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Ron Paul swings by Littleton Opera House on New Hampshire tour

Town hall-style meeting draws more than 100 people

October 20, 2011
LITTLETON — Last Wednesday, it appeared that presidential candidate Ron Paul's strong suit could be the sincerity he projects while discussing his plans for the United States.

"I really believe he has the answers to our problems of inflation and taxes," said Larry Buckland of Stark, who also likes the fact that they are both veterans. But, he added, "I've never met him, and that's why I'm here."

Paul stopped by the Littleton Opera House for an hour-long town hall-style meeting with more than 100 people after touring the Robie Family Farm in Piermont and visiting the Thomson Family Tree Farm in Orford.

He spent the first half-hour answering questions on health care (he wants to repeal "ObamaCare"), the Constitution (he's a big believer in it), the economy (he will refuse to further raise the debt ceiling), and the military (he wants to cut the budget), which were presented by a moderator, and then opened the discussion to the audience.

"I like his earnestness," said Tom Barry of North Woodstock after the meeting and added that he's looking for someone who is honest.

Zach Mangione of Bethlehem, agreed with many of Paul's theories on how to run the government, but is concerned that the political and economic systems are too entrenched to change.

"I don't know how the transition can be made," he said.

Paul is known for his non-mainstream ideas that include getting rid of central banking and using the gold standard, as well as eliminating the Department of Education in order to put control of schools firmly in local control.

Wednesday evening he used the success of home-schooled children as an example saying, "Home-schoolers achieve a lot with a lot less money."

Paul also feels that too much is being spent on the military budget overseas, while defense is being ignored.

We shouldn't get into nation-building, he said, adding, "The golden rule is that we shouldn't do anything to other foreign countries that we wouldn't want them to do to us."

He also said the Constitution should be followed and Congress should be asked to declare war before one is waged, such as in Libya. In addition, money shouldn't be taken from the middle class and given as foreign aid.

And as for taxing the rich? Paul said that should only be done to people who work the system, rather than people who make a lot of money because they created a product that consumers like.

Bobby Erdies of Littleton said he has been a Ron Paul supporter for the past four years after deciding, "What he's saying really does make sense."

"He's really the only candidate that believes in individual liberty," he said.

David Starr of Franconia said that he thought Paul gave a good talk and expressed substantive ideas.

"There's nothing like seeing a man in person to know what you're dealing with," he said, later adding that he felt most politicians have mastered a language of positive-sounding words that are meaningless, but Paul actually has something to say.

However, Starr says he's most looking for a candidate who can beat President Barack Obama and for that reason he's leaning toward Mitt Romney, with Herman Cain as another possibility.

"We won't get out of the Great Depression Two until we get rid of Obama," he said.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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