Rand Paul embraces Tea Party, suggests the GOP ‘aren’t brave enough’ for deficit fix
February 4, 2011
[ChattahBox] – The scale and repair of this nation’s deficit has been a bone of contention for several years, but even after their significant gains in November’s mid-terms Rand Paul says the GOP ‘aren’t brave enough’ to amend it.
The party’s latest plan to reduce the red ink was released by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan [R-Wis.] yesterday. It proposes $58-billion worth of cuts in ‘Non-security, discretionary’ spending by the end of fiscal year 2011, which occurs on September 30th.“It’s really not going to touch the problem,” says Senator Paul. “There’s a disconnect between Republicans who want a balanced budget but aren’t yet brave enough to talk about the cuts to come.”
Proud of his new label as a “true believer,” conferred on him by his Tea Party supporters, Mr. Paul says staying true to that party’s vision is now more important to him than sharing the GOP’s views.
As proof, Mr. Paul, 48, has his own plan to reduce spending by $500-billion this year alone. It calls for across-the-board cuts, including defunding the Department of Education by 83-percent (best way to ensure future Tea Party voters??), reducing Defense Department funding by 6-percent, and the immediate cessation of all foreign aid. And he calls that ‘a start.’
“I go to a tea party and you know what they say?” Paul asks ABC News. “It’s not enough! Where’s the other trillion you need?”
The Junior Senator from Kentucky is also quick to defend his plans to cut all foreign aid – including $3-billion which the US gives Israel each year.
“I’m not singling out Israel. I support Israel,” Paul insists. “But not with money you don’t have. We can’t borrow from our kids’ future and give it to countries, even if they are our friends.”
Supporters of Israel have been quick to condemn this review, but in his defense Mr. Paul says Israel has financial resources which are more than sufficient to fend for itself.
“They’re an important ally,” he explains. “But I also think that their per capita income is greater than probably three-fourths of the world. Should we be giving free money to a wealthy nation? I don’t think so.”
As for the situation in Afghanistan, Mr. Paul says troop levels are a matter for the President, but;
“I personally think you can have a much smaller presence.”
The nation’s current financial malaise has also made Mr. Paul question his observance of GOP doctrine to a point where he now considers himself to be primarily a part of the Tea Party crusade;
“There are always problems more important than party affiliation. I will always believe that,” he explains. “It’s not necessarily Tea Party versus. Republican Party, but if you ask what’s more important, tackling our nation’s debt problems or being a Republican, I would say tackling the debt.”