"You don't have a right to the fruits of somebody else's labor. You don't have a right to a house, you don't have a right to a job, you don't have a right to medical care. You have a right to your life, you have your right to your liberty, you have a right to keep what your earn. And that's what produces prosperity. So you want equal justice. And this is not hard for me to argue, because if you really are compassionate and you care about people, the freer the society the more prosperous it is, and more likely that you are going to have medical care... When you turn it over to central economic planning, they're bound to make mistakes. The bureaucrats and the special interests and the Halliburtons are going to make the money. Whether it's war, or Katrina, these noncompetitive contracts, the bureaucrats make a lot of money and you end up with inefficiency."
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Dr. Ron Paul
(1935-) American physician, US Congressman (R-TX), US Presidential candidate
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All Things Considered, NPR, July 25, 2007
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This is why he voted against going into Iraq. Haliburton made a fortune on stupid nation rebuilding there.
 -- Cal, lewisville, TX     
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     -- Luis, Key Biscayne      
    The compassionate care of individuals (individually or in concert) comes from the heart of the noble individual and as displayed, it is an extension of religious right. It is not an aspect of lawful or secular government. In a free society, there will always be the GEs, Halliburtons, etc. BUT ! there will also be prosperity for the many individuals. The current economic disaster we are going through can only be made worse by more taxes, regulations, central economic planning, centralized medical, bureaucrats and special interests' propagation, greater socialist implementations, government give aways, and the expansion of the fiscal policies that made the mess in the first place.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- SUSIE, BOONSBORO      
    This is SO true. I see now that unemployed Americans are being offered jobs at the Department of Homeland Security for extremely high pay for little to no experience just so that they can help put the boot to the necks of the rest of us. God help us.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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