Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is one of three presidential candidates who has spoken out loudly against the recently-passed Omnibus bill that will fund the government for the next year. Senators Cruz (R-TX) and Rubio (R-FL) have also excoriated the bill and the process by which it was passed (though while Paul and Cruz both voted against the bill, Rubio was absent for the vote). However, Paul’s recent comments on a New York radio show may be the best explanation of the ugliest problem in Washington, D.C. today.
Here’s what Senator Paul said on New York’s AM-970:
“It was over a trillion dollars, it was all lumped together, 2,242 pages, nobody read it, so frankly my biggest complaint is that I have no idea what kind of things they stuck in the bill.
I voted against it because I won’t vote for these enormous bills that no one has a chance to read.
We were given it yesterday or the day before the bill came forward, and so this is not a way to run government. It’s a part of the reason why government is broke.
“Once again this came not at the behest of just the Democrats. It came at the behest of right-wing Republicans who want military spending and left-wing Democrats who want welfare spending, and that’s the dirty little secret.
Both parties are at fault for it.”
This is the essence of the problem. The establishment of both parties don’t actually disagree on all that much. Oh, sure, they talk a big game about how much they despise each other’s policies, but at the end of the day, the way the establishment representatives’ vote tells an entirely different story.
The GOP owns a commanding majority in the House of Representatives, yet the establishment Democrats happily signed on to the Omnibus bill. In fact, at the end of the day, more Democrats voted FOR the Omnibus than Republicans! 95 Republicans said “Nay” and only 18 Democrats voted against the bill… the fact is that even though Republicans control the House, Democrat ideas and philosophies are still driving the legislation. Why? Because the establishment is all about money and power and the Democrat ideas help the establishment get more of both.
You can keep voting Republican, because they are the lesser of two evils, but nothing in DC will change until we begin electing ideologue conservatives who aren’t willing to play the establishment’s game.