Normally I would consider this to be a shinning example of Derp, but I don’t think Ron Paul is stupid, just batshit crazy.
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul explained Wednesday that famines in Africa were a result of a lack of a “free market systems.”
“All I know is if you look at history and if you compare good medical care and you compare famine, the countries that are more socialistic have more famines,” Paul told CNN’s T.J. Holmes. “If you look at Africa, they don’t have any free market systems and property rights and they have famines and no medical care. So the freer the system, the better the health care.”
Socialistic countries have more famines? That’s news to me. I’m fairly certain the amount of people, and particularly children, who go hungry every day is much higher in the United States than that of Europe which has a robust, socialist safety net.
Healthcare costs are much higher and we have worse outcomes in the United States too, and we have what I’m sure Ron Paul would consider to be a “freer system.”