Rand Paul shared his take on the benefits of illegal immigrants becoming citizens:
“Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers. Twelve million more people assimilating into society. Twelve million more people being productive contributors.”What an idea! More taxpayers!
And when they become taxpayers, at that point, they become "productive contributors".
Do you see even a tinge of libertarian-oriented thinking there? I don't. The above logic is something that I'd expect from Nancy Pelosi's lips.
Why don't we force everyone in the world to become an American taxpayer? Just think...7 Billion "productive contributors"!!
The job of a libertarian is to get taxation going in the opposite direction....down...with the goal of zero. Furthermore, it is to show others that the process itself is destructive, not productive.
This Senator is walking around carrying a Libertarian banner. Yes, he has denied being a libertarian. But many libertarians (individuals and publications) don't want to hear it. Rand carries the Libertarian banner and that's it!
Today, I read Brian Doherty of Reason use the description:
"This longtime libertarian movement watcher has an ingrained cautiousness about declaring the electorate at large is ready to embrace someone as libertarian as Paul."I'm also going to (ironically) quote Justin Raimondo, who in Jan, appeared on The Lew Rockwell Show. He said to Lew:
"We have to protect the brand; the brand name 'Libertarian'. And we can't ever let it be sullied by opportunists."
The political successes and failures in Rand Paul's future are not the issue. The issue is attaching the word "Libertarian" to them, and him.
It's a big time mistake that will come back to bite hard if the population at large believes it.
So to libertarians....Listen to Rand's own words:
They thought all along that they could call me a libertarian and hang that label around my neck like an albatross, but I'm not a libertarian.Do the ideas of liberty, and Rand Paul himself, a huge favor: Remove the albatross that you've placed around his neck.
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