About two weeks ago, I saved a link to Instapaper regarding Ron Paul’s actual legislative record, but never got around to writing a post. Now, little need, since the Washington Post now highlights how weak it is
The passage of H.R. 2121, in fall 2009, unfolded without drama. It allowed for the sale of a customhouse in Galveston, Tex.
The House debate took two minutes, and the vote took eight seconds. The ayes had it. But something historic was happening. On his 482nd try, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) had authored a bill that would become law.
Paul has become a surprising force in the Republican presidential race, promising to use “the bully pulpit of the presidency” to demand deep cutbacks across government.
But Paul has had only limited success using his current pulpit —a seat in Congress —to rally lawmakers behind his ideas. Of the 620 measures that Paul has sponsored, just four have made it to a vote on the House floor. Only that one has been signed into law.
One bill in all these years? Granted, Obama’s legislative record was even weaker, and conservatives blasted him on it. Yet, here we have Ron Paul with one of 620 passed. Obviously, his legislation is neither good nor popular.
As Prairie Weather points out
And that’s the sad truth about Ron Paul. He’s an idea guy, not a collaborator or a team player –both qualities being important in democracy. Ron Paul is not about democracy. Not a facilitator, he’s a one-man band. He’s all about, you know, Ron Paul.
Yet, he wants to be President. Why? Power, pure and simple.