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Cal Thomas: The GOP's fear factor

Cal Thomas: The GOP's fear factor

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," he could not have foreseen today's Republican Party.

A bill authored by Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, that would require the federal government to balance the budget each year was soundly defeated last week in the Senate. Even Mr. Paul admitted he thought the bill had no chance, but he told the Washington Post his purpose was to point out Republican hypocrisy. Mr. Paul accused his Republican colleagues of engaging in an "unholy alliance" with Democrats to keep increasing spending,...