Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Happy Festivus: One of My Festivus Complaints with Rand Paul
So the word is out that Rand Paul is about to issue a 38-page Festivus report with examples of government waste.
Here is my Festivus complaint with this report.
Why the hell is Rand focusing on so-called government waste?
To a libertarian, to an anrcho-capitalist, hell, even to a small-government conservative, the real problem is that government is too big across the board--not just the side, and relatively minor, issue of "waste".
To focus on "waste" simply dilutes the proper focus that massive cuts in government need to be made. Rand's focus on "waste" implies that "waste" is where government changes must be made.
But this may not even be the case.
I would much rather see the government "wasting" $3000,000 on toilet seats, then using the money to hire government enforcers of various regulations that interfere with free exchange.
Government waste should be ended, but is should be ended last.
As a modest start, I would like to see 90% of the government budget cut, then we can start talking about "waste' cy=uts in what remains.
Rand is just diluting the small government message here with typical misdirection that seems to be all too much of a pattern with him.
He'll babble anything that doesn't get the establishment upset,
at 2:10 PM