Why Ron Paul should be in some president’s cabinet

I have said throughout this Republican presidential primary that I do not believe Ron Paul will win the nomination. That said, I do think he will be in the race until the end because of his loyal supporters and fund-raising prowess. He might well finish second, and most likely no worse than third, in number of delegates to this summer’s GOP convention. That kind of success would merit more than a nice speaking time slot in Tampa and a few relatively meaningless planks on the party’s platform.

Should the eventual nominee, whoever it is, defeat Barack Obama in November, he ought to appoint Paul to his cabinet.

Which cabinet position? Whichever one that president-elect wanted to eliminate or dramatically shrink.

That’s not a way of pulling a fast one on the man who more than one wag has deemed America’s Grandpa (i.e., he says some things that sound wise, and some other things that make you think, Oh, there goes crazy ol’ grandpa again!). I intend it as a compliment.

Of all people whom a president could appoint to the cabinet without having to worry that he’d resort to petty bureaucratic fights to protect his turf, it would be Paul. Can you imagine what the man would do with the instructions to reduce his budget and work force as much as possible? He could be America’s version of Maurice McTigue, whose government-cutting exploits down under I’ve mentioned before.

Assuming he finished the job in less than a four-year term, I’d then appoint him to the next on my list of agencies to cut.

I don’t know if Paul would take the job(s), but he said he isn’t running for re-election to Congress and certainly has a passion for limiting government. If he were up for it, a Republican president ought to be, too.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Somali Republican

January 27th, 2012
2:20 pm

End all government functions now. We want freedom.

carlosgvv

January 27th, 2012
2:23 pm

He could start with consumer protection agencies. I’m sure he’d be glad to get rid of all those pesky rules and regulations Business has to put up with, such as safe foods and medicines. Big Business would build a shrine to him.

Josh

January 27th, 2012
2:23 pm

I dont think Paul would even stoop to participate in the kind of terrible big government statist policies of the other fake republican candidates. But that said, those clowns better find some way to make Paul’s supporters (including Iraq vets like myself) happy, otherwise there is NO way a republican will beat Obama in November.

HDB

January 27th, 2012
2:25 pm

Ron Paul has just as much baggage as Newt……
Maybe a position as Secretary of HHS…..he’d need help in getting the lunatics, tea partiers, and racists off the street…(starting with himself first….)…….

Josh

January 27th, 2012
2:26 pm

@carlosgvv… “such as safe foods and medicines”. I try to hold in my laugh, I really do. The same regulators that work for Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, the ones that give big banks bailouts and screw over the little guy. Ya, thats the same government I can trust to NOT get in bed with big agrabusinesses like Monsanto and Dow Chemical. I trust the big Government to NOT get in bed with big pharma like Baxter and GlaxoSmithKline. You socialists are hilarious. when you give big government that much power, the 1% moves in to take control of the reigns. only the free market of capitalism can regulate those industries. How is that so hard to understand?

Somali Republican

January 27th, 2012
2:31 pm

You are right Josh. I don’t need the govenment talking about my pills giving me a four hour erection.

The Snark

January 27th, 2012
2:32 pm

Appointing someone to run an executive branch agency with the instruction to “reduce his budget and work force as much as possible” is terrible management in the public sector. That is NOT the way to do it. If you want to reduce a government agency, you do it by reducing the mission of the agency. Otherwise, you just get bad government — an agency that is tasked to do something but doesn’t have the resources to do it right.

Do what??????

January 27th, 2012
2:32 pm

Do what??????

January 27th, 2012
2:33 pm

“Ron Paul has just as much baggage as Newt…”

Like what? I don’t recall Dr. Paul as having had 3 wives.

Do what??????

January 27th, 2012
2:35 pm

Ron Paul for Treasury Secretary.

Rand Eller

January 27th, 2012
2:40 pm

Absolutely agree with Josh and Somali. I dont need govt telling me what substances I can put in my body. Legalize marijuana and heroin. Let Coke put the cocaine back in their cola (that should be popular in Atlanta). Who cares if we import Chinese drywall that releases noxious chemicals. Let the market decide and…Caveat Emptor – “Let the buyer beware!”

Cam

January 27th, 2012
2:40 pm

BIG GOVERNMENT REPUBLICANS have been exposed. That is what Ron Paul and his supporters have done. Romney is Obama and Obama is Romney; we got it!
RON PAUL 2012

reader110

January 27th, 2012
2:42 pm

If Paul really believe in limiting government, why does he support the pro life movement whose sole purpose is telling women what they should do with their bodies?

He’s full of it, just like all the politicians out there – our current President included.

Do what??????

January 27th, 2012
2:43 pm

reader110

Because he doesn’t believe in killing unborn children.

Jefferson

January 27th, 2012
2:45 pm

With you guys he’s like a game show contestant with a parting gift.

gm

January 27th, 2012
2:52 pm

We really want a guy who voted against the civil rights bill, and his racist writings now he said he no clue, in the white house?

Joshua Matlock

January 27th, 2012
2:59 pm

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. – Mark Twain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=y5RKleqMjuE#!
http://www.sunherald.com/2012/01/26/3713266/what-is-a-patriot-hint-this-isnt.html

John

January 27th, 2012
2:59 pm

Easy one, appoint Dr. Paul as chariman of the Fed, with the instructions “Dismantle it”. It would be a great way to end his political career and give him a spot in history, as the man who lifted the monetary chains off of our econonmy, the one institution that has created so much misery, that resulted in more, not less poverty, which spurred on an ever increasing welfare state. If there’s one thing that could give us the most amount of freedom in one punch, it’s ending the Fed, and I would like to see Dr. Paul do it.

Do what??????

January 27th, 2012
3:01 pm

“We really want a guy who voted against the civil rights bill, and his racist writings now he said he no clue, in the white house?”

Well, we already have a guy who attended a racist church for 20 years.

yesssir

January 27th, 2012
3:25 pm

“attended a racist church for 20 years.”

LINK?

Phyzz

January 27th, 2012
3:25 pm

Do what?????? said, “Well, we already have a guy who attended a racist church for 20 years.”
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I thought he was supposed to be a Muslim. No?

mark

January 27th, 2012
3:26 pm

Ron Paul Negotiating power will not be with just the Republican GOP’s but with Obama as well. I think Obama will want Ron Paul to run as an Independent.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

January 27th, 2012
3:26 pm

Me? I’d put him in charge of the EPA.

First year into it, he’d have every regulation that accomplishes nothing but slows the creation of jobs eliminated.

Odis

January 27th, 2012
3:28 pm

Ron Paul is a racist and a bigot (read his newsletters that he signed off on and approved), he just needs to go back to Texas and STFU. I’ve had enough of this crazy racist.

Jose Mora

January 27th, 2012
3:30 pm

I stopped reading at the end of the first sentence. That told me everything I needed to know about the article that was to follow and the author’s inherent bias.

biased1

January 27th, 2012
3:30 pm

Ron Paul’s skills are more akin to Ronald Reagan though Paul is intellectually stronger and Reagan was a more eloquent communicator. Like Reagan, Paul is not a skilled administrator appropriate for running a cabinet department. Paul would be strongest at Treasury but there are better candidates who share his views – like David Stockman. Like Reagan, Paul is an enthusiastic evangelist of limited government who has the vision and philosophy to help guide him through tough executive decisions.

gm

January 27th, 2012
3:31 pm

Do what??????

I think I will take Rev Wright who been married to one wife for over 40 years and a ex marine over Newt or Paul.

redneckbluedog

January 27th, 2012
3:32 pm

He wants to get rid of the Department of Education, Homeland Security, EPA, and the Federal Reserve….so those are out……WHATEVER YOU DO…DO NOT PUT HIM IN CHARGE OF IMMIGRATION…!!!!!! He wants to open the borders….WIDE A$$ OPEN……..I do not agree with this at all….!!!!!!

Do what??????

January 27th, 2012
3:32 pm

gm

Ok, so you’re a racist.

Do what??????

January 27th, 2012
3:33 pm

“I thought he was supposed to be a Muslim. No?”

Your words.

Do what??????

January 27th, 2012
3:33 pm

LINK?

Is your Google broke?

Dusty

January 27th, 2012
3:33 pm

Well, Granpa Paul does seem like a nice fellow. I like the idea of him being on the new ujpcoming cabinet. But, on one condition. He must drop out of the race now. No splitting the GOP vote with libertarians. They are a frisky lot what with all their desire for marijuana, cocaine and other such “liberties”. Their minds kinda wander.

yesssir

January 27th, 2012
3:37 pm

Nope, not broke….unable to find these “racist” statements.

Do what??????

January 27th, 2012
3:39 pm

:”Nope, not broke….unable to find these “racist” statements.”

Obama’s race-rant Rev. rages on
‘White folk done took this country’

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/white_folk_done_took_this_country_hWlQbwxvMbnYdkYwVZwSWJ#ixzz1kh2eRZ1t

Kyle Wingfield

January 27th, 2012
3:41 pm

Jose Mora: If you’d followed my blog throughout this primary, you’d know I’ve been calling this race as I see it, not trying to push one candidate over another. OTOH your statement, about tuning out something you don’t want to hear, is a lot closer to “bias.”

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

January 27th, 2012
3:43 pm

Wow, Jose Mora, an opinion columnist who is biased.

Not exactly a news flash, is it? ;)

Kyle Wingfield

January 27th, 2012
3:45 pm

Tiberius: There is an endless stream of readers who seem genuinely shocked that I inject my opinion into what I write.

Dusty

January 27th, 2012
3:45 pm

yessir, 3:37

My condolences, sir. Sad to be blind and deaf. Forgive me, if I am wrong. Maybe you were born last week. Otherwise, you would have heard of Rev. Wright, minister for Prez Obama for 20 years.

Texas Kev

January 27th, 2012
3:47 pm

@Odis

Yeah Ron Paul is clearly the biggest racist/bigot remaining in the GOP field……I mean, thats exactly why he’s the only candidate up there who has the balls to address the REAL racial injustice that continues to thrive in our country, the war on drugs. Not even Obama will go anywhere near the subject.

You clowns that continue to bash Dr. Paul about race issues are either successfully brainwashed by the MSM, or just plain ignorant.

Linda

January 27th, 2012
3:48 pm

Kyle, you must be kidding! “Assuming he finished the job in less than a four-year term…” How long does it take to hide the key to the front door? I would turn him in to a nomad. He could be the roaming leader, sort of what Biden does. Dr. Paul could flit around from one building to another until he had a budget surplus. Shouldn’t take him more than a few months. We can’t wait 4 more years to get ONE agency turned around. Between Dr. Paul & Sen. Paul, they can rid DC of the pork.

Hillbilly D

January 27th, 2012
3:52 pm

an opinion columnist who is biased.

All opinion columists are biased. That’s not a big deal because we know that going in.

It’s the reporters, editors, news directors, etc., who claim to be unbiased, that you need to worry about. No human being is totally unbiased but the good ones are professional enough, that you don’t know what their biases are. With an opinion columist, you know what his/her biases are because they generally don’t try to hide them.

Of course, if you’re watching a talking head on TV on CNN/CNBC/MSNBC/Fox/Major Networks etc., whether that talking head is employed by the network or just a guest, you need to always ask yourself, what’s in it for them. Anybody talking on TV has some kind of axe to grind, agenda to push, or angle to be worked to make money. It’s best not to pay much attention to any of them. They’re basically just performers, playing to their respective audience. It’s sort of like the old WCW, with a lower quality of showmanship.

Skip

January 27th, 2012
3:54 pm

Secretary of Defense, I dare you.

R Warren

January 27th, 2012
3:55 pm

Let the people appoint him to head the executive branch. Then he can eliminate 90% of the executive branch’s power, all illegal (ie, unconstitutional).

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

January 27th, 2012
3:57 pm

I get a big laugh out if it as well, Kyle.

I mean, don’t they have to go to the “Atlanta Opinion” page just to find you?

Wouldn’t that be their first clue that you might actually have one? :roll:

And get paid for sharing them?

Do what??????

January 27th, 2012
4:00 pm

“Wow, Jose Mora, an opinion columnist who is biased.”

You do realize that Kyle is an opinion writer, right???????

Ayn Rant

January 27th, 2012
4:03 pm

Ron Paul is already in a position to influence American government. He should seek another term in Congress.

I still hope he’ll run on the Libertarian ticket in November. Surely he can see the hopelessness of the other Republican candidates.

Don't Tread

January 27th, 2012
4:08 pm

“That told me everything I needed to know about the article that was to follow and the author’s inherent bias.”

Maybe you should click the “Jay Bookman” link – his bias may be more to your liking.

It would be fun to watch Ron Paul as head of the Department of Education…haha. He’d be Paul Bunyan in the Dead Wood Forest.

jconservative

January 27th, 2012
4:09 pm

“The era of big government is over.”

15 or so years later it is bigger than ever. And it will continue to grow. No one has the intellectual or political guts to actually cut the size of government.

To cut the size of government one needs to start with the biggest department of government.
That is the Defense Department. (SS, Medi, etc do raise some of their on revenue. They can wait.)
Until Defense and the mission of Defense is redefined, no cuts will be made there. And big defense equals big government.

Do we want to turn Ron Paul loose on the Deparment of Defense?

Real Athens

January 27th, 2012
4:10 pm

Hillbilly:

“Megadittoes.” You give too much credence to the audience. Opinion masquerading as fact to solely advance a position, sell advertising or enrich a person is what is wrong with the “news” media today.

Combine it with a decades long assault on public education and you have one of the oldest forms of warfare in the world: Divide and Conquer.

Somali Republican

January 27th, 2012
4:12 pm

Newt will win and appoint Ron in a Cabinet position of janitorial services. Win / win chaps.