A few months back we held our annual Caffeinated Conservative award.  When nominating Ron Paul I highlighted some of his impressive legislation from the past several years.  Ron Paul ended up winning the award, and rightly so, and he continues to author impressive legislation.  Here are some of his more recent bills.

H.R. 956: Education Improvement Tax Cut Act: The act would allow a $5,000 tax credits for private and homeschooling.

H.R. 1101: To restore the American people’s freedom to choose the health insurance that best meets their individual needs by repealing the mandate that all Americans obtain government-approved health insurance. Yes that is a long title for a bill, but there is no hiding what it is all about.  Frankly I’m tired of bills being called “The Patriotic for the Children Act of 2011”, which pretty much guarantees it is not Patriotic nor for the children.

H.R. 1094: To abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks, to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and for other purposes. Again another long name, but if you want the short version: “END THE FED”

H.J. Res. 50: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to abolishing personal income, estate, and gift taxes and prohibiting the United States Government from engaging in business in competition with its citizens.

To use updated numbers, Obama’s 2011 budget is 3.82 Trillion dollars, of which 1.6Trillion is deficit spending.  Projected income tax receipts are 956Billion.  If you eliminated the income tax from the current budget you would be at 2.8 Trillion dollars to spend.  2.8 trillion is equivalent to what the Federal Government spent in 2007.  I think we could live with the same amount of government we had in 2007, in fact, I think we could go even lower!  Please note, I would advocate first reducing spending to eliminate our deficit before eliminating the income tax…but maybe we need to give them a little incentive by eliminating 1/3 of their funding stream.

Last but certainly not least:

H. Con. Res. 31: Expressing the sense of Congress that the President is required to obtain in advance specific statutory authorization for the use of United States Armed Forces in response to civil unrest in Libya. Essentially, Mr. President, read the constitution, you MUST check with us before starting another war!  And yes, a no fly zone would most likely result in full war with Libya.  To find out more about Paul’s position on Libya read here.

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    1. Paul,
      Thanks for the response. I read the bill yesterday before writing the article, and you are right, it does not specifically state that homeschool or private school families can take it. The above description for that specific bill is actually a quote by Ron Paul (or more likely his staff) from his official facebook page stating the intention of the bill. So I will try to get some clarification. I guess it comes down to if private or homeschool families can qualify themselves to be defined as a charitable organization.
      Thanks again, an check back for clarification when it becomes avaliable.

    2. Section 2 does focus on charitable organizations. However, did you read “Section 3 – credit for contributions of and for instructional materials and materials for extracurricular activities”? It seems that maybe homeschools and private schools would fall under this?? That is if they can be considered an elementary or secondary school under section 25Fc2.

  1. As a homeschool parent, I stand in strong opposition to HR 956. I believe the vast majority of homeschool families feel this way. We do not want the government involved in homeschooling in any way, shape, or form. Tax credits will divide the homeschool community and could easily lead to government regulation of curriculum, a requirement of standardized testing, etc. Tax credits are detrimental to homeschool freedom!!

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