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Rand Paul’s Personal Federal Budget Cuts Half a Trillion Dollars

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It didn’t get much notice, but Tea Party “libertarian” Rand Paul (R-AquaBuddha) released his personal federal budget yesterday; I have to give him some credit for being specific about what he would cut, unlike most Republicans, but this budget is a real hoot.

Congressman Paul proposes to cut spending by more than half a trillion dollars. Right away, not over the course of a decade.

“How in the world is that possible?” you ask. Simple! By radically changing American society, of course.

Paul’s budget cuts:

  • Legislative Branch - 23%
  • Judicial Branch - 32%
  • Agriculture - 30%
  • Commerce - 54%
  • Military - 6.5%
  • Education - 83%
  • Energy - 100%
  • Health and Human Services - 26% (includes huge cuts in the FDA and NIH)
  • Homeland Security - 43%
  • Housing and Urban Development -100%
  • Dept. of Interior -78%
  • Justice - 28%
  • Labor - 2%
  • State Department -71%
  • Transportation - 49%
  • Corps of Engineers -27%
  • EPA - 29%
  • General Services Administration -85%
  • International Aid - 100%
  • NASA - 25%
  • National Science Foundation - 62%
  • Office of Personnel Management - 12.3%
  • FCC - 22%

Within these broad categories and government branches, Paul wants to gut and completely eliminate numerous programs as well. For example, he wants to slash the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s budget by 36%.

It’s very telling that vaunted libertarian Rand Paul can only find 6.5% of the military budget worth cutting, while totally eliminating foreign aid and nearly eliminating the State Department.

It’s almost as if he realized that when he gets rid of all peaceful and diplomatic engagement with foreign countries, we’re going to need a huge military force.

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