I need to think about this a while, as I have traditionally been a big proponent for the Fair Tax, which eliminates the IRS, along with the 16th amendment. Paul’s plan certainly seems more more achievable and realistic, so it may be a really good way to start.
While we wait for Rand’s Presidential announcement today, let’s take a look back with his historic filibuster. This was what pushed him to the national spotlight. Frankly, I believe Ted Cruz’s Obamacare filibuster sullied the public opinion about Paul. Instead of seeing Paul’s filibuster as historic and revolutionary, the media (and the masses) began to look at both of them as obstructionist.
Here is Rand Paul at his best. He is the one candidate that can bring separation of powers and executive overreach in to the 2016 conversation. I don’t believe any other candidate will address these issues. Jeb Bush? Whose brother extended the powers of the executive branch further than any other president before him. Hillary? Who, much more than Obama, has shown the rules do not apply to her and there is no reason why she should be restricted by something as silly as the Constitution.
I am still uncertain about where Paul’s foreign policy will sort out. So far, he seems to fall right in line with what I would hope from our president – we may need to get involved in certain conflicts, but we must do so in a way that is consistent with the restrictions and the processes laid out in the Constitution. Lately, he seems to be a little more hawkish on which conflicts he thinks we should be involved, but as long as he remains true to his belief that our military should only be used to protect true American interests, and any such military action should be properly approved by congress, I can get behind him.
Wow, Rand Paul hits it out of the park with his speech at CPAC over the weekend. We all know he won the straw poll for the 3rd year in a row, but I believe he delivered a particularly moving speech. Rand Paul 2016!
Really hard to put in to words how despicable this is. I recognize any time government cuts spending, there will be a group of whackadoos out there who will blame any new problem that arises on those cuts, but this is over the top. How intellectually dishonest is it for a group of people to actually blame the issues with Ebola on spending cuts. Outrageous!