Ron Paul: Budget Alcoholism

Posted by admin on Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ron Paul Money Quotation about how governments can’t keep or grow a surplus of funds and compares them to drinkers with extra booze available.
 
The federal government cannot maintain a budget surplus any more than an alcoholic can leave a fresh bottle of whiskey untouched in the cupboard Quote
 

“The federal government cannot maintain a budget surplus any more than an alcoholic can leave a fresh bottle of whiskey untouched in the cupboard” — Ron Paul

 

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In this quote, Ron Paul is drawing an analogy between the federal government and an alcoholic person. The best interpretation is:

  • Paul believes that just as an alcoholic cannot be trusted to have excess alcohol available without drinking it, the federal government similarly cannot be relied upon to maintain a budget surplus and refrain from spending extra funds.
  • Paul’s view is that any budget surplus will inevitably be spent by the government, which has a chronic inability to leave money untouched in “the cupboard” like an alcoholic with whiskey.
  • The overall message is one of skepticism about fiscal restraint – Paul doubts the government’s ability to refrain from overspending and view a surplus as a reason to increase expenditures rather than save or return unused money to taxpayers.

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