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Thursday, January 31, 2008

On Last Night's CNN Republican Candidate Presentation Show - Part 1

I'm not about to call CNN's Republican Presidential candidate presentation show a "debate" because if you take a look at the video below (a collection of the few moments in the debate where Ron Paul speaks), it looks to me more like McCain and Romney and Anderson Cooper were intentionally and deliberately trying NOT to debate the fundamental issues at hand.

Check it out.

Regarding Anderson Cooper's culpability for preventing the occurrence of a real "debate" ... at the 1 minute 55 second point (1:55) of this video, as Dr. Paul is asking to have a chance to address the question of conservative vs. liberal because when the topic originally came up, he was not invited to comment, Anderson tells Dr. Paul:
  • COOPER: We're going to have -- I promise you we're going to have -- you're going to have another opportunity to do that. I promise you, coming up in like two minutes or two questions.
But Anderson wasn't true to his word. Anderson didn't keep his promise.

Dr. Paul was never invited to (or permitted to) address that topic.


Here's the transcript of the candidate presentation show from CNN itself:


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Friday, January 25, 2008


Hi All:

Ron Paul recently released
his plan to save the U.S. economy. Because Dr. Paul actually understands economic law, his proposal would actually work. I've cut and pasted the text from that page below for your convenience ... here is the URL:


America became the greatest, most prosperous nation in human history through low taxes, constitutionally limited government, personal freedom and a belief in sound money. We need to return to these principles so our economy can thrive again. When enacted, my plan will provide both short-term stimulus and lay the groundwork for long-term prosperity.

Other candidates talk a lot about stimulus packages, but my record stands alone. I have fought for these measures for years as a member of Congress and will make them a top priority as president.

Ron Paul, a 10-term Republican Congressman from Texas's 14th District, is currently the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee's Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology. He has been named "Taxpayers' Best Friend" for 10 consecutive years by the National Taxpayers' Union. Ron Paul is also the author of several books on monetary policy and economics.

The Four-Point Plan

  1. Tax Reform: Reduce the tax burden and eliminate taxes that punish investment and savings, including job-killing corporate taxes.
  2. Spending Reform: Eliminate wasteful spending. Reduce overseas commitments. Freeze all non-defense, non-entitlement spending at current levels.
  3. Monetary Policy Reform: Expand openness at the Federal Reserve and require the Fed to televise its meetings. Return value to our money.
  4. Regulatory Reform: Repeal Sarbanes/Oxley regulations that push companies to seek capital outside of US markets. Stop restricting community banks from fostering local economic growth.

1. Tax Reform

  • Eliminate Taxes on Dividends and Savings. The basis of capitalism is savings, and Americans who do so should be rewarded.
    • Pass HJ Res. 23 to encourage savings over consumption.
  • Repeal the Death Tax. Attacking small businesses and breaking up family farms smothers growth and kills jobs.
    • Pass H.R. 2734 to make the Bush tax cuts permanent.
  • Cut Taxes for Working Seniors. Grandmothers and grandfathers working to make ends meet should keep all the fruits of their labor.
    • Pass H.R. 191 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the inclusion in gross income of Social Security benefits.
  • Eliminate Taxes on Social Security Benefits. That money belongs to seniors, not the government. They paid into the system for a lifetime, and they should be free to spend every penny as they see fit.
    • Pass H.R. 192 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 1993 increase in taxes on Social Security benefits.
  • Accelerate Depreciation on Investment. We need to help companies grow and create jobs.
    • Pass H.R. 4995 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce corporate marginal income tax rates.
  • Eliminate Taxes on Capital Gains. Investment should be embraced and rewarded.
    • Pass H.J. Res 23 (The “Liberty Amendment”), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to abolishing personal income, estate, and gift taxes and prohibiting the United States Government from engaging in business in competition with its citizens.
  • Eliminate Taxes on Tips.The single parents and working students who earn their income chiefly through tips deserve to keep all of their money. This tax on "estimated income" is unfair and should be ended.
    • Pass H.R. 3664 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that tips shall not be subject to income or employment taxes.
  • Support the Mortgage Cancellation Relief Act. Working families who lost their homes should not be punished a second time with a big IRS bill.
    • Pass H.R. 1876 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from the gross income of individual taxpayers discharges of indebtedness attributable to certain forgiven residential mortgage obligations.

2. Spending Reform

  • Reduce Overseas Military Commitments. Our bases and troops should be on our soil.
    • It's time to stop subsidizing our trading partners in Europe, Japan and South Korea.
  • Freeze Non-Defense, Non-Entitlement Spending at Current Levels
    • I vote against all bloated, pork laden spending bills and will veto them as president.

3. Monetary Policy Reform

  • Televise Federal Open Market Committee Meetings. An institution as powerful as the Federal Reserve deserves full public scrutiny.
  • Expand Transparency and Accountability at the Federal Reserve
    • Pass H.R. 2754 to require the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to continue to make available to the public on a weekly basis information on the measure of the M3 monetary aggregate and its components.
  • Return Value to Our Money. Legalize gold and silver as a competing currency.
    • Level the long-term boom and bust business cycle by passing H.R. 4683, which would repeal provisions of the federal criminal code relating to issuing coins of gold, silver, or other metal for use as current money and making or possessing likenesses of such coins.

4. Regulatory Reform

  • Repeal Sarbanes/Oxley. It has seriously wounded our capital markets and helped make the UK a financial center at our expense.
    • Ending these misguided regulations would bring jobs flooding back to the United States
    • Pass H.R. 1049 to reform Sarbanes-Oxley and reduce the burden it places on small businesses.

  • Repeal or Remove Costly and Unnecessary Federal Regulations. Neighbors know best how to help their neighbors.
    • We need to make it easier for community banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions to better serve their communities and to help people in these communities get access to credit and capital.
    • Pass H.R. 1869 to enhance the ability of community banks to foster economic growth and serve their communities, boost small businesses, increase individual savings, and for other purposes.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

On Prognostications - Part 1

Robert Prechter has written a book called Conquer the Crash (cover below).

In it he predicts various disasters, including crushing losses for anyone who (1) owns equity securities in companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges; (2) owns real estate in the U.S. secured by dollar-denominated indebtedness; (3) has deposited money in a checking or savings account in a financial institution located in the United States; and (4) other normal people. It's quite gloomy.

Also, I was exaggerating. Slightly.

Anyway, today that book's Amazon Sales Rank is approximately 87,000.

If it's Amazon Sales Rank ever gets below 5,000, it will be time to buy stocks.

I can't think of a better signal than that for the contrarian investor.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Doing It Their Way

This is highly entertaining (and remarkable, I think).

Of course, I couldn't help but wonder: everyone listening to this knows that he is telling the truth. But they're laughing anyway.

Why are they laughing?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

On Aping Yogi Berra - Part 1

Here's the best I can do at aping Yogi Berra:
  • As far as I can remember, I've never forgot anything.

There you have it.

And by the way, I made that up all by myself.

Thursday, January 03, 2008