Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has been very clear about his inability to vote for a Republican budget that won’t balance out our out of control spending. Just last month, he stated that he would outright refuse to vote for the upcoming budget that ads nearly $10 trillion to our debt, and at a $1 million a minute, it’s very understandable that the libertarian leaning Republican would put his foot down on the brake as hard as possible.
And to reaffirm this, Paul took to the floor on Wednesday and absolutely demolished the budget that Republicans are calling the “vehicle to repeal Obamacare.” While the name makes it sound like something Republicans would be foolish not to vote on, Paul isn’t having it, and let his colleagues know it in a 20 minute speech.
“The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same,” began Paul. “Republicans won the White House. Republicans control the Senate. Republicans control the House. And what will the first order of business be for the new Republican majority? To pass a budget that never balances. To pass a budget that will add $9.7 trillion of new debt over ten years.”
“Is that really what we campaigned on?” asked Paul. “Is that really what the Republican party represents? Our first order of business will be a budget that never balances!”
“Is it all smoke and mirrors?” continued Paul. “Is there really a difference? Are Republicans different from Democrats? It’s a pretty important question.”
After comparing this increase in debt to former Democratic plans that brought us further into nation destroying debt, Paul offered a solution that would actually bring it under control for the first time in years.
“As this moves forward, I will offer a replacement,” said Paul. “I will offer my own budget. I will offer to strike and remove $10 trillion worth of debt, and I will offer my own budget that balances within five years.”
Paul goes on to explain his plan involves freezing spending, and should other parts of government need increased spending, then they should take them from others. In fact, Paul offers that certain government departments that you could eliminate and you’d never know they were gone, such as the Department of Commerce.
“I remember a time when it was the moderates who were for freezing spending, and the real conservatives were cutting spending,” said Paul. “Now nobody’s for cutting spending!”
Paul also once again aimed his proverbial guns at entitlements. Having before said that if one is not willing to take on our dangerously large entitlement spending, “I just don’t think you’re a fiscal conservative.”
“It is inexcusable that we’re not talking about how we fix Medicare,” said Paul. “It is inexcusable that we’re not talking about how we fix social security! If you don’t fix them, there’s going to be a cliff. Within about a decade, the cliff is so severe that everyone on social security will suffer a 20 percent decline in their monthly check.”
Paul goes on with blistering commentary about Republicans going along with building debt, and once again making it clear that he will not participate in this $9.7 trillion addition to it.
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