I gave this post a tongue-in-cheek title because Congressman Paul has produced a very good budget plan.
Which is to be expected since he is the candidate closest to my views according to the Reason political quiz (though I do criticize him when appropriate).
Representative Ron Paul on Monday unveiled an aggressive budget plan that would greatly shrink the federal government that he is seeking to run, eliminating the agency that oversees airport security, the departments of energy and education — and three others — while cutting all war financing. Providing a stark vision of what a libertarian takeover of the White House would look like, the plan would slash the federal budget by $1 trillion in a single year and, Mr. Paul said, bring the budget into balance within three. The federal workforce would be cut by 10 percent across the board. Aid to foreign nations would stop flowing altogether.
There’s obviously a lot to applaud about this proposal, and he gets rid of five useless cabinet-level departments (Energy, HUD, Commerce, Interior, and Education).
But why not get rid of the Department of Agriculture, which is a rat’s nest of destructive subsidies?
Is there any reason not to get rid of the Department of Transportation, which does things that should be handled by the private sector, or state and local government?
But let’s not make the perfect the enemy of the very good. If we ever got half of what Congressman Paul is proposing, I might actually be briefly happy.