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Ron Paul’s New Budget Plan

I just read an article about Presidential candidate Ron Paul’s newest budget proposal. It would cut programs such as the Office of Science, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the U.S. Geological Survey. These cuts, plus cuts to the National Institutes of Health add up to billions of dollars taken out of science research spending. His plan is called the “Plan to Restore America”, and the cuts total to $1 trillion.

Politically, I think Ron Paul is one of the best GOP candidates, and I agree with him on many points. For example, his “Plan to Restore America” would end foreign wars, which I can definitely back up. However, I think he is cutting too much in some very important departments. I agree drastic measures should be taken, but taking billions away from scientific research would be like taking a step back in our advancement.

What impact do you think these cuts would have on the scientific community?

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  1. October 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Every time our country needs to cut back on spending programs such as these are the first to go. Why do we never look at our defense budget? we spend more than any other country. We buy new million dollar planes when the old ones were never used. Why do we always look to cut scientific programs, NASA, school programs or social programs?These programs benefit our society but are cut first. What happened to the days when our NASA program was the center of attention, when going to the moon was watched by the entire country? We haven’t even gone to the moon since 1972.
    While I may not agree with you in your support of Ron Paul, I am a democrat, but I do agree that we should not cut the scientific programs, these will have a large negative effect on the scientific community.

  2. October 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I’m a conservative libertarian and a Ron Paul supporter since 2008. I’ve read “The Revolution: A Manifesto” as well as “End the Fed” and I agree with him on most points. Though he seems too good to be true, he still has my support… END THE FED!!!

    But I think he’s getting a little crazier. He thinks that Obama should be impeached for killing Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American Citizen who plots terrorist attacks against the United States. Despite this, I still believe he is the best candidate for the GOP.

    However, if anyone else gets the GOP nomination, I’m voting for Obama in 2012. It is actually much more beneficial for the GOP, and perhaps the United States for the GOP to lose in 2012 in Ron Paul does not get the GOP nomination.

    Think about it, my fellow conservatives who are out there. All of the GOP candidates with the exception of Ron Paul utterly suck. If any one of them win the presidency, he/she (I’m looking at you Bachman!) will probably screw up the country.

    And if the country is going to get further screwed, you want it to be a Democrat who does it. This paves the way for a GOP victory in 2016. If Ron Paul gets dementia by then, I hope Chris Christie gets the nomination.

  3. October 24, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Cutting the agencies and programs that Ron Paul is proposing would not just hurt the scientific community, but put Americans’ lives at risk.

    The USGS tracks the magnitude of and damage caused by earthquakes and NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center sends out warnings after earthquakes that save the lives of thousands of lives around the Pacific Rim. If we lose NOAA, we lose the early detection system that tracked the March 11th tsunami after the devastating Japan earthquake. This system triggered evacuations around Hawaii and the West Coast that got thousands of beachgoers to safety long before the tsunami hit. Thanks to NOAA, counties across this region had time to prepare for the wave and minimize damage. Most of my family lives in Hawaii, so it’s unthinkable to me that Mr. Paul would so carelessly put their lives at risk by cutting these essential programs.

    Like most of Ron Paul’s proposals, his so-called “Plan to Restore America” looks harmless enough on paper, but if you look at the details, one will truly grasp exactly how crazy and harmful it is.

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