Rick Moran, the utterly discredited ignoramus who serves as the American Thinker’s associate editor, has again revealed his utter, appalling ignorance by blindly repeating a blatant lie stated by Rand Paul at the GOP National Convention:
“August 30, 2012
Rand Paul speaks hard truths to GOP
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul spoke to the GOP convention last night, telling both parties that they must “slay their sacred cows” in order for the nation to get its fiscal house in order.
“Republicans and Democrats alike must slay their sacred cows,” he said. “Republicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent, and Democrats must admit that domestic welfare and entitlements must be reformed.””
But Paul has stated no truths here, only one blatant lie and one straw-man argument.
Defense/the US military is NOT, and has NEVER been, a sacred cow for Republicans. In the last 3 years alone, Republicans agreed to the massive (and misguided) weapon program closures of 2009 and 2010; the ratification of the New START arms reductions treaty; to Secretary Gates’ efficiencies initiative worth $178 bn; and to the first-tier cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act, worth $487 bn. In addition, many Republicans, such as Sens. McCain, Ayotte, and others have pushed for additional defense cuts. And in July, House Republicans agreed to freeze the Defense Approps Bill at $518 bn while the Republicans on the Senate Approps Committee have agreed to cut it down to $511 bn.
As for “admitting” that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent, Republicans have admitted that long ago, and never claimed otherwise. (Myself, I am the author of the largest defense reform proposals package ever devised by anyone; many other Republicans in the House and the Senate have proposed their own reforms or savings.) So Sen. Paul’s claim is a straw-man argument.
The truth is that what Sen. Paul really meant is that he wants Republicans to agree to even deeper defense cuts than the ones they’ve already agreed to (even though they’ve already given away much ground), including sequestration. (Sen. Paul has already said that explicitly on several occassions.) That is utterly unacceptable.
Moreover, the speech also proves that Sen. Paul sees no difference whatsoever between providing for the common defense – which is the #1 Constitutional DUTY of the federal government – and financing federal “domestic welfare” and entitlement programs.
As for Rick Moran, the only thing this blogpost proves is his utter, unlimited ignorance, for which I have already taken him to task on a few occassions.