FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
President Obama's $3 trillion debt reduction plan is really a huge tax increase accompanied by very small and somewhat questionable spending cuts.
The president wants $3 in tax increases for every $1 in spending cuts, according to the Washington Times.
His plan will go nowhere in Congress.
Besides the $1.5 trillion in new taxes, here are the president's ideas of spending cuts:
Find "waste" in Medicare. Where have we heard that before?
Count savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which was going to happen anyway.
Count lower interest costs on national debt.
Where are the cuts? There's no entitlement reform in this plan, no orders to cut the federal workforce, to cut the budgets by a significant amount or to close overseas military bases.
There's no means test for Social Security, no raising of the retirement age. Nothing.
Meanwhile, as we wait for the so-called Super Committee to come up with its plan, this deficit situation is a ticking time bomb.
Here's the scary truth: Even if the committee manages to come up with $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts over the next decade, it's a miniscule drop in the bucket.
The United States is more than $14 trillion in debt and we are adding to this debt at the staggering rate of more than $1 trillion in deficits per year.
So even if the government cuts $3 trillion or $4 trillion over 10 years, we will still have a national debt of $21 trillion in 10 years: $7 trillion more than we have now.
The federal government knows this full well and refuses to be realistic about how dangerous our predicament is.
Here’s my question to you: Is anyone besides Ron Paul serious about our deepening national financial crisis?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Rich in Gainesville, Florida:
Nope, no one. It's not popular to deliver the truth, particularly when it's bad news. As a result, none of the others are going to do it and Dr. Paul won't get elected by trying to. Too many people are willfully ignorant or else benefiting from the status quo. Hate to be so downbeat, but it is what it is.
You gotta be kidding! Ron Paul wants to dissolve the Federal Reserve. Probably would like to go back to the gold standard and the late 1890s for that matter. His ideas are worse than those of the Bush/Cheney administration that caused this mess.
Jon on Facebook:
Not only are the other candidates not serious about our financial problems, they are oblivious. Ron Paul is the only candidate who understands the business cycle and our monetary system and why we have the problems that we do. Dr. Paul has been right for 30 years; we no longer have time not to listen him.
I don't think he's serious about anything but his own self-interest. I can't take anyone in this race seriously who does not support heavy taxes on the wealthy and big corporations and closing tax loopholes. If they don't want to tax the wealthy and they don't want to tax big business, they have to have an ulterior motive.
H.J. in St. Paul, Minnesota:
I want Social Security. I want health care when I'm old and no longer have a job. I want them to raise taxes on me now so I have a huge fund saved up by the time I retire. Stop talking about cutting! I WANT those things! Taxes HAVE to be higher. These Republicans want to eliminate the entire social safety net that was put in place to stabilize the economy. You don't like taxes? FINE! Go live in Nigeria and make 2 dollars a day!
Clearly the answer is no.
I would say the 46 million Americans living in poverty are pretty serious about our financial problems. As far as politicians are concerned, Ron Paul might be it.
Apparently on either side. If they were, we would be doing something besides debating on tv. We are in a deep hole and as someone once said- "if you find yourself in a deep hole, stop digging". Our government cant even find the shovel to stop. Nothing will change, not even election 2012 and Ron Paul is certainly not the guy to lead us out of the deep hole.
There is no proof from viewing the GOP debates that anyone but Dr. Ron Paul is serious about fixing America's financial problems. The rest of the candidates are neo-fascists. It's clear, that the Obama Presidency is strictly reactionary and takes its cues from the GOP obstructionists and Goldman Sachs. The only candidate in the 2012 race that offers any hope for restoring strength to American monetary policy is Dr. Ron Paul.
St. Paul, MN
NO ONE in this race is taking it seriously other than Dr. Paul. For the rest of them it's simply a contest to be won...a political superbowl. Ron Paul has been addressing the issues throughout the last 30 YEARS. He's the ONLY seasoned candidate. The win for him is a win for FREEDOM and a RETURN OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS for all Americans.
Jack, it's apparent that neither party can get over the idea of making the other one look bad/worse. They are like children being hateful to each other as our country goes down the drain. The Democrats can't come up with good enough ideas and the Republicans are set to fight them even if they could. It's a no win situation. Grown men acting like children. While the people they work FOR watch in disbelief. I suppose they will be shocked when rioting breaks out as it has in other countries.
No. Ron Paul is the ONLY one up there speaking off script, from the heart, with real solutions. Everyone else is giving safe political broad answers with there trained hand gestures. Gingrich had decent ideas as did Cain but Ron Paul is this Countries only REAL chance for CHANGE that we were promised back in 08-09. Please Vote Ron Paul 2012.
Long Island, NY
No, the rest are in bed with the FED!
They are just serious enough to steal Ron Paul's message and that's about where it ends.
Ron Paul understands economics better than all his opponents combined and based on results, the more serious that economically challenged politicians are, the worse the economy becomes.
Paul is serious because he knows what caused the trouble (The 'Federal' Reserve System).He also knows that the cure is an ending of the Empire,the removal of unconstitutional departments,a return to hard money which can't have its purchasing power stolen by printing,This would allow the seniors to receive their benefits while allowing the young to provide for their futures in a secure currency.The ending of the Federal drug war would also save funds and prevent its uneven persecution of blacks.He diagnosed the complete problem and provides a great opportunity for real freedom in both the financial and social spheres.He's been serious for forty years and thank God for it.
No. Anymore it is the political class versus the working class, not the rich. Too many politicians are in Washington for the wrong reasons.
I think we are all serious about our financial problems. But all the Republican economic recovery plans are really business benefit plans that they hope will result in trickle down jobs. The people who realize that want jobs to come before budget cuts and might appear not be concerned about the problem. But the fact that over 60% of the American voters favor increasing taxes indicates they are serious about our financial problems.
Our financial problems were much worse right after World War 2 when the national debt was 125% of the GPD. We still have a long way to go to before we reach that point.
Yes. Anymore it is the political class versus the working class, not the rich. Too many politicians are in Washington for the wrong reasons.
Of course not. Ron Paul is the only candidate who understands that the federal reserve is paying our debt with printed money and destroying our currency. None of the others have any clue what is going on.
Eric – Buffalo, NY
I think Dr. Paul is the only canidate that has a sound, logical approach to balancing the budget. He promotes a clear message..U.S. involvment in 130 nations around the world is not only unconstitutional,it is dangerous, and it is costing T...RILLIONS of dollars a year. End the wars. Stop the policing. Bring the troops home to their families, to protect OUR borders. Stop squandering money and resources on wars that we will never win.
None of the rest of them even understand the systemic nature of our economic problems. Both parties think this is some kind of glitch that we will come out of with 3% increases or cuts on taxes for the rich. Tax hikes sound nice to the people struggling to pay their bills, but they dont make the cost of your groceries go down. Anyone that talks about a "double dip" recession is completely clueless. Everyone except Wall St and DC have never come out of the first dip. Paul was talking about the recession in 2007 and Mitt "expert on the economy" Romney laughed at him in the debate. Perry and Romney supported the TARP bailout which was a collosal economic and moral failure. People need to realize that we cant afford any of this warfare/welfare any more. We need to help each other in our neighborhoods, families and communities and learn that the government, banks, and Wall St are the problem, not the solution. Bailing them out and asking for more just add to the problem.
Yes, and I don't know that Ron Paul is any more serious than any of the other candidates, at this point in time.
In fact, I question whether any candidate is ready and willing to work on the most serious problem we have.........which is the sending of American jobs off shore.
If they were truly serious about solving the jobs problem, we should see more being done to either level the the costs factors for American companies to return manufacturing to the US, or establish severe import penalties to import their products off shore. Either approach may be workable, but the tax side of that solution will be more COMPELLING for them.
That is the one issue that has to be addressed by ANY serious candidate. We can no longer afford to open our doors for companies to send our jobs off shore.
Absolutely not! No worries though, I'm sure either Romney or Perry will solve all our problems. Thank you main stream media for giving us such a great choice between Obama and those two hacks. Oh and i cant leave you out Mr. Joe Public, without your unwavering commitment to never use your own brain, none of this would be possible. Dustin Spokane WA
All i hear is the same old story from the gop side, we will create jobs we will put people back to work, what these canidates fail to realize is that the private sector creates jobs not the government, ron paul is the only canidate that talks freeing up regulation and taxes to make the private sector flourish.
Ron Paul has demonstrated time and time again (in the little time he is given in debates) that he is the only one who both understands the business cycle and would take serious steps to fix the problem. No other candidate (maybe, strangely besides Herman Cain) has given a substance answer to our financial crisis.
This is Ron Paul we are taking about here! It doesn't get any better than that. Paul is the only one serious enough when it comes to our financial problems. He predicted the housing bubble and economic collapse during his last run for the Presidency, yet Washington still ignores him. No one can know this economy better than the only man fighting for the constitution and our liberties it gives us, than Dr. Ron Paul himself! He has the medicine this country needs to get back to a sound economic policy. I support 100% in 2012. He will restore America now!
Ron Paul has diagnosed the problem, but most of his prescriptions will kill the patient instead of curing him.
His philosophy consists of both mean-spirited "I got mine, so screw you" heartlessness and dreamy-eyed "We don't need the government or regulations, because everyone will just do the right thing without them" naivete.
Others may be seriously concerned about our economic problems, but Ron Paul is the only one proposing serious solutions. He's the only candidate with a solid background in economics, and he's the only one willing to make big changes where they're needed.
If you call having everyone fend for themselves and hospitals to turn away patients because they cannot pay, then I guess the answer to your question is no, no one is as serious as Ron Paul about reducing the deficit. I do agree with his idea of bringing home our troops from overseas and around the world. This would reduce the deficit in a big way. Come to think of it, all the other republican candidates disagree with this idea to.
Ron Paul is a genuine character and believes deeply in his libertarian vision for our country, but we can't get there from here without hurting a lot of people. Maybe he should start his own libertarian society on an island somewhere; it would be an interesting experiment.
Not at all. Listen to the rest of them speak. Ron Paul has been warning of these days for over 30 years. His voting record is legendary to this effect. The rest love to talk about it, but actions speak louder than words.
Is anyone besides Ron Paul serious about our financial problems?
Ron Paul serious about our financial problems? Is this your joke for the week question Jack? No one with a "R" next to their name gives a hoot about our financial problems since they are the ones that created them. They have ALL spent the last 3 years preventing any recovery. And I've yet to see a single Republican creating any JOBS.
Good luck with that Jack.
Jack I honestly think many politicians are serious about our economic problems. None of them however have a clue how to get us out of them. After all, they themselves created these problems with their policies. The best we can hope for is that they will start to see the light and alter some of those policies before it is too late. It is not one party that holds the key to solving anything. This disaster of an economy was created by both parties and it can only be contained if both parties are willing to work together. The sooner the better.
I don't think he's serious about anything but his own self-interest. I can't take anyone in this race seriously who does not support heavy taxes on the wealthy and big corporations and closing tax loopholes. If they don't want to tax the wealthy and they don't want to tax big business, they have to have an ulterior motive. Either they are part of the big business machine, or they are wealthy and protecting themselves.
Really, Jack? How do you not only fall off the fence, but roll all the way to Far Right! Ron paul is a nice gentleman, but dementia is coming fast. He already shows signs in the debates! ANd how is President Obama not serious. Once again I will remind you and the other Attention and Memory Challeneged, the Democrats have comprimised on their policies far far more than the Republicans have! In fact they haven't given in to anything but, well maybe, what if, only if you, so on and on. They haven't given in one anything specifically in their platform! Remember? Another fact, The presidents recent debt reduction plan is the highest in debt reduction and the only one that makes sense. The Rich enjoy far better lifestyles and "Tax Lawyers", and in a time of recession are you telling me that what won't physically/finacialy hurt them but will the Lower Middle Class, is wrong? Really, Jack. Taxing those who have profited by the Hard Work off the backs of the lower middle class and the poor is the right thing to do!!! NOTHING IS PERMANENT in our Government, Get it?
The Republicans are the very people we fought against in 1776. No taxing the Rich, only the poor, misrepresentation by those in the House, demonstrations on Wall Street, we are getting close to another Revolution due to the inaction of the Republican Party! Ron Paul? Really?
Ron Paul, really, Jack? Wow!
Not only are the other candidates not serious about our financial problems they are oblivious. Ron Paul is the only candidate who understands the business cycle and our monetary system and why we have the problems that we do. Dr. Paul has been right for 30 years, we no longer have time not to listen him.
Who couldnt be serious about it? The question is where do there serious concerns lie? With Wall Street donors? With capitalizing on sentiment to get elected? Sincerity is something forgotten in politics. I'll go with the guy who has raised this issue for years, through good times and bad times. While the others were clueless Ron called the housing bubble. No more followers or empty suits for the bankers. America needs a statesman and that man is Ron Paul.
Ron Paul is the only serious candidate. PERIOD.
It may not be a matter of seriousness, but simply different schools of thought. Alan Greenspan was lauded by the establishment left and right for years. In February 2008, Mr Greenspan confessed in a Congressional hearing that his 40 year ideology was "flawed". Bernanke follows very much the same ideas. Ron Paul has told both Fed Leaders that their ideology was flawed for years. The establishment wants to discount him, but the establishment's policies have run their course. Von Mises' Theory of the Trade Cycle predicts exactly the problem we're facing. Ron Paul isn't the only one taking our troubles seriously, he's the only one who has long been seriously troubled.
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The real beauty is visable through Ron Paul's supporters. These post-911 kids give me great hope. I say get out of their way and let them at their future. Young, fresh, smart, anti-war to the core. A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for the generational future of our nation's children. THEY will be tomorrow's leaders, journalists, academics writing out text books. Let's turn this boat around, get back to common ground. Off the ship with the fools.
Ron Paul serious about our financial problems? Who are you kidding Jack??? Ron Paul is only serious about one thing and thats "Ron Paul". He's all about ME ME ME and the hell with everyone else. Ron Paul would like to take us back to the 17th century. 95% of all Americans would still be signing their name with an X because there would be no public education and who could ever afford to hire a teacher. America would still be riding a horse and buggy. Actually we would be standing still. Don't expect Ron Paul to extend a helping hand by sending over a sack of patatoes (even if he's got enough to feed 10 families) to help a sick neighbor get through the winter. His philosophy is "YOUR ON YOUR OWN" find your own food or drop dead. Like he said in the last debate "let the Church" take care of those people. If you like Ron Paul and intend to vote for him that's fine. Just don't expect to be invited over for dinner. He's looking out for number 1 "HIMSELF" not his neighbor,not a friend, not even a child.
Long before the Tea Party played dress-up, Senator Olympia Snowe went to the mat with George Bush over his "budget." She told him he'd be lucky to get half of what he asked for. The Republican Party acted like she had committed treason. They funded TV ads in the State of Maine denouncing her. Now that it is obvious to any idiot that she was right to sound the alarm on spending, Ron Paul gets the credit?
Not many but on the democrat side it would be the lady and former governor of Michigan.
You'd think Boehner and Cantor would be. They ran on the platform of, "Where are the Jobs??". Well Mr. Boehner, Cantor..Where are the jobs?? We have 24 million people out-of-work, paying no taxes at all. If these people were working and paying their fair share we'd be in a better position...along with your oppressed rich buddies. And, Mr. Boehner..."Class Warfare"... has been played on the middle-class since, Reagan.....so nice try...
To answer your question...if Paul was serious about our debt. Then why doesn't he introduce a bill that would take away all Taxpayer-Socialized-Benefits from all House and Senate members, present and past(retired). That is, all Socialized medical benefits, all Socialized retirement benefits, and cut all members of both houses pay by 60%. End all Lobbying and introduce Campaign finance reform.....No outside(from their district or state, for Senate members) at all. Then and only then will I take that screwball serious.
Nope! The rest just want to be President so their picture gets into the history books in most states. The rest of the GOP just want to make the President "A One Term President" just like the minority leader of the Senate said from day one of Mr. Obama's presidency.
To answer your question with a question, can you name me ANY other candidate who speaks up about the REAL reasons/methods used that debase the value of our dollar? I haven't heard any of the "conservatives" use the words "inflation" or "fiat currency" besides the doctor from Texas. The man is the lead advocate for auditing the federal reserve system and is also one of the few nominees on the GOP stage who did not vote in favor of the banker bailouts.
Yes! I am, that is why I'm voting for Mr. Paul.
I agree with you that every single action and statement of the republican party in and out of congress is simply political posturing and that none of them are serious about really fixing our finances. I include Ron Paul, however.
The insinuation that Obama is not serious about the financial problems of the USA is unwarranted. The constant scream from the teabaggers that there is only one way (theirs) to solve the problems is deafening your audience and numbing the senses of the people. To be serious is NOT to accept these well-funded screams as absolute truth. To be serious is to present a workable plan. No one, not even Paul, except Obama has presented a workable plan. No one except the president is serious about solving the financial problems. No one has been vilified more than Obama for his efforts to correct this horrendous reagan/bush/clinton/bush giveaway fiasco.
NO! All the other candidates, as usual, are doing and saying whatever they believe will get them elected! Ron Paul is one of only a handful of STATESMEN left in Washington who have the courage to share with the American people the true state of our economy, along with honest solutions that will save our REPUBLIC!
P.S. By the way I respect your integrity as an unbiased journalist, thanks again for being Honest Jack! we need more like you and Wolf in the Mainstream Media.
Um, I think the President himself has shown some concern, wanting to cut over $3 Trillion. Put us back to work. Fifteen to twenty million people collecting a paycheck, consuming, and paying taxes, along with eliminating all those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, will go a long way towards solving the problem. I do agree with Ron Paul that we need to stop the wars, too. Maybe we humans can figure out a better way than bombing and shooting each other, no?
The Republicans are serious about debt reduction – just as long as the solution involves dismantling Social Security, Medicare and eliminating most, if not all, of the Cabinet.
Ron Paul really cares, he says let the hospital patient die because they have no health insurance. What a kook. So anyone that has no health insurance, should be denied health care. With Ron Paul as president we won't need home land security to protect us from our enemies who seek to kill us all. We will end up killing ouraelves off with no health care.
You gotta be kidding! Ron Paul wants to dissolve the Federal Reserve. Probably would like to go back to the gold standard and the late 1890's for that matter. His ideas are worse than those of the Bush/Cheney administration that caused this mess.
Yes, Jack, Ron Paul is the only candidate serious about any of the important issues. Ron Paul 2012!
Yes, Dennis Kucinich, but he isn’t running anymore. My dream ticket is Paul/Kucinich. Maybe we need to start thinking that way. Unfortunately it is now or never and no one realizes that. We are toast.
No! Ron Paul is the ONLY 2012 Candidate that has a clue! Until the monetary policy in the United States is changed nothing, NONe of our peoblems can be solved. Einstein said it and Ron Paul knows it. "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". The United States has been living "Un constitutionaly" for so long that constitutional governance sounds uhhh crazy!
Crazy for Ron Paul in Alabama!
No I think they are to worried about their wallets getting FAT, and staying in our house.(White House)The american people need to stand up for their self , we tried change it didn't work,The country was too messed up by then. I think we should vote them all OUT,and start over.
I can only imagine what Ron Paul must be thinking about the debt crisis now so I will improvise, " We caint rayaise the dee-et ceeelinnnng because thee-en we wont beeyable to reeeech eet you see, and we caint lah-o-wer thee deee-et ceeeling becahuz theee-en we-ill ahwul gee-it crushed, you see." After Ron Paul. Doug. Pepperell, MA.
Ron Paul will solve our financial crisis by letting every sick person without health insurance die. Oh, wait, that's Dr. Ron Paul. He took the Hypocritic Oath.
This isn't about getting rid of debt. This is about withering of Government and devolution into a Plutarchy. NO ONE is serious about debt reduction until every FTA is frozen and reworked to stop destroying US jobs. NO ONE is serious about debt reduction until multinationals are told to bring back the profits they are purposfully hiding over seas or be stripped of their listing as a US company and their CEOs and CFOs are stripped of citizenship and shoved off to Somalia where they can meet some truly ruthless people.
Ron Paul is the only one serious about America's huge total debt.
The Tea Party's holding on to "Defense Spending" and in many cases the "Wars" betrays the Tea Party's claim to be actually concerned about the debt.
If and when our politicians panic about the total national debt–it will be too late!
Heaven help us!
When you talk about the issues of the nation consistently for 30 years, predicted the housing crisis, federal reserve system and its inflationary policies, Ron Paul was the first to want to audit the federal reserve and even wrote a book about it, expose the income tax fraud – as it is a direct tax and is illegal under the constitution (to solve it other politicians want a sales tax to make it legal), wall street's corporate interests, corporatism under Bush and Obama, lobby groups:
When he was been criticized for exposing these issues by Washington and the main stream media, now he is being cooped by other politicians like Perry and Backman. Perry with he rhetoric with the federal reserve chairman (just listen to Perry, he does not even understands what he is saying and cannot comprehend what the federal reserve policies even are, Backman talking about how she was part of the system to expose the enemy in regards to the IRS, what pandering, she does not even understand how the system of income tax is illegal and how it came into effect in 1913)
I believe that only Ron Paul is sincere. Even the majority of Tea Party people don't want cuts to the Social Security and Medicaid that they are receiving. Everybody is talking a good game about spending cuts ever since the Tea Party brought the issue to the nation's attention, but not to the programs they are receiving benefits from.
I can't believe that you are actually asking that questions??? It is so obvious that Obama only cares about one thing..... GET REELECTED. Ron Paul is the only one of the lot who gets it and he will get my vote!!!
Ron Paul not serious it is a another trick for the american people to be divide and they are for the republicans that put this country in the hole in the first place. The republicans and theirs cheerleader have fool alot of people and it is sad because it a warfare between the wealthy verse the poor and middle class people.
Nope, no one. It's not popular to deliver the truth particularly when it's bad news. As a result, none of the others are going to do it and Dr Paul won't get elected by trying to. Too many people are willfully ignorant or else benefiting from the status quo. Hate to be so downbeat, but it is what it is.
NO!! But unfortunately, he won't get elected. He runs every year on common sense and he is never elected. The others portray him as a wacko and we follow lock-step behind them. It's time for Americans to take back America and elect someone who seems to be honest and offers viable solutions for the US. That is why he won't be elected. Rob in NC
He is the only guy now in the world who can see light at the end of the tunnel. I live in India, but I am absolutely and completely agree with Ron. He is one in a generation politician who is very honest and real gold standard.
Nope. Serious debt reduction requires making everyone upset for an extended amount of time. Thats also known as political suicide since the American people won't stand for paying more to get less so that the whole country survives. So tell me, whats the opposite of patriotism again?
No. If the President, members of Congress, and members of the Senate were serious, they would not have ignored the recommendations of the committees that came before the "Super Committee". Nor would they be on various news programs blaming each other for the problems the U.S. now has. All they want to do is drag this out as long as possible in hopes it will benefit them in November. Well, I won't be voting for anyone up for re-election in my voting district. Nor will I be voting for Obama and whoever gets the Republican nomination (unless someone new enters the race, and I feel they'll do what is best for the country). My plan was to fill in the write-in circle, and then write, "None of the above.” Instead, I think I'll put my name in the blank space. I can't do any worse than the "children" currently in office.
Is anyone besides Ron Paul serious about our deepening national financial crisis?
Now your 'cooking' jack and you didn't even have to make up and take a snort with your buddy – Sarah Palin!
( This comment you can leave out – but it was fun ribbing 'U"!)
Yes Ron is old-school and he's the only one running that can get "US" out of this mess and why he's even willing to try behooves me! ...only because he is old school and has lived thur what this country is really about and it's not politics, is it Jack?
Thank You for the great article. I'm From the Valley In Northern California & i believe Ron Paul is the only one who's serious about our Financial Crisis. We are in the 2nd Great Depression & Big Gov is trying to tell everyone its "OKAY, we are NOT in Recession" when Dr. Paul tells Americans the truth whether they want to hear it or not. He is the only True Candidate.
I could be labeled a liberal Democrat by people who know me but I hope I get the chance to vote for Ron Paul. Yes, he is a bit over the top but I want a president that I can believe even if we don't match up 100%.
I have always voted Democratic and dread the thought of a Romney or a Perry winning the GOP nomination. Where have the moderates gone? If you are a GOP member I hope you give either Paul or Huntsman a good long look.
When it comes to Ron Paul and the truths he offers about the economy (and everything else), we as a nation seem to have a bad case of the "La-La-La-I-can't-hear-you"s. We ignore this man at our own peril.
St. Charles, IL
I'm afraid not. If you take a quick glance at almost all the news available you would be led to believe the GOP race is about who can come up with the next popular catch phrase and who has the best hair style. As a Ron Paul supporter I do get comfort knowing that his agenda (liberty and freedom) are shaping the course of the debates and the race. It does make me sad though that things may need to get far worse in order for our country to fully accept what he is so willing to offer.
Ron Paul and serious in the same sentence. Didn't think you could pull that off Jack. Well done.
No Jack...no other candidate is serious about dealing with this nation's financial crisis because they are all puppets of the people who are causing the crisis. We have to face the fact that the bankers have taken over and the corporations own our government. We have no real representation. Ron Paul represents this country's last chance at a peaceful rEVOLution. I suggest we take it.
Unfortunately nobody, except Ron Paul is serious about our problems. Not President Obama, not Congress or any of the other GOP Candidates. Conservatives and Liberals feel "threatened" by Congressman Paul because he challenges the status quo. He knows we're into the following: a deepening recession, a handful of mismanaged wars, a dollar that is loosing its value at an accelerated basis, the fact that we have $14 trillion in national debt, more than $60 trillion in unfunded liabilities and unemployment is much higher than the reported 9.1%. Unfortunate truth is Jack, if President Obama addressed these problems such as entitlement reform, the unions who support him would feel threatened and if conservatives said cut military spending, they would loose support there. It's a sham and the American people need to wake up and realize the country doesn't have the time, resources or will to continue watching this sideshow circus act while the U.S. continues to sink faster than the Titanic.
Los Angeles, California
What makes you think Ron Paul is serious about our financial crisis? Has he proposed actually prosecuting the bankers who actually broke the law? Has he proposed anything that will actually address the causes of the problems? Returning to the gold standard isn't being serious, or even rational. There are ways to reduce the deficit and even to reduce spending, but I haven't heard any of Ron Paul's proposals being discussed by anyone as anything but radical pipe dreams. If you want to change an insurance program into a welfare giveaway, and raise the costs for medical care for the elderly, you have a right to your opinion, but don't think it will actually fix things. Please don't confuse that with being serious about the problems in this country.
Ron Paul has warned about this for decades. Jack, you might be the first prominent journalist to give his concerns some overdue exposure, but being 75 years old RP may have been passed by too long now and it is time for someone to stand by him and start practicing surgery on the myriad of wasteful programs here and abroad. There is not one individual or company that would not have filed bankruptcy by now, or have been forced to for that matter.
So maybe Communist China is as concerned as Dr. Paul, they stand to lose the most and I would love it.
How would a Ron Paul presidency be any different? Like Obama, he won't be handed a magic wand after his inauguration. Paul may have a plan to deal with our debt, but our biggest governmental problem RIGHT NOW is partisan gridlock, the ideological stalemate that has crippled our governing process. The only way to deal with the debt is to equally balance cuts with additional revenue, but one party has made a pledge putting Grover Norquist before flag and country. By the way Jack, a Ron Paul presidency ain't never gonna happen.
No, and its for the same reason that Paul's campaign continues to be marginalized. Both left and right are screaming out from the wilderness. Though they both may not agree on just how to fix the issues they do both however know what problems need to be addressed. These include and not limited to banking, monetary, trade, foreign, and education policy. What the system and those that cling to its underbelly have to lose is the flow of money that continues to fly from the printing press of the federal reserve borrowed on the backs of hard working Americans. To be serious about the financial crisis is to face the very cancer that has firmly lodged itself within the heart of our elected government. Ron Paul is the only one talking about this and its why he transcends the left, right debate and stands as a statesman telling us not what we want to hear but what we need to hear.
You cannot campaign seriously on financial reform because it involves measures that will frighten your voters away or else label you as extremist. Most people like to hear about how someone else will pay for our debt on the campaign trail and the reality is that getting out of this debt will involve serious and sobering sacrifice over time from everyone. While I don't subscribe to alot of Ron Paul's policies, I give him credit for being transparent and honest.
From this voters viewpoint he may be the only one. The "Super Committee" should have been comprised of six voting citizens not elected officials or bureaucrats.
Ash Fork, Az.
Yes. Hillary Clinton knows what needs to be done and will have the guts to do it. I'm not a Ron Paul supporter. I disagree with many of his views and think that Hillary with Bill's experience, insight and intelligence will be able to make head way for our country.
Ron Paul advocates the elimination of the Departments of Education, Energy, Commerce, Homeland Security, the IRS and FEMA, as well as withdrawing from the United Nations, WTO, and NATO. He wants to arm airline pilots, but was opposed to the creation of the TSA.
It's unclear as to whether Congressman Paul is serious about our national debt or is waxing nostalgic for a return to the 18th century. Either way, shouldn't his 15 minutes already be up ?
I think any intelligent leader is serious about our deepening national financial crisis. We just have too many differing opinions on how to manage something over which we don't really have that much control. The economy goes in cycles and we are now in a downturn. This economy thing is global – it isn't all about us. Americans need to get over it, grow up and do what they can to help those who are suffering.
Your implication is wrong. First, Ron Paul is not really serious. His plans won't attract a majority as currently presented and they would lead to monetary disaster. Second, the cuts in force levels at the end of the war are real and already agreed to by all sides. Medicare cuts are likely in the same ballpark. The real challenge is translating these cuts to extensions of the Bush tax cuts for the middle class. The GOP will never agree to that, because if they do, Obama can simply veto any extension of high income taxes – so a comprehensive deal involving tax reform is essential for any cuts to pass.
no just ron paul. Obama and congress both the dems and pubs only care about the greedy pigs on wall street who make billions speculating in the 700 trillion dollar unregulated derivatives market which provides wealth for themselves but no jobs for main street.
I am unaware of any politician who acknowledges the staggering financial situation we are in, other than Ron Paul. He warned us for years that this day would come, yet we did not hear him. There may be others that think similarly to Dr. Paul, but know the way to resolve the problems can be terribly unpopular and therefore remain quiet or diminish the impact on us and our future generations. I hear Ron Paul loud and clear and prepared to do what needs to be done. Where do I begin, Dr. Paul?
Simple answer... No. They are, however very interested in getting elected. More than anything else actually.
The President has to start high so he can get something remotely reasonable. Ron Paul has interesting ideas but he is naive. I like him, but have no faith that business folks will care a hoot about people, only getting as much money as they can. Most of us would be helpless and broke. At least we can change the Government, not so easy with corrupt (even non corrupt) business heads. I like the way President Obama is so calm. He has done everything humanely possible to negotiate with Republicans, a very few Republicans have any sense of the needs of the governed or far that matter the Constitution. Their behavior will give President Obama all he needs. Don't mistake class for weakness. It takes enormous strength to keep his cool when so many people are out to defeat him, just because he is a Democrat.
No one up there is anywhere near as serious as Paul. He was the only one with the chutzpah to say that to fund FEMA you had to allocate the funds from somewhere. He's the only one up there who understands we can't print money at will to fund unlimited wars, unlimited foreign aid, and unlimited corporate bailouts.
James Moore – Detroit, MI
Get real! Ron Paul isn't serious about the financial crisis either. To fix the problem, we need to:
1.) increase taxes (including taxes on the wealthy, who pay less in taxes than the middle class) and;
2.) decrease spending.
Right now, the Republicans have stated that no wealthy individual and no corporation should pay a penny more in taxes. The candidates have all supported CUTTING taxes for the wealthy.
President Obama has stated that both are needed (increased taxes, decreased spending) and stated that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are on the table for discussion re spending cuts. I have not heard a peep from the Republicans in a compromise–if the President is willing to put cuts to these social safety nets on the table, then they should be willing to increase taxes for the wealthy. But no, there is no compromise, no negotiations.
And stop refering to these programs as "entitlements"; you're letting the Republicans set the tone of the debate and pre-determine the outcome. These programs are NOT entitlements–working people have paid into them for years and years and years. Why not cut the real entitlements–gov't subsidies for big oil, big pharma, and big corporations. They've been outsourcing jobs, benefitting from tax breaks and tax cuts, and still they feed from the gov't trough.
I'm not impressed with Ron Paul. He's another devout follow of Ayn Rand and would dismantle all gov't. I'm not wealthy enough to hire my own security (police), fire, public health and safety, nor do I have enough money to put kids in private school.
So how is Ron Paul serious about fixing our problem?
Jack: People are serious about the debt crisis and the fact is that you can't keep on cutting spending to decrease deficit as that will decrease revenuews further because of the increase in unemployment. Therefore, while you and the republicans don't want to look at the increase in taxes on the riches to increase revenue, I don't see that spending cuts is the solution. Most economists and the IMF Director agree with this assessment that spending cuts need to be moderate not to stiffle the already rather weak economy.
If we don't increase the revenue and provide temporary relief from the current unemployment rate, we will be deep min recession. Furthermore, our infrastructure is falling apart and if we don't fix it now, we will pay much higher price for it in the future, with lives and dollars and that would increase the debt further.
Therefore, President's proposal at this time makes sense and should be seriously considered and passed by the congress as soon as possible. Waiting for 2012 elections is not an option as you can't say to a dying man to wait for the food 14 months from now.
The Bill Clinton tax code was on track to have the debt paid off by now. Under the Bush tax cuts, the debt has rocketed. Why, exactly, are you complaining about Obama's desire to restore us to the path that pays off our debt?
Ron Paul is the only serious candidate about financial problems. All the other candidates are worried about only their personal gain. It is really disgusting that the press only gives air time to the candidates that care nothing about the American people. If by some miracle, Ron Paul would be elected president, I hope he ignores the press.
Ron Paul has some good ideas...but he is running on a Republican agenda and will he cut the debt? Probably but will it create jobs, rebuild our country, give us a fair tax code. Raise taxes on the wealthy who can afford to pay more or will it be business as usual the good Ole Republican way by giving the shaft to the middle class. Been there, done that, not anymore...thank you!...any way.
In a word? No. The left won't back down on domestic programs and the right won't back down on military spending. Paul is the only one with the courage and integrity to tell the American people the truth about our dire economic situation, rather than what people want to hear.
Jack I sense your frustration, I feel it to. I want original ideas not the same old stuff. Cut the military, reform entitlements, raise taxes on the rich, end the Bush Tax cuts and make things more fair. Is fairness and basic math to much to ask for on both sides?
As the only candidate that doesn't accept donations from lobbyists and big business, Ron Paul's the only one that doesn't owe any favors or paybacks. His deep understanding of monetary policy and what causes the ups and downs of the business cycle make him the clear choice for me. Raleigh, NC
The financial crisis is not bad enough yet for the regular politicians to be concerned. We will have to go broke before it becomes apparent that something is wrong.
Jack, It doesn't appear there are many who are serious about addressing the issue. Reform the tax code, remove loopholes, and stop spending like drunken sailors. People probably would not be so opposed to paying more taxes if they knew the money wouldn't be blown on more stimulus and special interests like trillions of dollars so far since Obama took office.
Politicians in Washington are more serious about generating sound bites and "ideologically sound" voting records to show off during their reelection campaigns than they are in doing anything meaningful with their political careers. So long as we have no term limits for politicians on the Hill, legislation on any serious matter, especially the national debt, will go nowhere because big change is bad business in politics. And unfortunately, big changes are exactly what we need now and in the future.
Set term limits for politicians, and we'll have a solid start to begin getting things around this country.
Sorry there is no debt crisis, its all propoganda. Come on, we've been in debt before and came out of it, and will go back into debt. This is nothing but a sham or the moment. Get on with goverment folks and stop lying to the populace.
Very few politicians of either party really want to make real spending cuts. Spending money is what they do and it's where their power lies. Larger and more power to control the populace is where their interests lie. Even in the present situation with the super committee, most of the talk is about tax increases now with phony spending cuts later. If you believe any real spending cuts will ever happen you are gullible beyond belief.
I'm "serious about our deepening national financial crisis," but only Ron Paul is listening to me. Maybe those of us who actually look as far down the street as possible, instead of at our feet, when in a bad neighborhood, should vote for Rep. Paul. York, PA
No. While I laughed at Dr. Ron Paul four years ago, I am not laughing anymore. He is the only candidate running for President who actually predicted the financial crisis and gives detailed answers on how he would solve our financial mess. This time around, it is Ron Paul or nothing!
Not only is Ron Paul the only candidate serious about our financial crisis, he is the only one who truly understands why we are where we are. He has consistently warned of the dangers we are now facing for close to 30 years and no one listened. He predicted the decline of the dollar, the housing bubble, has warned the public about the FED and our rising debt and finally after all those years of being the lone voice in the wind, people are waking up, so much so that the other GOP candidates have resorted to copying his platform. My hope is that people will realize they are saying it only to gain votes. They talk the talk, but do not walk the walk. Ron Paul is saying it because he believes it, he lives it, he understands it, and he's the only one with the foresight to do anything about it. We have a real chance in 2012 to turn this thing around. I hope the voters won't let America down again.
No, it's clear that Ron Paul is the only elected official in the country who understands our debt problems. His policies in a number of other areas may be foolish, but when it comes to economics, Paul is the only person who seems prepared to tackle our financial woes in an aggressive, decisive fashion. Four years ago I would have laughed at anyone voting for him. Next year, I'll be casting my ballot for him.
Jack, not only does America need Ron Paul, the world needs him. the constitution of the united states is the most important document and that is what the world loves. If the world reserve currency does not go back to been backed by a gold standard or to allow competing currencies to get us out of this crazy f.i,a,t paper currency i am afraid it is not just curtains for America but also the rest of the world. Paul is the closest to the founding fathers principles there is and that is why the world loves him. honesty, empathy, liberty, pursuit of happiness. RON PAUL 2012 please America listen
I don't think the President and the Democratic Party will ever give up on trying to keep the majority of the public dependent on them. What I think we need right now is a balanced budget, whether there is an amendment or not. Who needs an amendment to do the right thing?
I think 'we the people' are extremely concerned, but we are not running for re-election. The
folks we put in office think they have to keep spending on 'goodies' to stay in office. So here we sit,
while they keep fiddling around while Rome burns.
Ron Paul leads all including Obama in donations from active military. Wonder why? Maybe just maybe our troops are tired of playing around in other countries civil wars. Bring home our troops and let our national guard defend our borders. The wars are over if you want it. Its up to you.
For a hundred years no 'conservative' president has managed to reduce the size of government. They all say one thing and do another. Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate I see now who has a record of consistency I trust to really make a change with our broken system. The other candidates represent the establishment, the status quo. Americans, if you're happy with the direction our country is headed – go ahead and ignore Ron Paul.
No. because they realize the vast majority of americans could care less. Most americans want to eat today not worry about how to pay the bill down the road and until the employment issue is settled that will be the biggest worry. So as cheney said, deficits dont matter. The republicans robbed the coffers and now dont want to have to pay to put the money back. The rest of america doesnt have any money to put in the coffers. Sounds like the death toll of the empire.
No, no one in the Republican field besides Ron Paul is serious about our financial problems. We cannot continue to run yearly deficits in the trillions of dollars and not expect serious repercussions. Without drastic changes – and soon – there will be runaway inflation. The price of gold is already over $1800 an ounce!
Unfortunately, no! Which is why, for the sake of our children and grandchildren, it is so important to elect Ron Paul. It would be immoral to put the burden of paying for our luxuries on their shoulders.
The answer is pretty clear....No.
Ron Paul is the only person with the track record and ability to fix our financial issues, he may not be right about everything, but he's never been wrong about the economy, and has never changed his position throughout his over 40 years of public service.
Candidate Ron Paul is the only one that comes up with viable suggestions, stop foreign aid, restructure the tax system flat tax for revenue, restructure the entitlements, get rid of Obama care, restructure the EPA, restructure the Postal Service and more. He talks about all these different plans. It is straightforward , commonsense no smoke and mirrors or spin. If Ron Paul becomes president. Both Congress and Senate . They do not like him , I need to say more
The other candidates keep saying the same thing they'll reduce the amount of government, get rid of Obama care, that doesn't say anything.
Yes, Ron Paul is politician who can't be bought and who never waivers in his fight for fiscal sanity and sound money.
Politicians want the issue not the resolution. They can't campaign on what they've fixed because the people no longer care. So really, it's the voters' fault that neither party wants to resolve the financial crisis. If they fix it, they'll have to work hard to convince the people that there is some new crisis so they can pretend to be working toward its resolution and accuse their opponents of making it worse.
50% of the People should be. They are called those under 40
Of course not! Politicians have been kicking the debt football around since at least the late 1970s with Reagan. Nothing ever gets done, and I haven't actually ever heard any specific harm the debt has done the economy despite its astronomical size. Once the political mileage has been used up, the politicians will stop talking about it for a while and the public will forget about the issue until it becomes fashionable again.
Dear Mr. Cafferty:
You have framed the problem very well. Dr. Paul has made the diagnosis, and is ready to administer the remedy...Sound Money and Free Markets!
What's funny, Cafferty, is that you actually seemed shocked that the Democrats ARE actually the party of tax more/spend (lots) more.
If all the troops were pulled out of Iraq and Afghan. today there will be zero savings. The total projected cost of these wars is 3.4 to4 trillion when al vet benefits, disability from wounds PTSD, etc. We have not yet begun to pay form Mr. Bushes wars.
Jack, I think Obama is serious about it but he's smart enough to know you don't cut during a recession – we need to worry about jobs now – get the economy going again and with more people working, more revenue (taxes) will be coming in – by the way I think the wealthy should pay more taxes, they have had an easy ride dodging taxes the last 10 years thanks to Bush and the republicans, its time they pay their share. Lets face it the top 2% have 40% of the wealth in this country – is that fair?? Lets help the working poor and middle class for a change.
Plenty are serious Jack, but not all (including Paul) have a decent answer for fixing it. Cutting all funding for wars would be a good start...followed by cutting the defense budget in general by about 30-40% would be a next good step.
After that, we would actually begin to see just how much money was going out for wars that could have been going toward strengthening our own country.
Restructure the tax code, eliminate loopholes, and yes, tax the wealthy more than we are currently, and of course we can go back and forth on the entitlements (which SS is not), but in the end I don't think SS would even be considered for cuts if we began to be more responsbile with our military spending. And Medicare might need a few adjustments here and there, but all in all if we just reduce the cost of care this wouldn't be that big of an issue either.
The problem is that the president alone cannot get these things done, he would need Congress onboard as well which is likely to happen anytime soon.
So yes, plenty are serious about it, but as usual it devolves into a partisan name-calling match and nothing gets done.
It is difficult to be serious about budget cuts when you are beholden to special interests. Ron Paul alone, having never taken money from corporations, never taken a political junket, never voted for an unbalanced budget and only always represented the interests of We the People, can and will push through budget cuts when his time comes, January 2013.
I was sent to vietnam in 1968 to this day I have know idea why ? We lost 68 thousand young boys there for what ? Around 300,000 lost body parts, a arm , a leg , a eye , or any combination there of .I will never vote for a politican who takes us to war,Iraq was a perfect example. Obama sent 30 thousand more of of our boys in Afghanistan , it became his war'. On 9/11 no one from Iraq or Afghanistan. Ron Paul knows were all the money for these wars has gone ,no bid contracts, the brutality, its futility, and its stupidiy
Other candidates know that there's a problem.
Ron Paul knows what the problem is.
If we don't elect him, people in future centuries will refer to us as the "homo stimulus erectus".
The walking stimulus. Extinct somewhere around 2012.
They all sound serious. But just look at Perry's record, and Romney has shown to change his opinion on things numerous times.
No. SImply. Is anyone else not a little weirded out by the lack of action? It seems as though both parites are waiting for something horrible to happen. At which point the party finger pointing will start.
The short Jack is NO.
Dr. Paul is the ONLY member of CONgress and candidate for POTUS who understands Sound Money and that is why.
The rest do NOT have a clue – at all.
Ron Paul isn't a serrious candidate... the debt "crisis" isn't a crisis, its a long term issue. Yes, it has to be delt with, and one of the BEST ways to do so is to get the economy back on its feet which will raise revineue in and of itself. If that requires deficit spending, so be it.
Not only is Ron Paul the only candidate serious about our financial crisis, he is the only candidate who has a clue about the importance of obeying the Constitution. He warned Congress about the impending meltdown and they ignored him. The real question is, are the American people listening? I sure hope so!
Most of, the candidates are "serious" about the debt crisis, but painfully few have a clue as to how to deal with it in the real world. Getting re-elected trumps creativetivity and common sense every time. Getting elected in the first place breeds draconian positions without realistic trade offs (read "no tax increases or entitlement program overhauls"). I'm a deeply concerned senior citizen who's seen this kind of political lockjaw all to often. Too bad we can't boot them all out and start over.
Jack, of course Ron Paul is the only statesman that is interested in stopping America from entering a double dip recession or even a Depression. Lobbyists and politicians are trying desperately to glean that last billion or two into their pockets before the whole system collapses under its own weight.
Only now in the last 2 years has it become hip for the tea party movement, or our new crop of Presidential candidates to gloom onto the fact that we are broke as a nation. Rep. Paul knew this would happen years ago and has spoken truth to it.
The rest will be johnny come lately who have no clue how to fix the problem or how we got here to begin with.
ron paul ideals are to narrow. we need tax reform nation defence a watch dog for big banks stealing out money stop threwing money away on all the little people who will not help themself. no more paying the world country for there support and stop being the world police dept. state should handle education. wellfare health insurance and all plubic roads inproverment.
I am from Ireland we are officially bankrupt. Jack, not only does America need Ron Paul, the world needs him. the constitution of the united states is the most important document and that is what the world loves. If the world reserve currency does not go back to been backed by a gold standard or to allow competing currencies to get us out of this crazy f.i,a,t paper currency i am afraid it is not just curtains for America but also the rest of the world. Paul is the closest to the founding fathers principles there is and that is why the world loves him. honesty, empathy, liberty, pursuit of happiness. RON PAUL 2012 please America listen
I really don't think any of the other candidates are concerned, they may say they are but look at their record, Ron Paul has Never Voted for a Tax increase, Never Voted for a unbalanced budget. Never taken Junkets from Special interest Groups and HAS returned Money to the Budget office that he did not spend on Staff and so forth. He is the only one willing to address Sound Money based in the Treasury and take it out of the hands Privatized Bankers hand.
Jack; sometime I wonder if this all smoke and mirrors. The rhetoric is out there but there's no real concern. Are things as bad as we think or are are led to believe. The only people excited about it are Ron Paul and the President. They appear to be the only ones with any focus any drive to fix the problem. Who ever is elected president in 2012 will still have a do nothing complacent, sold to the highest bidder or campaign contributor Congress. Where is the silent Majority, waiting until they are eligible for Social Security??? I Wonder.
Ellicott City, MD
Is anyone besides Ron Paul serious about our deepening national financial crisis? Of course not Jack, didn't you know that there's more important things to worry about – like which party can swindle more campaign funds from people that can't afford to give any money away, and which party can play the blame game better. I would like to think that all members of congress might come to the realization that their lack of approval from the American public would make them want to change their ways. I still hope they do – but I won't hold my breath...
Jack, of course Ron Paul is the only statesman that is interested in stopping America from entering a double dip recession or even a Depression. Lobbyists and politicians are trying desperately to glean that last billion or two into their pockets before the whole system collapses under its own weight.
Only now in the last 2 years has it become hip for the tea party movement, or our new crop of Presidential candidates to glom onto the fact that we are broke as a nation. Rep. Paul knew this would happen years ago and has spoken truth to it.
O just does not get it. He is in way over his pay scale.
Jack, you're question and Ron Paul are both jokes. Pres. Obama is wrapping up the wars as quickly as the hawkish right will allow. If Congress would put these returning servicemen and women to work rebuilding our infrastructure, our country would be in a much better place. Money for the projects could come from the savings in ending the wars.
Ron Paul, is, and has been, the only man for the last 30 years that\s been taking the financial crisis seriously. He has been screaming at the top of his lungs for decades now, this is America's last chance to elect a man who knows what hes talking about. Everything he has warned about is coming to fruition. The economic crisis, which is being kept alive via and IV administered by Bernanke at the Fed, needs a doctor, and Dr. Paul is on call.
Candidates serious about the deepening financial crisis would not be attempting to take advantage of the situation for political gain or focusing solely on spending cuts. They would be directing their attention toward economic growth, reducing unemployment, reevaluating one-sided trade deals, and ensuring that the United States is going to be competitive in the future world. Eliminating the services the government provides through massive spending cuts may make people feel better about the debt in the short term, but in the long term it only serves to cripple our ability to effectively compete with countries that are investing in their people today.
Of course not. Ron Paul is the only candidate who offers realistic solutions. Bring ALL of our troops home. Stop spending money overseas. Pull in the reigns of the Federal Reserve. Ron Paul will restore the United States to an operating REPUBLIC as he is the only one who listens to and speaks for THE PEOPLE!
No, they don't. They only care about DEEPENING our financial crisis. If the Federal Reserve is a private banking business making profits off printing money out of thin air, then they owe the government trillions in taxes. Let's collect the taxes the Fed owes us, and end this debt crisis.
Jack, I don't think anyone else gets it. We have trillions in unfunded obligations. We're exceeding 100% debt to GDP. We can barely agree on even trivial cuts. Every program is someone else's "sacred cow" that can't be touched. We have to put it all on the table. Our foreign spending, even money sent to allies, must be considered. When you're borrowing money to pay for domestic construction, you can't really afford to send money to friends. Our warfare abroad, that has gone from a legitimate response in Afghanistan to an indefinite occupation and nation building in Afghanistan and Iraq. Our entitlements are going to break us if we don't reform them.
If we want to keep this bloated bureaucracy going as it is, then people are going to have to realize that taxes will have to triple to keep it up.
There is a reason the other candidates don't talk about real cures to our economic woes, they are playing politics as usual and they really don't understand the magnitude of the problems we are facing. Ron Paul understands these issues inside and out and has talked extensively about them for 30 years. Ron Paul is the only one with a record I could trust to handle what is coming down the pike. God Bless Ron Paul and Jack Cafferty.
No. Not any other candidates or major politicians anyways, besides maybe his son Rand. Why does Dr. Paul get less media coverage than the other candidates, even though he is leading a large number of major polls?
I am Jack.
I'm tired of Congress (the wholly owned subsidiary of Corporate America) giving BILLIONS in deductions, grants, subsidies, write offs to Big Business while looking to the Middle Class for ever more money.
Ron Paul, while well intentioned in some areas is just another tentacle of of the monster that Congress has become.
Short answer...No Jack. The establishment candidates do not care about dept. Only Dr Paul is truly concerned about the financial future of the USA.
No, Ron Paul is the only one taking into consideration serious cuts to eliminate all of the wasteful spending and unnecessary programs. That is why Ron Paul should be the only serious candidate for the nomination, along with the fact he will deregulate business so that the free market can make jobs for itself. It's not up the the government to 'make' jobs, it's their duty to free up the red tape so that the private sector has the confidence to spend money again. Red tape is synonymous with government, wouldn't you like a president who's platform is to cut all of that red tape and not have any corporations in their back pocket for once?
Ron Paul, M.D. should stick to his chosen field of obstetrics. Serious? The guy is a joke with his Ross Perotesque, "just fix it" approach to economic problems that baffle even astute economists. We Americans traditionally confuse a "simple approach" with "simplistic solutions" hawked on the proverbial political soapbox. This is no longer the land of illusion. It has become the land of nutters.
Anyone else you ask ??
How bout 200 million adult taxpayers in America who are sick and tired of the lunacy with the present administration ruining what was once a great country ??
Thanks for being one of the lone voices of sanity on CNN. You are dead right that the financial crisis is extremely dangerous and should merit serious discussion and especially ACTION. However the only Presidential candidate who understands this is Ron Paul. The rest of the jokers vying for the GOP nomination are oblivious to the true fiscal armageddon that is upon us!
"Is anyone besides Ron Paul serious about our deepening national financial crisis?" Yes. Rand Paul, most members of the TEA party and me.
No one besides Ron Paul is telling the truth about the ticking debt bomb.
The Republican establishment will NEVER give Ron Paul the nomination.
Therefore the Ticking Debt Bomb is sure to go off.
The question shouldnt be whether or not Congressman Paul is the only serious, but whether or not he is the only one with the integrity to reinforce his stances. The answer to this question is, of course, yes. He has an unrivaled record of standing up for fiscal sanity in a world of bipartisan spending madness. If America is serious about having an adult government, they would be wise to support the Congressman for President.
I think our President is serious about it, but the Republicans obstruction and lack of cooperation on everything he's tried to do has prevented him from achieving that goal. The Republicans obviously want him to fail, and they're willing to gamble with the economic welfare of the country to achieve their selfish and dangerous goal. Republican leadership has become a disgrace!
Jack it's worse than that. In Washington Newspeak the $1 dollar in cuts you talk about isn't a cut at all. In reality the cut is just a cut in the projected increase. So if the deficit is going up by 9 trillion they tell us they are cutting spending by 2 trillion and we are not suppoed to figure out that it not really a cut at all.
In answer to your question, in a word, a resounding NO!!!
Not only is no one else serious about our fiscal crisis, no one else but Ron Paul knows what is really going on and what can be done about it. He warned this was coming and no one listened. I hope for the sake of our future people start listening now.
From Trenton, NJ
The problem is that the public mind has been conditioned to choose the best person to manage a huge government. Ron Paul does not fit that mold because he does not have any interest in managing the USA. Instead, Ron Paul wants to put management in the hands of the people. For that reason, Paul's government will not need the huge budgets that the others require.
Nope, all the other candidates just pander to the blinded public. They tell them what they think they want to hear in order to get elected. However we are finally getting to a place where what the people want to hear are real solutions and Dr. Paul is the only one who has remained constant on what he says and believes. That is why he is THE top tear candidate demonstrated by his constant winning of GOP straw polls despite the establishment's efforts to ignore him.
No, Jack, none of them are willing to correctly diagnose the cause of our current economic health. Dr. Ron Paul is the only one willing to prescibe the needed remedy. Even though it is a bitter pill to swallow failure to do so will only lead to a deterioration of our condition.
Jack...the President's plan is not a deficit reduction plan but rather a jobs creation plan. It's called prioritization.....you can't have one plan that solves all of the world's problems....looks like Obama is putting jobs above deficit. Good for him.
Evidently not. I think the tea party is to the extent that some of them understand it. But it is obvious the BO is not, and I can't think of one of his fellow Dems either.
Wow. Praise for Paul from the media. Maybe people are starting to pay attention.
The answer to your question is no. Nobody else except Paul has the guts to tell the truth. Nobody else except Paul has the guts to do what is necessary to save our country from defaulting on it's obligations. Everybody else, including Obama, is bought and paid for by special interests.
Paul has been telling the truth about our situation for many years now. It is time we started listening.
The short answer is no. Ron Paul has literally been talking about this for decades. In the 07' debates, he was laughed at when he spoke about the upcoming bursting of the Housing bubble & Financial Market bubble. Being that prescient, I'm frankly shocked that he isn't polling 1st nationally instead of 3rd currently.
Of course not. Ron Paul is the only person on stage actually talking about serious items rather than talking points.
Perry is a Democrat
Romney has Romneycare
Bachmann can only say "one term president"
Ron Paul = Honesty and Integrity and Unwavering Principles
It's really sad to see what the American people vote for these days.
La Mirada, Ca
There is no other political candidate that understands how the American economy works let alone is 'serious' about our national financial crisis. Supporters of Ron Paul are becoming stronger in number due to the fact that he tells you the reason for our financial crisis and then explains what we must do to get out of it. He doesn't continuously put a small band-aid on the hatchet would as it were. Other politicians tell Americans what they want to hear rather than giving it to us straight. It may hurt a bit at first but in the end it will fix the deep rooted economic problems this country is facing.
Sadly, no. Ron Paul is a loner when it comes to calling for a fiscally conservative fiscal policy. I wish that more politicians were statesmen, like Congressman Paul.
No! Politicians on both sides have doomed this country to bankruptcy, and then the vast majority of politicians who happen to be the biggest spenders demonize the very few politicians left in Washington who actually are trying to serve the best interests of America and it's citizens like Ron Paul whom actually acknowledges reality. Albeit with the help of the liberal media who is more then willing to lend their ever dwindling influence to sell the big government apparatus to the sheeple.
Cafferty has it right. Most Americans choose to bury their heads in the sand and think that the tiny reduction in borrowing is going to make the US deficit disappear. All Obama's plan does is slightly slow the growth in the deficit. I'm 56 and realistic enough to know that I will likely get less Social Security money that I was "promised" by the government. More importantly, my Medicare benefits will likely be significantly reduced as well (Medicare is in big financial trouble compared to Social Security).
Obama and this congress spends money like a drunken sailor at a whore house. But unlike a sailor, they are spending our money. Lets put a stop to this sickening spending.
No, they aren't. Even if Ron Paul were president, I doubt he could get anything through Congress, since each side fiercely defends their sacred cows without a hint of compromise. Eventually, the courts will need to step in to manage the bankruptcy that will soon happen- just like they do with any large corporation that can't figure out how to get cost to be less than or equal to revenue. That will be painful and ling lasting unless somebody shows some leadership to do what's right. I don't know why the US has a credit rating as high as it currently does with the attitudes currently swirling around Washington.
Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate who is brave enough to tell people the truth even if they don't want to hear it. My fellow liberals need to wake up and realize that the very programs they care the most about cannot be sustained unless America is financially solvent. Traditional liberals, the kind who founded this country understood that in order for government to be effective it needed to be small enough to manage.
No one but Paul is serious. About our National Debt, our Endless Wars, the proper role and size of government or the Federal Reserve. Sure a few others are picking up his talking points but they don't have the voting record he has nor can they expand upon or fully expand the talking points they parrot. This nation needs Ron Paul in the Oval Office. Anyone else is simply more status quo and the final nail in our national coffin. He is the man, he has the message and this is his moment!
We are headed for a major crash that will make the great depression look like a mudpuddle. Go Ron Paul.
In short, no. The problem isn't that the politicians don't know what the problem is ... they even all know what the solutions is. The politicians are smart people. Smart enough to know that telling the truth to the American people means losing re-election.
Which is also why I'm making sure my children and I all learn Chinese.
Ron Paul is the only Republican that has a clue of what needs to be done. Unfortunately it involves stepping on toes that the rest of his Party won't do. We all know the unfunded tax cuts pretty much put us in this hole with two unfunded wars. I find it interesting that the spin on reinstating those taxes is call a increase. Sorry folks, they are a mistake that never should have happened in the first place and is in need of correction. Let's get the perspective right here.
Ron Paul is only interested in being elected to fill his already deep pockets. President Obama will be the best at getting things straightened out if people like you would please stop stirring the pot. You are working against him every day. Give him a good word once in awhile like you give the dummies from the opposite party.
We need to elect Ron Paul!!!! He is truly our last hope.
The popular buzz is cutting "entitlements", even Ron Paul does it. You will never hear a candidate mention how much money both parties have "borrowed" from social security, 2.6 trillion without interest factored in. Or how congress exists to service only "lobbyists."
Obama scares the heck out of me, the Republicans, Ron Paul included, scare the fudge out of me. Some choice Jack!
Ed in the Glorious Enlightened State known as California...phhht!
There is no one in either party serious about the debt. The debt is the albatross around all our necks and no one in DC has the moral courage, leadership or political will to what needs to be done to pay down the debt. We as a people want leadership from Washington DC and leadership is word alien to both parties.
Jack – Even though I disagree with Ron Paul on a number of issues, Dr. Paul is absolutely on target about one thing: Due to the monetary system of a fiat currency issued by the unaudited Federal Reserve, the entire financial system is bankrupt by design. The government will never get out of debt. The reason is simple – the money to pay back the debt (principal + interest) does not exist in economy. The Fed prints dollars out of thin air and issue it as debt by loaning it to the Treasury. The debt needs to be paid back with interest (which does not exist yet in the economy).
The only way it can be paid back is by having someone else borrow more money, spend it and then a tax imposed on that money. In other words, the only way to get out of debt is to get the money from someone else, who is also now in debt. While people work hard and create enormous value in the economy, the medium of exchange of all that value is only one currency – the US Dollar aka Federal Reserve note. Forget taxes, income, growth etc. – no matter how much we grow, the system will never get out of debt. Unless it goes bankrupt or the Fed forgives all debt or the Fed is abolished. Simple logic.
The Republicans were very concerned about this issue a month or two ago. Their enthusiasm seems to have waned
Closing down the IRS, the Federal Reserve and prosecuting all the criminal bankers is a great way to deal with the financial crisis in this country!
Ron Paul would do as much for our economy as Timothy Leary did for Peace. Quite frankly, his approach to government is unrealistic, and he would not only reduce spending to about 0, he would reduce income to about 0. We'd be like hippies, not taking care of business, not earning income to pay our debts. Just sitting around talking about how nice it is not to have any responsibility for anything or anyone except me, me, me.
Of course not. Obama masquerades as the pro-growth president by offering stimulus in the form of tax cuts on some days, and pretends to worry about fiscal austerity by raising taxes on others. Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate willing to immediately all six wars the U.S. is fighting, five of which Obama dramatically escalated. If you want to balance the budget without sanctioning more government theft, Ron Paul’s your answer.
If you asked Peter Schiff, Jim Rogers, Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne, Vince Vaughn, & all of the active military that donated to his campaign, they would all tell you the same thing. No.
1 trillion over 10 years or 4 trillion makes no difference...reminds me of the Soviet's 10, 15, and 20 year plans. We all know how well that worked for them. As Dr. Paul has said before "The only budget that counts is the current year." Why do we think we can be spared from the turmoil spreading around the world? We need to listen to the man who saw it all coming 40 years ago.
No. Ron Paul is a magna cum laude candidate in a community college world. If more people turned off talk radio and so called "expert" pundits on certain "News" networks and actually researched the candidates themselves...they would find that Ron Paul is in fact the only candidate serious about our deepening national financial crisis. The only candidate to predict the economic crisis is the only one who can fix it and that is Dr. Ron Paul from Texas.
The answer to your question is NO! And that's why I'm voting for Ron Paul!
They made fun of him for many years. Now many of them sing his tune. But quite frankly they don't understand what's feeding this monster like Dr. Paul does. And quite frankly whats feeding the monster is our own government, and they are using our food up to do it. It's time to listen to the only man in congress who told us this all was coming and why.
No, Ron Paul is the only one. The reason is that all the other candidates are being paid not to pay attention. I mean they are getting political contributions not to look. The Congress of the United States; the best government monbey can buy.
The only other person in govt who has had the courage to offer new ideas is Paul Ryan. So I would say Congressman Ryan cares a great deal about the debt crisis, even if you don't like the bitter taste of his medicine. Not sure the public can be educated into coming together for the common good anymore.
Ron Paul is the only "politician" out there willing to tell the truth. The rest just pander to a naive public. The most astonishing thing about this is that the "intelligentsia" out there claim his foreign policy is naive. What, in fact, is naive, is the idea that occupation of foreign lands is somehow fostering democracy. There are thousands of dead Americans, and ten times that number of dead (oh, I'm sorry, "freed") Iraqis. Give me a break.
yes – two that I know of – Jack Cafferty and Joe Seefried
There is no one besides Ron Paul who is interested in the actual topic.
Here's Ron Paul's message from the CNN debate.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life. Not the other way, where the government takes money from me and buys fish to feed hungry idiots who spent their food money on ipads.
I am for Dems all the way – but if I had to pick a Rep it would be Ron Paul.
Not from my understanding of the Republican field. I am hearing Ron Paul's name more and more. I like him and some of his positions. Who better than an anti-government, pro peace, pro personal liberty guy to fix this financial crisis? I believe he has published some books on the issue.
Jack, I say Obama should just march on down to the Federal Courthouse in D.C. and file bankruptcy for the USA and then we just "start all over" with a clean slate. Well, maybe not clean.
Blah blah blah please this president is serious about our economy and its time the fat cats pay their fair share!
If you are against ever raising taxes for any reason, then you are not serious about the debt "crisis". Period.
He doesn't tout the fact, but Ron Paul has written five books on economics. He's extremely knowledgeable about this stuff and people should take that seriously. The others don't have such credentials.
NO! The system is broken. The far left wants more spending, the GOP wants to dismantle everything. That equals the worst gridlock ever, and there really is no solution in sight. Dr. Paul has some good ideas, but big business will beat him down. Stop our two wars? No way. To much money to the militery/industrial complex. Eisenhower warned us about that. Stop foreign aid to other countries? A shell game that requires those countries to spend those dollars on American goods and services. Eliminate the Fed? HA! Christ will make his second coming before that happens. Until we Americans wake up and realize that our votes no longer count, nothing will change. As for me, I'm selling my home, buying a sailboat and becoming my own moble country.
I find Ron Paul interesting intellectually but there is only one person running that has "been there, did that". That's Gary Johnson. No strings, more courage that all of DC put together, able to calmly say NO so any and all (more vetoes than all other Govs put together during his term) and knows how to run a business. I have known Gary for more than 40 years and his integrity, courage, morals, ethics, business savvy, drive, and ability to balance budgets (no matter how loud folks scream about it) exceeds the collective of DC.
No. If they were sincere, they would admit that the fault of the mess in Washington lies with both parties not just one or the other and then reach across party lines to fix it. At present, they seem content to sit back and snipe at each other rather than do the job that they were elected to do.
Apparently the tea party is. So why are they not the party of Ron Paul? Why are they not promoting Paul?
I fell the President is the most intelligent man in government today. He is aware of the danger but we have to get the economy growing again. The President is following the same strategy President Clinton used in the 90s. A progressive tax plan, and pursuing plans that will lead to long term economic growth. I think if the President is re-elected we will be fine. Ron Paul is a Perot style politician with easy solutions to complex issues.
Ron Paul is the only sane and seasoned candidate for presidency.
I hope he wins 2012 elections. Other folks are in deep denial...Ron Paul had predicted all financial events back in 2001...
Wake up people!! Save US
No. Ron Paul is a magna cum laude candidate in a community college world. If more people turned off talk radio and so called "expert" pundits on certain "News" networks and actually researched the candidates themselves...they would find that Ron Paul is in fact the only candidate serious about our deepening national financial crisis. The only candidate to predict the economic crisis is the only one who can fix it and that is Dr. Ron Paul from Texas. – Michael Urban, Jefferson City Missouri
Ron Paul is all about independence and self reliance... UNTIL HIS STATE NEEDS some $, then he's got his hand out... hypocrite!!!!!!
There are actually a whole bunch of fiscal conservatives that have been yelling for about 2 years, but have been somewhat ignored and belittled! Their called the Tea Party! Unfortunately, you just stated what they've been saying all along, but the media makes them sound like extremists! I know a whole bunch of them and they are middle America.
Don't let the mainstream media pick the president. RINO or Socialist, we're getting another New World Order puppet, and more Globalist rhetoric, and more debt. Vote Ron Paul in 2012. The only HONEST choice!
Absolutely not! No one in the race, except President Paul, has a clue about the real issues that plague our economy. If not for the potential of Dr Pauls presidency, I would most likely be planning a move to another country, maybe Canada?
Ron Paul and Gary Johnson grasp the economic reality. However, Ron Paul is a little more sincere about the fiscal policy whereas Gary Johnson seems more concerned with the social policies of libertarianism. When it comes to economics, Ron Paul is an engineer, Gary Johnson is a technician and all other contenders are fools.
Neither party is serious about anything but their own butts. The only man I would vote for is Ron Paul. Our two party system has failed us. They all need to take a hike!
Billie Bierer Ridgeway, S.C.
None of the candidates are trully serious but even tho i would not concider myself an Republican i would have to say that Ron paul is probablly the only sane one on the ballet. I think that he would be good for the country and the government. If any of the other show boaters Like Perry or bachmen or Romney or the worst of the worst pallen ever got into office, this country may spirol into an Abyss that we may never recover from. out of all of the candidates i think Ron paul will bring an perspective that the other Ego maniacs will never bring.
Ron Paul has been talking about fiscal responsibility and deficit reduction for years! During the 2008 debates people, including Republican "conservative" canidates dismissed Ron Paul. When will people listen? I'm not a Tea Party person but they are forcing people to look at and talk about our deficit. Bush got elected and one of the first things he's done was increase the deficit for no reason. Obama preached "fincial responsibilty" as his mantra during the election process. What a joke on both of them. LOWER THE DEFICIT FOR GOD SAKES JUST DO IT!!!!
Unfortunately, it doesn't matter what the candidates believe anymore as we have turned our political process into a beauty contest and Ron Paul does not look the part. The "top tier" candidates who are all spit and polish are simply a distorted reflection of what the American people want. We, the people, don't care and are not serious about making the changes necessary to effect changes to save our economy and our way of life so how can we ask those that live to give us what we want to do so?
Apparently the Tea Party is. So why are they not supporting Ron Paul? Why doesn't Paul work with the Tea Party?
Yes, Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate serious about our Debt crisis. Bring all troops home The Obama Administration's FY 2011 budget request includes a total of $712 billion for the Department of Defense...think of all that money, USA could have saved! Ron Paul for President.
Matt from Florida:
Jack the simple answer is no. Everyone of these so called "Tea Party" candidates are copying Dr. Paul's talking points regarding the Fed and ending both wars,which he has been saying for years. Jack they're all bought out besides Dr. Paul. Including the all of a sudden beloved Rick Perry.
To put it succintly, the answer is no, only Ron Paul takes our debt seriously.
Ron Paul is without a doubt the only canidate that is serious about this problem. And equally as important, the only one that understands what caused to problem to start with. After all he did predict the financial collapse years before it happened. The problem is very few people take the time to educate themselves on this or any other issue. I hope the people will realize it is their responsibility to educate themselves and that they can't depend on a biased media to tell them the truth.
One voice is not enough, no matter who it is. We have been a facist country for a long time, and nothing short of a violent national revolution is going to change that. Our politicians have sould their souls, and our nation, to corporate criminals.
Social Security and Medicare are not entitlements. Every working person in this country has paid into these programs. Right now, medicare recipients pay about $100 a month for this medical. Social Security is like an IRA because we put the money into the account and accumulated interest for all the years we worked. What is the problem is that government has been dipping their little fingers into these programs. What we need is for Congress to pay back this money. They owe us for it and the deficit would go away. As far as Ron Paul goes, I really don't think he will or could do any better. He would get rid of the programs that the poorest people need.
Dr. Paul is a liar and a hypocrite. he talks about everyone acting responsibly yet he has been on the public dole for over
twenty years. The other night at the tea party debate he said a 30 year old with no health insurance should not receive any help. Yet Dr. Paul receives great health care from the tax payers. He has been a political leetch for years yet he talks
about fiscal responsibility. Enough sacrifice has been made by the elderly and the middle class. Sock it to the greedy rich
straighten out our unfair trade agreements and screw Ron Paul and his goofy son!!!
Clearly the answer is no, but we as voters only have ourselves to blame. If a candidate ever ran honestly, and said what needed to be done (higher taxes AND significant cuts to programs we care about), that candidate would never get elected. Can't have your cake and and not pay for it...
Ron Paul is an assault on the progressive, I want more lifestyle.
Of course not. Why should they be? The status quo has made them quite wealthy. They are the last people to rock the boat. I'm waiting for Congress to say "Let them eat cake".
At least Ron Paul recognizes the role unfunded wars had in the equation, but his views regarding the federal government are frightening. The Republicans need to understand the role the tax giveaway to the rich on the backs of the productive but undercompensated workers had in this crisis. It is time for the tax break for the wealthy to end in order to pay this enormous war-tax.
Cong. Ron Paul is the ONLY politician who has not sold his soul to the corporations so he can have funding to run for national office! The rest of them are all guilty as sin when it comes to groveling for corporate/ special interest monies.
The Ryan plan is serious and it has been out there for over a year. The Simpson Bowles plan was serious. S&P was serious when they cut our debt rating. Everyone knows the solution will involve reform of entitlements and taxes. This is not the same thing as talking about spending cuts and tax increases. Reform is hard work that requires leadership and will take time. Lets get on with it.
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