“Republican” candidate Ron Paul did pretty well in the Michigan primary. In a good mood, he addressed his supporters at the end of the day. He said two things that surprised me, one that even surprised me a lot. During these primaries (plural), I have heard Dr Paul make a goodly number or strange or downright false statements (see postings on this blog). So, I don’t believe him anymore but it does not mean that everything he says is false. Some of his statements could easily be true and interesting. However, his record is so bad as far as I am concerned that I don’t feel like checking anything he says that sounds strange, or aright, or false. I hope someone will help me, a Paulista, or a folklorist perhaps.
1 The wars we have had for ten years, he said (I assume he means Iraq and Afghanistan), have added four trillion dollars to the US national debt ($4,000,000,000,000). I have no idea where this comes from. I doubt the contribution of the wars to the national debt can even be calculated. Yet, I would be happy if this figure were merely a pretty good approximation. I would say it’s fine even if the order of magnitude were right. How demanding is this? That’s the statement that surprises me only moderately.
At any rate, I sure hope this large amount included the 20 billion dollars per year just air-conditioning American forces in the two relevant countries Paul said it cost.
2 The congressman announced that there was a “transfer of wealth from the middle class” to the rich. That’s not a surprising statement since it’s also the basis of the Obama class war. What is surprising is the way this transfer takes place, according to the congressman. It is through the erosion of the currency, the US dollar’s value, according to Dr Paul. I don’t know how this could be. I have no quarrel with the idea that the US dollar has lost much value in say, 20 years, relative to something, to gold in particular. What I don’t know is how what is lost by the “middle-class” (whatever that is) comes to accrue to the benefit of “the rich.” Here again, I am open-minded. Please, help.
Speaking of mind, Paul’s followers applauded mindlessly when he offered this strange reasoning that is too difficult for me to grasp. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s just me and he has thousands, tens of thousands of followers (or devotees) who are both better informed and more intelligent than I am. Depressing thought!
Dr Paul needs a language style adviser. For me, it would be easier to believe him if he forswore expressions that bring back to life the distant days when young women lusted helplessly after me. (And I am not exaggerating.) One such, one of Paul’s favorites: “the military-industrial complex.” No kidding!