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Ron Paul: Shutting Down Government Can Be a Good Thing

By    |   Thursday, 18 December 2014 01:56 PM

As Congress worked through the weekend to pass the "cromnibus" spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul tells Newsmax that it would actually be a good thing.

"It would be good because people would get to spend the money instead of the government, and that would be quite a bit different," Paul told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

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"A real shutdown would be a bit of a change in that we would have a different role for government — government would be there to protect our liberties but not to run a welfare state nor to manage the world empire," he explained.

"This is what's driving us down and this is what is bankrupting our country and this is why we're in a precarious situation. It will not be sustainable," he said.

He contends that while many people are afraid of his ideas, the truth is that "if we continue to spend and the system breaks down, believe me it's going to be much, much worse — then people would tightening their belts."

However, Paul says that he doesn't "believe we'll ever get enough people in Congress to systematically work our way out of this."

"My long-term goal is prepare the younger people for a different system of government that would challenge the current Keynesian economic model and international model and that's what I want them to do, is to look at something else," he explained.

Paul made a case for a government shutdown in his weekly column titled "All I Want for Christmas is a (Real) Government Shutdown."

He says that he wrote the column because he "wanted to challenge the radicals."

"The radicals to me are the ones who love big government, who do not pay attention to Article 1, Section 8 that gives us the authority to spend money in a certain way," he explained.

"The radicals have control of our government and unfortunately it's been in both parties because no matter who's in charge, government keeps growing and when government grows, the people's liberties are diminished," he said.

"This is why this budget was so outrageous the way it was done, but it was routine. You saw this happening before, the omnibus bills passed at the end and nobody knows what's in them, and it's just an outrage," he contends.

"My biggest beef is for the most part not too many people take seriously in Washington the oath of office and the limitations that are placed on them by our Constitution," the Texas Republican added.

Paul says that he agrees with President Barack Obama's decision to lift the sanctions against Cuba.

"The American people have a right to travel and they have a right to spend their money where they want, and by putting sanctions on a country to punish a few individuals, we've punished the American people and taken away their liberty," he explained.

"I don't believe in sanctions, and they haven't worked," he added.

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