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Who could oppose helping Haiti? Turns out Ron Paul could

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House recently voted for a resolution "expressing condolences to and solidarity with the people of Haiti" by 411 to 1. The single "no" vote was Rep. Ron Paul, R-Lake Jackson, whose penchant for being the sole vote on noncontroversial legislation has earned the ob/gyn the title "Dr. No."

Asked why Paul voted against the resolution, spokeswoman Rachel Mills said the resolution is "not just about condolences."

The text of the resolution, which is a nonbinding sense-of-Congress statement, includes backing for federal support for the earthquake-devastated nation. "It includes government-to-government aid, and he’s just not comfortable with that. Haiti’s government ranks up there with the most corrupt government in the world."

While the former Libertarian Party standard-bearer and former GOP presidential candidate is taking his anti-government stance to an extreme, Mills insists that "it’s not about not being compassionate."

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