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Jack and Suzy Welch

Ron Paul and the pink slip that could decide the election

By Jack and Suzy Welch
January 26, 2012

Have you ever woken up in the morning knowing you have to let someone go and just felt sick to your stomach? It’s the worst part of work, isn’t it? Even when it’s absolutely necessary — the money isn’t there or the employee hasn’t been contributing for ages — the emotional pain and mess of sending someone home is every good leader’s bête noire.

To make matters worse, letting someone go is, without doubt the moment when every leader is the most likely to screw up. Really screw up. Because when you fire a person the wrong way — that is, without generosity and respect — you can be sure of two things.

You’ve hurt someone unnecessarily.

And you’ve set up your organization for a future relationship from hell. After all, terminated employees don’t just fade away. They usually reappear, and pretty rapidly, as customers, suppliers, distributors, or in the worst-case scenario, competitors with an ax to grind.

By the way, this is a column about Ron Paul.

Yes, Ron Paul, and here’s why. The maxims of business and politics don’t always overlap, but when it comes to parting ways, they sure do. In business, firing someone incorrectly is a disaster that can haunt you for years. Same in politics.

Now, the GOP isn’t technically going to “fire” Dr. Paul. But look, even Ron Paul knows he’s not going to unpack his suitcases in the Lincoln Bedroom. At some point, his wildly entertaining, Don Quixote-like campaign for the White House is going to run out of time.

And then?

And then, GOP, watch out! Sure, it appears Paul is unlikely to mount a third-party campaign — he’s said so himself. But he’s also unlikely to spend the next few months out on the stump for the nominee, or even in dutiful silence. In fact, you can easily imagine Paul as an outspoken TV commentator from now until November, basically running without running just to keep his ideas in the mix.

But Paul is not really the GOP’s problem. It’s his followers, perhaps as much as 15 percent of the general electorate, many of them young, vocal and highly energized. Like Paul himself, they’re not exactly party regulars. No, Paul and his followers promise to be a lot like that fired employee who, if “handled” incorrectly at farewell, will make it his life’s work to, if not bring your organization down, at least show you how very wrong you were to cut the cord.

The Republican Party would be flat-out careless to let that happen. Dr. Paul’s exit isn’t exactly going to be unexpected. Plus, the GOP leadership has an excellent example of how to correctly part ways right under its nose — in President Obama’s masterful handling in 2008 of Hillary Clinton, a bitter opponent right to the end, and Joe Biden, an early loser in the Democratic primary race. Both of these “terminated” rivals, along with Bill Clinton and his minions, could have easily spent Obama’s general-election campaign and his first term engaged in subterfuge, natter-nattering to the media about the Newbie-in-Chief’s every little misstep. Instead, Hillary Clinton was given a big job and a big jet and the opportunity to become the most popular woman in America. And rather than being trundled back to his commuter seat on the Amtrak to Delaware, the gaffe-ridden Biden was anointed vice-president and given the not-insignificant job of humanizing the more aloof Obama, a role he clearly relishes.

And so it must be with the RNC and Ron Paul. There can be no brush-off. No “Phew, he’s gone. Now let’s get down to business.” No booby prize. Ron Paul needs to be given a role that really means something to him –- a role with influence and voice.

The details of this role are not for us to identify — they can only emerge from the kind of good-faith negotiations that party officials should initiate soon with the candidate. All we can say is, in this kind of setting, as in the best-practice business parting, the “victor” must err on the side of bigheartedness and dignity. Whatever speaking role Dr. Paul wants at the convention, give it to him. If he wants some sort of advisory role in the new administration, the answer is: “Of course.” Like a business leader designing a severance package with a key player, the GOP leadership’s mindset must be: “When he walks out that door, Ron Paul is going to be a friend for life.”

Because if he isn’t, Ron Paul and his followers will make their unhappiness known. And for the mishandling of this defining moment, the GOP will deserve their ire.

Just like any leader who botches goodbye.

Jack Welch was the CEO of General Electric for 21 years and is the founder of the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University. Suzy Welch is an author, speaker and the former Editor of the Harvard Business Review.

PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate U.S .Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) makes a point during the Republican presidential candidates debate in Jacksonville, Florida January 26, 2012. REUTERS/Scott Audette

 

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Ron Paul keep your vision of a smaller government alive.

Posted by takingmidground | Report as abusive
 

WE pay over 2 billion a day in insurance alone on all our county’s debt. Ron Paul was the only solution. If he’s out, our best shot is not waisting too much time on this election and try to give Obama the Dems in the house and senate that would push him to make actual progressive changes. My only regret is that Paul didn’t decide to run independently from the start, since the necessity of someone with his ideas being in the white house are a matter of possible life or death for the entire country, he should have taken his bid more seriously and known a hundred miles away that the majority of Republicans were too dumb and uneducated to understand him.

Posted by rprmckeon | Report as abusive
 

I believe that the American Public is high on “glue”.
The current election is a joke.. They keep running on trivial crap & completely avoid the real issues. Ron Paul is the only one that is putting forth real solutions to real problems..
And out of ALL the candidates, Ron Paul is the only one that has served in the Military on “Active Duty” that is willing to protect the constitution.
I am Canadian & glad I don’t live in the US.
Enough said
“When Freedom Is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Be Free”

Posted by Gremlin | Report as abusive
 

If we had been listening to Ron Paul for the past 20-40 years we would not be in the financial and military mess we are in now. I don’t even know if Ron could get us out of this huge mess. Too bad we weren’t listening to him all these years. You can go back and watch videos of him, some are posted on You Tube, and he has been saying the same thing all these years. Well, Ron, they weren’t listening then, perhaps they’re listening now. They weren’t listening then, perhaps they never will. What a MESS!

Posted by BuffTeam | Report as abusive
 

Obviously Mr. Welch has not gone out to hillbuzz.org a website supporting Hillary Clinton hellbent on making Obama a one-termer.

Not to mention, Mr. Welch seems to forget that the Roman Catholic Organization signed on to ObamaCare only to get thrown under the Bus when Obama no longer needed them. 70 Million pee-od Catholics make a hell of a voting bloc.

Plus, those Hundred Thousand Union jobs killed when Obama killed the Canadian XL Pipeline.

Plus plus, Mr. Welch doesn’t even reckonize the threat from the Military after Obama has used executive order to allow gays to openly serve in our Armed Forces.

Obama has got a rude awakening come November that is unless ACORN can come up with 20 Million Absentee Ballots.

Posted by Ratt | Report as abusive
 

Ron Paul is now pandering to Romney and detracting from Santorum to enable/ensure his son’s selection as Romney’s running mate. My, how principles and convictions flee in the face of familial gain.

Posted by MartySomoca | Report as abusive
 

I wish the GOP would fire Ron Paul. Disassociating with the Republicans would be the best thing he could do. Face it, the two parties are so corrupt, there is no fixing, reforming or saving them. They need to go the way of the Whigs and Federalists, they have nothing useful to give the people and only serve their own purpose.
I’m 29 and I expect before my time is up to see the fall of these two establishments. The majority of people from my generation and younger have no love for these parties and think they need to go.

Posted by KellenBassette | Report as abusive
 

I sorry, Jack and Suzy, but you just don’t get it! Us Paulbots are really aliens and we are going to eat your Republican Party’s brain. Actually, we have already started eating it and you can’t hardly feel the pain, yet. It is you that does not have a Party. Look at your candidates. Is there even one who can beat Obama in November? NO! Is there one who can beat Obama in November with the help of us aliens? Yes! We like your ideasa, so we’ll even let Romney speak at the Convention. Welcome to the NEW small Gov Constitution guided Republican Party. Now will the in-name-only “conservatives” please step aside, us aliens have an election to win.

Posted by MontanaMykl | Report as abusive
 

Ron Paul has said t=on several occasions that he does not think he will be the next president of the US. He is after delegates and lots of them. Enough so he can ‘assist’ in framing the platform for the party in the upcoming election. I would hope that he can get some of his “get rid of the fed” policies in the platform to neuter the Fed and send the responsibility back where it belongs.

Ron would also do well in any cabinet position that he would accept and cut the fat and duplication, if not get rid of the department to which he is assigned. I would not recommend assigning him to the Secretary of Defense though. Keep Ron relevant, he is one of the last bright lights in the Republican Party that understands the Constitution.

Posted by sickofitinca | Report as abusive
 

Given the opinions are Jack & Suzy’s and his shows a lot of self interest and beliefs and his bio seems to indicate some managerial ability and smarts, why did he bother with what is essentially an Op-Ed? Jack’s going for wish fulfillment & refuses to consider that the GOP simply marginalized and ignored him after the last general election and will do the same after this one.
All the Paul partisans and supporters don’t seem to realize the fact that if he can’t convince enough of the rabid and extreme GOP primary voters to support and vote for him instead of the other three, “morally confused” candidates, his candidacy doesn’t stand a chance in Hell of going anywhere and neither does he have a viable VP chance. A write-in vote is – well your vote, however, meaningless.

The other posters comparing President Obama to whatever slur or smear of the day, alleging his incompetence, lack of ability or using terms ending in ism; consider using the Internet for research and learning to think rationally. There are many, many informational and factual data, web sites with accurate numbers, and use them to learn how government works, costs, supports, creates and allows the freedoms still left us to stand.

Posted by JBltn | Report as abusive
 

Last time they wouldn’t even let RP into the convention they locked him and his supporters out. All that was allowed to go were the delegates he had.

This time around they have cheated him every time from Iowa to Maine, they rigged elections just to keep him out. Republican leaders have mocked RP for his beliefs in a smaller government and fair foreign policy. I hate them for it and will never forget that. The GOP and I will be dealing with that feeling for a very long time.

So two to three election cycles in the future 33% of republicans will have survived this kind of treatment. Wonder what will happen? The GOP will yield to us no doubt.

Posted by ptlsd | Report as abusive
 

You can’t vote for someone you never see in the media and therefore don’t know that he IS capable of winning. Such a shame. The average voter is unaware of anyone else running. I bet most don’t even know Gov Gary Johnson is an official candidate. The media tells us what our choices are. Orwellian.

Posted by gwenkraft | Report as abusive
 

Ron Paul is an old fogey but not your typical old fogey.. more like chuck norris and wilford brimley combined to form Chuck Brimley, who in his youth single-handedly conquered Nicaragua and his illegitimate children formed a generation of Telemundo women.

Posted by samfarkus | Report as abusive
 

This was an interesting read, but I wish there were more meat for an op-ed piece about Ron Paul. Ron Paul is talking about changing the systems that have been failing us and are still failing us, not just a changing of the guard within the same circuitously failing system. I think Ron Paul would look at most offers by the (right wing, Rep, WTF) puppets as a traitorous acceptance, unless he is full of it. What made me think more than anything in the piece was not the opinion itself, but the former position of one of the co-authors as CEO of General Electric for 21 years.

It not only made me think of Thomas Edison vs. Nikola Tesla, but how much money, if any, would GE lose in defense contracts if Ron Paul were elected (and actually carried out his goals)? Would it be a bad thing for the American citizens and people who come here seeking a better life, or just the corporations that currently run the oligarchy?

No, I don’t have an aluminum foil hat. I don’t buy it because cooking with it can lead to cancer and alzheimer’s ;)

Posted by lolcoolj | Report as abusive
 

Perhaps you should all consider the fact that Santorium and Gingrich were in the race to make sure that Ron Paul did not run away with the nomination. Too many polls show that Paul’s ideas have become mainstream among Republicans and Independents. Since Paul cannot be controled by RNC Party heads, they were forced to spend millions to contain him. This is the only plausible answer as to why Santorium and Gingrich stay in; especially since neither one of them are on enough state ballots to win the nomination. Only Romney and Paul are on the ballot in all 50 states. Who needs to get out of the way are the two candidates that cannot win.

Posted by CaliforniaCook | Report as abusive
 

Not going to happen. It would be like mixing oil and water. Putting Ron Paul in any type of position within the next administration would be a bigger internal war than the Reds and Blues put on. Ron Paul’s movement will shift from him to his son and as other libertarian minded candidates start to run for office positions. The only reason why his ideas have received ANY publicity though is because he ran as a Republican and the media has an invested interest in keeping the two party system going. I would love it if Dr. Paul did get into a position within the next administration but the establishment won’t allow it.

Posted by sedulouspleb | Report as abusive
 

I like Ron Paul to be in position to handle Fed,so that he can bring financial equality and stop insanity of killing US currency.

Posted by excellence | Report as abusive
 

Somewhat on point but off kilter. The Ron Paul revolution is NOT the GOP’s problem, it is the GOP’s salvation. It is a problem for the big government, pro-war progressives who currently dominate the GOP.
-Jahfre Fire Eater

Posted by Jahfre | Report as abusive
 

Anyone who thinks Ron Paul would nullify his career and obliterate his support base and hand the GOP back over to the big government, pro-war, pro-immoral funding of ever-accelerating government growth by teaming with Romney, or anyone else who represents 180degree opposition to EVERYTHING Ron Paul and his supporters hope for the future of the GOP must be smoking something or simply paying more attention to their own wishful thinking than anything relevant to the Ron Paul campaign.

Posted by Jahfre | Report as abusive
 

Libertarianism is the future of the Republican Party. Either that or it’s the end of the GOP.

Posted by gaoxiaen | Report as abusive
 

How about a Paul/Roemer ticket. There is only one thing worse than a democrat right now and thats a republican

Posted by buddypaul | Report as abusive
 

@More.Liberty who wrote “I voted Republican in every election. I joined the Marine Corps served four years, got out went to college and went back in as a commissioned officer…The establishment, which is both parties, have screwed over the individual, taken our rights in the name of “security,” and bankrupted us, our children and their children’s children. I can not in good faith vote for more tyrant statist regardless of (R) or (D).” YOU ARE PROOF of how a college education ruins a perfectly good Republican voter.

Posted by Onerioi | Report as abusive
 

There is not a vet among the bunch except for Mr Paul.

Both of my son’s families are going to vote for him whichever party flag he is running under because as they put it.

“He’s the only one who does not have to pause when he opens his mouth to remember which lie to us on which crowd because he always speaks what he means.”

If any of the senior Republican leadership think they can pull that crowd away from Mr Paul they are delusional as well as corrupt.

Maybe an honest man can not win the White House any longer but the American youth can send a message that they are done with liar after liar from both major parties sitting in the oval office….

I know a majority of the military for the first time since George Washington became the first President feel the same.

Before you gloat Mr Obama, remember your promise to end the war in one year and bring the troops home, we do….even if you forgot.

Posted by RetiredVet101 | Report as abusive
 

Ron Paul is the only Republican running for President. I recently listened to an interview with Everette Dirksen from 1964. When asked the definition of a Republican, he identified three areas where Republicans differ with Democrats. Republicans support:
1) Effectively managing a limited federal government, avoiding spending our way into debt; 2) providing for a strong national defense; and 3) supporting the cultural norms that have shaped the US since its inception. To define a modern “conservative,” you have to invert the paradigm. Paul is simply following the Republican-held beliefs from Coolidge through Reagan. And Republicans sit by while the media calls him a “kook.” Disgusting.

Posted by KCT56 | Report as abusive
 

Yes, I voted for RP in the primary. Yes, I am voting straight libertarian in the election. I have for years. A wasted vote is a vote for the DemRep candidate because nothing changes. The DemRep is virtually one political party that plays good cop/bad cop every election cycle to maintain the status quo and stay in power. I will vote straight libertarian until I see real change such as doing away with the IRS. I’m not a hard core Libertarian but, I’m not wasting another vote on a DemRep.

Posted by myother | Report as abusive
 

Here’s my two cents. First of all Ron Paul supporters including myself know that he wont win. However, we do know that his voice will still be carried on through the next candidate. America is sick and tired of the same BS that’s been shoved in our faces. This has everything to do with the media blacking out Ron Paul. Everyone agrees with him, they just don’t know they do because they haven’t heard him.

Posted by MissourianMan | Report as abusive
 

I want Ron Paul to have a BIG voice. He is a true statesman and reminder of greater times in America with the likes of statesmen such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Ron Paul wants America to succeed and thrive and he has some very good ideas about how to make that happen in our time of despair.

Posted by cactus11 | Report as abusive
 

Romney should definitely offer him the Fed Chairmanship, as long as he keeps it secret and shuts up. Then in 2014, of course he can break that promise and appoint whoever is actually best for the job. Maybe Jack himself would be up for it!

Posted by uberdave | Report as abusive
 

I am a Republican precinct delegate and a citizen who is proud to be a supporter of Ron Paul. The Declaration of Independence along with the Constitution form the bedrock this nation was founded on. That foundation is being slowly destroyed by BOTH political parties. Ron Paul vows to obey, respect, and govern under the constitution. He is the one with a history we admire and words we can trust!

I cannot support Mitt, Rick, or Newt. We have been listening to them beating the war drums in the attempt to garner votes. We neither need, nor can afford more undeclared wars.

I will not vote for the less’er of three evils, I will vote for a man whose long service to this country has been principled, a true patriot, and the George Washington of our times, Ron Paul! If that means I have to write in his name on the ballot so be it.

To my party I say this, wake up and realize that those who passionately support Ron Paul do so, not for love of Ron Paul but for love of their country! Restore your founding principles so we can support the party or be slowly swept into the dustbin of history.

Posted by Savage45 | Report as abusive
 

Amen brother,

Once you really understand the nature of the FED, ECB and Bank of England, it is not possible to vote for anybody but Ron Paul. It is not about Ron Paul, it is about getting the USA back onto sound footing.

This smoke and mirrors nonsense that the banksters are peddling just will not fly.

USA, USA, USA…

Posted by geomgallagher50 | Report as abusive
 

You are making way too much of this. Ron Paul has done this before. He never truly expects to win, only to feel important for a while. I seriously doubt he would make serious trouble for Republicans this time with his son’s start beginning to shine in the Senate. No, he will have his fill and that will be that. Funny how so many of his supporters go on about his fiscal policy when what most of them are latched onto is his legalize marijuana plank. He always gets a steady supply of young college students for that reason. I have met many of them. They think they are Libertarians but don’t really even know what that means.

Posted by gurn | Report as abusive
 

There is ample evidence that the so called 2 party systems (actually, one party) is killing the USA. This is evident when a person who upholds the constitution is labeled a nut.

But I do know what will eventually happen, The federal system will disappear as various sections of the USA go their own way. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving dictatorship.

Posted by WWII_vet | Report as abusive
 

Ron Paul has great ideals that are unfortunately, a bit too radical for the times and he would never be able to govern as president. However, Ron Paul in an adversary roll, or perhaps a cabinet position would give him MORE ability to influence decisions gradually, and help turn our country in the right direction.

Posted by murrietamike | Report as abusive
 

jack and suzy…

Paul has you worried? hehe you say no….but he can kill the GOP’s wishes in a heartbeat…

So its deal time…not ‘firing’ time…

Posted by goldeagle | Report as abusive
 

I can’t help but compare a Romney/Paul ticket to the FDR/Henry Wallace ticket. Opposite, yes, but just as political. When the need for a Progressive was gone, so was Wallace. When the need for a Libertarian passes… no more Ron Paul.

In reality, there’s no Republican Party any more; it’s a naked tool of big money. In reality, Ron Paul is as relevant now as Andrew Jackson. In reality, he may be the only one on the GOP’s roster, RINO or not, who’s honest And in reality, that isn’t enough.

Posted by RET_SFC | Report as abusive
 

This article is right. Exposing the real power running the GOP is job 1 – and there is no way Im going to vote for these Kocsher Konservatives just because their fake opposition (the dems) is occupying the white house at this time.

Im not voting for evil anymore, Obama can win for all I care – its the same difference.

Posted by ralpie | Report as abusive
 

My bet is Ron as Ross Perot. Because of the facts in the article. The management and candidates of the GOP who have so grossly mismanaged this campaign so far will have zero chance of pulling their egos from where the sun don’t shine long enough to make a decision that energizes Congressman Paul’s vociferous supporters in the correct direction.

And if the Paul supporters are not happy and chant “wait until 2016″, they’ll be equally disappointed. Because if things keep going the way they have been, there won’t be a 2016 — Not for America.

Posted by TomMariner | Report as abusive
 

Well, if anyone knows how it feels to axe an employee, it’s Jack Welch. As for the republican party, I seriously doubt that Ron Paul and his followers will be handled intelligently, certainly not as skillfully as Obama handled his vanquished opponents.
The thing is, when you actively pander to extremists, you simply cannot expect them to behave in conventional ways. So all bets are off for the losers in the primary.
It’s really hard to have any sympathy for the republicans anymore, to be honest.

Posted by SteveC | Report as abusive
 

It would seem not much thought was put into this article. Attempting to equate the current administration’s relationships, or handling thereof, with Clinton and Biden is foolhardy. Clinton is one of the most admired and respected public figures in the country, and indeed the world at this point. And whatever Biden’s shortcoming, or gaffes, he comes across as almost Lincolnesque when compared to the ramblings of Ron Paul. For a strategy similar to that employed successfully by the Democrats in 2008 to work, you would need someone other than Ron Paul to be the object of your desire. The notion that any role of consequence would be offered to such a loose cannon, and someone with as questionable a background on a vast array of issues, is preposterous. Such a move would backfire almost immediately, and no potential administration is going to saddle themselves with a hot mess like Ron Paul from the outset. That’s not to say that Paul hasn’t contributed to the landscape in (sometimes) meaningful ways, or hasn’t informed the debate on several key issues; and certainly he has connected with a strange mix, and cross-section of the public. But he is also someone you clearly don’t want to get to close to, or have associated with your administration in any substantive way. He is on the fringe for a reason and will almost certainly be left there by all serious contenders.

Posted by Realist2012 | Report as abusive
 

Jack Welch, a man who has made a living by firing people to maximize stockholder return, talking about how horrible it is to destroy peoples’ lives by firing them? Tell me, Jack, does that mean all of the times you fired the tens of thousands employees improperly (who took offense at your action), you’re going to now give back all of the monies you accrued from your stock options at GE? I think we all know the answer to that one–the same as if you’re to ask Jack if he has any understanding of what it takes to be loyal to his wife in marriage.

Posted by T_A | Report as abusive
 

No worries, I assure you there will be no place for Ron Paul in the next Obama administration.

Posted by sshurwitz | Report as abusive
 

Oh please. Ron Paul isn’t getting fired. He just doesn’t have what it takes to get hired. Along with 299 million or so other people this election cycle. I don’t know if Ron Paul is a crybaby, but this column was sure written by one.

Posted by carlthefree | Report as abusive
 

VOTE FOR RON PAUL!

Posted by RonPaulKicksAss | Report as abusive
 

I’m not sure who is more ignorant Ron Paul or his supporters. Think it a tie. Before World War II, the US had had many serious recessions or depressions, including 1807, 1837, 1873, 1882, 1893, 1907, 1920, 1933, and 1937. For most of those events we had no social security, no Medicare no unemployment insurance a gold standard or a partial silver standard and of course a weak federal govt plus an electorate that during those early events wanted an isolationist policy. Those prior events were under a system that Ron Paul and Libertarians et al care to return to (I call it the Little House on the Prairie Syndrome) IT JUST DIDN’T WORK. It didn’t work then and in this globally linked world would fail to an even greater degree. That’s if you consider working class Americans eating out of garbage pails total failure. Ron Paul and supporters care to return us to what they perceive to be a simple kinder America. A world of fairy tales that never was.

Posted by pablo222 | Report as abusive
 

Dear Jack and Suzy,
Thank you for being thoughtful toward Dr. Paul.
It does not matter if the GOP treat him kindly or not. It is already too late for his supporters to have any warm and fuzzy feelings for the GOP. The treatment Dr. Paul and his supporters have endured from the GOP has been despicable. The media black out, ballots being “lost”, ballots not being counted, caucus sites being shut down because the GOP “was not prepared for a large crowd”, caucus sites being changed the night before caucus, rules being broken at delegate selection, ignoring over half of the Paul supporters in the room and claiming their 45 people outnumbered the 230 Paul people in the caucus with a head count, some caucuses refusing a head count, their total ignorance of Robert’s Rules and making the whole election process a blatant fraud. They bit off their nose to spite their face.
Nope, the GOP will not be getting the Paul supporters votes. We will not go to the polls, vote for Obama, or vote 3rd party. Obama will get another four years, that’s for sure.
The GOP has died and gone to hell and there is new blood coming in and they are taking all of “Crazy Ron Paul’s” positions and ideas and forming a new GOP. They are going to air out the stench from local to state to federal. The GOP is in for a rude awakening and they aren’t going to like it one bit. It will never be the same again, Thank God.

Posted by LaceyO | Report as abusive
 

Of course a former GE CEO wants Ron Paul out of the race. GE afterall is a big supplier of the Military Industrial Complex, and when a company pays you millions of dollars over numerous years that allegiance is sure to remain. Does the writer of this article realize that Ron Paul supporters are actually taking over the GOP, it may not be this round, but in 4 years I don’t think there will be much that can be done to stop Ron Paul supporters from bringing a more libertarian lean to the Republican Party. The Democrat Party and Republican Party seem to be one in the same when it comes to the most important issues we face as a country. They both are pro war, they both are pro bailout, they both are pro racking up high deficits, they are both bent on taking our liberties away and the list can go on. They only differ on policies that won’t really effect the terrible course we are on as a country. Let’s face it, homosexual marriage, abortion, and other social issues are the only things the two parties seem to disagree on which neither in the short or long term are issues that address the biggest problems facing our nation. Ron Paul supporters are not only working on the Presidential Election, they are getting active locally within the GOP and gaining key positions in local government. If time is on the Ron Paul supporter’s side and this whole country does not go defunct, I think we will find the GOP getting a face lift from inside the party. Ron Paul is not just running for President, he is spreading a message I believe that will not go away.

Posted by Tog2476 | Report as abusive
 

Ignorant is for the dolts that want to keep the status quo. The progressives have run this country into the ground, and if you are too stupid to see it, then you can just suffer with the rest of the narcissists.

Posted by hednsand | Report as abusive
 

The 3 keys to economic prosperity (sustained economic growth) are sound money (a store of value), savings (a store of capital) and a healthy business climate (enabling capital to find its most productive use). Right now, our key ring is empty and we go from boom to bust to next boom. Sound money is the 1st key as Ron Paul understands. I’ll support and vote for Romney, but Ron Paul is the Man with the Plan. But then, who would give a guy big bucks to limit the Fed and the U.S. government and empower the people?

With the baby boomers retiring, the Fed cannot inflate our way out of our debt problem. Inflation increases government liabilities faster than it reduces the value of the debt we owe.

Posted by JTinCO | Report as abusive
 

It’s Ron Paul or not at all. I speak for THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of real Americans. Watch us sink the USS Mitt while it sits in harbor.

Posted by marchiafava | Report as abusive
 

“Both of these “terminated” rivals, along with Bill Clinton and his minions, could have easily spent Obama’s general-election campaign and his first term engaged in subterfuge, natter-nattering to the media about the Newbie-in-Chief’s every little misstep.”

Hah, that’s funny- Democrats being critical of their own president.

Posted by spongessuck | Report as abusive
 

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