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March 22, 2013 - 11:39 am

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today introduced a budget he says will balance the budget in five years with $2.3 trillion in tax cuts.

Paul’s “Platform to Revitalize America” brings spending below the historical average of 19.1 percent of GDP in the first year and spends $9.6 trillion less over the next 10 years based on the current Congressional Budget Office baseline. It achieves a $17 billion surplus in FY2018 and reforms entitlement programs — Medicare recipients, for example, would receive the same healthcare plan as members of Congress.

It replenishes $126 billion to the Defense Department stripped in sequestration and puts an annual cap on foreign aid at $5 billion. The plan also repeals ObamaCare and Dodd Frank.

Paul’s budget kills four government agencies: the departments of Commerce, Education, Housing and Urban Development, and Energy. It also privatizes the Transportation Security Administration.

“Washington has a serious and reckless spending problem that must be re-evaluated. American families across the country are required to live by a budget and Congress should be no different – every taxpayer dollar needs to be spent more wisely. Therefore, I am offering a plan that will address this country’s looming debt crisis in a truly timely manner – balancing the budget in just five years,” Paul said. “The time has come for a change that will restore fiscal order in this country, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that this happens.”

His budget includes a flat tax and lifts barriers to domestic energy exploration and production.

UPDATE: Late this evening the Senate voted on Paul’s budget as an amendment to the continuing resolution. It failed 18-81.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Every once in a while the sunrise in my eastern windows is just about perfect.
Every once in a while someone shows a royal straight flush.I voted for
President Reagan twice,and knew i was right.Just got that old feeling again! Beware Mr.Paul,both sides fear a clear thinking man.
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Reduce EPA to one office with two desks at the Dept. of Agriculture, give NOAA to the Coast Guard, give the Coast Guard to the Navy, merge Health & Human Services with NIH and sell NIH. Oh, and make cabinet secretaries into real secretaries. With a cubicle and a file cabinet. Add this to the proposal and you'll be getting somewhere. The sad thing is that Paul's budget is being portrayed as some kind of stunt. It's really a half measure.
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It's a good start, but I noticed he didn't get rid of the EPA.
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Who can I vote for that will disestablish Department of Homeland Security?
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Hail liberty!
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dear congress, YOU ARE NOT LISTENING TO YOUR BOSSES! THAT VOTE SHOULD HAVE GONE THE OTHER WAY, 81-18. you are all a bunch of crooks with your salary increase and pork spending and cronyism. GET OUT!
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Getting rid of The Dept. of Education would be enough to get my vote and my gratitude. The others would be icing on the cake.
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Who are the 18 and more importantly, who are the 81? Anyone have the info or a link to it? Tried searching the senate site already.
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Killing the Dept's of Housing, Commerce, Education & Energy would be a great start. What about the Environmental Protection Agency. They are a bigger wart and money sponge than the other four? We really need this kind of sanity to get government started towards real control and then we can start getting that 'limited government' kind of feeling. With these bureauracies gone, Congress needs to get the feel of taking control of their responsibilities instead of whatever they are doing now.
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Failed 18 to 81? That means a lot of Republicans don't want to stop the spending either. But then why should they, big government benefits them also, and provides the job security that gives them benefits way above what the average citizen can expect in the private sector. It also gives our "esteemed" representatives, recession proof salaries.
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Finally! The start of a viable solution to our spending problem. Let's do away with
Education while we're at it and scale down EPA and IRS. I'm with Rand!
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