Monday, May 23, 2011

Rand Paul’s Balancing Act | The Weekly Standard

Rand Paul’s Balancing Act | The Weekly Standard - Matthew Continetti, May 30, 2011:

"In 2010, as an ophthalmologist who had never run for office, Paul was propelled to victory thanks to connections to his father and the Tea Party. As founder of the Senate Tea Party Caucus, he is perhaps more associated with the movement than any other freshman Republican. He has led opposition to renewal of the Patriot Act, quoted Ayn Rand from his seat on the energy committee, called for $500 billion in cuts in discretionary spending this year, said that to believe in a “right” to health care “means you believe in slavery,” and released a plan to balance the budget in five years....

“'I think he’s been great,' Brian Doherty told me. Doherty’s an editor at Reason magazine and the author of Radicals for Capitalism, a history of American libertarianism. 'He’s been surprisingly excellent as a rhetorician for the ideas.' Doherty’s boss at Reason, editor in chief Matt Welch, has a cover story in the June issue on Paul. 'He has done more to inject libertarian ideas into the Washington debate than any senator I can remember,' writes Welch, 'all within his first three months in office.'”

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