Rand Paul does precisely what his dad was worried Republicans might do
By Martin Hill
Newly sworn U.S. Senator Dr. Rand Paul from Kentucky has suggested
doing something that his father, libertarian icon Congressman Ron Paul,
said he was worried that Republicans might do just weeks ago.
On January 9th, The Hill reported on Rand Paul's comments in a Fox news interview. Senator Paul said "I can't imagine voting to raise the debt ceiling unless we're going to change our ways in Washington...I am proposing that we link to raising the debt ceiling
— that we link a balanced budget rule, an ironclad rule that they can't
That appears to be precisely what his father was worried that the
Republican leadership would do; cave to the Democrats if they gained
something in return. The day before Congress was sworn in, Congressman Ron Paul was interviewed on FOX by Judge Andrew Napolitano.
They were speaking about the health care bill death panels, but at
minute 3:55, Napolitano asked Dr.Paul about the national debt and
raising the debt ceiling:
Napolitano: We have 14 trillion dollars or nearly
14 trillion dollars in debt. this week the treasury department is going
to formally ask the congress to raise the debt ceiling. Will the
republican leadership in the house under any circumstances go along with
this? or will they stick to their guns as they told us they would
during the campaign, and never let the government borrow more money!?
Paul: I'm worried that they might go along with
it, not so much just with the increase in the national debt, as much as
thinking they're gonna get something for it. But this is where the line
in the sand ought to be drawn. Because this is where you stop it. Don't
raise the debt, we would have to get our house in order; we couldn't pay
our bills until we collected some revenues or something like that. We
would quit, it would prevent the fed from monetizing the debt because we
wouldn't be spending the money. You can not raise the national debt.
It's the place where we ought to stop it.
In response to Rand Paul's apparent concession to liberal
Democrats, Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily sharply criticized Rand Paul
and a few other Republicans by name in his commentary 'Why you can't trust 'fiscal conservatives'
, stating "It
might sound tough to some when he (Paul) talks about tying budget cuts
to raising the debt limit, but, it actually signals surrender on the
issue... I wouldn't trust these people as far as I could throw them."
Farah's column led a poster on the popular DailyPaul.com forum to post a thread Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily attacks Rand Paul
In the ensuing discussion, a poster contended that the younger Paul
should indeed be criticized, opining "So far, I give Rand Paul a
D+....Either you have principles or you are a sellout just like everyone
else. I am not impressed with Rand Paul."
In the past, Rand Paul has ben criticized for having what appears
to be a more hawkish foreign policy stance than his fathers. A search of
the terms Rand Paul: Neocon?
reveals a plethora of critques from long established libertarian and anti-war commentators.
As I wrote in a recent article comparing Ron and Rand Paul vs Dan Quayle and his newly elected Congressman son Ben
, "It should be interesting to watch the political theatre involving Ben
Quayle and Rand Paul, beginning in January 2011. Despite their
differences, the funniest part is that I guarantee they will certainly
agree on one thing: maintaining foreign aid and military funding to
"America's stanchest ally"- you guessed it. Israel."
Rand Paul, in May of last year, faced sharp criticism by some of
his most ardent supporters, including an Infowars.com column by Kirt
Nimmo titled Rand Paul and the Special Relationship with Israel
appears Paul is an Israel cheerleader not much different than the
neocons who have dogged him since he announced his bid for a Senate
seat.....Rand needs to read George Washington’s farwell address...Let’s
hope Mr. Paul is not simply playing the same old political game played
in Washington and sucking up to the Israel lobby."
Paul had surprised and disappointed many of his supporters when he
stated “Israel and the United States have a special relationship...With
our shared history and common values, the American and Israeli people
have formed a bond that unites us across the many thousands of miles
between our countries and calls us to work together towards peace and
prosperity for our countries.”
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Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights
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