On Wednesday this week, the Senate voted on a bill that would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more popularly known as Obamacare). It passed by a 51-48 vote; all Democrats, not surprisingly, voted against the bill but it wasn't a one party effort to stop the bill from passing. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) broke ranks with his party and became the only Republican Senator to vote against the bill; it's true and as a result, it drew criticism from the Republican establishment but he did the right thing in doing so and here's why.
Rand stated on the Senate floor, “I won't vote for a terrible budget just to repeal Obamacare.” It's quite obvious that he is doing what his father, former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), did: reading the bills before voting on them. That's what they should be doing, kind of like when you sign a contract you read the whole thing before signing it; you don't carelessly not read anything and sign away, just like you shouldn't carelessly not read what you're voting for and vote away.
Rand did go on to state that as much as he wants to repeal Obamacare, he is not willing to add more to the debt; what they [the Republicans] didn't tell you was that this budget resolution would add $9.7 trillion to the national debt; it's disgraceful that they have full control of Capitol Hill and they couldn't even manage to pass a balanced budget. But what's even more horrible is that they approved a budget, that barely passed, that adds more debt than Obama did in eight years. We're currently over $20 trillion in the hole and the solution is not spending our way out of this problem, so good for Rand for having the guts to do what was right.
I'm sorry to say that the Republicans have not learned, just like the Democrats have not learned either. And guess what? They never will. They are very much spendaholics. But that's just how the District of Corruption works, folks; they write bills that are wolves in sheep's clothing and make people think that they are doing the right thing so they can tip-toe through the cracks and get away with their wrongdoing.
Thank you, Rand Paul for doing the right thing. Keep up the good fight!