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Ron Paul sticks to his guns.


CofCC.org News Team

It’s rare to see a politician make a speech to a group and say things that he knows much of the audience opposes, but Ron Paul stuck to his guns at Google.com headquarters. Google is an employer of H1-B “high-tech” immigrants, vice president Al Gore is a senior adviser, and Google supports the concept of “Net Neutrality,” concerning to kind of hardware that can be used in providing broadband internet. Critics say “Net Neutrality” would hurt fair competition by allowing major companies to shut out smaller companies products.

From San Jose Mercury News…

But he did not sanitize his talk for his Net-centric audience.

He said he does not support network neutrality, the concept that telecommunications companies should be restricted from controlling broadband access to the detriment of Web companies like Google, nor does he support tech-friendly immigration reforms in Congress recently. And he doesn’t believe in federal student government loans, which a huge majority of the audience, by a show of hands, had used to make it through college.

In fact, the blunt-talking, sometimes humorous Paul told the audience at Google, where former Vice President Al Gore serves as senior adviser, that he thinks fears of global warming are “overblown.”

And then he raised the question of why American business should be subject to more regulation if so much pollution is coming from China.

“I don’t agree with him on everything, especially immigration,” said Google employee Vijay Boyapati, an Indian immigrant who gained citizenship last year. But Boyapati, wearing a Ron Paul T-shirt, finds Paul so “refreshing” that he flew from Google’s Seattle office just to hear him in person.

Paul, who turns 72 next month, has become a darling of the blogosphere. Friday, as measured by Technorati, “Ron Paul” was the third-most-searched phrase appearing on blogs, ahead of “iPhone” and “Harry Potter.” Through Internet-based fundraising, he has managed to raise more than $3 million since the beginning of the year, most of it in the most recent quarter, and he had more money in the bank at the end of the June than Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona.