Say what you will about Ron Paul, but at least he's consistent. From Medicare and Social Security to disaster relief, Paul staunchly opposes all handouts from the federal government.
Even when they go to presidential candidates like himself…
Ron Paul said Tuesday he doesn't want any Secret Service protection because it's "a form a welfare."
"It's a form of welfare," the presidential candidate told comedian Jay Leno Tuesday. "You know, you're having the taxpayers pay to take care of somebody and I'm an ordinary citizen and I would think I should pay for my own protection and it costs, I think, more than $50,000 a day to protect those individuals. It's a lot of money."
But… that doesn't mean Paul doesn't have a Secret Service code name picked out for himself. "Bulldog," the Texas congressman promptly answered when Leno asked what top-secret moniker he would want.
Unlike those dandies Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, Ron Paul fights off potential assassins the same way he delivers babies — with his bare hands.
America really has gone soft. Back in Paul's day, no politician relied on handouts from Uncle Sam to ensure his own personal safety. They just did what any responsible small-government Republican would do and let the invisible hand of the free market put their enemies in a chokehold.
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