Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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From The Foundation For Rational Economics And Education:

If you believe the mainstream media, John McCain and William Kristol and liberal Keynesians like Janet Yellen and Paul Krugman supposedly disagree on just about everything.

After all, as the media tells it, McCain and Kristol are “neoconservative” supporters of aggressive government abroad and small government at home.

Yellen and Krugman are supposedly liberal Keynesians who prioritize domestic welfare over international warfare.

But the truth is all four support both welfare and warfare spending. They just disagree over “details” - like whether we should spend more on warfare than welfare, which countries to bomb, and whether we should stick with ObamaCare or adopt “ObamaCare lite.”

And they all agree that anyone who dares to make a principled case for eliminating the welfare-warfare state and the Federal Reserve’s fiat money system (which makes it possible for politicians to spend unlimited amounts on war and welfare) should be silenced.

That’s why McCain, Yellen, Kristol, and Krugman would all be uncorking their top-shelf champagne if my Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE) were forced to close its doors.

Today, I’m writing to ask you to help me stop that from happening.

Since I founded it in 1976, FREE has fought statism in all its forms — standing firm for liberty and limited government.

But sadly, as I write you today, FREE’s bank accounts have dwindled to virtually nothing.

I hope you agree that you and I cannot stand by while FREE closes its doors.

Instead, my hope is that if I have your support today, I can expand all of FREE’s most important programs.

So won’t you please agree to your most generous tax-deductible gift of $500, $250, $100, $50, or $25 right away?

As you may know, I founded FREE in 1976 during my first term in Congress when I served on the House Banking Committee.

My hope was to spread economic understanding - and restore Americans’ belief in limited government and free markets.

It has been a wild ride since those early days. Since FREE’s founding, we’ve experienced:

*** The energy crisis and economic malaise of the Carter years;

*** The massive deficits of the 1980s;

*** The widespread acceptance of crony capitalism as an economic model in the 1990s;

*** The never-ending wars and the Federal Reserve-created housing bubble and financial collapse of the 2000s, as Republicans gained control of both houses of Congress and the White House for the first time since the 1950s - and promptly proceeded to betray the principles that brought them to power.

The great news is that the American people are fed up with government that has become so destructive and out of control.

We’re approaching $17.6 TRILLION in debt. Drones are flying over American cities. The NSA is spying on our phone records and emails, completely shredding the Fourth Amendment.

The Afghanistan and Iraq Wars rank first and second as the longest wars in American history.

Today more Americans than ever are interested in the principles FREE has so forcefully stood for all these years.

Our time has come!

That’s why I believe FREE’s most important work still lies ahead.

FREE can do this important work only if I have your support, so please send your generous tax-deductible gift of $500, $250, $100, $50, or $25.

For four decades FREE has been working, often behind the scenes, to help grow what is now called the “liberty movement.”

FREE has sponsored and continues to sponsor a number of important programs to promote the ideas fueling our rEVOLution, including:

>>> Distributing my weekly Texas Straight Talk column, publishing my monthly Freedom Report, running my weekly column’s telephone hotline;

>>> Publishing and distributing books (including my 2007 A Foreign Policy of Freedom), pamphlets, and short papers explaining Austrian Economics, monetary policy, the folly of our interventionist foreign policy, and other vital issues;

>>> Providing support for numerous Liberty Caucus events on Capitol Hill, bringing in speakers to staff and Member events; Organizing conferences and seminars over the years.

Last year, FREE launched what may be its most ambitious project to date — The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Headed by my long-time Congressional aide Daniel McAdams, the Institute focuses exclusively on two of the areas closest to my heart: non-interventionism overseas and defense of civil liberties at home.

The Institute’s board includes my old friends Judge Andrew Napolitano, Rep. Walter Jones, Professor Robert Higgs, and many more.

In addition to challenging the neocons and their mainstream media enablers, the Institute plans a number of educational programs including a summer school for college students, a young communicators program, a publishing program producing both original works and antiwar classics, and a series of seminars and symposia.

With FREE’s support, the Ron Paul Institute has come a long way in its short life.

But for FREE and the Ron Paul Institute to continue their critical work publishing hard-hitting articles, ramping up our web presence, and flooding friendly websites with cutting-edge original material, I simply must be able to count on your support.

So please agree to your most generous tax-deductible donation of $500, $250, $100, or even $50 right away.

It seems like ever since the Ron Paul Institute’s founding, neocons have been busy launching smear campaigns designed to snuff out their critical work.

Even some so-called “libertarians” have joined in the attacks on FREE over the years!

You see, statists do not want any independent voice opposing the bipartisan consensus in favor of unlimited war and continuing infringement on our liberties in the name of “national security.”

And you can bet the banksters, Wall Street firms, and big-spending politicians that benefit from the crony capitalism, welfare-warfare spending, and the fiat currency system that makes it all possible are not happy about my plans to expand FREE’s programs.

If FREE cannot raise the resources to continue and expand our programs, I am afraid the neocons and the Keynesians will win the battle of ideas . . .

That will doom our liberty movement at a time when our rEVOLution is making more progress than ever!

I’ve seen our liberty movement grow tremendously just over the past few years.

I want to watch it continue to grow.

I want Big Government to come to a hard and fast end. I want an end to the wars overseas and the violations of our civil liberties at home.

But I know that – without our action – it could be our freedoms that we see vanish into thin air.

So won’t you please agree to your most generous gift of $500, $250, $100, $50, or $25 right away?

Please agree to act today.

For Liberty,

Dr. Ron Paul

P.S. As I write you today, the Foundation for Rational Economics and Education’s (FREE) bank accounts have dwindled to virtually nothing.

I’m sure the Big Government establishment in Washington, D.C. would love to see FREE wiped off the political map.

But I hope you agree that you and I cannot let that happen. The work FREE does is just too important.

So please agree to your most generous contribution of $500, $250, $100, $50, or $25 right away.

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