Your friendly neighborhood #Randypants writer has come down with the flu this week, so let’s hit this hard and fast so I can get back to moaning and sniffling.
“Anyone who receives something from the government should work not as a punishment, but as a reward”
Rand went on Fox News and was queried about “work for welfare” style programs, which have become a topic of conversation during the ongoing presidential campaign season.
“I think anyone who receives anything from the the government should work not as a punishment, but as a reward. There is something rewarding about every day getting up and doing something.”
I agree with Rand that there should be no “free lunch,” especially when so many Americans gravitate towards a lifestyle that enables them to continue to receive benefits while providing no positive influence or economic contribution to society.
Some recoil at the thought of forcing those taking money from taxpayers to work, however with so many jobs requiring very little in the way of education or training that fall under the purview of government there is no excuse for capable folks to simply sit at home and collect checks at the expense of others via coercive government taxation.
Rand calls for GOP participation in hypothetical Black Lives Matter forum
Paul has been outspoken about the need for justice reform in America and about the uneven application of laws against those of color, however this message had fallen to the wayside in recent months during the Presidential campaign hoopla. That all changed this past week when Rand made headlines stemming from this NewsOne interview wherein he called for the GOP to participate in a hypothetical Black Lives Matter forum.
While Rand has refused to completely support the Black Lives Matter movement when questioned on that topic during a debate – instead arguing that it should really be “All Lives Matter” – he is the arguably most accomplished candidate from either party – when it comes to actually trying to address justice reform and economic opportunity equality for black America. He toured several black colleges and universities earlier in the year and has repeatedly called for the GOP to embrace the black community. Thus participating in a Black Lives Matter forum isn’t out of character and I feel Paul would mop the stage with the competition.
Paul’s noted advocacy for “economic freedom zones” is highly appealing to libertarians and should appeal to any businessman. Essentially, it’s stripping away the heavy taxes that crush small businesses and stifle entrepreneurship. While it would be nice to have these “zones” simply be nationwide as a new national policy, it’s a good step and a “test lab” for the concept, which would lead to at least some chance of greater prosperity at a local level and encourage application of “economic freedom” to the entire United States.
Rand labels Clinton and Rubio “Neocons”
Hillary Clinton is still the odds-on favorite for the Democratic nomination despite her many obvious flaws and moral shortcomings, while Rubio has climbed the GOP polls as of late to become a true rival to Trump and Cruz in these still early days. With that in mind, Rand loaded up the Randygun and started firing bullets of truth into each campaign by labeling the two candidates as “neocons.” From CNN:
Asked about Clinton, Paul said: “I see her as a neoconservative.” “I see her and Rubio as being the same person,” he said. “They both wanted a no-fly zone. They both have supported activity in Libya — the war in Libya that toppled Gadhafi, an intervention that made us less safe. “They both have supported pouring arms into the Syrian civil war, a mistake that I think allowed ISIS to grow stronger. And they both have supported the Iraq War. So I mean, what’s the difference?”
He was particularly critical of both Clinton and Rubio over Libya, saying the two had advocated an intervention that led to instability and turned the country into fertile territory for ISIS.
Rand is dead accurate in his statements and not enough is being made of Clinton’s warhawk ways. She’s far more neocon than Paul or Kasich at the very least. Rubio’s foreign policy is one of his weak points to be exploited – while some of (daft) America still lives in the state of constant fear that our government desires, many of us are war weary and looking for a more intelligent military policy.
Vying for Votes with Bernie in Minnesota
Paul visited the University of Minnesota and was greeted by a large crowd primarily comprised of students. Rand made a point of going after his main rival for the college vote: Bernie Sanders.
During the speech, Paul particularly dwelled on his critique of Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has also appealed to younger voters in his presidential campaign. “Bernie can only pay for your college by taking it from somebody else,” Paul said to applause from the student-heavy audience. He compared Sanders, an avowed Democratic Socialist, to Cambodia’s Pol Pot and Russia’s Joseph Stalin in socialistic philosophy. Paul acknowledged that, unlike Pol Pot and Stalin, Sanders is “probably not” going to exterminate thousands but added, “it doesn’t matter whether a majority takes your rights away or one single authoritarian takes (them.)”
A clean sweep for Rand after a rocky record last week.
The Current “Paulus-Minus” Tally: 126 Pauluses / 38 Minuses / 11 Push
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