Rand Paul's campaign poster quite clearly illustrates what he values the most... ;)
Mind you, I'm not commenting on his policies here, I mean this from a purely campaign perspective. I find it odd to write the most powerful point (the dream) so that it is the hardest one to see. There are so many ways this poster could have been designed better.
A poster like this doesn't motivate people. Instead, you have to motivate yourself. In comparison, Obama's "Yes we can", "Change we can believe in" and "Hope" posters so very clearly motivated people.
Again, I'm not talking about their policies here. I'm talking about the message.
We can have a long debate about Rand Paul's policies another day. From how he plans to end the budget deficit (good!), by creating a flat tax (uh oh...) and by lowering taxes by $700 billion per year (uhm...).
You don't have to be much of an economist to see that this isn't really possible. You can't solve overspending by earning even less money, nor putting the same tax burden on the poor (who can't afford it), as for the rich (which will get much richer).
Or rather, you could do this if he also proposed a dramatic increase in minimum salary and a mandatory and much larger share of a company's profit being paid out to the employees. In other words, let the people who do the work, get paid for that work. But on his campaign website he makes no mention of jobs, minimum pay, or share of profits. Instead, he proposed that people should work longer by changing when you can retire.
The math just doesn't add up. You can't solve a $18 trillion deficit, by lowering overall taxes by $700 billion, and shifting the tax burden so that the poor pay a larger share of the overall than the rich. The money has to come from somewhere.
And as for cutting spending. In the US, there is only one place that really makes a difference, and that is the US Defense Budget. If you combine the current cost + veteran costs + the military's share of the US deficit interests, they make up 47% of the total spending per year. Or around $1.3trillion. But Rand Paul shows no sign that he wants to reduce that. Instead, he proposes to provide even more for them.
We are left with the non-military spending, of $1.5 trillion, which goes to social security, education, science, infrastructure, police, the remaining deficit interest payments and so forth. And remember, he plans to cut taxes by $700 million.
So, to be able to both cut taxes AND pay off the interests on the deficit AND pay off the deficit itself, he would basically have to cut ~60% of the government's non-military spending. Again, you don't have to be an economist to realize that this won't work.