You saw the Ed Snowden Liberty Report interview earlier this week...but guess what happened when the cameras kept rolling? Edward asked Ron Paul a very important question about how Ron interacted with the intelligence community when he was in Congress. Did Ron benefit from the CIA and other secret briefings that so many Members believe are so important? You won't want to miss this extra from Edward Snowden and Ron Paul...
The U.S. has illegally setup a base in Syria and has been aggressively escalating. I discuss and make the case for bringing U.S. troops home and adopting a policy of non-intervention and peace. http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/enough-escalation-in-syriabring-us-troops-home
Like their colleagues in the House, the Senate Republican leadership has squandered an opportunity to repeal Obamacare and replace it with true free-market health care. Instead, they have unveiled a bill that retains Obamacare's core mandates. It should be rejected. My statement below:
Once it's generally accepted that the role of government is to remove risks and hazards from our lives, its policies actually encourage more reckless risk taking and something called "moral hazard." Government "insurance," in its many forms, only ensures more economic calamity:
Crony Casinos are trying to sneak a competition killing bill through Congress. It's crony capitalism at its worst. Criminalizing online gaming gives the surveillance state one more excuse to spy on our online activities and ensures that online gaming will be controlled by criminals. My statement against the Restoration of America's Wireless Act (RAWA) below:
I recently had the pleasure of speaking at a conference hosted by The Future of Freedom Foundation addressing the topic of America's National Security State. The title of my talk was "Enemies: Foreign and Domestic." I hope you enjoy it:
The Russia/Iran sanctions bill passed earlier this month in the Senate has stalled in the House on a procedural issue: bills dealing with revenue must originate in the House. Is there a chance the bill may be scuttled? Don't hold your breath!
Governments are vicious even in the best of times. But when they face a financial crisis, they really turn up the heat. Capital controls ... price controls ... people controls ... you name it. If you have it ... they want it. The ultimate insurance policy for when government goes into a "controls" rampage is to own something that is beyond their reach, or at least very hard for them to grab. Gold and silver have provided this insurance for thousands of years. There isn't anything American, Chinese, Russian, or European about gold. It's a universal money that has been accepted at all times around the world. Got gold? More below:
House Speaker Paul Ryan gave his big tax reform speech this week. But whenever you see "reform" you can guess that there will be smoke and mirrors involved. The one thing they should be talking about that they are not talking about is...spending! Would I vote for the bill? Tune in to today's Liberty Report: Paul Ryan's Tax 'Reform' -- Beware! https://youtu.be/A0Uuj6ex0cc
Paul Ryan's Tax Reform Plan is a shell game. Americans need tax CUTS, not "revenue-neutral reforms." If the Trump Administration was really serious about cutting taxes, they would look to cut government spending. This is not happening at all. Instead the deck chairs on the sinking ship are simply being re-arranged and shuffled around. Ron Paul discusses with Kennedy below:
What has happened to us that the government believes it has the right to surveil our every activity? Is this freedom? Liberty? Is this what America is supposed to be about? Don't miss our exclusive interview with Edward Snowden in this very special Ron Paul Liberty Report!
Military empires are littered throughout all of human history. They have a 100% failure rate. Such odds never seem to deter new faces from taking a crack at trying to dominate the world by force. America wasn't supposed to go down this road. But alas, it did...and failure is staring it right in the face. More below:
Doing more of what didn't work in the first place. My latest column is on Trump's Cuba speech... Trump Turns Back the Clock With Cold War Cuba U-Turn http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/june/19/trump-turns-back-the-clock-with-cold-war-cuba-u-turn/
With all the progress that has been made in getting rid of the colossal failure known as the "War on Drugs," it's disheartening to watch the Trump Administration take us backwards. Jeff Sessions wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post, and right from the start he's horrifically wrong. Sessions says: "Drug trafficking is an inherently violent business." There is nothing about drug sales that makes it an "inherently violent" business. It is a violent business because of government regulations against its sale and the large penalties for those convicted of selling drugs. The alcohol business, during prohibition, was a violent business as well. That all changed when alcohol was allowed to be sold legally. The same thing would occur if recreational drugs were allowed to be sold legally. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration is standing in the way, and choosing to perpetuate the violent drug war. More below:
This week, the Trump Administration issued a 150-page report on banking regulations. If Trump gets his way, as much as $2 trillion in funds will be "unlocked" for banks to lend out. Banks were forced to "lock" those funds away after the last financial crisis. Is this how banking is supposed to work? By the dictates of central planners? And what will $2 trillion in loans to an already deeply indebted American public produce?
Given the way the federal snoop state uses every inch of (unconstitutional) power granted them to take a mile of liberty, the last thing Congress should do is pass legislation giving the surveillance state a new excuse to spy on us -- especially if the legislation also violates the Tenth Amendment. Yet Congress will do just that if it listens to the special interests pushing the Restoration of Americas’ Wireless Act (RAWA). RAWA makes online gaming a federal crime. Thus, it gives federal agents another excuse to monitor our Internet usage. More below:
Interest Rates should be set by supply and demand in the marketplace, not by central planners in a marble palace. The Fed falsifies interest rates, by "lowering" them and "raising" them according to their whims. The whim yesterday was to "raise." My statement below:
Sen. McCain is thrilled. Yesterday the Senate passed by 97-2 yet another round of new sanctions on Russia. When it comes to making bad foreign policy, the two parties are united. More in today's Liberty Report: New Russia Sanctions: The Deep State Unifies Congress https://youtu.be/o8qly5J1t2U
Think about the real world...the one that just about everyone outside of Washington DC lives in. When something succeeds, you look to do more of it. If what you're doing is failing and producing harm, you stop doing it. In the marketplace, when people want iPhones instead of flip-phones, a lot of productive action takes place. Money, labor, capital and time are devoted producing iPhones. Meanwhile, resources are concomitantly removed from producing flip-phones. This isn't The Garden of Eden. We have to make choices on how to best deal with unlimited wants and limited resources. More than enough trial-and-error has led us to a formula that works: Stick with your winners, and ditch your losers. Well, government operates on a philosophy that is completely opposite to this. More below:
We start this morning's Liberty Report with a few early thoughts on the shooting in Virginia, then we turn to the bigger picture: after 15 years the Pentagon is struggling to come up with yet another "new" strategy for Afghanistan. What does "victory" look like? They don't know... Gen. Mattis Admits Afghanistan Truth: After 15 Years, No End In Sight https://youtu.be/DXpE5jcQhM8