Magazine February 6, 2012, Issue

The Youth Candidate

(Roman Genn)
Why Ron Paul appeals to the millennial generation

It seems like establishment Republicans will do just about anything to win elections. In 2007, Florida governor Charlie Crist, channeling Al Gore, signed executive orders unilaterally regulating greenhouse-gas emissions in the state. Congressional Republicans later passed Medicare Part D — a massive expansion of a broken, bankrupt entitlement — to “take health care off the table.” In 2008, George W. Bush bailed out Wall Street with $700 billion in borrowed money and (in his own words) “abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system.” But every time Republicans have embraced intrusive, more expensive government, they have degraded their brand, particularly …

Matt Kibbe — Mr. Kibbe is the president of the non-profit organization FreedomWorks and co-author, with Dick Armey, of Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto.

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