“Republicans say they're the conservative party. Are we?”
Kentucky Senator and former 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul went Genghis Khan on a Republican budget that would add $9.7 trillion dollars to the debt over 10 years.
The Blaze's Brandon Morse noted just what had the libertarian-leaning Paul on the warpath against his GOP colleagues:
Just last month, he stated that he would outright refuse to vote for the upcoming budget that ads nearly $10 trillion to our debt, and at a $1 million a minute, it’s very understandable that the libertarian leaning Republican would put his foot down on the brake as hard as possible.
And to reaffirm this, Paul took to the floor on Wednesday and absolutely demolished the budget that Republicans are calling the “vehicle to repeal Obamacare.” While the name makes it sound like something Republicans would be foolish not to vote on, Paul isn’t having it, and let his colleagues know it in a 20 minute speech.
Sen. Paul led off his tirade with the point that Washington D.C. doesn't seem to change, regardless of who is coming into office:
“The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same,” Paul said. “Republicans won the White House. Republicans control the Senate. Republicans control the House. And what will the first order of business be for the new Republican majority? To pass a budget that never balances. To pass a budget that will add $9.7 trillion of new debt over ten years.”
He was only getting warmed up. The Senator continued:
"Is that really what we campaigned on? Is that really what the Republican party represents? Our first order of business will be a budget that never balances!”
“Is it all smoke and mirrors?” Paul continued. “Is there really a difference? Are Republicans different from Democrats? It’s a pretty important question.”
Then he explained that he wasn't just complaining, but offering a solution:
“As this moves forward, I will offer a replacement,” said Paul. “I will offer my own budget. I will offer to strike and remove $10 trillion worth of debt, and I will offer my own budget that balances within five years.”
Lastly, he added a kicker for the majority party to chew on:
“I remember a time when it was the moderates who were for freezing spending, and the real conservatives were cutting spending,” said Paul. “Now nobody’s for cutting spending!”
The whole speech is definitely worth watching and sharing as a reminder to the GOP: Its constituency is always watching.