Hidden in Mitt Romney’s win in the Washington caucus was the strong performance by Ron Paul, who came in second with about a quarter of Saturday’s vote. This buried fact should tell us plenty about our state’s GOP.
Ron Paul is by all accounts a fringe candidate. He promises to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, drug laws, the IRS, the EPA, the Civil Rights Act, foreign aid (including aid to Israel), and the Department of Education (among others). Paul is a reductio ad absurdum running for President. And, yet, in Washington, he won a respectable second.
At the same moment that Paul was placing second, our state’s GOP senators were pulling off a coup to push their own budget plan. In the spirit of Ron Paul, it balances the budget at the expense of the deserving poor, cutting hundreds of millions from social services for children, the working poor, and the temporarily disabled.
And, as if that were not distasteful enough, the GOP budget stunts our future job creators by cutting tens of millions of dollars in investment from K-12 and higher education.
The GOP budget plan is short-sighted and unchristian, but in a party that honors the radical worldview of Ron Paul, it comes as no surprise.