's call for it to disclose its donors.

In the course of the e-mail, Ron Paul notes the progress made by his supporters and cites members of the Senate and House who hold similar viewpoints -- including one Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.):

Only a few years ago, you and I were barely a “blip” on the political screen.

But there’s no denying things have changed, when you consider:

*** Today, we see a growing crop of new Liberty Movement supporters like Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the U.S. Senate;

*** In the U.S. House, there’s Congressmen Justin Amash (R-MI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY).

*** My son, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), is now considered a frontrunner for President in 2016!

Later in the e-mail, Ron Paul requests an "IMMEDIATE influx of funds," including donations of $100 or more.

Rand Paul has taken care at times to distance his politics from those of his dad -- particularly when it comes to foreign policy. Rand Paul also declared recently that he wouldn't continue answering questions about his father and where their political views align or diverge.

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Ron Paul: IRS Demanding Campaign for Liberty Donor List Again – Newsmax.com

Apr 16, 2014

Ron Paul: IRS Demanding Campaign for Liberty Donor List Again
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Two years after he says he settled the issue with the IRS, Ron Paul says the agency is again demanding a list of donors to his group Campaign for Liberty. "They're after us. They want money from us," Paul told Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil ...


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A new CIA report finally admits that the use of torture by the U.S. government d…

Apr 16, 2014
A new CIA report finally admits that the use of torture by the U.S. government does not work in combating terrorism. What is your opinion? Take our poll: http://bit.ly/1l8Lpv1
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Ron Paul’s nonprofit refuses to disclose list of donors to the IRS – RT (blog)

Apr 16, 2014
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The United States Federal Reserve is usually the government office finding itself most often in the crosshairs of former Texas congressman Ron Paul, but now the longtime lawmaker is setting his sights on another agency: the Internal Revenue Service.

Paul’s relentless efforts to abolish the Fed have without a doubt been a hallmark of the 78-year-old libertarian’s career in Congress, but recent attempts from the IRS to compel a nonprofit organization run by the former presidential hopeful for details about its contributors has pushed him to pursue yet another fight with the federal government.

Last week, Paul signed his name to an email sent to supporters acknowledging that the IRS has billed his nonprofit, Campaign for Liberty, for failing to hand over the names of donors when the group filed its taxes for the year 2012.

But Megan Stiles, the group’s director of communications, now tells the Washington Examiner that the organization will fight the government’s demands.

"There is no legitimate reason for the IRS to know who donates to Campaign for Liberty," Stiles told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday. "We believe the First Amendment is on our side as evidenced by cases such as NAACP v. Alabama and International Union UAW v. National Right to Work. Many 501(c)(4) organizations protect the privacy of their donors in the very same way as Campaign for Liberty. For some reason the IRS has now chosen to single out Campaign for Liberty for special attention. We plan to fight this all the way."

Stiles’ confirmation of an impending fight between Campaign for Liberty and the IRS comes just days after Paul told his supporters via email that the government’s latest actions “is likely just the first in a long line of unconstitutional and likely illegal ‘excuses’ this rogue government agency will use to try to shut us up and shut us down by fining us to death.”

“Forcing organizations like Campaign for Liberty to publicize donor information would have an incredibly chilling effect on political speech,” Paul wrote.

“Many liberty-loving Americans would silence themselves for fear of becoming targets of political ‘retribution,’” he continued. “And after the Obama IRS was caught red-handed targeting pro-limited government groups for harassment and intimidation, these fears could not be more well-founded.”

“The statists’ goal is to cripple Campaign for Liberty and perhaps even force us to shut our doors,” he added.

On the official Campaign for Liberty site, the group published a bill from the US Department of Treasury sent late last month for $12,900 levied on account of the organization’s failure to file its 2012 taxes completely. Specifically, the group’s paperwork was absent a Schedule B form — required by the IRS from American tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that receive $5,000 or more in donations each year — that would list the names of contributors and how much they handed to an organization.

IRS Fines Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty

"Paying this outrageous extortionist fine — just to exercise our rights as American citizens to petition our government — may even be cheaper in the short run," Paul added in his email. "But it’ll just embolden an alphabet soup of other federal agencies to come after us."

Robert Wenzel, a reporter for the Economic Policy Journal, wrote this week that the letter “raises many more questions than it answers and is one more indication that it is going to be one hot and sticky summer” for the business end of Paul’s politics.

“Given the many things that C4L can fight against, a battle that can jeopardize the organization's very existence, as the letter suggests, seems like an odd battle to fight, especially when it has already disclosed to donors that it is collecting data as a result of federal law,” Wenzel wrote. "Or is there something about the contribution list that C4L doesn't want to disclose for other reasons?”

Another possibility, according to Wenzel, is that the agency’s new-fangled interest in Paul’s organization is connected in some way to reports that surfaced earlier this year into an alleged grand jury probe that’s been launched to investigate possible corruption involving Ron Paul 2012 deputy campaign manager Dimitri Kesari.

"The IRS technically requires donor information from 501(c)(4) organizations and is forbidden by law from releasing it to the public, yet despite this they have 'mistakenly' released the information repeatedly over the years," Stiles added to Examiner reporter Joel Gehrke on Tuesday. "Often these leaks have been made to political opponents of the conservative groups whose information was leaked. Leaking the donor information is intended to harass and to intimidate those donors from donating to political causes. Campaign for Liberty has refused to provide donor information to the IRS to protect the privacy of our members. Now the IRS has demanded the information and fined Campaign for Liberty for protecting its members’ privacy."


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US Government is the world’s third largest economy

Apr 16, 2014

Anyone who doubts that government spending at all levels is out of control should consider Mike Flynn of Breitbart’s analysis  of how the  government spending at the federal, state, and local level compares to the world’s major economies.   The United States Government spent a total of $3.5 trillion last year, equal to the gross national […]

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