Writes Greg Starks:
Just stopped in a Chipotle near my house in North Austin to grab a burrito for lunch (actually only a bowl: doin' lunch Cave Man style!). The tab was 8 bucks and change, and I handed the manager (who was running the register) a five dollar bill, thinking it was a twenty."Oops," I said, "Wrong bill," and switched and gave him the twenty I had initially intended.
He's a pretty young guy (maybe 30ish?), and volunteered, "When I started working for Chipotle, you could get a burrito and drink for $5.25!"
I said (in a way he'd know I had my tongue planted firmly in cheek), "Yeah, but inflation is not a problem at all. Completely under control."
"Yeah, right," he said with a knowing roll of the eyes. "Not a problem at all." Then he added without hesitation, "We need Ron Paul!"
"Yes we do!" I assured him. "If he were on the ticket, I'd vote again."
"I only wish he were 30 years younger," he said. "But his son is coming along well!"
I didn't have the opportunity to assure him that Dr. Paul is the right man, age notwithstanding. He is healthier in mind and body than many much younger (according to the calendar).
This is anecdotal evidence to be sure, but it is comforting nonetheless. Folks owning and/or running small businesses see it clearly: Ron Paul's common sense is the only antidote for the pervasive evil otherwise spewed from D.C. And the Paulian/Austrian message is making a difference on the street, among the common folk so despised by our "betters."