Senator Rand Paul has successfully filibustered the United States Senate and singlehandedly shutdown the government for a few minutes. Readers should note that this shutdown did not last, and the votes necessary to pass the budget have already been considered for the Senate. Congressional staffers and representatives were clearly irritated, and some awful comments circulated media surrounding Paul and his actions. Reports later showed that Bette Midler and others insinuated things about Rand’s neighbor, who brutally assaulted late last year.

Why Rand Shut It Down

What Senator Paul did do, however, was brought to light an issue that all Americans should be conscious of. The primary concern for the senator is a deficit that’s bigger than anyone on the hill wants to admit. With over $20 trillion in debt, the country has a choice to make, and one that will affect future generations. Ironically, most sitting congressional leaders will never live to see the damage their debt game will cause. For millennials, the impact of the deficit is a major one, and shouldn’t be something we toss aside because it isn’t as interesting as Trumps latest tweet.

According to Cliff Maloney at the Washington Examiner, our greatest national security threat could be our own federal debt. He highlights the major absences of deficit conscious elected officials and points to Rand Paul’s penny plan. The penny plan incorporates a 1 cent deduction over every federal dollar spent. The plan would balance the budget in a mere 6 years, and rid the future generations of the potential threats the deficit continues to pose.

Public Trust In Government

Rand continues to be a political juggernaut in Washington, and one of the last who’s unafraid to buck the status quo regardless of party. He embodies ideals that conservatives and independent voters throughout the country continue to be worried about. Pew Research reports that trust in government fluctuates, but it still remains low compared to the early years of the cold war and before. We need to ask ourselves, is it appropriate to continue to kick the can down the road? And if the answer is yes, we should do so knowing it jeopardizes the future. If Americans generally distrust government, we shouldn’t be so comfortable letting it spiral into irreversible debt.