Add Rand Paul, Senator-elect KY, to your list of Republican hypocrites, or liars, your choice.
In a Wall Street Journal interview this past weekend, Paul had this to say about earmarks – now remember during the campaign period he vowed to push for the ban on all earmarks
He now avoids his dad’s talk of shuttering the Federal Reserve and abolishing the income tax. In a bigger shift from his campaign pledge to end earmarks, he tells me that they are a bad “symbol” of easy spending but that he will fight for Kentucky’s share of earmarks and federal pork, as long as it’s doled out transparently at the committee level and not parachuted in the dead of night. “I will advocate for Kentucky’s interests,” he says.
So you’re not a crazy libertarian? “Not that crazy,” he cracks.
Oooh – but wait a minute – what else did Senator-elect Paul have to say over the weekend. On Christiane Amanpour’s show, Paul was still talking about banning all earmarks.
AMANPOUR: And what about earmarks? Would you say no to earmarks?
PAUL: No — no more earmarks.
AMANPOUR: No more? Not even in your state?
PAUL: No. No. But I do tell people within Kentucky is I say, look, I will argue within the committee process for things that are good for Kentucky that they want and also within the context of a balanced budget. Here’s what happens. You go to the Transportation Committee and they say, “What do you want?” But it should be, “How much do we have?” No one asks, “How much do we have?” So we just spend it. And then, at the end of the day, if we don’t have it, we either print it or borrow it. Those are bad things. There is no restraint, but that’s why you need rules. In Kentucky, we have a balanced budget amendment. We have to balance our budget. So they have to be better legislators.
So which is it folks? Paul will push for earmarks or he will promote banning them altogether.
Fine bunch of politicians some people voted for – what a bunch of suckers and dupes.