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Rand Paul Stands against Fiscal Hypocrisy

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Media notices Rand Paul stands against fellow Republican but doesn’t care about overspending.

While Rand Paul stands against adding trillions to the national debt, the media has noticed and given him some praise. But they only care about the hypocrisy. They never cared about the massive deficits and horrendous debt that accumulated during the Obama presidency. Nor did they call out Barack Obama’s own fiscal hypocrisy after he had criticized George W. Bush for his overspending.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board wrote, “Sen. Rand Paul calls his colleagues out for hypocrisy. And he’s right.

“I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama’s trillion-dollar deficits,” Paul stated. “Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits. I can’t in all honesty look the other way.”

He added: “I didn’t come up here to be part of somebody’s club. I didn’t come up here to be liked. … The hypocrisy hangs in the air and chokes anyone with a sense of decency or intellectual honesty.”

The hypocrisy he referred to was mainly on the Republican side of the aisle, but the label applies equally to any Democrats who believe the government’s deficit is out of control and that the time is long overdue to impose fiscal discipline. Paul’s party spent eight years complaining and moaning about Democrat deficits, Democrat social spending and Democrat economic-rescue measures. The GOP largely owes its 2016 election victories to the party’s demonization of Democrats as spendthrifts.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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