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Ron Paul calls 'super Congress' plan 'monstrous'

ron Paul and Lou Dobbs on fox business network 8-3-11

Texas Republican Ron Paul is at it again with his silly common-sense approach to money, something he finds totally absent from this week's much-touted agreement to raise the debt ceiling.

The 11-term representative says, "You don’t get out of the problem of having too much debt by allowing Congress to spend a lot more."

Can you believe it?

Next thing you know he'll be quoting the Constitution again.

Paul voted against the debt ceiling increase that everyone from Barack Obama on one liberal side to Tim Geithner right next to him said was necessary to avert a national financial calamity beyond comprehension, possibly threatening the president's attendance Wednesday night at several Chicago Democratic political fundraisers.

Paul was talking with Lou Dobbs on Wednesday night on the Fox Business Network.

He said the bipartisan legislative cobbling "never made any sense to me. It just digs the hole much deeper and then it gets harder for us to get out." So, it became "a very easy vote for me."

The 76-year-old retired OB-GYN, who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination again, said he was appalled at the ad hoc 12-member bipartisan committee devised to find further federal spending cuts before Thanksgiving, what he calls "this super Congress."

According to this week's agreement, the committee, three members of each party from each chamber, must do the job Congress is supposed to do but hasn't or can't. And if it doesn't, then other automatic cuts occur by year's end. Not unlike legislative cruise control.

"Where in the world did that come from?" Paul demanded. "And where is that going to lead to? That is monstrous. I keep looking and I can’t find any place in the Constitution where we have the authority to create such a creature as the super Congress."

See how silly Paul is?

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-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Dobbs and Paul. Credit: Fox Business Network

 
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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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