--Paul continued delivering his constituents' babies even while serving in Congress. In 2001, he was one of only eight doctors in the House; even fewer continued to practice while in office. He is occasionally approached by younger area residents to thank him for attending their births.
January 7, 2008
I FOUND MY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE--RON PAUL!
SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT TEXAS CONGRESSMAN, RON PAUL! (R)
(the things in bold i'm NOT too happy about)
--pro-life (he's an OB/GYN) Paul calls himself "strongly pro-life," "an unshakable foe of abortion," and believes regulation of medical decisions about maternal or fetal health is "best handled at the state level."[
--as on OB/GYN he delivered 40-50 babies a month, refused Medicaid payments, preferring to work pro-bono
--Paul also spends extra time in his district (an area larger than Massachusetts) to compensate for "violat[ing] almost every rule of political survival you can think of". He often logs over 300 miles (500 kilometers) daily, and attends civic ceremonies for veterans, graduates, and Boy Scouts, often accompanied by his grandchildren. His staff helps senior citizens obtain free or low-cost prescription drugs through a little-known drug company program; procures lost or unreceived medals for war veterans; is known for its effectiveness in tracking down Social Security checks; and sends out birthday and condolence cards.
--was drafted and served as a military surgeon in Korea
--anti-Iraq war, wants to end Iraq war and bring troops home
--he's the only Presidential candidate NOT to vote for the Iraq War Resolution of 2002, but he did vote for military action in Afghanistan
--has a non-intervention foreign affairs policy
--anti-Patriot Act: Civil liberties concerns have led him to oppose the Patriot Act, a national ID card, federal government use of torture, domestic surveillance, presidential autonomy, and the draft.
--because the 300 pg Patriot Act was voted on without being read by anyone in Congress (it was handed out and had to be voted on immediately), he institute "daylight legislation" which means 72 hrs must be given from the handing out of something that needs to be voted on to the actual voting
--called "the most honest man in Congress" by McCain
--he was an early Reagan endorser
--Paul supported his children during their undergraduate and medical school years, preventing their participation in federal student loans because the program was taxpayer-subsidized. He has rejected a Congressional pension for the same reason
--he was married in the Presbyterian church and his five children were baptized Episcopalian
--he always votes for things that foster education, libraries, homeschooling
--advocates withdrawing from the UN and NATO for resasons of maintaining strong national sovereignty
--founding member of Congressial Wildlife Refuge Caucus
--96% of his campaign funds come from individuals, not big business
--sued Clinton (with 17 other members of Congress) for unConstitutionally bypassing Congress when ordering air strikes in Kosovo
--tons of grassroots support on internet, youtube
--on Dec 16, 2007, broke the record for campaign fundraising by raising $6mil in one day online
--has authored 6 books on economics (he favors some kind of "standard" for our money. not exactly a return to the gold standard, but....well, it's really complicated and i don't get it, but it sounds good)
--he supports free trade but rejects NAFTA and the WTO as "managed trade" (this basically means that he is against lots of government regulations which are actually regulations that line the pockets of special interest groups and the rich, eliminating the middle class, and really bad for the poor) Sr. Helena: NAFTA is very bad news all around!
--he is for tigher border control, against welfare for illegal immigrants, against birthright citizenship, voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006. (My question here is does he strong support immigration reform???)
--he regularly votes against new government spending, taxes
--supports right to bear arms (anti-gun control), freedom of the internet, habeas corpus for political detainees
--He also opposes federal regulation of the death penalty, of education, and of marriage. He has voted against federal funding of joint adoption by unmarried couples (including same-sex adoption); he also supports revising enforcement of the military "don't ask, don't tell" policy to focus on disruptive behavior and include members with heterosexual as well as homosexual behavior issues.
--He also opposes the federal War on Drugs, wishing to leave the decision on whether to regulate or deregulate drugs, including medical marijuana, to the states. Paul advocates for the elimination of federal involvement and management of health care, which he argues would allow prices to drop due to the fundamental dynamics of a free market.
--he basically wants to leave much more to the states rather than federal government
--don't know where he stands on universal healthcare.....
check out the lengthy Wikipedia entry from whence I got all this: