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  • Here Are the 10 Most Fiscally Conservative Republicans in the U.S. Senate

    01/17/2022 10:12:01 AM PST · by RandFan · 21 replies
    Based Politics ^ | Jan 17 | Brad Polumbo
    GOP politicians talk a big game about fiscal conservatism and balancing the budget—especially with a $29.8-trillion-and-counting national debt and runaway inflation. But which elected Republicans actually practice what they preach? To find out, we looked at SpendingTracker.org’s rankings for how much spending each Senate Republican voted for during the previous session of Congress. (Data for the ongoing session is, by nature, incomplete). We looked at the data for all the spending they voted for, not just bills that ultimately were passed, because SpendingTracker says this gives a “fuller picture of intentions versus results.” Here are the 10 most fiscally-conservative Republicans...
  • Ross Ulbricht (Silk Road founder) is a Ron Paul Republican

    11/19/2021 6:14:15 AM PST · by RandFan · 16 replies
    Freeross.org ^ | Nov 19 | FreeRoss
    While attending Penn State University, Ross joined the libertarian club, worked on Ron Paul’s presidential campaign and brought him to campus. In his early 20s, Ross spent significant time thinking and writing about the ideas of limited government and individual freedom, and grew passionate about the ideas of liberty, privacy and free markets. Ross was an idealist. He cared about bettering the world. He was never motivated by money or power, and rather lived a simple life with modest possessions, dedicating himself to causes he believes in. “Ross is a pacifist, and someone generous with his time and knowledge. He...
  • Can Donald Trump be named Speaker of the House in 2022?

    09/11/2021 4:35:15 PM PDT · by RandFan · 74 replies
    FR ^ | Sep 11 | RandFan
    What do you think of this idea? Can it happen? Should it happen?
  • Rand Paul: If more people had listened to my father our war in Afghanistan would have been less tragic

    08/16/2021 4:18:40 PM PDT · by RandFan · 31 replies
    Libertytree ^ | August 16 | Sen. Rand Paul
    After America was attacked by al-Qaeda on September 11, 2001, my father, Republican Congressman Ron Paul, voted for a U.S. strike on the Taliban in Afghanistan for harboring the 9/11 terrorists. We were attacked, so we struck back. This is the reason we have and need a strong military: Actual national defense. But our military is not meant for nation building. Not for policing the world. Not for imposing democracy in places that have never known it. Not only are these bad ideas, but they aren’t the point of our military and they do nothing for our national defense. Unfortunately,...
  • Ron Paul: Kabul has fallen - but don't blame Biden

    08/16/2021 1:39:59 PM PDT · by RandFan · 88 replies
    Mises.org ^ | Aug 16 | Former Rep. Ron Paul
    This weekend the US experienced another “Saigon moment,” this time in Afghanistan. After a 20 year war that drained trillions from Americans’ pockets, the capital of Afghanistan fell without a fight. The corrupt Potemkin regime that the US had been propping up for two decades and the Afghan military that we had spent billions training just melted away. The rush is on now to find somebody to blame for the chaos in Afghanistan. Many of the “experts” doing the finger-pointing are the ones most to blame. Politicians and pundits who played cheerleader for this war for two decades are now...
  • Rand Paul reintroduces the American Forces Going Home After Noble (AFGHAN) Service Act to end America’s longest war

    04/16/2021 9:31:28 AM PDT · by RandFan · 6 replies
    U.S. Senate ^ | April 16 | Rand Paul
    Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the American Forces Going Home After Noble (AFGHAN) Service Act to end America’s longest war and provide bonuses to those who have deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism. This legislation also empowers America to redirect the savings from ending nation-building in Afghanistan to the country’s needs at home. The United States has been at war in Afghanistan since October 2001, where it has cost $2 trillion. We completed our mission long ago, Osama Bin Laden was killed in 2011, and Al Qaeda is all but eliminated from Afghanistan. Meanwhile, there...
  • Rand Paul: We have no national interest in Africa

    03/24/2021 9:49:07 AM PDT · by RandFan · 34 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 24 | Rand Paul
    @RandPaul ICYMI this morning I joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The idea that we can eradicate an ideology or pacify a populace full of discontent is foolhardy and naive at best. Video...
  • REASON: Josh Hawley's Toxic Populism

    03/08/2021 1:16:48 PM PST · by RandFan · 46 replies
    Reason ^ | March 8 | PETER SUDERMAN
    Is the senator's authoritarian grandstanding the dark future of the GOP?When rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in January, Sen. Josh Hawley (R–Mo.) was there. Not only was he happy to see the mob assembled outside his workplace; he cheered them on. Shortly before the group of conspiracists and reactionaries broke into the building—vandalizing offices, taking selfies amid the wreckage, and dramatically halting business on both the House and Senate floors as lawmakers were evacuated to secure locations, sometimes fearing for their lives—Hawley had been photographed giving them a raised fist of encouragement. Earlier that morning, then–President Donald Trump had addressed...
  • Rand Paul tweets Ron DeSantis article. Dream ticket??

    03/02/2021 12:26:19 PM PST · by RandFan · 49 replies
    Sen .Rand Paul ^ | March 2 | Sen. Rand Paul
    @RandPaul @GovRonDeSantis I couldn’t agree more. ‘Pathetic failure of leadership’: Ron DeSantis blasts Joe Biden’s school reopening plan
  • Rand Paul: James Comey ‘Should Be in Prison for the Things He Did’

    01/21/2021 4:32:05 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 41 replies
    MenRec ^ | 01/21/21 | Staff
    HEMMER: “I don’t know how much you thought about the future of the Republican Party but there is a comment that came in ‘The Guardian’ from James Comey former head of the FBI and I’m going to read it for, sir. ‘The Republican Party needs to be burned down or changed. Something is shifting and I’m hoping it’s the fault breaking apart, a break between the Trumpists and those people who want to try and build a responsible conservative party, because everybody should know that we need one. Who would want to be part of an organization that at its...
  • Romney: McConnell said electoral vote count will be "the most consequential vote"

    01/02/2021 9:37:30 PM PST · by rintintin · 51 replies
    CBS News ^ | Jan 2 2020 | AUDREY MCNAMARA
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the upcoming electoral vote certification "the most consequential vote" on a call with senators this week, according to Senator Mitt Romney, who was on the call. Congress will convene on January 6 to count each state's electoral votes and reaffirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
  • Reason: Libertarians Have No Home in Either Political Party

    11/30/2020 9:00:46 PM PST · by RandFan · 50 replies
    Reason ^ | 11.30.2020 | J.D. TUCCILLE
    To go by the post-election commentary, we libertarians are a powerful group holding sway over American politics and policy. Yet Team Blue and Team Red still enthusiastically embrace authoritarianism and scorn our insistence on letting people run their own lives. Despite growing recognition that libertarians matter, Democrats and Republicans show little sign of extending an olive branch to people who oppose efforts to make government more abusive and intrusive. They know we exist, but they keep us in opposition. How long a shadow do we throw over American politics? "According to the latest figures, the Libertarian candidate for president, Jo...
  • Rand Paul suggests restaurants should hire COVID-19 survivors as servers during pandemic

    10/26/2020 9:43:51 PM PDT · by RandFan · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/26/20 05:19 PM EDT | BY CAMERON JENKINS
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he would like restaurants hire more staff that have previously contracted the coronavirus, according to The Daily Beast. During a rally for Nick Freitas, a Republican candidate for Congress, in Central Virginia on Sunday, Paul suggested to a crowd that he would make the call himself if he had a restaurant. "If I owned a restaurant, I’d have a whole wing for senior citizens or for anybody who is worried about getting sick, and I would say, 'All my servers have already had it,'" Paul told the crowd, according to The Daily Beast. "If I...
  • former QAnon believer tell his story

    10/25/2020 9:31:48 AM PDT · by RandFan · 37 replies
    WaPo ^ | Oct 24 | Travis M. Andrews
    Jitarth Jadeja was already deep into conspiracy theories when he first heard of Q. One day in December 2017, he tuned into Infowars, the media outlet run by the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Two guests on the radio show were talking about the "calm before the storm," a reference to an absurd theory that President Donald Trump will soon wage a secret war against a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles and a slew of other evildoers. It's one of the many tall tales believed by followers of the movement called QAnon, ranging from the false claim that the government created vaccines...
  • Senate committee sought investigation of Bannon, raised concerns about Trump family testimony

    08/15/2020 11:07:36 AM PDT · by rintintin · 61 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Aug 14 2020 | By DEL QUENTIN WILBER , CHRIS MEGERIAN, SARAH D. WIRE, JENNIFER HABERKORN
    The Senate Intelligence Committee has sent a bipartisan letter to the Justice Department asking federal prosecutors to investigate Stephen K. Bannon, a former Trump confidante, for potentially lying to lawmakers during its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The letter, a copy of which was reviewed by The Times, was signed by the panel’s then-chairman, Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr, and its ranking Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner.
  • Rand Paul responds to Pompeo: You’d have to be brain-dead to believe that

    01/06/2020 5:36:31 PM PST · by Widget Jr · 49 replies
    CNN youtube channel ^ | January 6, 2020 | CNN
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) talks with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about President Donald Trump's decision to kill Iranian general Qasem Soleimani
  • Ron Paul blasts Trump: ‘Foreign policy is in shambles’

    01/06/2020 11:27:31 AM PST · by RandFan · 54 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/3/2020 | Spencer Neale
    Former Rep. Ron Paul said he wished President Trump would "flip-flop" his policy on Iran and criticized Trump's loyalty to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia. "I think our country is not doing so well. Our foreign policy is in shambles," the Texas Republican said. "Unfortunately, the one place where I wish he would flip-flop every once in a while or change his policy completely is dealing with Iran. He is steady on it, he said it on the campaign. He's very loyal to Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia." Trump authorized airstrikes that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and...
  • Trump: If Iran wants to be fight, that will be the end of them

    05/19/2019 1:45:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/5/19 | Elad Benari
    ...Trump on Sunday warned Iran not to threaten his country. “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!” he tweeted.
  • Trump says war will mean 'official end of Iran,' warns 'never threaten the United States again'

    05/19/2019 2:59:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 86 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2019 | Samuel Chamberlain |
    President Trump fired a social media broadside at the Iranian regime Sunday afternoon, vowing that war between Washington and Tehran would result in "the official end of Iran" before warning, "[n]ever threaten the United States again!" Trump tweeted hours after a rocket landed less than a mile from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, the first such attack since September. An Iraqi military spokesman told reporters the rocket appeared to have been fired from east Baghdad, which is home to several Iran-backed Shiite militias. Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have risen in recent weeks after the...
  • KATYUSHA ROCKET FALLS NEAR U.S. EMBASSY IN CENTRAL BAGHDAD, NO INJURIES

    05/19/2019 11:24:12 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 60 replies
    Reuters, Jerusalem Post ^ | May 19 | Jerusalem Post Staff
    BAGHDAD - A Katyusha rocket reportedly fell in central Baghdad's Green Zone on Sunday night, Iraq military personnel announced. "A Katyusha rocket fell in the middle of the Green Zone without causing any losses or causalties, further details will come later," the military said in a statement.