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Rand Paul: The Next Ronald Reagan

 

A cavalryman depends on a strong-willed beast. US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), the equestrian-soldier is riding a sick horse. When the beast becomes too ill, and is determined medically futile the soldier places a bullet in its head. This act is not an easy task to carry out, but the soldier knows a sick horse is a dead horse, which is better put out of its misery.  For a cavalryman in the battlefield it is quick. In Washington, Paul will have to take his time- just as Reagan did. Reagan destroyed the GOP mold of his time. Many wonder, will Paul follow in his steps?

Ronald Reagan and the Paul Family during Reagan's 1976 Presidential bid. Ron and Rand to the left of Reagan.

Ronald Reagan and the Paul Family during Reagan’s 1976 Presidential bid. Ron and Rand to the left of Reagan.

It is quite remarkable that America has already had a Libertarian-leaning Republican, but the establishment GOP wouldn’t dare let you know about it. This man is more quoted, and revered than any other GOP politician in history. His name was Ronald Reagan, and he once said, “The heart of my philosophy is libertarianism.”  You will never see Lindsey Graham or John McCain utter this quote, but come election year they will claim themselves Reaganites. In 1976 at the GOP convention Rand’s father, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX, Retired), was one of only 4 republican congressmen to support Reagan that year. Reagan lost. In 1980 Reagan tried again, Paul still at his side, but this time Reagan won by a landslide. Reagan’s win marked the beginning of what many recall as the “Reagan Revolution”. The “Revolution” is a purposeful parallel that the Senior Paul carried on into his presidential bids. However, the two Pauls play a remarkably different battle plan. The Senior Paul’s battle was an ideological one. The Junior Paul’s battle plan is a strategic ground game. A game poised to not only win hearts and minds as his father did, but votes as well.

Paul will be able to pull together conservatives and independents from across the spectrum just as Reagan did. He can turn blue states red with his stance on droneswiretappingmedical marijuana and other civil liberties. He is the leading name in the 2016 GOP bid as of now. He has won every recent straw poll his name has been in, and has visited every early primary state multiple times. Also, he is winning the social media race with more than 1 million Facebook fans. There are also multiple support, and “Presidential Draft” pages for Rand Paul with hundreds of thousands of fans. No other potential candidate has this social media force. Look to the Obama presidential wins and we know that elections are now dependent on social media force. Furthermore, one super- PAC has been working feverishly on a draft effort raising thousands of dollars to send out “Paul for President” campaign garb.

This aside, the truth is that Reagan would never be elected in the modern day Republican Party without one hell of a fight. Thirty years has changed the game of American politics with the establishment GOP backed by war lobbyists, big agriculture and the pharmaceutics industry. Paul’s battle will be one against the largest machine yet known to man. Although the establishment holds more events, fundraisers and marketing in the name of Reagan than any other GOP politician in history they do not believe what Reagan believed. The grassroots will support Paul, many state legislators will follow and he will also bring in endorsements from many leading conservative think-tanks such as the Heritage Foundation headed by former US Senator and ally, Jim DeMint. Regardless, make no mistake; he will be met with great resistance in 2016. He stands headstrong against the modern day GOP on many things such as foreign policy and aide, and the establishment’s lack of bite when it comes to not raising taxes and protecting the Second Amendment.

Expect to see Paul square up against types who are marketed to the American people by the establishment as being “Tea Party candidates”.  Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan seem to stand out as these types, and are losing popularity with the actual Tea Party as they continue to align more with the establishment. The Republican Party hasn’t put one of their own in office since 1980 with Reagan. Is Paul the next Reagan? Paul can stand on his own merits, and no one should underestimate this. However, we also cannot underestimate the power of Reaganism.

For a ‘Revolution’ to occur, something must come to an end.  The question is will Paul be able to place the metaphorical bullet in the GOP’s head as Reagan did decades ago? If Paul does win- the Republican Party we know today will die. Many believe that is more than a fair trade.

Ryan Budget: Keeps Spending and Taxing High

House Budget Chairman, Paul Ryan (R- WI) has recently released his latest budget. The conservative appeal to the budget is that it is said to repeal the Patient Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in its entirety. However, this is not completely true. In fact, it’s false where it hurts the conservative ideology the most- taxes. Ryan’s budget keeps all of the ever-growing taxes from Obamacare, but axes the program otherwise. Those aren’t the only taxes Ryan wants to keep. His budget also holds on to all of the taxes from the fiscal cliff deal, which could lead our country into another national credit downgrade. Not only does Ryan keep the taxes, but he also keeps the spending. Ryan’s budget does not actually cut any spending at all. In fact, Ryan’s budget will cost more than $41 Trillion through the next 10 years. That is only $5 Trillion less than the Obama trajectory. On Ryan’s House.gov page the first claim made on his budget is that it cuts spending. This is a fallacy. Semantics at its best. In fact, it is the same fallacy used by the Obama administration that sequestration produced “cuts”. These are not cuts, but declines in the rate of spending. However, the increase in the rate of spending per year is still paul ryangreater than 3% per year. This still increases the publicly held debt to unsustainable numbers. If true cuts are not made the debt cannot be resolved. Ryan claims his budget balances in 10 years, which it very well may. However, this is accomplished through only slowing the rate of spending (not budget cuts), and keeping taxes in place that are crippling the middle class. Now comes the problem that the Democratic controlled Senate will obviously never pass his budget as is with the repeal of Obamacare. Once this budget is sent to the Senate, if it ever makes it out of the House, it will simply be amended to keep Obamacare in place. Then what are conservatives left with? They are left with no budget cuts and the same high taxes from the Obama administration. If conservatives wanted to successfully see cuts in spending and taxes they should have been introduced heavily in the budget sent to the Senate so that there would be room for compromise. However, this was not even attempted. Some have placed their eyes on Ryan as a potential 2016 Presidential candidate. He is often called tea-party by the mainstream media. However, the fact that Ryan’s budget funds an unconstitutional, undeclared “global war” (as he states in his budget) on terrorism for the next decade with no plans of bringing the troops home will not help him with the youth and the ever growing Libertarian stronghold gaining traction with Rand Paul (R-KY). Rand Paul has also recently introduced a budget, which balances in 1/2 the time, rolls back taxes, seriously cuts spending, and ends the wars responsibly.  Ryan also voted in favor of suspending the debt ceiling and the unpopular corporate bailouts known as TARP, which caused the Tea Party to abandon him. It seems as each day passes Ryan becomes more of an establishment type politician who are being heavily criticized by not only liberals, but the newest generation of conservatives.

Shocking Details of Fiscal Cliff Begin to Leak; Another Credit Downgrade Looms

The Fiscal Cliff. There has been much talk about it, but few Americans actually know what it is. In the most simple terms: On December 31st, 2012 a large series of tax cuts were set to expire. If a deal was not met to expand the tax cuts by January 1st, 2013

Paul Ryan and John Boehner

Paul Ryan and John Boehner after the Fiscal Cliff Vote 

then automatic, across the board spending cuts and tax increases would occur. A sufficient deal by Congress should have included, at the very least-moderate cuts in spending and little to no increases on taxes. However, the ‘deal’ we got included:

  • 80% of Americans that make over $40,000/ year will see a tax increase. Beginning immediately, the majority of Americans will see smaller paychecks.
  • Hollywood elites get $430 Million.
  • Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands get $220 Million for liquor manufacturing.
  • NASCAR gets $70 Million.
  • Algae growers get $59 Million.
  • Obama also insisted that his campaign contributors got massive, record setting tax breaks: Goldman Sachs, Citi, Morgan Stanley, GE, etc. All of them gave billions to his re-election efforts.
  • $1 in Spending cuts for every $41 in raised taxes, a 1:41 ratio.

So, the majority of America will get their taxes raised and their paychecks will continue to shrink. Combine this with runaway inflation from the Federal Reserve pushing QE4, and the average American’s ability to purchase and survive is about to hit a major wall. Meanwhile, Obama bails out his corporate pals who make billions. In fact, the very friends that had enough money to give him billions to get re-elected. If they had the billions of dollars to give to him then why do they need tax breaks? According to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), no one in Congress even read the bill. Or is that really even shocking? The bill ‘hit the floor’ for the first time at 1:36 AM and was voted on and passed at 1:39 AM. In fact, most aren’t sure there was even a bill printed. Congress was told that the bill was available online at 1:36 AM, but no one actually saw it on paper. Therefore, no one who actually voted on it that morning even read it. Why do we allow our representatives to pass laws that affect us, which they are almost always exempt from, without even reading the legislation? Nevertheless the bill passed the Senate  89:8, and the House 257:167. Former VP Candidate, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan voted in favor of the bill.

Moody’s has already sent a warning to Congress that the Fiscal Cliff deal did absolutely nothing to solve the Nation’s crisis and is threatening to downgrade America’s credit rating yet again.

Knowing all of this as truth one must ask themselves, if taxes were going to be raised on the majority of Americans anyways, why didn’t we simply just go off the cliff? Had we jumped off the cliff yes taxes would have been raised, but spending would have been cut also. Instead, there are essentially no cuts in spending, massive tax hikes for the average American, and huge corporate tax cuts perpetuating the corporatism culture that the White House and Congress have become so accustomed to. As the old saying goes, sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can begin to rebuild. Should we not have just hit rock bottom? Americans have been told by the mass media that a ‘deal’ was struck and we have avoided some monstrosity of a disaster. However, when you actually read between the lines, the cliff seems like a much more suitable alternative to what we have been dealt.