Thank you, Quazi!
Rand Paul is just another 'cheerleader'. He's going to say all the things that make the peanut gallery jump up and down and come to their feet to have their shrill voices heard.
One example is this little exchange yesterday on ABC's This Week.
He'll vote no because he knows it will pass without his vote and now he has cover and can go back to his constituents and say 'Well I voted against raising the debt'.AMANPOUR: One of the emergencies is going to be voting to lift the debt ceiling.
AMANPOUR: Would you do that?
PAUL: I don't believe I will vote to raise the debt ceiling.
AMANPOUR: You won't?
PAUL: No. I think that we need to send a message -- we need to send a strong message that...
AMANPOUR: The government would default, then.
PAUL: Well, only if we won the vote, would they default.
AMANPOUR: So you think it won't pass?
PAUL: You know, I think it's unlikely. There are people who vote against the debt ceiling every time to send a message that adding more debt is wrong.
'This Week' Transcript: Rand Paul, Rep. Mike Pence and David Stockman - ABC News
But when there's a close vote, he'll have an 'associate' on his shoulder making sure he votes the 'right way', much the way Cantor held Louisiana's Cao's hand during a health care vote.
He'll try to be a rebel and they'll let him, all the way up until he tries to impede their agenda. Then he'll conform or be gone.
“I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president.” - George W. Bush
And if anyone who runs their mouth about a balanced budget or responsible government are serious about those things, they'll understand that this is a necessary path to help get there.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
All of that may sound obvious, but practices toward those ends are deficient. That the contracting process is largely dysfunctional e.g., the magnitude of cost overruns of the JSF is just one example. That it costs $1.3 million per soldier per year in Afghanistan (an asymmetric cost disadvantage) is another. Those factors are converging to push the U.S. military toward a situation either where it must score a decisive and lasting knockout blow quickly or risk losing early conflict gains in a war of attrition.
Furthermore, the number of "surprises" i.e., the outbreak of low-level civil conflict in Iraq and rise of a Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan (both of which should have been widely anticipated given the history/structure/dynamics of those societies), illustrate a badly flawed planning process. Those two risks were as close to obvious ones as there were. How many more subtle risks are missed? IMO, that flawed process has undermined progress and also consumed resources/time/effort required to devise strategy corrections.
Finally, the U.S. does not face an existential threat along the lines of that which existed during the latter part of the Cold War. Cold War-level expenditures (relative to GDP) are not necessary. Given long-term fiscal challenges facing the U.S., the Pentagon, like any other governmental unit, will need to become more productive with the resources it obtains.
That said, the picture will be somewhat different when it gets down to specifics. Individual congress pricks will be obligated to try and protect their personal turf. That's just the nature of the beast.
But getting the dialog opened is the first important step. And then worry about the detail fights when we get to it.....
Economic Left/Right: 0.00
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.18
Wrong and a really bad idea, and I guess Paul is not Conservative.
I would say we could hold the line but not cut back.
Our biggest threat today is not from the outside but the inside and from the Socialist/Marxists at the top.
We managed to show a few the door but there is a lot of them still to throw out on their Butts.
There are a lot of places where cuts can be made, and anyone with a brain knows we have got to cut taxes and thus create jobs.
As long as the DUMB-ASS Obama is still around we are pretty much screwed. We are about to go off the cliff if the PHONY Health Bill isn't stopped, and California voted for State Wide economic suicide and there is no hope left there, at all.
Why is it so many people have no clue when it comes to the economy. This is not hard to figure out.
I did not vote for Mr. Paul I voted for Mr. Conway but I will hold his feet to the fire about this now. I hope him, his father, and a few other Republicans actively try to get this and the intelligence community's budget better managed. This would help solve at least part of what I believe is wrong with our country and our budget.
"We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying ten percent of his salary, and that’s crazy." -Reagan