In a harsh rebuke of President Obama, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said the President is using "histrionics" to scare the American people. Paul said he believes President Obama is "making stuff up" to try to get Americans to put pressure on Congress to stop the sequester spending cuts that are imminent if Congress does not act. Paul added he believes the proposed cuts are the least we can do to begin to make a dent in the exploding national debt.
Limited government advocates are cheering for Senator Paul, as one of the few elected officials in Washington that is not pandering to the tyranny of the majority. Progressives and big spending Republicans are scrambling to avoid the cuts scheduled to happen this week because they do not like the short term consequences that will result from the cuts.
Independent-thinking Americans recognize that something serious needs to be done to save the U.S. economy from disaster. More Americans want spending cuts than tax increases to reduce the national debt by a wide margin. Senator Paul is speaking for them. However, there are many Americans that are benefiting from the Washington spending and thus, they may be predisposed to tell their elected officials to resist the cuts, even if they may be philosophical fiscal conservatives. President Obama is trying to motivate those self-interested voters to put pressure on Congress. At the same time Obama is positioning himself as their savior - rather than putting the long-term interests of the country first.
Senator Paul is calling out President Obama as a demagogue and a calculating politician rather than a statesman or a leader.
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