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Ron Paul speaks at Loyola University New Orleans

August 21, 2009

U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), will present “The Fed and Foreign Policy,” at Loyola University New Orleans on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m., in Nunemaker Hall on Loyola’s main campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Paul was invited to speak at Loyola by the College of Business Economics Club.

Paul, a Republican who represents the 14th Congressional District in Texas, ran unsuccessfully for U.S. president last year. Although he didn’t win the presidency, Paul gained millions of supporters who were drawn to his philosophy of limited government and a free economy. Most recently, Paul has challenged U.S. economic policy, criticizing the “Cash for Clunkers” program and challenging the Federal Reserve System to an audit.

Walter Block, Ph.D., head of the Economics Club and the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Economics, said given the current economic crisis, Paul’s visit is especially relevant.

“Ron Paul’s economic expertise is legendary,” Block said. “From the healthcare debate to the Fed, I think we can all gain knowledge from listening to his insights on this economy.”

For more information on Paul’s lecture, contact Walter Block at 504-864-7934 or at wblock@loyno.edu. To schedule an interview with Paul or Loyola economics faculty, or to arrange coverage of this event, contact Catherine Koppel in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 at ckoppel@loyno.edu.

More about Ron Paul (excerpted from Paul’s congressional Web site):

Congressman Ron Paul of Texas enjoys a national reputation as the premier advocate for liberty in politics today. Dr. Paul is the leading spokesman in Washington for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency. He is known among both his colleagues in Congress and his constituents for his consistent voting record in the House of Representatives: Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution.

Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine, before proudly serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s. He and his wife Carol moved to Texas in 1968, where he began his medical practice in Brazoria County. As a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies. He and Carol, who reside in Lake Jackson, Texas, are the proud parents of five children and have seventeen grandchildren.

While serving in Congress during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Paul's limited-government ideals were not popular in Washington. He served on the House Banking committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve's inflationary measures. He also was a key member of the Gold Commission, advocating a return to a gold standard for our currency. He was an unwavering advocate of pro-life and pro-family values. Dr. Paul consistently voted to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending, and regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote the return of government to its proper constitutional levels. In 1984, he voluntarily relinquished his House seat and returned to his medical practice.

Dr. Paul returned to Congress in 1997 to represent the 14th Congressional district of Texas. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee, the International Relations committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. On the Financial Services Committee, Rep. Paul serves as the vice-chairman of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee. He continues to advocate a dramatic reduction in the size of the federal government and a return to constitutional principles.

Dr. Paul is the author of several books, including Challenge to Liberty; The Case for Gold; and A Republic, If You Can Keep It. He has been a distinguished counselor to the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and is widely quoted by scholars and writers in the fields of monetary policy, banking, and political economy. He has received many awards and honors during his career in Congress, from organizations such as the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, the Council for a Competitive Economy, Young Americans for Freedom, and others.

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