In an ABC News/Yahoo! News interview Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Texas Rep. Ron Paul took a few jabs at Keynesian economics, a Massachusetts senate candidate, and one of our society’s keystone institutions.
After interviewer Terry Moran read a controversial quote from Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, that “there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own,” Rep. Paul said Warren was wrong “because she is a socialist.” When asked about Warren’s comments on public education and whether public schooling is socialism, Rep. Paul said “In a way. When the state runs things, that is you know, a socialist idea, that it should be collective. I preach homeschooling and private schooling and competition in school.”
Rep. Paul went on to point out that what Warren forgets in her argument on the social contract is that the money had to come from “productive effort.”
“She‘s saying that it’s from the government? Who’s the government? The government created nothing,” said Rep. Paul. “The only thing they can do is steal, and rob people with a gun, and forceable transfer wealth from one person to another. ”
In regards to taxes on the wealthy and millionaires, Rep. Paul made a point to acknowledge where he may be distinct among other Republicans.
“I’m pretty critical of the wealth of lots of millionaires and billionaires because they ripped us off, they got the benefits and the tax breaks,” Paul said.
When asked if he would run for President on a third party ticket, Rep. Paul said “I have no plans to do that” and “I don’t want to.”
In a light-hearted question at the interview’s end, Rep. Paul said the happiest moment in his life, aside from his wedding day and the birth of his children, was when he first opened his medical practice after years of hard-work and schooling.