Poor Rand Paul. He thought he would use the fundraising base of his father and cruise to tea-party victory. What he did not depend on however was his extremist views on just about everything being completely exposed by those who are voting. Now, in a state rich with farming some of those statements are coming back to haunt him as rural Kentucky sees that he scorns them as much as everyone else. Of course, in typical McConnell Republican fashion the Mad Doctor is just flip-flopping and floundering.
You see, farmers and the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky benefit from farm subsidies:
Allison Haley, Conway's press secretary, said Kentucky received at least $446 million from the Department of Agriculture last year "through programs that include helping our Kentucky farmers improve water quality, cope with environmental disasters and provide nutritional assistance for women and children.
In federal fiscal year 2009, Kentucky farmers got more than $265 million in commodities subsidies through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a publication from the USDA Farm Service Agency.
So it was quite a surprise when Rand Paul let the cat out of the bag that he wanted to end this money coming into the state he would represent altogether:
In a May 10 appearance on Kentucky Educational Television with other Republican primary candidates, Paul said he was not in favor of agricultural subsidies.
"I don't think federal subsidies of agriculture are a good idea," he said.
Ah, but the powers to be McConnell must have intervened and let the Mad Doctor know that he had once again done the unthinkable, let real Americans know what Republicans really think of them. Since Republican leadership can simply not afford to allow that, Paul was forced to do a little flipping and flopping:
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul tempered his opposition to federal farm subsidies Wednesday, saying he is "much more moderate" on the issue than he has been portrayed in the media.
Appearing on WHAS-AM radio in Louisville with host Mandy Connell, Paul did not repeat a previous blanket assertion against farm subsidies.
Moderate?? LOL!! Rand Paul will be called many things in this campaign but moderate will not be one of them. The problem is Paul said a stupid thing on his anti-government crusade and got called out on it. The truth is that Paul is just another lackey cut out of the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republican mode. Government is only good when it benefits them. Profits are only good when they go to the right people and Americans should just work for peanuts if business sees fit.
The nightmarish world of Rand Paul comes straight from a McConnell wet dream. They would starve the beast and steal governmental protections from Corporations from working Americans. They would end any taxes on the wealthy to pay for anything. Corporate responsibility would be figuring out how to cheat more working Americans out of wages and benefits and farmers would see their subsidies and price controls stolen away.
Luckily we have an alternative to Rand Paul who cares more about the people of this state than making some misled political statement demonizing everything the government does and all of those who look to the federal government for any kind of assistance. Jack Conway offers a real alternative to the lunacy offered up by Rand Paul and his McConnell on steroids vision of the world:
Jack has always been committed to public service. Just after graduating law school he began working on Gov. Paul Patton's 1995 campaign and after the election he began working as Secretary of the Cabinet. Jack managed many high level administrators and developed a close friendship with current State Auditor, Crit Luallen, who taught him how to be an upstanding public servant. In 2002, Jack ran for Congress and narrowly lost to incumbent, Ann Northup, in one of the closest congressional races that year. And in 2007, Jack was elected as the 49th Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.