Pretty much the only thing Rand Paul and his father have going for them is a willingness to question America’s role as a global policing power and the budgets that sustain that role. If Rand Paul isn’t going to stick with his position on those issues, he’s basically worthless.
In his first year in the Senate, Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a budget that called for a $164 billion cut to defense spending by 2016. “Military funding has often far outpaced not only our most likely enemies, but has often outpaced the entire world’s military spending combined,” he wrote at the time as he outlined his plan for a “draw-down and restructuring of the Department of Defense.”
Just four years later, as he prepares to mount a presidential campaign in early April, Paul is changing his tune. Late Wednesday, he introduced a budget amendment which would increase the defense budget by 16 percent, or $190 billion, over the next two years, TIME reported.
I already mock anyone who presents Rand Paul as a desirable leader or serious voice, but from now on my abuse is going to be deafening.