One of my favorite post-election rituals is exploring how the political press conducts the interviews they should have done before Election Day after the results are in from Election Day.
‘Tis a joy!
Example – a certain Christiane Amanpour of ABC News’ This Week scored a post-election interview with Kentucky’s new Tea Party Senator-elect Rand Paul.
Ms. Amanpour asked Paul what he’s going to do.
Senator-elect Paul said he plans to cut spending “all across the board.”
Amanpour pressed Paul for specifics, but he doubled-down with "I'm going to look at every program, every program."
Senator-elect Paul, who has a seat on the Senate Budget Committee on his holiday wish list, then said he would freeze federal hiring and reduce the number of federal employees by 10% along with the remaining government employees' wages by 10%.
Where he came up with 10% remains unclear…just as how he intends to reduce the national debt by cutting spending without raising taxes remains hazy as a motherfucker.
Paul then turned to those entitlement programs…you know, those pesky spending programs like Social Security and Medicaid that no one thought to ask his happy to be nappy ass about until after the election.
He was clear about not wanting to impact those folks who are currently using those entitlement programs…which makes me think that someone may need some Libertarian re-education, lest the lure of future electability trump the will to mercilessly hack government to death.
Anyhoo…Senator-elect Paul is pondering raising the retirement age and changing the entire structure of social security, but just for folks 55 years of age and under.
Paul then made the case that our debt isn’t a revenue problem but rather a spending problem…which reminds me of when I first faced the challenge of living life odd of my paycheck and created a budget that kicked major ass except it neglected to factor in my being human and needing food.
But my favorite portion of the interview was this from Paul…
"You need to ask of every program – and we take no program off the table."
"Can it be downsized? Can it be privatized? Can it be made smaller? ... We need to get our fiscal house in order.”
And I can’t help but remember all those folks at the town hall who shouted that they don’t want government healthcare or government involved in their lives.
“Can it be downsized?”
They ought to sleep well knowing that Senator-elect Paul is already working hard…
“Can it be privatized?”
…to radically alter social security by privatizing the hell out of it…
“Can it be made smaller?”
…and Lawd knows Tea Party supporters should find comfort knowing that Paul then plans to starve that horrible unpopular government healthcare atrocity called Medicaid to death.
And this is Paul being vague.