Skip to comments.KY-Sen. 2010: (Rand) Paul explains his platform ("government created the entire problem")
Posted on 11/09/2009 12:28:45 PM PST by rabscuttle385
Dr. Rand Paul, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, explained his position on taxes, government spending, the drug abuse epidemic, welfare and other government benefits during an exclusive interview with the Times-Tribune, just hours before his appearance at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.
Initially, Dr. Paul addressed drug abuse in rural Kentucky. As a doctor, he immediately zeroed in on more vigilant policing of doctors who recklessly write prescriptions. He asked, Are they being disciplined? Im a doctor and occasionally Ill get notification from the medical licensure board of people who are having their licenses suspended.
Referencing a recent report which listed Whitley County as one of five Kentucky counties which averaged more than four controlled substances per resident, Dr. Paul said, There needs to be more policing through the state licensure board if youre prescribing inappropriately or to somebody who is selling their medication, and theres evidence of that, your medical career should be over.
I dont know of anyone who has a magic bullet or answer if they did, wed have gotten rid of it by now, he added. One idea Paul proposed was imposing drug testing on those who receive government benefits. He explained, If youre giving people money from the government, perhaps you could tie the money from taxpayers to the drugs.
Shifting topics, he explained, Of course, if more of your tax money was left at home, you could hire more officers to combat crime.
I think we ought to leave more of Kentuckys tax money in Kentucky if you need more money in Whitley, Knox, or Laurel, lets stop sending so much to Washington D.C. He defended his position, saying, A lot of your tax money gets lost on the middle man projects are better financed at the local level.
I think every individual taxpayer is entitled to retain as much of their hard earnings as they can I dont believe it should be taken from you, sent to Washington, and only 50 percent sent back to your community.
When asked about Congressman Rogers record of securing federal funding for special projects across southeastern Kentucky, Dr. Paul pledged his opposition to earmarks. I dont have a comment on Congressman Rogers, he said. But as far as the earmarking process, or saying that Ill go to Washington promising to show you the money, Ive made a promise to not make earmarks.
However, he was quick to point out that even though he wouldnt make earmarks, he believes if we can balance the budget and be fiscally responsible, then yes, Kentucky should gets its fair share from the federal government. The problem now, he says, is that Americans can no longer finance special projects in any state.
Turning to a more local topic, Dr. Paul congratulated Whitley County for landing Global Green Cars Inc. He said a community south of his current residence near Bowling Green recently missed out on a similar factory which would have produced Zap! cars. When asked his opinion of the Obama administrations decision to not award any grant money to help Global Green Cars, he focused primarily on the administrations gross spending habits.
While Global Green Cars may have deserved funding, Dr. Paul said, My point is theres no money to give anybody right now. He asked, Was it a good idea to give people $4,500 cash for clunkers? And then answered the question himself, saying Well yeah, if youre the recipient.
Dr. Paul then asked, What happened to our country at large? Each person got $4,500 that we borrowed from somewhere The number one issue facing our nation is the deficit; I think were drowning in debt.
He continued railing against the nations spending habits, saying, One of the main reasons I run, is that the debt is so profound now.
While speaking to students and locals at U of C, Dr. Paul got the crowds attention when he said the nation is spending approximately $53,000 per second, with an expected deficit of 1.75 trillion dollars. Furthermore, he claimed that the interest alone on the nations debt is around $30 billion per month.
We need to reduce the spending side in Washington we all see the need for more spending, but we have to decide how well finance that as a country will we borrow more from the Chinese?
Reverting back to the drug abuse epidemic, Dr. Paul said, Williamsburg police need more officers. Well, can we borrow $32,000 for an officers salary from the Chinese? Answering his own question, he believes people would find such a proposition absurd, saying, No, that doesnt make sense.
He then said that local law enforcement could receive more funding if federal elected officials used restraint with the nations checkbook. During the interview and his speech, Dr. Paul pointed to Senator Robert Byrd and Senator Ted Stevens. Pointing to misguided fiscal priorities, he quipped that Byrd paved every road in West Virginia and that Stevens built the infamous Road to Nowhere in Alaska.
Of such Senators, he said, Theyre more concerned with feathering their own nests and their longevity They have been bringing pork barrel projects to their states for years, and its not based on the quality of their projects, but their seniority.
I see no reason why a senator should be there longer than two six-year terms I see no reason why a representative should be there longer than six two-year terms . None of them should be up there for more than 12 years.
Two of this areas elected officials, Congressman Rogers and Senator McConnell, have served much longer than 12 years, and when asked after his speech how he felt about McConnell, he deflected and said, Id support term limits even if my own dad had to come home, referencing Congressman Ron Paul of Texas.
Dr. Paul also shared his respect for those living in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, saying, Ive met people in Appalachia, and theyre no different than the people in western Kentucky theyre just as smart, just as able.
He said he was, however, concerned about the future of Appalachia due to what he feels is an attempt to restrict coal use by President Obama.
He explained, Every time you want to mine coal, you must get a permit, and basically, Obama has slowed the process because hes very anti-coal if you interview any spokesman for the different coal companies, theyll tell you they are very worried I think thats the biggest problem facing Appalachia right now.
Im opposed to Cap and Trade; I think it will be a disaster for Kentucky. If elected, Dr. Paul said he would streamline the process coal companies must go through to receive permits or, at least, minimize the federal governments role in the process.
During the interview, he said, Id introduce legislation to force the executive branch to give permits. During his speech, he also criticized recent presidents for expanding the powers of the executive branch of government. Dr. Paul received applause after he said, The President has become way too powerful.
Lastly, he explained his views on welfare and entitlement programs. Specifically, he targeted those who abuse the system, saying more policing is needed to ensure that those who receive government benefits actually need and deserve them.
But, he explained, you dont want the policing coming from Washington in the old days, you would have to go to the office downtown and sit in front of someone who asks, Whats wrong with you?
He continued, saying, Were not supposed to be giving life-long welfare, and we shouldnt give Social Security to drug addicts, but if you say youre addicted to heroin, theyll put you on permanent disability.
Before a crowd of nearly 90 people, Dr. Paul echoed a former sentiment of the old Republican party.
He said, Government created the crisis, government created the panic, government created the entire problem.
Looks like he gets it.
The Pauls win me on a lot of things, but they’re too restrictive on things like foreign policy for my liking and I don’t agree with them on decriminalization of drugs. Unfortunately they aren’t the type who are willing to moderate on their stances to advance their cause.
BTTT for Dr. Paul!
I haven’t touched anything worse than Marijuana and haven’t touched that since 1977. I also think people who use it are not being very bright.
That said, I think drugs need to be treated like alcohol.
If the republic's to ever recover from the death spiral, they'll have to hear the bad news.
People don't *like* bad news.
People want lies, sweet little lies.
So the people get what they deserve.
A Pyrrhic *victory*, yes; but, it'll be spun into a *victory*, nonetheless.
And the people?
They'll be made to feel like winners. LOL
100% what he said! I wish I could vote for him!
The Pauls believe that there are exactly two documents that exist as the contract between the Federal government and the people -- The US Constitution and The Bill of Rights. That's it -- those documents, period, and any politician who oversteps the limits outlined in those documents or attempts to trample on the rights of the people as guaranteed in those documents, is doing so at his or her own peril.
The Constitution, itself, has a foreign policy that says "Only Congress Can Declare War". That isn't just "the Paul's foreign policy", it's the Constitution's. That the Paul's are the only ones really defending Constitutional foreign policy -- and getting called "kooks" for doing so -- says quite a lot about the rest of the politicians out there.
As for drug policy, I doubt that there is anyone out there who would describe our current drug policy as "a success". So it is worth looking at other alternatives.
There was an interesting study that came out a few months ago on what happened in Portugal with changes made to their drug policy.
In 2001, Portugal decriminalized (not legalized) all drug use, including cocaine and heroin. At the same time Portugal still retained the right to go after drug traffickers. Before the law was enacted, the Portugese population worried about all the same things that we worry about when talking about the legalization of drugs -- an increase in usage among the young, an increase in crime, etc. But eight years after the new law was enacted, the results have been virtually nothing has changed except saving money. Drug use has remained pretty much level as before with a slight decrease. However, drug deaths and the contraction of STDs has dropped dramatically. The country has saved a lot of money which they have chosen to use in offering drug treatment options.
In a perfect world, no one would ever use drugs, alcohol or smoke. But in this less than perfect world, there are those who do. The point is to deal with issue sanely so that we don't do more harm than good -- to the users or to ourselves. I can't say that we are behaving sanely on this issue now, because we have been fighting The War on Drugs for the last 30 years, losing that war, yet still keep on fighting it the same way while expecting a different outcome. There has to be a better way. Perhaps "decriminalization" rather than "legalization" is worth a look.
Meanwhile, I agree with what Rand Paul said above about not giving drug addicts Social Security. That is an insane policy that offers financial incentives for becoming a drug addict -- yet that is also part of our current drug policy.
He also had more to say, about the heathcare issue. I got an email from his campaign about some townhalls he has coming up, for those in Kentucky who care to go:
As the democrats in Washington move swiftly to put the government between the doctor and the patient, Dr. Rand Paul is holding Town Halls across the state to champion Capitalism. Is the problem in healthcare too much capitalism or not enough? Dr. Paul makes the case that we do not have any mobility of prices in healthcare and that is one of the many problems not being mentioned in the debate today.
To hear more of Dr. Rand Paul’s Healthcare Reforms, please attend one of the following events:
On Tuesday, November 9, Rand Paul will hold a Town Hall in Bowling Green KY at Western Kentucky University at 6:30 PM in the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center room 189 Recital Hall.
On Saturday, November 14, Rand Paul will hold a Town Hall in Lexington KY at the Lexington Christian Academy at 11:30 AM EST.
Also on Saturday, November 14, Dr. Paul will hold another Town Hall in Mount Sterling KY at McNabb Middle School at 4 PM EST.
On Tuesday, December 1, Dr. Paul will travel to Pikeville KY to hold a Cap & Trade Town Hall at Landmark Inn — Mark 5 Meeting Hall at 6 PM EST.
These Town Halls are free and open to the public.
Rand Paul For US Senate
Bowling Green Town Hall
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY
6:30 PM CDT
Click here for event info
Rand Paul at duPont Manual
Thursday, November 12, 2009
2:30 PM EDT
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Rand Paul at Jefferson Co GOP
Thursday, November 12, 2009
6:30 PM EDT
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Lexington Town Hall
Saturday, November 14, 2009
11:30 AM EDT
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Rand Paul’s Tea Party
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Online Fundraising Day