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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 Ron Paul, Presidential Candidate by Attorney David J. Saliba Representative Ron Paul is not considered to be a viable candidate for President. He has been called nuts, crazy, racist, anti semitic and other non complimentary titles. Let's examine who Ron Paul is. Ron Paul is a ten term Congressman from Texas. He is a doctor who has delivered more than 4,000 babies. He served in the Air Force as a flight surgeon for five years. As a doctor, he refused payments from Medicaid or Medi- care. If the patients couldn't pay the bill, he reduced the fee or forgave the bill. He has been married to the same woman for 50 years. Now does his background suggest that he is nuts? There are vested groups that would like to destroy his chance to become President. He is blunt and convinced about the poli- cies that the United States should follow. A list of his suggests foreign policies are as follows: i. We spend $I trillion a year overseas; it's needed at home. 2. Exceptionalism should not mean using force around the world. 3. We invested $70 billion in Mubarak; stop spending on supports. 4. We tax people to blow up bridges over- seas then rebuild them. 5. Cut off all foreign aid to Israel and to Arabs. 6. Get out of South Korea and let the two Koreas unify. 7. Bush's humble foreign policy has hijacked into nation-building. 8. The United States must obey human rights treaties abroad. 9. Focus on the Iraq war and foreign policy. i0. Stop interfering with Latin America; talk and trade instead. 1 i. Empires usually end by spending too much to maintain the empire. 12. Stronger national defense by chang- ing our foreign policy. 13. No constitutional or moral authority for U.S. action in Darfur. 14. Not United State's role to monitor eradication of legal slavery in Sudan. 15. Avoid ratifying Law of the Sea Treaty. 16. Right to spread our values, but wrong to spread by force. 17. Interventionalism perpetuated by poli- ticians' false patriotism. 18. No foreign aid; no treaties that commit United States to future wars. 19. Our foreign policy is designed to protect our oil interests. 20. Non-intervention is traditional Ameri- can and Republican policy. 21. Avoid double standard -- follow inter- national law. 22. No nation-building; no world police- man; no pre-emptive war. 23. U.N. membership leads to impractical military conflicts. 24. Neutrality on Israel-Palestine; start by defunding both. 25. Policy of non-intervention, neutrality and independence. 26. $140 billion to protect Europe creates competitive disadvantage. 27. Foreign aid helps dictators, not the people of aided country. 28. Voted NO on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. 29. Voted NO on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. 30. Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. 21. Voted NO on reforming the U.N. by restricting U.S. funding 32. Allow travel between the United States and Cuba. The money we have spent and are spend- ing on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya is astronomical. The aid we give to Pakistan even though they don't like us is ridiculous. We've got kids here in the United States going to bed hungry. We've got American families without jobs. Why spend money on wars? Giving money to foreign countries doesn't make sense, while American homes are being foreclosed. Spend the money here. These policies are logical and wise. How is it that Ron Paul is not considered to be a viable candidate for President? News Briefs (Continued reads: "Scott Brown: Listen to the people. We can't afford the Bush tax handouts to cor- porations and the super rich anymore. Don't sellout our seniors and kids." The coalition behind the billboard includes SEIU 1199, Mass. Teachers Association, Mass Senior Action and, of course, the much unbiased (NOT) MoveOn.Org Greater Boston. Also, several activ- ists from "Mass Uniting" demonstrated outside Sena- tor Brown's stops, blasting him on his jobs creation record. Meanwhile, Democrats ap- parently fearful of the new- est Republican in the presi- dential race have wasted little time going after Gover- nor Rick Perry of Texas. U.S. Representative Lloyd Dogget, D-Texas is reportedly plan- ning tom dog Perry on the campaign trail. This Texas liberal says he will travel the country raising aware- ness on Perry's record and said many of the jobs cred- ited to the governor are minimum-wage positions or have come from his efforts to lure business to Texas from other states. Dogget seemingly laughs that the governor is going to be able to create jobs simply by mov- ing them around the coun- try. The New Hampshire Democratic Party may buy this, but not regular voters struggling just to stay ahead of the bills. I call myself a "Reagan Democrat" and while I have from Page 1) doubts about Brown, I think Perry is the best Republican presidential candidate in the race. President Obama has been promising jobs cre- ation since day one and he has yet to turn any of those promises into actual jobs. He keeps finding excuses why jobs are still scarce. The bottom line is Obama has no plan except to demonize the opposition or seek "fat cat tax hikes." Bad names, excuses and empty prom- ises are all Democrats can count with. Higher taxes only mean big government. Maybe the Obama Admin- istration can create another layer of bureaucracy. How about the U.S. Department of Jobs? Better still, the U.S. Department of Throw it on the Wall and See what Sticks. Warren Versus Warren The liberals in the Demo- cratic Party here in the Bay State seem caught between a rock and a hard place. They have their liberal darling Elizabeth Warren, champion of the middle- class, and they have Mayor Setti Warren from Newton. What's a liberal to do? On the one hand, you've got a woman and on the other hand, you've got an African American. Personally, I don't see any top tier challengers yet to U.S. Senator Scott Brown. I think Democrats should keep looking for the right Warren to take on Brown. If they were really smart, they'd find a Democrat Brown to run for the seat. Hugh Carey and Mark Hatfield, RIP Former NY Governor Hugh Carey recently passed away and many remember the former two-term governor from 1975 to 1982. He also served several terms as a U.S. Congressman from Brooklyn. He was well-liked by political friends and foes alike. Carey was a liberal Democrat who stood up against the tax and spend attitude prevalent at that time. Former Republican Governor George Pataki in a statement said, "As our na- tion faces fiscal crisis, we are reminded of the proud example set by Governor Carey that with sober, en- lightened leadership, gov- ernment can help solve even the most difficult prob- lems. His lasting legacy, sav- ing the City of New York from bankruptcy, is an im- portant lesson for our elected officials in Washing- ton today and for all Ameri- cans." Governor Andrew Cuomo called Carey "a true Ameri- can success story ... Declar- ing that the days of wine and roses were over, Governor Carey looked to statesman- ship and compromise, rather than partisanship or paro- chialism, to get the state's fiscal house in order." Governor Carey often said, (Continued on Page 14) OOOOO00000QOOOOOOOOQOOOOOO009000OOO00OOOOOO i l/IDEO by Bob Morello ," VIEWS : ... more than meets the eye ". OOOOOOOOOOOO00000OQO ELVIS: THE GREAT PERFORMANCES 2-DVD Hip-O-SOFA Ent. Music lost Elvis Presley, "The King of Rock 'n Roll" -- over 34 years ago, but his legendary status remains in- tact, as "The Great Perfor- mances" debuted at the #1 spot on Billboard's Top Music Video Sales chart. Fans get to revisit the life and music of one of the most important pop-culture figures in enter- tainment history. This col- lection follows Elvis' career from his first televised ap- pearance that shocked America and had everyone talking about his hip-shak- ing performance, to a sold- out concert a few weeks before his death on August 16, 1977. With over two hours of re-mastered footage, new packaging, and never-before- seen interviews, Jerry Schilling, Elvis' life-long friend, was instrumental in producing and overseeing the set. He has helped make "Elvis: The Great Perfor- mances" the most intimate and complete Elvis DVD set ever released. Elvis has never "left the building" if you own this DVD. INSIDIOUS (Blu-ray/DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. From the makers of "Para- normal Activity" and direc- tor James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, "Insidious" is the terrifying story of a family who, shortly after mov- ing, discovers that dark spir- its have possessed their home and that their son has inexplicably fallen into a coma. Trying to escape the haunting and save their son, they move again only to realize that it was not their house that wt 3 haunted. A thrill-a-minute, terrifying horror film! (i hr. 42 rains.) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN (DVD) Lionsgate Ray, a former cop recently released from prison, is hired by Mafia bosses, Carlos and Vinnie, to be in charge of security at the hot strip club "House of the Rising Sun." When the strip club, also host to an illegal gam- bling hall, is robbed by a vicious gang, Ray's criminal past is exposed. Ray hunts for the person responsible for this crime and must get to the bottom if it as the mob and the cops start to close in on him as their target sus- pect. (1 hr. 28 mins.) TOP GEAR: THE FIRST SEASON (Z-DVD) BBC Worldwide Top Gear was introduced to U.S. audiences on HISTORY channel, full of ambitious stunts, exciting challenges, entertaining car reviews, humor and mischief. Hosted by comedian Adam Ferrara, champion rally and drift racer, Tanner Foust and rac- ing analyst Rutledge Wood. In this series, the trio take on extre.zne challrges, in OOOOOOO0OOOO cluding a moonshine run along a Prohibition route in the Deep South, teach a blind man to drift a Nissan 370Z and racing a HALO jumper in a Hennessey Veloci- Raptor across the Arizona desert. The Stig also appears to set definitive "Power Laps" and the team tests some of the world's fastest cars and much more. (7 hrs. 20 rains.) EASTBOUND & DOWN: FIRST & SECOND SEASON (Blu-ray/DVD) HBO Home Ent. In Season One, former Major League pitcher Kenny Powers (Danny McBridq[ used to have it all: fame, endorsements and a lucra- tive contract. After hard liv- ing took its toll on his fastball, Kenny finds himself crashing with his brother's family and teaching a gym class. Wreaking havoc with his boorish behavior and now out of baseball, can Kenny successfully return to the big leagues? In Season Two, he heads south of the border to lick his wounds and live the outlaw lifestyle. Kenny takes up residence in a small Mexican town with his lackey Stevie Janowski (Steve Little) and a new love interest, Vida {Ana de la Reguera), as he tries to fash- ion a comeback scenario with the Charros, a local baseball team. Whether Kenny's ambitions will be- come a reality remains to be seen! But, what a ride! EXPORTING RAYMOND (DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. Phil Rosenthal created the highly successful "Everybody Loves Raymond," and then ... the Russians called. The re- sult is the hilarious "Export- ing Raymond," a genuine fish-out-of-water comedy that could only exist in real life, as Phil travels to Russia to help adapt his beloved sitcom for Russian TV. The Russians don't share his tastes. They don't share his sense of humor. But what Phil did discover was a real comedy, filled with unique characters and situations that really need to be sc:e, .t.0 . believed. (1 hr. 25 mins.)h ::, THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED (DVD) Lionsgate Based on an inspiring true story, "The Music Never Stopped" is a moving film. Henry (J.K. Simmons) learns that his son, Gabriel (Lou Taylor Pucci), estranged for two decades, has been found wandering the streets in a daze. Gabriel has suffered a traumatic injury that leaves him thinking he's still in 1968, in the midst of Viet- nam, acid tests and psyche- delic music. He is able to express himself through the artists that defined a gen- eration: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Grateful Dead, all who perform on the film's music soundtrackI Great music and inspiring film! (1 ,hr. 45 mins.)