Saturday, February 8, 2014

Rand Paul seizes the "Libertarian Moment"

This Is Rand Paul's Moment - - Matt Berman:

January 29, 2014 - "The United States is having a libertarian moment. And Rand Paul is getting ready to capture it by himself.

"The Kentucky Republican delivered his own response to President Obama's State of the Union on Tuesday night via YouTube. But the rebuttal wasn't so much about what Obama said Tuesday as much as it was an opening salvo for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, the bulk of it coming as a directed argument against big government."

"'Government doesn't create jobs very well,' Paul said. 'Government is inherently bad at picking winners and losers.... It's not that government's inherently stupid, although it's a debatable point,' Paul said. 'It's that government doesn't get the same signals'....

"In his Tuesday speech, Paul slammed the 'politics of envy' and suggested that if you 'punish' the successful, their companies will flee overseas.... Paul made policy proposals of his own, including those for economic freedom zones that would be set up around the U.S. and have, among other things, a flat 5 percent income and business tax. 'I believe in an America where people are free to make their own decisions,' he said.

"It's an early 2016 campaign shot, and it's not off base, either. Government was mentioned as the most important problem in the U.S. across all party IDs in a recent Gallup Poll."

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