What Would Ron Paul Own?

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When looking
for guidance in life people have been known to ask, “What would
Jesus do?”  After all, Jesus was an anarchist and very principled
so it makes sense to look to someone like him after which to model
their life.

Today, the
closest thing to Jesus in American politics is Ron Paul.  Paul
is a rarity in politics because he has principles.  You can
boil down Paul’s position on anything by asking, “is it constitutional?”.
 He doesn’t flip flop on issues because he sticks to his principles.
 Does he support the IRS and income tax?  No, because
it’s unconstitutional.  Does he support the Federal Reserve
and the fiat dollar?  No, because it’s unconstitutional.  And,
the reason he believes in the constitution is because he believes
it is the best document written to uphold freedom and liberty.

So, when Ron
Paul recently released the contents of his investment portfolio
(“The
Ron Paul Portfolio
“) as part of his congressional filings we
looked on with interest.  Would his investments be as principled
as the other facets of his life?  Would he hold to his convictions
about gold as money?  In this case, it isn’t “What would Jesus
do?”, it is, “What would Ron Paul own?”

THE
RON PAUL PORTFOLIO

An unprincipled
person is a person who is essentially adrift, with no anchor by
which to hold them steady.  They float about, being whisked
one direction or another without a core belief system to base all
of their actions upon. Your typical member of Congress isn’t
principled.  Their vote goes to the highest bidder on almost
any subject.  And so it comes as no surprise that their investment
portfolios are, on average, directionless and unprincipled.  And
poorly performing as a whole.

According to
the Wall Street Journal, “Give or take a few percentage points,
a typical Congressional portfolio might have 10% in cash, 10% in
bonds or bond funds, 20% in real estate, and 60% in stocks or stock
funds.”  

Compared to
this, they state, Ron Paul’s portfolio is “shockingly” different.

What does Ron
Paul own?  Other than real estate and some cash, the majority
of his holdings are in gold and silver mining stocks.  64%
of his portfolio is in mining stocks and 5% of the total is in Canadian
based junior mining stocks.

In other words,
his investment portfolio mirrors his principles.  He believes
that gold and silver are money and he is heavily invested in them
and the companies that produce the precious metals – as are
we.

RON
PAUL VS. CONGRESS

So, how is
Ron doing with his portfolio compared to the rest of Congress?  If
we assume he’s held these positions for the last decade and that
congress has done the same, let’s see who has performed better.

Over the last
decade, Ron Paul’s portfolio has outperformed the average “stocks
and bonds” held by congress by a factor of 5 to 10 times.

But, as it
does, the mainstream media went out and found a typical government
registered investment advisor for his thoughts on Paul’s portfolio.
 Quoting the Wall Street Journal:

“William
Bernstein, an investment manager at Efficient Portfolio Advisors
in Eastford, Conn., reviewed Rep. Pauls portfolio as set out in
the annual disclosure statement. Mr. Bernstein says he has never
seen such an extreme bet on economic catastrophe. "This portfolio
is a half-step away from a cellar-full of canned goods and nine-millimeter
rounds," he says.”

It’s a good
thing Ron Paul doesn’t listen to government trained financial advisors
for his investment advice!  Ron’s investment portfolio has
outperformed the “status quo” handily for a decade… and if Paul
is smart, he would have extra food on hand and some guns for when
this statist, anti-capitalistic monetary system collapses.

IF
YOU CAN’T IGNORE, DISCREDIT!

The mainstream
media has been trying all it can to avoid Ron Paul but it is getting
harder and harder to ignore him.  But even the brainwashed,
sedated American populace may notice something wrong with their
coverage, when Mitt Romney can come in both first and second
in a recent New Hampshire primary.

And so, now
that they are forced to acknowledge his existence they have reverted
to trying to discredit Paul.  They say he is paranoid for investing
his entire portfolio on the basis that the monetary system as we
know it is in a state of collapse.  They say he is shockingly
different than his congressional counterparts.

We say, he
is the only sane man in the room.  When it comes to investing,
ask yourself, what would Ron Paul own?

Reprinted with permission
from The Dollar Vigilante.

December
23, 2011

Jeff
Berwick [send him mail]
is an anarcho-capitalist freedom fighter and Chief Editor of the
libertarian, Austrian economics grounded newsletter, The
Dollar Vigilante
. The Dollar Vigilante focuses on strategies,
investments and expatriation opportunities to survive & prosper
during and after the US dollar collapse.

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