I think I understand the appeal of Ron Paul a little better now. This post at an economics blog makes the case:
. . . Bush would rather waste $70 billion and another 10,000 lives than admit his programs are a complete failures.
“With great fanfare” the Pentagon adopted a reduction in overseas force plan in 2004. The only thing that has changed since then is more lives have been lost, more money has been wasted, and the economy has soured. There are no jobs here so Bush will do whatever he can, including the deliberate sacrificing the lives of US soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the deliberate waste of $billions elsewhere, just to prevent unemployment numbers from rising headed into an election year.
What’s even sadder is that spineless Democrats are going along with his strategy. If you want to stop this madness, there is only one choice: Vote for Ron Paul.
People want the war stopped, they don’t see the Democrats doing that. Therefore…
Update – I am in no way endorsing Ron Paul here, I am saying I understand the appeal — to the “low information voters” who don’t understand what many of his other policies mean in the real world Some are good ideas, others are proven to not work. nd then there’s this “NAFTA Highway” conspiracy stuff… Wow.