I’m shocked, shocked I say to learn that the Republicans are fighting against raising the debt ceiling, even if it includes Hurricane Harvey relief for Texas:
The party’s right flank quickly panned the package as irresponsible on Tuesday, noting the Republican Party has railed for years against raising the debt ceiling without structural fiscal changes.
Ooh, did Tiger Beat on the Potomac get one of ’em on the record saying that?
“It’s a mistake to raise the debt ceiling without having some dramatic reform to our budget process,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is among a growing number of GOP lawmakers preparing to fight the measure. “A $20 trillion debt is really our no. 1 security risk so to just keep raising the debt I think is a huge mistake.”
Ah-ha, that explains it. Libertarians: the people who don’t tip well, and who better to be the poster boy of dubious philosophical principles than the guy who got his state to change their election rules so he could run in the 2016 Goat Rodeo AND run for the Senate at the same time?
Hurricane Harvey lays bare the Ayn Randian philosophy that
- lowering taxes is always a good idea
- government programs can always be cut
- economic growth must always be given priority over environmental concerns
We also remember that during the campaign, Rand Paul ran away from the Dreamers as fast as he could, you know, on principle.
UPDATE: With Irma speeding along to US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Florida and as well as Houston still underwater, FEMA will run out of money by Friday. Get off yer ass, Rand.