Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) isn’t in the same galaxy of far-right lunacy as Ted Cruz, and he has remained firmly on the side of civil liberties regarding the NSA data collections. And he did wonderfully spank pretend N.J. Governor Chris Christie in last week’s first episode of Republican Clown Show 2016. But while his dad, Ron Paul, might have been the godfather of Libertarianism with a certain authenticity, Rand is certainly no Michael Corleone, and is far from authentic.
When it comes to the economy and income inequality, Rand spouts the same neo-liberal garbage they have been passing off as vitamin water ever since Ronald Reagan.
The infamous Flat Tax, for example, is one of those unicorns that Republicans love to tout every now and then. This fanciful concept, which totally ignores the complex lives of Americans, first gained notoriety when it was suggested by then 1996 GOP Candidate Steve Forbes. Rand claims that his flat tax plan wouldn’t widen the gap between the haves and have-nots, saying that income inequality is the result of some Americans “working harder than others.”
‘The thing is, income inequality is due to some people working harder and selling more things,’ Paul told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. ‘If people voluntarily buy more of your stuff, you’ll have more money.’ (Huffington Post)
Perhaps this explains why we see all of those coal miners driving around in Ferraris. After all, isn’t that what this logic would dictate. We all know that it’s education and skill sets that guarantee one’s income. But with college costing more than a night out with Jay-Z, obtaining any reasonable upward mobility is virtually impossible in today’s rigged economy.
‘Doesn’t your plan massively increase income inequality?’ Wallace asked.
It’s a fallacious notion to say, ‘Oh, rich people get more money back in a tax cut,’ Paul responded. ‘If you cut taxes 10 percent, 10 percent of a million is more than 10 percent of a thousand dollars. So, obviously, people who pay more in taxes will get more back. We all end up working for people who are more successful than us,’ Paul went on, ‘and that’s a good thing, that more money will be back in the economy.’ (Huffington Post)
It seems convincing morons to vote against their economic self-interests never goes out of style.
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