Rand Paul, in the inverse of the politically weak House Republican effort, took to the Subway interview series on ABC to talk about the $500 billion dollar in cuts he is proposing to this years budget. Unlike the House Republicans, Rand Paul is willing to talk about the real ramifications of his proposals, and is willing to show how he would balance the budget. He talks about the need for defense cuts, the lack of courage amongst Republicans in detailing what needs to be done to balance the budget, and his calls for the elimination of all foreign aid, including aid to Israel. Agree or not Rand Paul, unlike Paul Ryan, is willing to stand up and back up his campaign rhetoric with SPECIFIC proposals to eliminate spending and actually balance the budget. Paul’s refusal to consider any hike in revenues (tax increases) is not papered over. His position is that you should try to achieve balance through spending cuts alone. I don’t agree, but the man is willing to admit when the numbers do not work, and willing to say that his methodology would require specific and steep spending cuts that will generate real political opposition. After the embarrassing House Republican proposals on this years budget Paul will allow you a true glimpse of where we would go with the Republicans. Give him credit for that. Read the Politico story here.
A quick review of your recent entries have been focused on Republican “failure” to meet your definitions for minimum needs to curb federal spending.
So, in the spirit of fairness, I reviewed your recent entries for Democratic spending initiatives.
o Rand Paul: Real Republican Ideology
o Republicans Come Up Short
o Health Care Questions
o Michele Bachmann Makes SNL
o The House Shuffles the Deck o President Obama Stays on Competition Theme
Below is the summary of spending reduction initiative proposed by the Liberal/Democratic Party………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………We will talk about that later when I find one.
You keep coming back to that same criticism, that I am tweaking Republicans on the deficit, but not Democrats. (I am about to correct that with a post on Ben Nelson, but I digress). And I keep responding it was not the Democrats running on balancing the budget now, it was the Republicans. Please tell me which of the following statements are UNTRUE.
1) The Democratic Party, generally, believes that the economy needs more stimulus now, and would like to increase short term federal spending.
2)The Republicans campaigned on the platform of IMMEDIATE spending cuts, and of balancing the federal budget.
3) The Republicans indicated that they would reduce this fiscal year’s spending by $100 billion over last years spending.
4) The Democrats oppose the Republicans on number three.
If those are true, and they are, then why do you want me to criticize the Democrats for something they said THEY WOULD NOT do during the campaign. Can’t quite figure that one out.
Just Got home. I intend to answer you pretzel logic tomorrow evening.
Didn’t you call the Republican party the Party of “NO” when they said they would not support (by 100%)that horrendous health care bill . That is why you should crticize to criticize the Democratic Party.