I love dissenting voices. So Ron Paul's recent comments on the stimulus package definitely caught my attention. Although Paul does his usual "end the government" routine, he makes some valid points during his recent speech on the economy. Paul, for example, accuses Republicans in Congress of hypocrisy: "It is like they're born-again budget conservatives . . . .Where were we in the past eight years, when we could have done something?"
Instead of engaging in partisan fingerpointing, Paul argues (as I have) that: "We have to blame both parties and presidents of the last several decades to have generated this huge government." But I disagree with Paul when he suggests that the private sector alone can fix the economy: "Sure, we want more spending. . . .We need a lot more spending in the economy, but it has to be done by market forces, by individuals, by businesses making proper decisions." Paul forgot to include "businesses" and "individuals" on that list of things that led to the rotten economy.