During a new interview confirming that he will not endorse Mitt Romney, Congressman Ron Paul has criticized Republicans for precisely what his son Rand spearheaded earlier this month. After telling CNN "no way" he'd endorse Romney, Paul went on MSNBC repeating his rejection of Romney and discussed food stamps.
When Rand Paul went on Glenn Beck TV defending his Romney endorsement last week, he also discussed 4th Amendment-violating drones, noting "I'm afraid Mayor Bloomberg's gonna be going over my backyard barbeque seeing if anyone's got a big gulp, or whether or not I'm separating my recyclables correctly".
The "big gulp" reference was a dig at New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on the sale of sugary soft drinks over 16 ounces in the city.
Bloomberg's absurd nanny-state soda ban has the support of left-wing statists such as Bill Clinton. However, Rand himself has also ironically obsessed on citizen's eating habits, endorsing the very same mindset that Bloomberg promotes. Some states allow those in poverty to redeem food stamps at fast food restaurants because certain recipients, such as the elderly and homeless, don't have access to cooking and refrigeration facilities. Rand insisted that people should not be allowed to buy "junk food" or McDonalds with Food Stamps: "The American people don't want food stamps going to buy junk food, to be used at McDonalds." The freshman senator also tried to characterize some of the nearly 47 million Americans on food stamps as dishonest millionares:
Rand Paul: "Should you buy junk food on food stamps? Should you get to go to McDonald's on foodstamps?" Paul asked. "It's out of control. It's not about helping those in need. It's about being wise with the taxpayer dollars, it's about being wise with the taxpayer dollars and not giving people $20,000 a year in food stamps. We need to give it only to people who can't work, those who are in need, and those who are not able bodied. But we're giving it to millionaires."
Paul's proposed food-stamp amendment, which would have reportedly saved $322 billion over ten years,was rejected 65-33.
Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe June 20, Ron Paul brought up the issue. Asked if he sought to cut social security and other social programs, Paul explained that he wanted people to have the opportunity to opt out of it. He made a specific point about Republicans being "seen as cutting food stamps", and explained that he himself, on the contrary, would be the best protector of such programs because he wanted to cut the massive military budget:
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