Texas Congressman Ron Paul and his son Rand believe in government employment — for themselves. But beyond that, they don’t believe the government they work for, and which will provide them a tidy pension when they retire, should do much else.
The Pauls have been on something of a PR binge lately. With Ron running for president, he’s been a frequent guest on cable news shows, spouting his “no government help for anyone” philosophy … which he considers a “freedom” philosophy. And Rand’s testimony in a Senate committee has clarified his views on his first profession – medicine – and what he sees as his enslavement by the patients who have made him a rich man.
First up: Ron Paul. He’s been getting a lot of ink for his opposition to the war on drugs. That’s the part of the Paul libertarian agenda that attracts the left. But the rest of what the Pauls believe should give liberal Liberatrians pause.
The elder Paul went on Fox News Sunday and explained why he thinks there should be no Social Security and Medicare … because they are akin to “slavery”:
On that, he seems to agree with his son Rand, who thinks that the idea of a right to healthcare is also slavery, for rich doctors:
Bonus: here’s Lawrence O’Donnell’s dissection of Rand’s “slavery” analogy from Friday’s “The Last Word” on MSNBC:
Back to dad. What else does Ron Paul — who wants to be president of the United States (though thankfully, he never will)… what does he believe?
Ron Paul thinks the country would have been better off without passing the 1964 Civil Rights Act and he would have voted against it, though he insists he thinks segregated restaurants and “whites only” signs on laundromats are dumb (and he’s very quick on the “don’t call me a racist” trigger finger:
Ron Paul also believes we should abolish FEMA — because when natural disasters happen, people should just take care of themselves:
Over to Rand again. He thinks his home state of Kentucky has made it too easy for pregnant women to access Medicaid, which pays for half of the births in that very poor state.
“Half of the people in Kentucky are not poor,” he said. “We’ve made it too easy. And people are going to say, ‘Oh, that’s harsh, you can’t say that.’ Well, let’s take care of those who are truly in need, which would be a small percentage of the public. Let’s take care of them until they can take care of themselves.
Did I mention Rand is a doctor? An eye doctor, yes, but he did take that Hippocratic oath…
Of course, the Paul’s are not for “total” liberty. Rand opposes abortion, even in the case of rape and incest:
Again … doctor … (Ron Paul, who is an obstetrician, is also opposed to abortion, and opposed to funding for Planned Parenthood, but he seems to oppose government “intervention” on the issue.)
And like dear old dad, he would have voted “no” on the ’64 Civil Rights Act.
Of course, Ron Paul’s principles aren’t so hard and fast when it comes to oil subsidies, which he voted this session to keep in place (along with every other Republican House member.)
And he’s just metza-metza on whether the U.S. should have killed Osama bin Laden.