Let us assume that: (1) Rand Paul is elected President in 2016; and (2) Republicans gain control of the Senate and retain control of the House. This is not an unreasonable scenario. It should also be clear that Republicans already control the Supreme Court by a 5-4 majority, so nothing would impede radical changes in U.S. government policy.
Here is what we could expect within the first four years of a Rand Paul Presidency…
(1) Reduced Taxes. If there is one thing you can say about Rand Paul, it is that he believes tax cuts are good, and the bigger the better. Expect huge tax cuts within the first 100 days. This will of course create a much bigger budget deficit so next we would see…
(2) Reduced Government Spending. Rand Paul and the GOP will try to “balance the budget,” which will probably be impossible, but they will try, by cutting every program they don’t like (see below).
(3) Privatization of Medicare and elimination of Medicaid. The poor will be simply cut off: the GOP’s healthcare policy for them will be “get thee to an emergency room.” The elderly will be given “vouchers” that will cover only a part of the cost of their medical care. Over time, the percentage covered by the government will shrink.
(3) Privatization of Social Security. Young people will be encouraged (but not required to) set up Individual retirement accounts to which they, but not their employers, will contribute. For people over 50 and those already retired, the traditional Social Security System will continue to operate, but benefits will steadily be cut, over time, by removing the automatic annual cost of living increases.
(4) Repeal of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. There is no racism in society today (except liberal bias against whites) so this legislation is not needed.
(5) Repeal of the 1935 Labor Relations Act. While unions will still be (theoretically) legal, any actions that they take (strikes, picketing, organizing campaigns) will be illegal, as was the case before 1935.
(6) Repeal of the Environmental Protection Act. “Regulations,” President Paul will explain to us, don’t work and add just add cost to businesses which raises prices to the consumer. Also, global warming is a myth and the health hazards of air and water pollution are greatly exaggerated by “environmentalist nuts.”
(7) Repeal of the Federal Minimum Wage. According to President Paul’s economic advisors, getting rid of the minimum wage will create millions of new jobs. (And pigs will fly!)
(8) Military Isolationism. George Bush and the neocons had a vision: use military power to establish an American Empire. They went into Iraq to: (a) get the oil; and (b) build a number of huge military bases that could then exert more direct control over the Middle East (and its oil). I don’t think Rand Paul has any interest in continuing this policy, for the simple reason that it didn’t work. But then the oil companies don’t really need Middle-East oil any more. They are too busy exploiting Canadian tar sands and “fracking” for natural gas in every corner of the USA.
Those are the items I would expect to see in President Rand Paul’s first term agenda.
I’m sure you can think of others.
Now, let’s discuss how these policies, if enacted, would transform American society.
— Nash 2.5 is a Trail Mix Contributor