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The Real Rand

The Real Rand

During the Rand Paul Senatorial campaign, there was much speculation about his positions – particularly because of the obvious connection he has with his father, Ron. Libertarians and conservatives were united in their skepticism of the Tea Party favorite – each camp criticizing him for being too far on the other side.

Bob Costa of National Review had a great interview with the new Senator, published today. I think Sen. Paul is going to prove himself to be as consistent as his father in terms of opposing spending. Though this means his foreign policy will be out of favor with many conservatives, I hope his other proposed budget cuts, taking federal dollars out of schools, and auditing of the Fed, can be beneficial to all Republicans.

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A key thought: “If you ask the American people if we should borrow money from China to give it to another foreign country, they look at you like you have three eyes,” Paul says.

In that light, even spending cuts in defense make a certain sense.

Samuel Johnson comes to mind: "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." We are hanging ourselves. We need to stop the outrageous spending.

We've got 99 Senators in favor of massive foreign aid expenditures (justified or not). I think we can suffer one or two that don't, particularly if they want to cut spending everywhere else. I'm not opposed to foreign aid in principle, so long as it serves an important and desirable end that furthers America's interests. I'm guessing upwards of 40% doesn't.

I'm not a fan or Ron Paul, not by a long shot. But I've warmed up a good bit to Junior.