Rand Paul: Half Kook for President in 2016 Campaign Kick-off
As I’ve said before, I kind of like Rand Paul, mostly because he kicked his full-kook dad, Ron Paul, to the curb before he had even formally dropped out of the presidential race. He occasionally talks a tough game, but when push comes to shove he is a solid statist that we can trust.
This week, half-kook Rand Paul is making some second-to-last page headlines for his trip to Israel. He continued his tough talk/no action rhetoric on his trip, saying:
“It will be harder to be a friend of Israel if we are out of money. It will be harder to defend Israel if we destroy our country in the process,” he told the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, an Israeli think tank. “I think there will be significant repercussions to running massive deficits … you destroy your currency by spending money you don’t have.”
We all know that Israel is one of the richest countries in the world, has vast military power and is also (deservedly) receiving roughly $3 billion from US taxpayers every year. That is because they are our ally and deserve our tax money.
But if you read between the lines of what Rand is saying (as I am apt to do), what Rand is really saying is:
“In the longshot case that I defeat Obama in his 2nd reelection attempt in 2016, I will continue to give foreign aid to Israel. However, in order for that long shot case to come to fruition, I need to be a good Republican and talk tough on government spending.”
So if for some insane reason you are paying attention to this half-kook and getting worried about him “talking tough” about foreign aid to our dear friend Israel, stop worrying. Rand Paul is just playing politics like any good statist.
You can trust that he will still tithe $3B of our money to Israel.