Foreign Policy

Computerized Finger Imaging for Voter Registration

New Oklahoma House Bill 2592, introduced by Rep. David Perryman (D), would require all new voter registrants in Oklahoma to have their fingerprints scanned and entered into database. The database can be accessed by law enforcement by “court order.” &n…

Where Does Rand Paul Really Stand on the Issues?

These flyers are available on Scribd to read, or print or download. There are three pages in this document. The first page has all the issues on one page and as such must be tiny print and is a little hard to read. The second and third page are designed to be front and back of one page or two pages as shown. They have slightly larger print and are a lot easier to read. If you want to see the source just go to Rand Paul’s Website and click on the top tab ‘issues’. Special thanks to Gage Skidmore for the CPAC 2014 photo – one of my all time favs! While you are there make a donation to the campaign or order some bumper stickers for your vehicles. Please share with friends and neighbors and have fun at the same time.

Let’s get out there and defeat the Washington machine so we can unleash the American dream!

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While Controversy over Syrian Refugees Grows in Oklahoma -- Rand Paul Becomes Voice of Reason

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul today announced legislation that would suspend visa issuance for countries with a high risk of terrorism and impose a waiting period for background checks on visa issuance from other countries until the American people can be assured terrorists cannot enter the country through our immigration and visa system. This legislation is based off language first proposed by Sen. Paul in 2013.

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My Civil Asset Forfeiture Story

Yesterday evening, while enjoying a plate of carnitas at Chimi’s in Tulsa, I listened to State Senator Kyle Loveless (R-OKC) describe his bill to reform civil asset forfeiture laws in Oklahoma. Senate Bill 838 would put a stop to Oklahoma law enforcement agencies seizing and keeping people’s property without going to the trouble of convicting — or even charging — the property owners with a crime. If you are unfamiliar with the practice of civil asset forfeiture, then you should become educated.

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EX-IM Bank Reauthorization: Crony Capitalism or National Security?

Several years ago Ron Paul warned us of this matter (link via my good friend J Bradley Jansen and you can see his remarks here: Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights » Rep. Ron Paul’s Statement on H.R. 1370 Reauthorizing the Export Import Bank (1997). In this report, Ron Paul says, “H.R. 1370, reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, should be rejected for several reasons. The claim to constitutionality is dubious. The Bank rewards special interest groups with political favors. Reallocating money from the job-producing, productive sectors of the economy to the less efficient sectors distorts credit allocation. Reauthorization of the Bank is both bad economics and bad politics.”

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Export – Import Bank Critical for National Security

As a free market conservative, I generally oppose government intervention into the marketplace except on national security grounds.  The Export-Import Bank is critically important to help ensure U.S. national security.  In fact, the father of free enterprise, British economist Adam Smith, explicitly endorsed national security-based market interventions in the Wealth of Nations.  For example, Smith supported Britain’s monopoly on the shipping trade and protectionist measures to shield domestic shipbuilders from foreign competition.  Other nations might build better and cheaper ships, but Smith argued that Britain must retain the ability to domestically outfit the Royal Navy, the backbone of his country’s military power.  Like Adam Smith’s Britain, the United States cannot rely on other nations to provide critical national security equipment.  It would be irresponsible to count on Russia, China, or any other foreign government to supply critical military assets.  A strong U.S. military – underpinned by a healthy industrial base – is necessary for economic prosperity. 

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