As Congress comes back in session after summer recess, Republican U.S. Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul returns to Washington D.C. with the wind at his back following a well-received address at the Republican National Convention last month, and the upcoming release of his second book: Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds. Sen. Paul came to TheBlaze newsroom in New York City Monday to discuss his new book and where government regulations can go too far, in an interview with TheBlaze.com's Senior Contributor Mallory Factor.
"Sometimes government regulations start out reasonable, but sometimes they get carried away," Sen.Paul said Monday.
In Government Bullies, Sen. Paul examines out-of-control government regulations and ill-advised legislation that infringes on the rights of citizens. At TheBlaze newsroom Monday, Sen. Paul told us about some of the outrageous cases discussed in the book, and how even policies created with good intentions can have the ability to run amok. Sen. Paul pointed to the Clean Water Act of 1974, arming of federal agencies like the Department of Agriculture, and policies of the Transportation Security Administration as examples of legislation that has gone too far.
"We tell the stories in this book about people who have been imprisoned by the American government, bankrupted by the American government, just basically abused," Sen. Paul told Factor. "It's terrible and tragic but the stories are very moving."
Watch Sen. Rand Paul discuss his new book with Senior Contributor Mallory Factor: