By Doug Newman
September 18, 2007
Published in The Rocky Mountain News.
Letters to the Editor
Rocky Mountain News
101 W. Colfax Avenue, Suite 500
Denver, CO 80202
I am responding to an omission in your September 18 edition. In an article outlining where the various presidential candidates stand on the federal role in health care, I saw no mention of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).
Paul is a 10-term congressman. Prior to entering politics, he was an Air Force flight surgeon and an OB-GYN doctor. He is the only physician in the 2008 presidential race.
More importantly, he is the only constitutionalist. The Constitution makes no mention whatsoever of health care. The Tenth Amendment forbids federal activity in any area not mentioned elsewhere in the Constitution.
Paul correctly diagnoses the problem – too much government intrusion in the medical marketplace – which gives rise to the symptom – high medical costs. He favors massive cuts in federal taxes, regulations and mandates. All this unconstitutional federal activity in recent decades has done nothing but increase medical costs and leave millions of Americans frustrated and angry.
During his distinguished tenure in Congress, Ron Paul has earned the moniker “Dr. No”. Time and again, when Congress would vote 434-1 for unconstitutional expansions of federal power, Paul would be the lone dissenter.
Presidents swear an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Of all the candidates, Republican or Democrat, Ron Paul is the only one with an ironclad track record of adhering to the Constitution. He doesn’t just say that he favors strictly limited government, very low taxes, free markets, sound money, secure borders and the Bill of Rights. His voting record and the legislation he has introduced over the years are consistent with his words. Moreover, he opposed the Iraq War and the proposed attack on Iran long before he declared his candidacy for president.
To learn more about Ron Paul, visit his congressional site at www.house.gov/paul and his campaign site and www.ronpaul2008.com. Support liberty! Support Ron Paul for President in 2008!
Douglas F. Newman
Aurora – 303-902-5503
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