I write in praise of Senator Rand Paul. This surprises me because I disagree with him on many fundamental issues. I am neither a free market-no regulations fundamentalist, nor a libertarian. Yet listening to a half hour of his long speech Thursday night, I could not help but be impressed with his logic, and his commitment to principle and consistency.
Paul addressed the ballooning of the national debt that the bipartisan spending bill will cause and castigated his Republican Party, which used to be the party of fiscal responsibility but now was no better than Democrats. Paul emphasized that the bill would add trillions of dollars to the debt, increasing spending by 21 percent.
As he explained his position:
Tonight, you could feel the frustration and embarrassment growing in Congress as we exposed the hypocrisy of Republicans who are joining in an unholy alliance and spending free-for-all with Democrats at the expense of the American people and our party’s supposed principles. Make no mistake, I will always stand up for fiscal responsibility, regardless of which party is in power, and I will continue to call the Republican Party home to the ideas that led to Americans trusting us with government in the first place.
Paul was wrong. The frustration that was growing in Congress was with him and not with the bill, since within hours of his speech, the Senate and then the House passed the bill comfortably.
With echoes of the Democrats’ Affordable Care Act, (Obamacare) which Republicans denounced for its catastrophic spending, this time neither Republicans or Democrats would be given a chance to read or debate the bill’s 700 pages. The bipartisan bill, in Paul’s eyes, is a sham, exposing the hypocrisy of both parties.
It certainly has something in it for everyone but doesn’t seem to consider the ability of the United States to pay for it or the financial havoc it will cause up the road. A lonely deficit hawk, Paul still believes the United States should spend only what comes in. It’s an old-fashioned concept: Don’t keep borrowing money you won’t be able to pay back, or you will be forced to pay for it in the future at high interest rates