Comments on: Rand Paul blames trash-talking Democrats who throw out red herrings http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2010/05/21/rand-paul-blames-trash-talking-democrats-who-throw-out-red-herrings/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: SteveoOOo http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2010/05/21/rand-paul-blames-trash-talking-democrats-who-throw-out-red-herrings/comment-page-1/#comment-408158 Sun, 23 May 2010 21:20:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=27312#comment-408158 Rand Paul is just saying out loud what Republicans have believed for years. Paul’s sincere and principled belief is that government should not be able to impose any regulations on private businesses. This is news? No. It’s the central premise of the entire “government isn’t the solutuon to our problem, government is the problem” conservative dogma.

Conservatives hate the minimum wage. They hate affirmative action. They hate the Fair Pay Act. They hate cap and trade. They hate the SEC. They hate OSHA. They hate the EPA. They hate corporate taxes. They hate hate hate everything that inhibits businesses from doing whatever they want in pursuit of profits. It’s not the high-tax, big government 1950s they romanticize — it’s the 1920s, or even better, the 1890s.

That’s the part they leave out when they say, “We are taking our country back.” What they are REALLY saying is, “We are taking our country back–to the 1890’s.” But they usually don’t get quite so explicit about it. They know saying Wal-Mart should be able to pay its workers poverty wages won’t win elections, so they’ve gotten very good about reframing the concept with carefully crafted talking points like, “We’ve got to keep government out of the way so that businesses can create jobs.”

Make no mistake, Ayn Rand Paul is not being shunned by the GOP because they think his views are abhorrent-— he’s being embraced. They’re just a little nervous because he went off script and got way too analytical and specific. In short, he represented their beliefs too accurately and too honestly.

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By: jimwalrod http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2010/05/21/rand-paul-blames-trash-talking-democrats-who-throw-out-red-herrings/comment-page-1/#comment-408153 Sun, 23 May 2010 02:50:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=27312#comment-408153 Okay…LOVE the graphic. This is why the corporate media is going to hell in a hand basket. Some photo editor, being clever or at least believing he/she was clever, created this Monty Python moment by key word searching “red” and “herring” in the photo data base. Having consumate faith not only in her/his cleverness but high level knowledge of Boolean logic not only didn’t connect the picture and text, but those who edit didn’t either. Thanks I really needed a laugh today.

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By: borisjimbo http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2010/05/21/rand-paul-blames-trash-talking-democrats-who-throw-out-red-herrings/comment-page-1/#comment-408143 Sat, 22 May 2010 00:21:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=27312#comment-408143 If Rand Paul wants to be part of the federal government he ought to learn a few things about what it does, like enforce the civil and voting rights statutes, which means becoming familiar with them. This is the difference between being a candidate and being a senator. Senators (at least those in the majority or who have an interest in things beyond themselves) actually have to show some responsibility, unlike candidates from the wingnut camp.

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