In another bizarre twist that characterizes American politics, Rush Limbaugh has endorsed Ron Paul’s new budget plan (reported yesterday on LCC), including his cuts to foreign wars. Really, I’m not joking. Is Rush, a conservative warhawk of the first order, figuring out there is no way to be fiscally responsible without spurning his precious warfare state? And I thought I had seen it all. Well, check it out.

(HT Chris Bevis for the title of this post.)

Dr. Norman Horn

Norman founded and the Libertarian Christian Institute, and currently serves as its President and Editor-in-Chief. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Austin Graduate School of Theology. He currently is a Postdoctoral researcher in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Christopher Bevis

    Thanks for posting this, Norman (told you I’d read it!). Two observations spring to mind after hearing this excerpt:

    1) Limbaugh remains determined to ensure that Ron Paul will not be the man to implement the Ron Paul budget plan, and his repeated “You’re not gonna believe this” tells us why. Limbaugh & Co no longer regard Dr. Paul as “beyond the pale” because of what he says but rather because of what he represents – a full-fledged return to Constitutional government in the USA. Limbaugh and his supporters want to implement Dr. Paul’s budget plan (or more likely the palest imitation they can get away with) in order to be able to resume “business as usual” asap.

    2) Nowhere is this more apparent than in Limbaugh’s dismissal of Ron Paul’s proposed Presidential pay cut as “symbolic”. As a financial step towards addressing the yawning deficit at the heart of the Federal Government’s spending spree, it is indeed of little more than symbolic value. But as a reminder that the holder of the office of the Presidency is meant to be chosen from among the people to serve the people, the proposed pay cut would be a powerful reminder to any future President. The equivalent of the slave whispering in the triumphant Roman general’s ear “Remember, you are not a god, you are only mortal”.

    Anyone who can’t see my point need only try to answer the question “Apart from Ron Paul, which other candidate would I trust to actually implement Ron Paul’s budget on the basis of his past voting record?”