Rand Paul, after setting the newswires alight with his controversial stance on the Civil Rights Act, is busy touting his "moderate" credentials.
Moderate, in this case, being a euphemism for "laughably timid."
In a recent interview with a Kentucky radio station, Paul rejected the charge of his political opponent that he was opposed to farm subsidies. Not true, sayeth Paul. He is "much more moderate than that."
According to an article in yesterday's Lexington Herald-Leader, Paul's less-than-radical view on farm subsidies is that, well, maybe dead people should not receive them:
Let's just agree that we will get rid of subsidies for dead farmers first," he said.
After that, Paul said, the government should restrict subsidies to farmers who make more than $2 million a year.
Paul said 2,007 farmers last year whose income was greater than $2 million received subsidies.
"Let's agree that maybe we can cut them out," he said.
Despite his "ideologically pure" stance on the CRA, Rand Paul can compromise on issues of freedom when he wants to, for example on drug laws and gay marriage, as Tim Lee points out. And now, apparently, he is to the left of Barack Obama (who favored a $500,000 adjusted gross income limit) when it comes to farm subsidies. Paul's choice of when to be ideologically pure is curious indeed.
HT: Don Carr at the Environmental Working Group