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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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Obama vs. Paul On The Issues:
Side-by-side stances on the issues

by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org



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BOOK SUMMARY by OnTheIssues.org:

This book puts OnTheIssues' web content into book form -- a direct comparison of issue stances -- not personal biographies, not political horserace analysis, not scandal histories. Each headline below is backed up with a referenced citation, in context, so you can compare for yourself what each candidate says. The comparisons are made convenient in a side-by-side layout, with book reviews and a VoteMatch issue summary at the end.


Domestic Issues

Ron Paul

Barack Obama

Hate Crime:Replace "hate crime" with equal penalties for equal assaultsLack of enforcement sets tone for more hate crimes
Alternative Sentencing:Funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisonsSupports alternative sentencing and rehabilitation
Death Penalty:Too many capital convictions have been proven errorsBattled legislatively against the death penalty
Gun Rights:Opposes the DC Gun Ban; it's not just a "collective right"Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok
Drugs in Society:We don't need laws to tell us to not use heroin Expand drug courts; help prisoners with substance abuse
Marijuana Legalization:Legalize industrial hemp Not first candidate to use drugs, but first honest about it
Nuclear Waste:No nuclear waste in Yucca Mt.; it's other states' garbageOpposes Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste storage
Animal Rights:Scored 14% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection Scored 60% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection
Net Neutrality:NO on establishing "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet)Ensure net neutrality: no corporate-tiered Internet
Outer Space Policy:Militarizing outer space impoverishes AmericaCancel moon program; develop human mission to Mars
Privacy Rights: Gov't computer snooping makes National ID Card inevitablePersonal privacy must be protected even in terrorism age
Health Mandate: States CAN mandate insurance, but it's a bad ideaZero fines & no mandate for small business
Medicare: Let people opt out of MedicareMedicare is major driver of our long-term liabilities
ObamaCare:ObamaCare is only as socialized as Bush's & Nixon's reformsRepealing healthcare reform would cost $250B
AIDS Policy:Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitisAdvocated condom use to avoid AIDS at Saddleback Church


Economic Issues

Ron Paul

Barack Obama

CEO Compensation: Inflated currency benefits some industry's CEO salariesI will raise CEO taxes, no doubt about it
Financial Bailout: Don't bail out banks; bail out homeownersWe all hated the bank bailout; but it was necessary
Wall Street Reform: Go after crony capitalism; defend real capitalismPay attention to Main Street, not just Wall Street
Economic Stimulus: Stimulus package means more printing & devaluing the dollar$1T avoided Depression; but I took office with $8T debt
Trickle-Down Economics: 1980s had huge deficits, despite Reagan's messageNot enough to help those at the top: it doesn't trickle down
National Debt: We've come to accept government debt & wealth confiscationFreeze annual domestic spending for next five years
Balanced Budget: Supports Balanced Budget & on-budget accountingAppoint bipartisan fiscal commission and re-establish PAYGO
Earmarks: Put 65 projects into 2006 bills, worth $4B to his district Some earmarks are defensible, if done in full light of day
Unions: Right to organize; but no special benefits for unionsFactCheck: Yes, wants to limit secret balloting for unions
Unemployment Extension: No extending unemployment benefits from 39 to 59 weeks$4,000 tax credit for companies who hire unemployed workers
Social Security Privatization: System is broke; allow young people to get outWhat do we do with the losers of privatizing?
Trust Fund: Never voted to spend one penny of Social Security moneyMust capture new revenue; no new Social Security Commission
Tax-and-Spend Policies:Tax code is the symptom; spending is the problemWe need a tax code where everybody pays their fair share
Death Tax:Phaseout the death tax2011 budget proposed to raise Death Tax to 45%
Ron Paul on Social IssuesSocial Issues


Social Issues

Ron Paul

Barack Obama

Abortion Morality: Abortion causes inconsistent moral basis for value of lifeMoral accusations from pro-lifers are counterproductive
Stem Cells: Embryonic stem cell programs not constitutionally authorizedStem cells hold promise to cure 70 major diseases
Judicial Activism: Nominate only judges who refuse to legislate from the benchNo litmus test; nominate to Court based on their fairness
Welfare State: Welfare state isn't in the ConstitutionCut poverty in half in 10 years, with faith-based help
Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell: Don't ask, don't tell is a decent policy for gays in armyRepeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell
Defense of Marriage Act: No need for Marriage Amendment; DOMA is enoughDecisions about marriage should be left to the states
Affirmative Action: No affirmative action for any groupInclude class-based affirmative action with race-based
College Loans: Student loan program is a total failure and unconstitutional$10K college tax credit; forgive loans for public service
Religious Values: School prayer is not a federal issueListening to evangelicals bridges major political fault line
Evolution: Evolution doesn't support atheism nor diminish GodEvolution & science aren't incompatible with Christian faith
School Vouchers: Competition helps, but vouchers invite bureaucratic controlVouchers don't solve the problems of our schools
Parental Leave: NO on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employeesHelp families with paid sick days and better family leave
Tea Party: Breaks one-day fundraising record: $6M at "Boston Tea Party"92% of Tea Partiers: "Obama is moving US toward socialism"
Principles of Liberty: Liberty promotes peace, and peace promotes prosperityNo Obama Doctrine; just democracy, security, liberty
Racism: Accused of racist remarks in 1980s newslettersSpeaks about racial anxiety from personal experience
Ron Paul on International IssuesInternational Issues


International Issues

Ron Paul

Barack Obama

Climate Change: Absurd to let global bureaucrats try to manipulate climateAggressively address accelerating climate change
Oil Drilling: Big Oil profits ok; Big Oil subsidies are not We cannot drill our way out of our addiction to oil
China Trade: China trade not contingent on human rights & product safetyChina is a competitor but not an enemy
Illegal Alien Deportation: No amnesty, but impractical to round up 12 million illegalsStop expelling talented undocumented workers
Guest Workers: Give illegals limbo status: a green card with an asteriskAnti-immigrant bitterness stems from joblessness
American Exceptionalism: Exceptionalism shouldn't mean using force around the worldAmerican exceptionalism is same as any other exceptionalism
North Korea: Get out of South Korea and let two Koreas unify2007: Pledged to meet with leaders of Iran & North Korea
Iranian Sanctions: Israel won't attack Iran, and neither should weIran is more isolated and will face growing consequences
International Diplomacy: Right to spread our values, but wrong to spread by forceThe UN has succeeded in avoiding a Third World War
Foreign Aid: Foreign aid wastes billions, with unintended consequencesGlobal Poverty Act: spend 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid
Patriot Act: The Patriot Act is unpatriotic; it undermines our libertyThe politics of fear undermines basic civil liberties
Defense spending: We can blow up the world 20 times and we can't cut a penny?Grow size of military to maintain rotation schedules
Sources of Terrorism: We believe Osama's threats, so why not believe his reasons?Battling terrorism must go beyond belligerence vs. isolation
Iraq War: The Iraq war was not worth the price in blood and treasureIraq has distracted us from Taliban in Afghanistan
Torture Policy: Waterboarding is torture: illegal, uncivilized, and immoralNo torture; no renditions; no operating out of fear
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Ron Paul: Obama economic stances compared to Paul's.
Education
    Ron Paul: Obama's education stances compared to Paul's.
Foreign Policy
    Barack Obama: Obama's international stances compared to Paul's.
Health Care
    Barack Obama: Ron Paul's healthcare stances compared to Obama.


The above quotations are from Obama vs. Paul On The Issues:
Side-by-side stances on the issues

by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org.



VoteMatch Social Issues


Paul

vs.

Obama
Abortion is a woman’s rightopposes strongly favors
Require companies to hire more women & minoritiesstrongly opposes strongly favors
Same-sex domestic partnership benefitsfavors favors
Teacher-led prayer in public schoolsfavors opposes
Parents choose schools via vouchersfavors favors

VoteMatch Domestic Issues


Paul

vs.

Obama
More federal funding for health coverageopposes strongly favors
Death Penalty strongly opposes opposes
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing lawsopposes opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership favors opposes
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against itstrongly opposes opposes

VoteMatch Economic Issues


Paul

vs.

Obama
Privatize Social Securitystrongly favors strongly opposes
Make taxes more progressivestrongly opposes strongly favors
Stricter limits on political campaign fundsopposes strongly favors
Allow churches to provide welfare servicesfavors favors
Replace coal & oil with alternativesstrongly opposes strongly favors

VoteMatch International Issues


Paul

vs.

Obama
Illegal immigrants earn citizenshipstrongly opposes favors
Support & expand free trade opposes opposes
The Patriot Act harms civil libertiesstrongly favors strongly favors
Expand the armed forces opposes favors
US out of Iraq & Afghanistanstrongly favors favors


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