I Can’t Begin To Thank My Congressman

Because www.house.gov is slammed.  Here’s what I got when I tried to use their site to send my Congressman a thank you for voting against the bailout rescue savior of the economy.

Messaging Service Unavailable

The House of Representatives is currently experiencing an extraordinarily high amount of email traffic. The Write Your Representative function is therefore intermittantly available. While we realize communicating to your Members of Congress is critical, we suggest attempting to do so at a later time, when demand is not so high. System engineers are working to resolve this issue and we appreciate your patience.

I’m sure it’s just a few computer savvy Ron Paul supporters who are causing all the problems.

Ron Paul on the Bailout “Debate”

“That’s why so many people in this country have come to the conclusion that there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties.”

Remember back in the debates when Ron Paul was harping on monetary policy any time he was given a chance to speak?

Ron Paul on Glenn Beck Regarding Bailouts and Monetary Policy

Key points in this interview:

  • Bailouts and continued printing of money means your currency is devalued, prices go up, and you are effectively taxed to fund these bailouts.
  • The Treasury Secretary and Federal Reserve have no powers to spend money according to the Constitution.
  • These actions only delay the inevitable.  The market will eventually correct this.  As someone pointed out on Twitter last night, it’s only a question of how high up the cliff we want to climb before we jump get thrown off.

Ron Paul Speech Reaction

I didn’t get to watch it yet…the Tivo is set and I’ll get to that post later, but here’s a quick roundup of reaction I’ve found so far:

@rogelsm: Ron Paul’s speech is one of his best, and I heard many of them.

@colindean: I once again feel compelled to run for Congress. Thank you, Ron Paul. Excellent speech, sir Champion of the Constitution!

@libertycafe: just heard/saw Ron Paul at the Rally – he was amazing, the crowd was phenomenal and getting ready to blog about it now.

@ganjablue: I’m really sorry Ron Paul couldn’t reach mainstream America. That would have been real change.

And the released text of the speech.

Is There a Pro-Technology Candidate Out There?

CNET has a pretty interesting article on Joe Biden’s less than stellar record on technology:

By choosing Joe Biden as their vice presidential candidate, the Democrats have selected a politician with a mixed record on technology who has spent most of his Senate career allied with the FBI and copyright holders, who ranks toward the bottom of CNET’s Technology Voters’ Guide, and whose anti-privacy legislation was actually responsible for the creation of PGP.

Well, at least we know who to thank for PGP.  What would we do without Biden and those internets Al Gore invented?

Check out this Voter’s Guide to see how the other candidates rank on technology.  Some of note:

  • Barack Obama:  50%
  • John McCain:  31.25%
  • Hillary Clinton:  33.33%
  • Ron Paul:  80%

Joe Biden–A Brilliant Pick

He’s outspoken, he says crazy things, and he loves attention.

It is inevitable that Biden will soon say something controversial that draws the whole of the media’s attention.  What a great way to create a diversion for a candidate at the top of the ticket who says a whole lot of, well…nothing.

Just because Bush’s Presidency is almost over doesn’t mean that strategery is dead.

Maybe McCain will pick Ron Paul as his VP.  That would be even more ironic.  How funny would it be to see Paul refuse to endorese McCain, even though he’s on the ticket?

Sure, You Say That Now…

Ron Paul on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac:

Despite the long-term damage to the economy inflicted by the government’s interference in the housing market, the government’s policy of diverting capital to other uses creates a short-term boom in housing. Like all artificially-created bubbles, the boom in housing prices cannot last forever. When housing prices fall, homeowners will experience difficulty as their equity is wiped out. Furthermore, the holders of the mortgage debt will also have a loss. These losses will be greater than they would have otherwise been had government policy not actively encouraged over-investment in housing.

Of course, he said this in 2003.  The guy really is a kook, huh?

Feeling Better About My Contribution

You know what? I’ll admit that I’ve been a little disheartened that I contributed to Ron Paul’s campaign and haven’t seen much come of it recently, at least until he announced his new organization (let’s call it what it is–a PAC) to campaign for liberty.

Then I read this comment by Hungry Mother:

At the very least, my part in Paul’s online contributions helped to show that some of us will put our money where mouths are.

It’s weird, but that simple statement makes me feel a lot better about my contribution. Yeah, I bitch and moan a lot about the way things are and the way they should be, but at least this time–for the first time–I tried to do something about it other than wait until the general election to cast my protest vote for a guy who has no chance. Sure, I’ll be doing the same thing again this year, I just haven’t decided which guy with no chance I’ll be voting for.

More importantly, this year I was motivated to do something about it. This year there was someone worth contributing to. There was a message worth getting behind.

Ron Paul Drops Out of Race

I’ll give you a second to make your “he was never really in it was he?” joke here and chuckle.

Finished? Ok.

He’s launching a new project called Campaign for Liberty to keep the rEVOLution going. The site says it’s still in beta–I guess that’s why you have to scroll all the way to the bottom to find the “subscribe to rss” in small print. The “donate” section is working conspicuously well though. Hmmm…

Anyway, check it out. He’s got a message there about his exit suspension from the race and info on what his delegates will be up to at the Republican convention.