Really Rogue Ron Paul: Foreign Policy is Economic Policy

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Leading recipient of military donations suggests that curbing expenditures overseas can ease financial troubles at home.

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Only Ron Paul listens to our founding fathers, who warned that constant war means debt, taxes and the destruction of a republic.

While most GOP candidates at Monday’s CNN/Tea Party Express Debate obliged by neatly compartmentalizing the issues, Rep. Ron Paul broke from the pack by suggesting, yet again, that foreign policy expenditures impact America’s economic prosperity.

Connecting the dots, Rep. Paul explained that Social Security would be solvent today if money had not been carelessly spent on foreign adventurism and redundant domestic programs. Paul referenced his Social Security Preservation Act, introduced by the Texas congressman seven times since 1999, which aims to safeguard the Social Security trust funds and shield them from the public debt limit.

When asked how Washington, D.C., can balance the budget while protecting programs upon which seniors and others have come to rely, Rep. Paul suggested that our obligations can be met with cuts to the $1.5 trillion in spending on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, a figure that Brown University has projected may ultimately climb to more than $4 trillion when considering future veterans care expenditures.

“We need to look at our $1.5 billion embassy in Bagdad that’s bigger than the Vatican … our 900 bases around the world,” Paul explained Monday. “That’s where we need to cut.

“We’re talking about how to pay for a tax cut, but it’s the people’s money!” Paul insisted. “No policing of the world. No nation building. This is the George Bush platform of 2000.”

As in the 2008 election, Rep. Paul enjoys unrivaled support among those who list the military as their employer. FEC’s Q2 2011 records show that he outraised his GOP counterparts’ total military donations by a 2-to-1 margin. Paul also outraised President Obama.

Paul’s performance Monday further validates a key assertion of Revolution PAC’s bombshell ad, “Plastic Men,” released Monday: “Only Ron Paul listens to our founding fathers, who warned that constant war means debt, taxes and the destruction of a republic.”

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