In a passionate speech to the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) mocked so-called “fiscal conservatives” who voted to cut funding to National Public Radio, even when it’s not clear if such a move would affect the deficit, but don’t seem to mind continuing funding for the Afghan war.

“There’s a serious question of whether [eliminating NPR funding] will even cut one penny, but at least the fiscal conservatives are going to be overwhelmingly in support of slashing NPR, go home and brag about how they’re such great fiscal conservatives,” Paul said.

“The very most they might save is $10 million. That’s their claim to fame for slashing the budget. At the same time they won’t consider for minute cutting a real significant amount of money.”

This video is from C-Span, broadcast Thursday, March 17, 2011.