Rand Paul

Rand Paul acts like a patriot by opposing the Patriot Act

February 9th, 2011 11:35 pm  |  by  |  Published in Constitution, Liberty, patriot act, Rand Paul  |  1

There were some Ron Paul supporters who worried that Rand Paul’s actions would not follow his words once he entered office. Thus far, they were all wrong. Rand Paul, once again, demonstrates that his campaign promises were far from empty.

During his campaign he opposed renewing the Patriot Act and sure enough he promises to oppose it while in office. Watch the video below for Paul’s statement on the Patriot Act renewal.

Rand Paul’s first speech from Senate Floor on “compromise”

February 3rd, 2011 1:22 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Constitution, Debt, Economics, Rand Paul, Taxes  |  1

Here’s video of Senator Rand Paul’s first speech on the floor of the Senate. First a bit of a history lesson then a bit of an economics lesson.

Ron Paul, Rand Paul raise a double-barrel toward the Federal Reserve

January 26th, 2011 11:56 pm  |  by  |  Published in Activism, congress, Federal Reserve, Free Market, Maven Commentary, Politics, Rand Paul, Ron Paul  |  6 Responses

Let me begin by refusing to apologize for the inflammatory rhetoric in the title of this post because I’m not CNN’s John King. Once again, Ron Paul has re-introduced his Audit the Fed bill in the House. This time his son, Rand Paul, has introduced the companion bill in the Senate. It’s time to put your lawmaker in your cross-hairs and get them to target the Federal Reserve for an audit.

PC SPEECH JOHN KING STYLE DISCLAIMER: We do not condone literally putting your lawmaker in the cross-hairs of your gun or guns. We merely mean that you should become active and request that your lawmakers support a full audit of the Federal Reserve as outlined in these bills. We also do not mean to suggest you, Ron Paul, or Rand Paul, literally grab a double barrel shotgun and shoot it at the Federal Reserve building or any Federal Reserve employee or official. Ok, enough! Now read the damned press release below, please.

SPRINGFIELD, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Congressman Ron Paul and his son, Senator Rand Paul, today introduced companion legislation in both chambers of the United States Congress to require a full and thorough audit of the Federal Reserve.

The bills, both titled The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2011, but known better as “Audit the Fed,” are numbered H.R. 459 in the House and S. 202 in the Senate and continue the efforts championed by Ron Paul last year that won 320 co-sponsors before passing the House and 32 cosponsors in the Senate before falling short on a floor vote.

H.R. 459 starts the session with 56 original bipartisan cosponsors, while Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) are original cosponsors for S. 202.

The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2011 would open up the Fed’s funding facilities, such as the Primary Dealer Credit Facility, Term Securities Lending Facility, and Term Asset-Backed Securities Lending Facility to Congressional oversight and audit by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office. Additionally, audits would include discount window operations, open market operations, and agreements with foreign central banks such as ongoing dollar swap operations with European central banks.

Public polling conducted by Rasmussen Reports in December 2010 indicated that 74 percent of the American People demand transparency at the Fed and support a full audit as called for in the Audit the Fed legislation. In 2009 and 2010, Campaign for Liberty generated over 2.5 million grassroots contacts to federal lawmakers in support of Audit the Fed.

“The Federal Reserve and its loose money, easy credit policies are the culprit for so many of the dire economic problems we face. Americans continue to demand transparency at the Federal Reserve, and Campaign for Liberty is proud to lead the fight to make this legislation the Law of the Land,” said Campaign for Liberty President John Tate. “All across the country, grassroots citizens are uniting behind Ron and Rand Paul and will demand this audit, this year.”

Cutting government… the Rand Paul way

January 25th, 2011 11:20 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Commentary, Debt, government spending, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Politics, Rand Paul  |  4 Responses

After the mostly nauseating SOTU speech by Obama… I noticed that Rand Paul’s press release earlier today announcing his bill to cut spending by $500 billion in 1 year. Not only that but he posted the bill itself along with a 37 page overview with highlights of specific departments/funding he would cut. It’s quite interesting to read and rather bold. In other words… I love it.

Yes, it will never pass, but I still love it.

Some highlights if you are not interested in opening the pdf linked above (though I recommend it because he explains why the cuts can be made):

  • Legislative Branch – Cut by 23%
  • Judicial Branch – Cut by 32%
  • Dept. of Agriculture – Cut by 30%
  • Dept. of Commerce – Cut by 54%
  • Military/Dept. of Defense – Cut by 6.5%
  • Dept. of Education – Cut by 83%
  • Dept. of Energy – Cut by 100%
  • Health and Human Services – Cut by 26%
  • FDA – Cut by 62%
  • CDC – Cut by 28%
  • NIH – Cut by 37%
  • TSA – Cut by 40%
  • Housing and Urban Development – cut by 100%
  • Eliminate Amtrak Subsidies
  • EPA – Cut by 29%
  • International Aid – Cut by 100%
  • NASA – Cut by 25% (mentions fostering private space exploration/tourism)
  • FCC – Cut by 22%

Senator Rand Paul responds to Obama’s State of the Union speech

January 25th, 2011 10:54 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Debt, Economics, government spending, Rand Paul  |  2 Responses

Senator Rand Paul has issued his own response to Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight.

This came after issuing a press release announcing that he has introduced his own plan to slash the federal budget by $500 billion dollars in 1 year.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the face of an ever-expanding national debt, newly elected Senator Rand Paul is taking a bold and proactive step in protecting our national security and lowering our deficit. By introducing $500 billion in spending cuts today – to be enacted over one year – Sen. Paul is starting an important conversation with his Senate colleagues about how to fix our nation’s current economic situation.

“I am proud to introduce my own solution to the mounting debt our spendthrift, oversized government has accrued. By rolling back to 2008 levels and eliminating the most wasteful programs, we can still keep 85 percent of our government funding in place,” Sen. Paul said today.

“By removing programs that are beyond the constitutional role of the federal government, such as education and housing, we are cutting nearly 40 percent of our projected deficit and removing the big-government bureaucrats who stand in the way of efficiency in our federal government,” he continued.

Rand Paul understands what ails us and appears to have the proper solutions. Obama appears to know what ails us, but offers more of the same old failing solutions. More information is available on Rand Paul’s web site, including the text of his spending cut bill.

As the 112th Congress begins, father Ron Paul and son Rand Paul make media rounds

January 6th, 2011 12:31 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, congress, Debt, Economics, Free Market, government spending, Health Care, Politics, Rand Paul, Ron Paul  |  1

The 112th Congress was sworn in yesterday. As expected John Boehner became the new Speaker of The House. Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Ron Paul made several media appearances together.

First, Ron and Rand appeared together on ABC Morning News with George Stephanopoulos:

Neil Cavuto talks to father and son in a more lighthearted discussion but ultimately they discuss raising the debt ceiling and economics. At one point Ron Paul laughs at the nibbling around the edges and says, “I want to repeal the whole government.” Good old Ron.

And finally both appear on John King USA on CNN:

Rand Paul and Ron Paul on Anderson Cooper 360

January 3rd, 2011 11:54 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Foreign Policy, Politics, Rand Paul, Ron Paul, War  |  Comments Off

Ron Paul and incoming Kentucky Senator Rand Paul sat down with an interview with Anderson Cooper earlier tonight. It was an interesting contrast of styles with a similar message.

Great Interview w/ Rand Paul and Mike Lee on Glenn Beck

January 3rd, 2011 11:46 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Economics, government spending, Health Care, national debt, Rand Paul, Taxes  |  Comments Off

Judge Napolitano filled in for Glenn Beck today and interviewed two constitutional conservatives, Rand Paul and Mike Lee. See the results below.

A Christmas Miracle: Someone on the Left actually understands Rand Paul

December 18th, 2010 7:47 pm  |  by  |  Published in Civil Liberties, Commentary, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Politics, Rand Paul  |  5 Responses

I often grow sleepy reading the incessant and inane Twitter comments from the Left about Rand Paul. Granted, it’s hard for some to be enlightening in 140 characters or less. Given some of the comments though, I doubt they’d be enlightening with more characters at their disposal. So in that regard, thank gods for Twitter’s character limit!

Rand Paul’s ideas, like his fathers, do go beyond the length of a tweet, or a debate soundbite. And they are even enlightening, sometimes. To demonstrate this here is a recent tweet from an un-named and un-enlightening liberal individual:

DADT REPEALED!!
65-31. Sorry for your loss, Rand Paul…SUCK ON IT!

The casual reader would automatically assume that Rand Paul’s position on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” would be strong on keeping it in place. However, Rand Paul’s actual position is that it should be left up to the Pentagon (or “the leadership of the military“) to decide whether to repeal it or keep it. The statement from his campaign also denounced the “political posturing” associated with the issue.

Paul’s position, at first glance, could be seen by some as political posturing in its own right, but digging a bit deeper, isn’t his position the correct one? Isn’t it also a libertarian one? It is essentially, a states rights argument. Shouldn’t the decision be made by those that are closest to the issue? This statement hardly demonstrates that Paul is against DADT repeal.

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Rand Paul talks across the board cuts on “This Week”

November 7th, 2010 9:15 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Commentary, congress, Constitution, Debt, Election, Foreign Policy, government spending, Liberty, Rand Paul  |  Comments Off

Rand Paul was interviewed on ABC’s “This Week” by Christiane Amanpour. I thought it was a good interview, but of course, I’m a bit biased. One item that Paul reiterated from his campaign was that we have “to look everything” for cutting government spending. Check it out below.