Ron Paul's reduces debt by 3 trillion over 4 years. His budget plan also produces $2.6 trillion less revenue than President's. A coalition of Libertarians and Republicans ought to be able to get 1.6 trillion more in revenues but for the sake of argument, let's say we can agree to 1 trillion in cuts and 1 trillion in revenue increases through tax reform which reduces the vast majority's tax burden while increasing the tax burden on the super wealthy. That would mean we have moved 2 trillion dollars away from militarism and corporatism. If Paul can agree to allow half of this to go to the states according to population, he can have a winning coalition.
It is encouraging that Paul has mentioned block grants. Such grants would put general limitations on how funds may be spent, which would be better than allowing Texas to use all of the funds to subsidize petro slurping. We might propose this one: funding of tax breaks must account for not more than half of the funds a state receives in a federal block grant. That would be great but Paul probably would not agree to it.
Paul wants an opt out for citizens age 25 or less. How much this would cost is unknown but it can safely be assumed that Paul wants all funds from reductions to go to funding only debt reduction, tax reduction and entitlements depleted by the opt out. I say give him a vote on this proposal. We might be able to make a deal of a public option in exchange for an opt out. That would be a long shot deal. Most likely progressives would have to live without a public option under a Paul administration and Paul would have to live without his opt out dream under the coalition that elects him. Unfortunately things would not be any different under Obama 2.
I fear that neither side is willing to work this deal out, preferring instead dueling street theater. Paul has shared his budgetary priorities. Skepticism is much called for. However, let's not pretend that we are going to get a better deal under Obama. His budget will spend at least 600 billion more on militarism. If he would adjust his budget and match Paul's cuts in fake defense and false security, he would get my vote. I am still voting for Paul in the primary but I want to see who gives the American people the best deal in the general election. I would like to have that choice rather than doing the no-brainer to block a Romney clone.