District 25, beware: Jon Hansen backs Ron Paul.
With the GOP Presidential primary race over, with Mitt Romney assured of the nomination, and with all of the other once faintly viable candidates in surrender and debt, Rep. Jon Hansen (R-25/Dell Rapids) decides now is the time to publicly endorse Ron Paul.
Ron Paul's consistency and integrity goes unmatched in today's political environment.
As a state representative in South Dakota, I know Ron Paul understands the proper role of the federal government, and will restore the proper constitutional balance of power between Washington, the states, and the people.
I truly believe Ron Paul has the heart of a servant, looking to the best interest of all Americans rather than to his own self-interest.
To restore our country to its constitutional foundation, promote life, support the free market, fix our monetary system, and end war, we must elect Ron Paul for President in 2012 [Rep. Jon Hansen, press release, Ron Paul campaign, 2012.05.18].
Thank you, Jon, for demonstrating your political irrelevancy. Ron Paul failed to gain traction in the Republican primaries because he keeps flogging unworkable and downright destructive policies:
Republican rivals criticize his anti-war, isolationist approach to foreign policy as dangerously naive, and object to his plans to slash the Pentagon's budget and pull back U.S. troops from overseas.
Non-partisan analysts say his economic proposals - drastic spending cuts, elimination of the Federal Reserve and a return to the gold standard - would plunge the country back into recession.
"Paul appeals to people whose knowledge of major issues is superficial (and) he sees conspiracies where there are none," said Greg Valliere, chief political strategist at Potomac Research Group, an analysis firm [Andy Sullivan, "Paul Builds Campaign on Doomsday Scenarios," Reuters, 2011.12.26].
If you want to aspire to Republican leadership, you'd better stop following Ron Paul, whose crazy policy stances have kept him from advancing at all in the GOP.
The Paul people play up Hansen's youth in their endorsement announcement. Indeed, Ron Paul is lots of fun for the kids. But eventually the kids grow up. They realize Ron Paul's "libertarianism" is just a big word cloaking childish selfishness.
District 25, you'll want to tell Jon to grow up... and to do it somewhere other than a House seat in Pierre.
Bonus Political and Fiscal Notes: Rep. Hansen also appears to be a nullificationist. He highlights the following statement on his States Rights page:
I think it's important for us to remember that the federal government has little authority to tell the states what to do. It was the states that gave the authority to the federal government in the first place. We now have a duty, if the federal government is overstepping its given authority, to rebuke them and ignore their laws. [Jon Hansen, Speech to voters group, 2010].
Rep. Hansen also makes the following laughable statement:
I oppose having South Dakotan's federal tax dollars taken from them in order to bail out other failing states and businesses who can't manage their own budgets [Jon Hansen, campaign website, 2012].
...laughable because, as we all know, South Dakota is a welfare state, receiving $1.58 from Uncle Sam for every dollar it pays in to the system. So tell me again, Jon: who's bailing out whose failing states?