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Just Say No to the Kool-Aid

With the able assistance of Jack Hunter, Sen. Rand Paul has written a must-read book for conservatives wondering why we continue to send Republicans to Washington, D.C., who say all of the right things when running for office and then quickly fall in line with the “inside the Beltway” political elites who have controlled the Republican machinery in the post-Reagan period of American politics.

In a chapter entitled “Equal Parts Chastisement, Republicans and Democrats,” the author adroitly observes that there has been precious little difference between the current Democratic administration and its immediate Republican predecessor:

[I]magine Obama had governed from 2000 to 2008 exactly as Bush did—doubling the size of government, doubling the debt, expanding federal entitlements and education, starting the Iraq war—the whole works.  To make matters worse, imagine that for a portion of that time, the Democrats actually controlled all three branches of government.  Would Republicans have given Obama and his party a free pass in carrying out the exact same agenda as Bush?  It’s hard to imagine this being the case, given the grief Bill Clinton got from Republicans.

Bolstering his point that the “eight years of Bush were a dismal failure,” Senator Paul cites a 2004 editorial from The Economist, which notes that George W. Bush

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