Wait were you blocked? I also thought 17% was too high but you can't really pi$$ on Rand for "summarizing" his budget plan in a 20 minute speech that touched on multiple issues. Let's wait until he releases his budget proposal before we demonize. Also, I don't want to sound like a dick but your opening sentence, "Senator Paul may have just lost me for good..." sounds rather hostile and perhaps you were blocked because they thought it was a troll post? Either way I'll vote your post up, it's a good discussion.