• Ron Paul Leaves Congress Like He Served in It: Crankily

    Reading from a 16-page prepared screed speech before Congress today, Rep. Ron Paul said goodbye to the legislative body in which he served for so many years

    Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) delivered a blistering farewell speech on the House floor Wednesday in which he ripped the drastic tilt of the U.S. toward expanded government, a devalued currency, persistent wars and the constant erosion of personal freedoms…

    "In spite of my efforts, the government has grown exponentially, taxes remain excessive, and the prolific increase of incomprehensible regulations continues," he said. "Wars are constant and pursued without congressional declaration, deficits rise to the sky, poverty is rampant and dependency on the federal government is now worse than any time in our history."…

    He also said the financial crisis the U.S. faces is actually a moral crisis, because it was borne of decisions that allowed government power to expand beyond what the Founding Fathers imagined.

    He covered a lot in those 16 pages, but somewhere in all that he sent back a bowl of soup that was too hot, expounded upon the superiority the old Price is Right and chased Eric Cantor off his lawn with a broom.

    It was, all in all, a very moving speech.

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    Tags: House of Representatives, Ron Paul


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