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Rand Paul Floor Remarks on Funding Bills: "Both are inadequate, POTUS is tone deaf."

Below is a video and transcript of his remarks.

Sen. Rand Paul Floor Remarks on Balancing the Budget
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 15:43

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul today took to the Senate floor to speak on the issue of our nation’s debt crisis and dire need to balance the budget.

We are discussing and debating two different alternatives, one from the other side of the aisle and one from our side, about what we should do about the budget deficit.

We have projected a $1.65 trillion deficit in the next year.

I think both alternatives are inadequate and do not significantly alter or change our course. On the Democrat side, we have a proposal to cut about $5 billion to $6 billion for the rest of the year. To put that in perspective, we borrow $4 billion a day.

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'bout time we got some bold questions

I grew up beliving in the land of the free -at least one person in the senate seems to care about freedom -Go Rand!!

Government is supposed to protect our freedom, our property, our privacy, not invade it. Ron Paul 2007

Ron and Rand for America.

If people would only listen and lead the dollar could be saved.

Be Bold Rand, be BOLD!

Be Bold Rand, be BOLD!


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The money I donated to Rand was the best money I spent all last year...

I'm also so glad Ron has a private plane for his trip. Ron, I wish, sir, that I could donate to a luxury fund so that you could have a glass of wine and a massage without feeling any guilt for spending donation money. You have worked so hard and have given me so many hours of education and entertainment, it would be my honor to pay for something that wasn't work or politically motivated. You deserve it more than anyone I know.

I want to remind people, that

I want to remind people, that Rand himself only posited a budget that saved 450 billion/year (and oddly enough, went after things that need the least going after).

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

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Lots of "least going after" little things added up to a lot.

No one else in the Senate even submitted another cost cutting measure to even consider. What say you to the other 99 members of this esteemed body that are sitting on their hands while the Titanic is sinking? It is better to start cutting somewhere rather than nowhere, IMO.

Well, here is the thing. It

Well, here is the thing.

It is where the most waste and unhelpful things in the budget, where most people want to keep. Unemployment. Medicaid. Defense spending.

Especially those latter two. The rest of the entire discretionary budget is 462 billion IIRC.

So when you propose a budget that cuts military spending by 1% (IIRC), doesn't touch medicare or medicaid, doesn't touch unemployment....you aren't being serious.

When you cut federal food stamps by a greater % then you cut farm subsidies...you are being ridiculous. Is our money better served going towards feeding the incredibly destitute, or towards subsidizing big farms (that no doubt contribute to the destitution of the people).

Moreover, some of the cuts are flat out dumb. When talking about the budget, you have to talk about bang-for-buck policies. No FDA? Perhaps the one non-bought part of government. No DOE, no NIH...forget all the NUMEROUS contributions that those agencies have provided; benefits far, far outstripping their budgets...even planned parenthood is a very good bang-for-your buck system.

You can have a discussion about whether or not govermment SHOULD be involved in those things. But you cannot argue against the facts that those things provides great return on the spending.

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

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Understand your point.

However, the hardest nuts to crack will be the military and the entitlement programs. There will be staunch opposition to any changes, like they are considered to be sacrosanct. That is probably the reason Rand Paul is not going after them right now.

So what is your point. You don't think he knows that. Wake...

up man ! Showing the insignificance of suggested cuts compared to even "things that need the least going after" is a slap in the face of the so called experienced people that have been involved in Washington for years and continue to have no clue or are only there to serve their own personal agenda and not the peoples concerns.

Nice Job Senator Paul. Keep up the fight.

I don't think so. I think you

I don't think so. I think you make the dangerous assumption that the vast majority of Americans want to balance the budget. Well, they do, but not off their backs. And there in lies the problem for any politician.

Even if they want to change things, they can't. If they took away Medicare, people would revolt. Medicaid, revolt. If they cut defense in a meaningful way, Glen Beck's head would explode, and he'd scare his followers into voting for a warmongerer. If anyone raises taxes on the rich, they'll lose their campaign money. If they try and properly regulate the banks or end the Fed, there goes their campaign money (and they will be villified in the press).

Numerous, numerous polls show this. CBS did a poll recently, that showed that Americans came up with 600 billion in deficit reduction, 400 billion of which were tax increases and 200 billion of which were spending cuts (all to defense).

Rand Paul is better than a lot of guys, but even he has questionable stances. He's been very silent on Medicare and Medicaid, and I am very sure that is because he gets compensated greatly by those programs through his profession.

Even Ron Paul, who claims he is for a balanced budget, hasn't really proposed a balanced budget.

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

Possible Reason

He went after stuff that was the least controversial to put forth an example of how to make significant cuts. Maybe cutting aid is Washington is extreme but its popular on main street. The purpose of his budget was to lead by example showing how to make a good start. He's going to be coming out with an entitlement reform bill shortly to tackle that area. He's given lots of lip service to the need to cut form the military. IMHO his strategy has been superb.

This is so true. These Junior

This is so true. These Junior Senators are not supposed to be introducing probably any bills--much less preaching and education to the Senate. GO RAND! THIS is what true representation looks like.

Go Rand

He is doing a great job.

Every time I hear Rand speak

I am more and more impressed!

Formerly rprevolutionist

It was an excellent speech, I wouldn't mind if Rand ran for Pres

For 2012, and I've never had any desire for that before. Of course, I would prefer Ron Paul, but after watching Rand speak today, I sure wouldn't mind anymore.

He is rapidly mastering his job as public servant.

Rand's trying...

but, we all know it is falling on deaf, in the tank, ears.

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
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Deaf ears is right. Yet, not one cosponsor of cost-cutting bill

Latest Title: Cut Federal Spending Act of 2011
Sponsor: Sen Paul, Rand [KY] (introduced 1/25/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 1/26/2011 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 1.


Do members of Senate speak to an empty house, like the House?

Or are there actually Senators sitting there listening? I guess not. All the seats were probably empty.

Tell your Congressman NOW! Don't raise the debt ceiling!

Don't let US be foreclosed!

Spend only revenues!

Audit the Fed!

Free includes debt-free!

I like the charts.

I would think that they would just make the nature of the problem obvious. I realize that not everyone understands numbers that large, but the charts show it in stark relief.

Drain the swamp!

Ty for the post...

Ty for the post...

Excellent Orator

I have been concerned in the past about Sen. Paul's interviewing skills (i.e. he's okay, but he isn't as good as his father). However, after seeing this, I'm so pleased to be able to compliment him on his oratorical skills (which Rep. Paul isn't quite as good at). I think someone already said it earlier...Rand is quite a statesman.

His speech patterns

present the info in such a way that he sounds very reasonable. Sadly, most people are primarily swayed by charisma and if there is any dominating feature of Rand's charisma it's that he exudes reason. Rand is logical and reasonable in both content and presentation.

Go Rand!

Brainstorm: I'd like to see the House pass a one-month continuing resolution - with each department getting the LESSER of their current and 2008 budget.

Then start immediately on a continuing resolution for the NEXT month moving it back to 2004, with the implication that the D's better come to the table or this will keep ratcheting back indefinitely. B-)

That should be an EASY sell to the American voters. With the choice being cutting to levels from a couple years back if the Ds vote for it (just the ticket a couple years into a depression), or "government shutdown" if they vote against, the Ds would get the blame - either way. Rock and a hard place. B-)

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

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That would be a good start, but time is running out on a more...

pressing issue than even the budget and that is raising the debt ceiling. The clock is ticking away quickly to $14.294T, the current limit. Who will buy our worthless bonds after this ceiling is raised?

They better do something fast. Be ready for some economic fireworks

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Rand Paul Senate floor Speech about budget now available.

Transcript of speech also above at link.

Go Pauls!! Keep leading the charge

So impressed! Between him and J. Amash I see real promise.

I'm getting more and more optomistic the more Rand is around.

He is getting publicity like no one. If he ran for prez people would jump all over it.

I'd love for Ron to get it until 2020 and then Rand in 2020! Would be a dream!

Go Pauls!! Keep leading the charge

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto. - T. Jefferson rЭVO˩ution

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.” - BASTIAT

I've said it before and I"ll

I've said it before and I"ll say it again. Rand is doing a great job.

I completely agree

and I honestly had my hesitations about him, although I donated and hoped for the best in the end. I think he is doing an absolutely wonderful job. Very proud.