Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Rand Paul Running Away From Things, Ctd.

Rand Paul says he never proposed ending aid to Israel — even though he did
Paul proposed a budget in 2011 to cut off aid to all foreign nations.

By Chris Moody, Yahoo News
August 4, 2014 3:31 PM

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Monday denied that he once supported ending federal aid to Israel — an idea he proposed as recently as 2011.

“I haven’t really proposed that in the past,” Paul told Yahoo News when asked if he still thought the U.S. should phase out aid to Israel, which has been battling Hamas in Gaza for weeks. “We’ve never had a legislative proposal to do that. You can mistake my position, but then I’ll answer the question. That has not been a position — a legislative position — we have introduced to phase out or get rid of Israel’s aid. That’s the answer to that question. Israel has always been a strong ally of ours and I appreciate that. I voted just this week to give money — more money — to the Iron Dome, so don’t mischaracterize my position on Israel.”
The problem?
Paul, who was in Omaha campaigning for Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse before a three-day tour of neighboring Iowa, may not like it when reporters bring up his proposal from three years ago to end all U.S. foreign aid — including to Israel. But that was in fact his position.

In 2011, the newly elected Paul proposed a budget that would have cut $500 billion from the federal budget in part by cutting off foreign aid to all countries, including financial grants to Israel. The United States provides about $3 billion to Israel annually, and last week the Senate approved $225 million to help support Israel’s Iron Dome technology, which blocks rocket fire from Gaza. (Paul supported the measure.)

Paul, in his first months in office, however, defended phasing out aid by saying that the U.S. could no longer afford to give cash to other countries...
As I have written many times before in irritating detail, one of the two characteristics that binds together the entire Republican Party -- and every Conservative from David Brooks and Andrew Sullivan to Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh -- is a junkie-like dependence on continuous, aggressive lying about their own immediate past.

And thus Rand Paul truly proves his True Conservative bona fides: by lying so radically and ham-fistedly that it would make a MiniTrue executive propagandist blush.

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Anonymous said...

He just has to say "Oops!"

it worked out so well for Perry...

Redhand said...

One of your funnier series of posts to be sure.

In the documented public lie dept. I wonder who has the greater tally: Mittens or Rand? My guess is Mittens, but give Rand time: he's not formally a presidential candidate yet.

Marc McKenzie said...

Driftglass, thank you for these posts. They've made me laugh out loud and it's been a blessed relief.

(Plus they are great examples of some fine photo manipulation skills!)

I do hope that Sen. Paul is exposed as the empty suit he really is. Sadly, it seems that he's cast a spell on some on our side of the fence, such as Sirota and Nader.

John Polansky said...

Rand Paul has cast a spell on Nadia Sirota and Laura Nadar? I'm shocked.
Great photoshops, Drift. The more he's out in public, the daffier he gets.

DeistPaladin said...

And then Ra-a-and,
he ran so far a-way-a-a.
Oh yes Ra-a-and.
He ran so far a-way-a-a.
Couldn't get away.