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Tag Archives: Rand Paul

Rand Paul: Lindsey Graham, John McCain are ‘lapdogs’ for President Obama’s foreign policy (VIDEO)

And let’s be real honest. They aren’t just lapdogs for Obama. They are lapdogs for Sheldon Adelson (Graham’s new sponsor) the billionaire head of Las Vegas Sands who hates Rand Paul and Paul’s father and anyone else who thinks that aid to Israel isn’t sacrosanct.

By the way, here’s a cute little picture of John McCain and Lindsey Graham, the 2 guys who say that Rand Paul is naive on matters of foreign policy, presenting a commendation to Abdelhakim Belhadj the current leader of ISIS in Libya.

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More Crony Media: Have marching orders been handed down at Fox? Neocon or bust?

This week has been an interesting one on Fox News with both Megyn Kelly and Charles Krauthammer going full out after Rand Paul. Paul’s poll numbers are rising while the other GOP hopefuls are declining and this concerns the pro-war wing of the GOP. It’s getting later and later in the game and the big government GOP candidates are not gaining the traction that it was assumed they would gain. That this attack from Fox coincides with a spate of neoconservative attack ads from the “Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America” (Check this website out) in early primary states, is probably not a coincidence.

What is particularly absurd, objectively speaking, is the assertion by Charles Krauthammer (someone for whom I have a significant degree of respect) that Paul has more in common with Obama on foreign policy than the pro-war, big government wing of the GOP. This is obviously not true. For the most part Obama and the neoconservatives have been quite close on policy. The war in Libya. The proposed (but halted thanks to the American and British people) bombing of Syria. The arming of “moderate” rebels in the Levant. The drone war in Yemen. Etc. Aside from the talks with Iran, which is a desperate attempt by the president to establish some sort of “legacy,” Obama has been Bush II lite. Obama’s policy has basically been a neoconservative policy. Even if Netanyahu and the President don’t like each other.

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GOP establishment is scared of Rand, really scared

As we’ve said before the people who most fear a legitimate (semi) libertarian movement within the GOP are the old big government Republicans, it’s not liberals. (At least not yet.)

There is a cadre of Washington DC neocons who are running around with their hair on fire right now because of the warm response Rand Paul continues to get from the public. The establishment, the consultants, the big military, the “deficits don’t matter” crowd feel right now that they have been outmaneuvered by Paul. And they can’t believe it.

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Politico: 2016 brawl breaks out on Senate floor (Rand versus Rubio, Cruz, and ahem, Graham(?))

Yeah, Senator Graham somehow inserted himself into this story.

This has been one weird day in the Senate and this is the 3rd post we’ve done today on Rand Paul and his military funding proposal.

Though we have said that we were not pleased with Rand Paul’s amendment, at least it called for cuts (if future cuts) to other spending. Rubio just wanted to spend money on defense whatever the cost to taxpayers and future generations. Cruz sided with Rubio. But in the end neither Rand’s or Rubio’s proposals got past the Senate floor.

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Rand Paul makes small government case at liberal and historically black Bowie State U., gets standing ovation

One of the main reasons we are against crony capitalism is because crony capitalism limits opportunity. All the red tape, all the regulations which we are told are for our good but are manipulated by powerful vested interests, all the occupational licensing, all the easy money flowing to favored banks, all the contracts which go to people who have friends in Washington, and all the other special deals and favors given to the powers that be outside of the legitimate market, restrict opportunity for everyone else.

The free market operating with free prices is the best chance the average person has to get ahead. In a highly regulated, highly crony economy, the talented, hard working, smart folks who don’t happen to be in the club are cut off at the knees.

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Rand Paul Responds to Politico ‘Hit Piece’ Criticizing His Position on the Fed

If you want to read the piece to which Senator Paul is responding it is HERE.

Basically the bankers are coming with all guns for the guy who might expose the central bank racket they’ve been running for a very very long time. If everyday people were to actually learn of the things the Federal Reserve has done, indeed why it exists (to backstop the big banks – with the wealth of the American people – and to keep the debt game rolling) there is the chance that the American people might just call bullsh*t on the institution. The bankers, the banking “shamans,” can’t have that. Their power is unfathomable to the average person and that is how they would like to keep it.

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Old guys at Koch conference (not apparently the Kochs) had a problem with Rand Paul’s style, and jeans

I personally am a big fan of suits. They are functional and most people look good in them. A well tailored suit is about as comfortable as one can get. I like a nice tie and wear cuff links when the occasion warrants. Saying that I have no problem if a presidential candidate, at a forum in Las Vegas of all places chooses not to wear a tie and also chooses to wear jeans.

That’s what Rand did at a recent event, and some of the old boys at the forum didn’t much care for it. As the below article reports many of the Republican silverbacks are much more comfortable with a “Romney type.”

That’s a huge problem if the GOP actually wants to win the presidency.

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Rand Paul’s SOTU response: “We will not cut one penny from the safety net until we’ve cut every penny from corporate welfare.”

I’m cool with this. Sure the so called “safety net” has tons of fraud in it. Sure it often discourages people from being productive parts of society.These issues need to be addressed, and God willing they will be. But I think it’s pretty reasonable to say that taxpayers shouldn’t be paying one dime to corporations and that crony capitalism should be first on the chopping block.

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Rand Paul Says He’d Be “Happy” to Dissolve the U.N.

The United Nations is one of the most crony organizations on earth. The place is chock full of them. Like well paid diplomatic sardines in a tin. If the UN were to go away I don’t think many in this country would cry. I for one would pop a bottle of champagne.

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Washpo: What would happen if Congress split into four parties? This. (Plus some really cool maps)

Kudos to Phillip Bump at the Washington Post for this one.

We at ACC often talk about the fracturing going on within the 2 main parties. The Tea Party for instance is a de facto party within the GOP which the author takes into account. He also identifies an increasingly active fault line within the Democratic Party. (We think he’s wrong on who falls on which side of this line to some degree however.)

A thought experiment to be sure, but one which isn’t that “out there.” Very interesting.

(From The Washington Post)

If we assign members of Congress to political parties based on the spending votes, we end up with four parties. The Liberals bucked the Democratic president to oppose the spending package. The Democratsvoted for it. The Republicans followed Boehner and McConnell’s lead. TheConservatives didn’t. It gives us maps of the House and Senate that look like this, with the actual party composition underneath. (Note that this is only based on 1) people who voted on the spending package and 2) are returning to the 114th Congress.)

Click here for the article.

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