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Ron Paul for President

Murray Sabrin March 25, 2003

A U.S. led invasion of Iraq is underway to disarm Saddam Hussein's regime and prevent the butcher of Baghdad from threatening world peace. That's the Bush administration's line--or constant propaganda--to rally both world public opinion and the American people to support its massive military intervention in Iraq.

If Saddam Hussein is a threat to the American people, why isn't the Bush administration doing more to secure our borders? And, if the American people are at such great peril from possible terrorist attacks, why doesn’t President Bush issue an executive order rescinding all gun control laws so the American people can protect themselves?

The reality is that the Iraqi regime is not a threat to the territorial integrity of the United States or to the security of the American people. If Saddam Hussein regime is an imminent threat to the American people, the Bush administration has not made the case that he is ready, willing and able to use weapons of mass destruction against the United States.

Nevertheless, the American people have rallied around the Bush administration's offensive to oust Saddam. According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, 68% of the American people approve of George Bush's handling of his job. This is down from the more than 90% approval rating the president enjoyed just after the September 11th attacks. (However, in a CBS poll 52% of the American people disapproves of the way Bush is handling the economy.)

The course of the Iraqi invasion will determine, to a large degree, if President Bush's reelection chances are as good as they appear to be today. A swift American victory with a minimal number of causalities on both sides will help the president's reelection next year. However, a long protracted engagement with substantial number of American causalities will erode President Bush's approval rating. And, if the economy remains in the doldrums next year, the Bush-Cheney team could be the underdogs in the 2004 presidential race.

To put President Bush's reelection in perspective, after the Gulf War in 1991, the elder President Bush had a 90% approval rating, only to see his support erode, so by the November 1992 election, he received only 39% of the vote. Bill Clinton and Ross Perot garnered, 42% and 19%, of the vote, respectively. In short, ousting the Iraqis from Kuwait in 1991 did not translate into majority let alone a plurality support for George Herbert Walker Bush in his reelection bid.

In 1990 President Bush reneged on his campaign pledge not to raise taxes, and signed one of the biggest tax hikes in American history. As far as the federal budget was concerned, the federal deficit ballooned to nearly $300 billion and unemployment was accelerating as the 1992-campaign season was heating up. In other words, the "perfect political storm" led the Clinton campaign to come up with one of the most effective political sound bites: "It's the economy, stupid".

Bill Clinton and Ross Perot, who both ran as fiscal conservatives, outmaneuvered a clueless George Bush. George Bush ran as the status quo president against two outsiders who promised to change the way the Washington insiders governed.

George Bush's policies paved the way for the Clinton era. The first Bush expanded government regulations. He signed the Americans for Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act. Although the proponents claimed these pieces of legislation were necessary to right wrongs, they were in fact unnecessary federal intervention violating the property rights of business owners.

In the past two years, the current President Bush has expanded the federal government's role in education and increased tariffs on Canadian lumber and foreign steel, hurting builders and manufacturers. He wants to expand Medicare with a prescription drug benefit.

Federal government spending has been increasing well above the inflation rate for the past two years and is expected to increase further in fiscal 2004. More ominous, the February federal budget deficit hit a monthly record, $96.3 billion. This translates into an annual budget deficit of more than $1 trillion.

The federal budget will not be $1 trillion this year. How high will it be? More than the $300 billion the Bush administration is projecting for this fiscal year, while next year's deficit is anyone's guess.

President Bush has encouraged the Federal Reserve to flood the economy with credit, driving down short-term interest rates to 40 year lows--in effect robbing savers who have sought the safety of saving accounts and money market accounts from the ravages of the three year bear market. The Federal Reserve's easy money policies have redistributed income from savers to borrowers, especially hurting senior citizens who depend on a lifetime of savings to generate income to pay their bills.

Although President Bush wants to accelerate the 2001 tax cuts, he also wants to cut additional taxes to stimulate the economy. However, the federal government outlays and the mushrooming federal deficits under George Bush's administration demonstrate that he is no fiscal conservative.

The bottom line: The Bush presidency so far has been a failure, and a disappointment to conservatives an libertarians who hoped he would be a real fiscal conservative and pursue a noninterventionist foreign policy.

What then do proponents of limited government do next year?

Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, who is serving his second tour of duty in the House of Representatives and was the Libertarian Party's candidate for president in 1988, should be the Republican presidential nominee in 2004.

On his website, Dr. Paul, a prolife physician, a passionate supporter of the Second Amendment and sponsor of legislation to get the United States out of the United Nations, reveals why he would be the best president at this time in our history.

His Freedom Principles as well as his devotion to a noninterventionist foreign policy would rally tens of millions of voters who are tired of the Washington establishment taking over our lives and wasting our money and wealth in the pursuit of a global empire.

The welfare state is collapsing. The federal government cannot continue spending money at the rate it has. Our invasion of a nation that is not a threat to the American people must be ended as quickly as possible, so our soldiers can retrain home safely.

We need new leadership in Washington D.C. Ron Paul is that leader who will help save the Republic and restore the Founders' vision of America.

Call or write Congressman Ron Paul (The Office of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, 203 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515, (202) 225-2831), or email him and tell him to enter the Republican primaries next year.

Visit the Draft Ron Paul for President website.

A million real patriots working in next year's early primaries will change the course of American history. Contact everyone you know to get the ball rolling: Ron Paul for President.

Murray Sabrin is a USA Daily columnist as well as professor of finance at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he is executive director of the Center for Business and Public Policy, and the author of Tax Free 2000: The Rebirth of American Liberty He was the New Jersey Libertarian Party candidate for governor in 1997 and after rejoining the GOP after 25 years, sought the party's nomination for the United States Senate in 2000. He is vice-chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus.

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