Ron Paul speaks to a crowd at Twin Falls High School
Ron Paul made a stop in Twin Falls this afternoon in the first of 3 Idaho stops he is making this week. He spoke to a full auditorium, which included many high school students. Dr. Paul is one of four presidential hopefuls, and one of three visiting Idaho this week.
Paul’s speech was based mainly around the economy and balancing the budget. He spoke many times about his promise to cut $1 trillion from the national debt within his first year in office. Paul made the point that he is anti-income tax by saying that “We ought to have the ability and the right to keep the fruits of our labor.” He did not go into how he would cut the deficit without taxes except to say we have to understand “limited taxation.”
He did say instead of focusing on taxes, he believes the role of government is to protect liberty. “That is the one area they are not dealing with.”
The crowd was very lively, cheering and booing often along with his speech. Dr. Paul mentioned foreign affairs a few times, speaking of different conflicts the United States is involved in currently. He even took a shot at the past administration, by saying that we were wrong to go into Iraq because there was no threat there. But he also said a similar situation is now happening with Iran, and we should learn from our past mistakes.
Paul closed with his ideas on our responsibilities as a country within the world sphere. “Because we are an exceptional nation, we feel we need to force that on others. But the best thing we can do is set a good example. If we had a truly free and prosperous society, maybe someone would want to emulate us.”
Ron Paul will hold a rally in Moscow on Friday and Boise on Saturday.