Texas Congressman Ron Paul has warned that the new Obama administration will massively increase the size of the federal government and will use the threat of impending financial collapse as justification to do so.
“If we go along with the system held together, he’s going to massively increase the government.” Paul told listeners of the Alex Jones show this week.
“I think the big thing right now which is progressing as it has been for years, and even more so now, is not so much that Obama is going to present socialism in the Soviet style, where government ownership is always going to be this business arrangement between big business and big government.” Paul explained.
“What he is saying is that Capitalism, the gold standard, freedom has failed, so therefore we need big government. And just look, do you think the businessman is resisting that? No, the businessman is begging to be partners.” The Congressman added.
The Congressman explained that Obama in fact endorsed the unlimited growth of government during his inauguration speech when he stated:
“What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works.”
“He will make the government grow much faster, if the whole system hangs together for that long.” Paul urged listeners. “But the big question is whether there is going to be a collapse in the dollar and all bets are off on what will transpire then.” he added.
The Congressman also spoke of the consequences such an increase in government under Obama may have.
“I think there will be a national youth service and also the possibility of a military draft,” he warned, referring to recent coverage of Obama’s promises to introduce a “national civilian security force” and institute forms of compulsory community service for all Americans.
“I think there will be expansions of operations overseas,” Paul said. “Foreign policy has not changed, if you listen to his speech he said nothing that would be different.”
“And the only way they know how to pay for any of this is printing more money.” Paul, who is also a member of the Congressional financial committee, added.
Beware more staged events
The Congressman also warned that an Obama administration is no less likely to craft geopolitical events to its own advantage in order to justify overseas operations than the Bush administration was.
“A year or so ago, I think because so many times we had expressed concerns about this, Bush actually backed off when we were worried about them staging an event as an excuse to go into Iran.” the Congressman stated.
“But I think all big events like that in foreign policy have to have a staged event, or to use an event as the main reason for going in.” he added.
Though he admits that Obama’s “messianic” status is a huge distraction, the Congressman sees opportunity in it for the freedom movement.
“We shouldn’t ignore the fact that some of our allies may come from the left. The principle liberal or progressive who does not fit the mould of an Obama supporter are very concerned about the same things we are, about the PATRIOT Act and personal liberty, about foreign policy,” Paul explained. “In time I think we can work with other groups because we’ll need everybody to point out that it’s civil liberties that we want protected… At the same time we don’t want any more wars, which will help us economically.”
“A lot of people are fooled, a lot of people are expecting a whole lot and a lot of people think he is going to be a savior, but I think it will be short lived.” Paul concluded.
“I don’t think he will be successful. I think that for a year or two or three he’s going to get away with a lot and there will be a strong segment that will continue to support him. But ultimately I think that truth wins out in the end and that’s why I remain optimistic.”
Article written by Steve Watson
Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2009