Doug Wead Throughout this presidential election cycle the national media has been the subject of widespread ridicule for systematically ignoring the Ron Paul candidacy. Well, they have finally found their legs. They have a story that their corporate executives will let them publish. Ron Paul, they say, is a hypocrite because he has long proclaimed that he doesn’t believe in the government’s social security program but nonetheless, now, takes a monthly social security check for himself.
The big news was apparently revealed in a recent interview on MSNBC. It is a hilarious story and shows how the media risks alienating its more observant viewers to play to the general ignorance of the public. I guess they figure, the cat’s out of the bag, the more savvy now know we are all corporate puppets who say what we are told to say for the privilege of being famous and rich and popular with our cousins back home, so we might as well shamelessly argue the absurd. Most people are too dumb to notice.
So once again, here I am, a humble an amateur blogger, offering the real story for those who love truth and enjoy these waning moments of liberty where we can still spread it around. (Enjoy this season while it lasts, the internet is a loop hole that the elitists in this country are trying desperately to plug.)
In the first place, the money Ron Paul put into the social security fund over the years is HIS money. Just as the money you put into the account is your money. It does not belong to MSNBC or to the US government. It is not Obama’s money. It does not belong to the Social Security Administration. It belongs to Ron Paul. And your money belongs to you. That was the whole idea of social security.
Secondly, Ron Paul did not have a choice. And neither do you. Unless you are an ordained minister, who makes a one time decision and opts out of the social security program altogether, out of moral conscience, you are forced to pay money into the program all your life. If you are employed it will be taken out of your paycheck. The government says it is for your own good. It is not an option.
If, when he was young, Ron Paul had refused to participate in the program and not paid into it, he would have been thrown into jail for tax evasion.
If, now that he is old, he refuses to take his money out of it, he is saying that the money wasn’t really his to begin with and he has no claim on it.
Third, while the original program was passed with the promise that the money would be separated from other government monies, after all, it does not belong to the government, that promise broke down long ago and the government had been spending it on wars and social programs that will help presidents get re-elected. And thus the Social Security funds have almost been depleted and the program cannot be sustained. It is one of the great moral failures of the American government.
No president of either political party will face this coming debacle of a bankrupt Social Security system. They each continue, taking us to the brink, betting that the other party will be in power when the crash happens and will thus be blamed. It is like a game of musical chairs and when the music stops, whoever is in office at the time will suffer for decades. In fact, both parties are obviously morally corrupt, as this issues shows that fact in glaring colors, for millions of people will suffer. Meanwhile, the national media plays its role of dumbing down the public right to the very end.
Now the reasons the media is so shameless in promoting this latest Ron Paul story is because they have been stung by Dr. Paul’s honesty and integrity in the face of rampant corruption. This corruption is ongoing in government, banking, Wall Street and in the corporate world, including those corporations who own and run the media.
It is not like there are good congressmen and bad congressmen. Don’t think there are congressmen who take the bribes of lobbyist money and those who don’t. There is only ONE congressman who refuses to play the game. Only one congressman who refuses to go on congressional junkets because he knows they are tax payer paid vacations. Only ONE congressman who rejects the congressional pension plan, refusing to take a dime because he knows the public can’t get such a break. Only One congressman who never voted for an unbalanced budget or a pay raise. And that ONE congressman is Ron Paul. He has been consistent for 22 years. But all of the above is never mentioned by the national media. It is studiously avoided. You only hear it when one of us slips through the net and gets on television, and that is usually during the daytime when few are watching.
And it is not just about the corruption.
Ron Paul has been right about the consequences of these policies and how they are leading us to the brink. Ron Paul called the housing bubble, years before it happened. He predicted the crisis in Greece. (With the advent of the internet, the public suddenly has access to a medium with a long memory. That is why there is a battle raging to shut down the free use of the internet.)
And so, the media is embarrassed. His honesty and his prescience is a hard thing to stomach and they only hope that it will go unnoticed by the majority.
The corporate world, who lives directly or indirectly off of their little piggy bank, the Federal Reserve, is furious because Ron Paul has pulled back the curtain to show how they maintain monopolies and shut out small business competition. It is the banks that own them. The banks tap the FED for interest free loans, into the trillions of dollars, and then pass the money onto the companies who advertise on television, and in some cases directly to the very holding companies who own the networks, themselves. Nice, huh?
It is why in a nationally televised debate, with Ron Pau running neck and neck with Barack Obama in polls, and running second in the GOP, they limited his speaking time to 89 seconds.
So the media will continue to play up what they will declare is Dr. Paul’s hypocrisy. He takes his social security check. He has the nerve to take back a small amount of the money he put in over the years as a promised, government supervised, mandatory retirement. He dares to take them at their word. Of course, the money he gets back is diluted by inflation and worth much less than what he put in which is why he wants a better, more honest method of retirement for the next generation.
Meanwhile, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, both of whom have presided over the second worst depression in American history, have doubled their own salaries as president. Together, on their watch, they have seen the largest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich in American history. The national media slavishly worships and protects one or the other just as they now promote either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.
Who cares? The number one donor to both men is Goldman Sachs.
So who’s the hypocrite?
And that’s the real story behind Ron Paul and his social security check.