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Rand Paul on Budget Vote: 'I Wasn't Elected to Allow Business as Usual'

United States Senator Rand Paul (Republican of Kentucky) makes remarks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Photo by: Ron Sachs/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Although he’s been blasted by his fellow Republicans and by the Democrat/media complex, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul continues to oppose the budget deal between Democrats and Republicans:

“I ran for office in 2010 with what was called the Tea Party Tidal Wave at that point, and we were very, very critical of President Obama’s deficits approaching a trillion dollars in a year,” he explained on Face The Nation. “We talked endlessly about them. We had a hundred thousand people rally on the Mall in Washington. And I’m still against deficit spending. Just because Republicans are doing it doesn’t make it any better.”

He said Republicans finally need to ask themselves whether one can be fiscally conservative “and be for unlimited military spending. There is sort of this question: is the military budget too small or maybe is our mission too large around the world? Because Republicans are unwilling to confront that [question], they want more-more-more for military spending. To get that, they have to give Democrats what they want, which is more-more-more for domestic spending.”

“The compromise,” the senator continued, “while some are happy — ‘oh, it’s bipartisanship!’ — well, if the bipartisanship is exploding the deficit, I’m not so sure that’s the kind of bipartisanship we need.”

On Monday, Senator Paul tweeted his continued opposition to the deal:

Finally, he finished the day with a warning to his fellow Republicans:

Although Republicans control the White House and Congress, there seems to be one lone Republican senator willing to take a stand for fiscal conservatism. You’d almost think that all the outrage about soaring deficits during Obama’s presidency was nothing more than a show for voters.