by Lone Shark
I promise I’m not going to refer to any of Ron Paul’s neo-liberal foreign policy silliness in the remainder of this article in order that I may praise his “Plan to Restore America” proposal that cuts $1 Trillion dollars from the federal budget. Now we’re talking!
While I take issue with some of the cuts he proposes- cutting all foreign aid rather than targeting the cuts, summarily ending our military commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan without regard to security concerns for our troops or what ensues in those theaters- these are grounds for fertile debate, but we’ll save that for another time.
But proposing cutting the entire Departments of Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Interior, and Education- that’s some change I can believe in. And yes, he gets rid of the inept Transportation Security Administration and freezes spending at 2006 levels in the other departments as well. Couple those with extending the Bush Tax cuts, reducing the corporate tax rate to 15 percent, eliminating the death tax, and now we’re moving in the right direction.
When Republicans were devising their counter budget proposals during 2010, it should have been clear that regardless of the scale of the cuts they proposed, whatever was ultimately put forward would be relentlessly demagogued as if it were the bastard stepchild of Freddy Krueger- so why not go bold rather than mild? The Ryan RoadMap and the Republican Study Committee’s proposed budgets are both mild in comparison to Paul’s Plan.
Ron Paul’s gone bold with his proposal, and even if it went through the budget reconciliation process with the Democrats fully prepared to go kamikaze on it, meaningful cuts would still be realized after the dust settled.
So kudos to Ron Paul for his fiscal gut-check proposal, and I’ll leave it at that- i’m wondering if his supporters will say that this piece is yet another Shark Tank “attack” piece on their guy because of the first sentence….;)