• The liberal criticism of Ron Paul's plan to reduce the federal payroll by 220,000 employees is it will add to unemployment - these people will then start collecting unemployment and stop paying taxes.

    However the reality is that these people were not doing anything useful to begin with. They are pulling down large salaries and benefits for doing essentially nothing. This is no different than getting paid for doing nothing by being unemployed - except we will be paying them a lot less for doing nothing.

    The part about them paying taxes is laughable. It's like I give you $10 and you give me $2 back, I'm out $8 dollars instead of $10 - what a bargain. In addition to salary and benefits there are other costs associated with these people doing nothing. There is the cost of office space, equipment, supplies, travel expenses etc. and etc.

    Then there's the cry we need all these people to regulate us and keep us "safe" even though the regulators are always the last to know there's a crisis that they should have foreseen - ENRON, BP Oil Spill, AIG, Fannie and Freddie, Lehman Brothers, affordable housing, affordable healthcare, affordable college degree, SNL, etc......I could go on.

    What we get is tons of more regulation even though they can't administer the regulations we all ready have. So I agree with Ron Paul - it's too bad he has little chance of getting the nomination.

    October 19, 2011 at 12:33 p.m.