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Rand Paul On The Record

- Rand Paul maintains a 100% record (FreedomWorks 2012, 2013, 2014)

- Rand Paul is founder and chairman of the anti-tax organization Kentucky Taxpayers United (KTU) (since 1994).

- Rand Paul formed the Senate Tea Party Caucus with Jim DeMint and Mike Lee as its inaugural members (2011).

- Rand Paul announced a class-action suit against the Obama Administration over the warrant-less surveying the PRISM program allowed for the NSA to utilize. (2014)

- Rand Paul introduced S.209 - Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2013.

- Rand Paul led the 13-hour filibuster against drone strikes targeting Americans. (March 2013)

- Rand Paul voted YES on S.Amdt. 263 to S.Con.Res. 8 - Rand Paul's Budget. This is Senator Rand Paul's budget plan, which would balance in five years, eliminate four Cabinet departments, replace the current tax code with a flat tax, and fundamentally reform all major entitlement programs.

- Rand Paul voted NO on the Motion to Proceed: H.Con.Res. 34 - Rep. Paul Ryan budget, FY 2012. This budget proposal would not balance the budget until at least 2040 (28 years).

- Rand Paul voted YES on S.Amdt. 1472 to S.Amdt. 1470 to S. 2038 - To prohibit earmarks. Amendment to the STOCK Act would eliminate the corrupting practice of earmarks in the Senate.

- Rand Paul voted YES on S.Amdt.1473 to S.Amdt. 1470 to S. 2038 - To prevent the creation of duplicative and overlapping Federal programs.

- Rand Paul voted YES on On the Motion to Proceed: S.J.Res. 37 - Disapproving of the EPA's Utility MACT rule. This resolution would have invoked the Congressional Review Act to stop the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Utility MACT rule. Utility MACT is among the most devastating environmental regulations ever passed, as it would make it nearly impossible for new coal-fired power plants to be built and is already putting existing plants out of business.

- Rand Paul voted NO on H.R. 325 - To Increase the Debt Limit until May 19th, 2013

- Rand Paul voted YES on S.Amdt. 30 to S.Amdt. 26 to H.R. 933 - To Defund ObamaCare. This amendment would effectively defund ObamaCare by tying its funding to economic growth reaching historical average levels. Defunding ObamaCare would reduce ten-year spending by over $1 trillion and would go a long way towards reducing our government's massive annual deficits.

- Rand Paul voted NO on S.Amdt. 656 to S.Amdt. 578 to S.Con.Res. 8 - Allowing states to enforce an internet sales tax.

- Rand Paul voted NO on On Cloture: S. 954 - The Farm Bill. The so-called "Farm Bill" is actually a combination of agricultural policy and welfare, with food stamps accounting for 80 percent of the bill's nearly trillion dollars in projected spending.

- Rand Paul voted YES on S.Amdt. 515 to S.Con.Res. 8 - School Choice.

- Rand Paul voted YES on S.Amdt 307 to S.Con.Res. 8 - To Eliminate the Estate Tax. This amendment to the Senate's budget resolution would call for the outright elimination of the estate tax (better known as the "death tax").

- Rand Paul voted YES on S.Amdt.13 to S. 223 - To repeal the job-killing health care law. This amendment would fully repeal President Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” because it will kill jobs, bankrupt the government, drive up everyone's health insurance costs and put bureaucrats in charge of our health care.

- Rand Paul: “Sometimes conservatives seem to believe that giving the federal government unprecedented power in spying or warrant-less wiretapping is somehow a positive development, but this is exactly the sort of intrusiveness the Founders feared most. This sort of invasiveness is also precisely the reason we have a Second Amendment protecting our right to keep and bear arms.” (Feb 2011)

- Rand Paul: “In the last nine years, the Federal Government has expanded the scope of its power at an alarming rate, while blatantly ignoring the Constitution. Whether it's passing the 315 page Patriot Act without a single member of Congress ever reading the bill, proposing a National ID Card, establishing FISA courts and utilizing warrant-less searches, or betraying the medical privacy of ordinary citizens, the Federal Government has overstepped its limited powers as stipulated in the Constitution.” (Sept 2010)

- Rand Paul: “The President believes that we should just squeeze more money out of those who are working. He's got it exactly backwards. I'm here to tell you, what we need to do is leave more money in the pockets of those who earned it.” (March 2013)

- Rand Paul: “After the sequester, it was announced that the White House would stop giving tours. Administration officials said that it was due to "cuts" imposed by the sequester. Meanwhile the President found an extra $250 million to send to Egypt. You know, the country where mobs attacked our embassy, burned our flag, and chanted death to America. I say: not a penny more to countries that burn our flag. The President says he can't find anything to cut except for White House tours.” (March 2013)

- Rand Paul: “Congress is debating the wrong things. Every debate in Washington is about how much to increase spending--a little or a lot. About how much to increase taxes--a little or a lot. Only in Washington could an increase of $7 trillion in spending over a decade be called a cut.” (Feb 2013)

- Rand Paul: “We will fight to defend the entire Bill of Rights from the right to trial by jury to the right to be free from unlawful searches. We will stand up against excessive government power wherever we see it. We cannot and will not allow any President to act as if he were a king. We will not tolerate secret lists of American citizens who can be killed without trial.” (Feb 2013)

- Rand Paul: “We pay more in taxes now than we spend on food, clothes and housing combined. Taxes are high because spending is out of control. We are spending ourselves into oblivion. Our deficit, as a percentage of gross national product, is greater than at any time in history. We are bankrupting our country, and the bottom line is that the politicians don't get it.” (Feb 2011)

- Rand Paul is 100% Pro-Life.

- Rand Paul: Exit the UN; maintain U.S. sovereignty. (Feb 2011)

- Rand Paul opposes the so-called "NAFTA Superhighway" and any move toward a North American Union (Feb 2011)

- Rand Paul: “Conservatives should criticize GOP when they grow government.” (Feb 2012)

- Rand Paul: “Don't let the liberals tread on the Second Amendment.” (Feb 2013)

- Rand Paul: “Patriot Act violates your gun rights.” (Feb 2011)

- Rand Paul: “2nd Amendment is only as good as the 4th Amendment.” (Sep 2010)

- Rand Paul voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)

- Rand Paul OPPOSES restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)

- Rand Paul: “ObamaCare is still unconstitutional, despite Supreme Court.” (Aug 2012)

- Rand Paul: Lower taxes encourage spending, saving, and investing. (Jul 2010)


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Why Use Freedomworks Scores?

Freedomworks gives Ron Paul a lifetime score of 83%, compared to Rand Paul's 98%. That puts Ron at less value than Rand and also Matt Salmon, Justin Amash, Paul C. Broun, Tim Huelskamp, Jim Bridenstine, Mike Lee, Jeff Flake, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio to name a few, and just 5 points higher than John McCain's 78. Obviously Freedomworks scores are way off.

Compare that with JBS which gives Ron a 96% lifetime score, Rand 94%, Rubio 78, and McCain 63. I don't agree with everything JBS says either, but if we are going to use some handy rule of thumb, it is way better than FreedomWonks.

Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!

"Patriotism should come from loving thy neighbor, not from worshiping Graven images." - ironman77

I have explained this before.

Some "republican voters" are members of FreedomWorks and will not entertain The New American or JBS. I have been slowly trying to bring them over, but rather than to argue/alienate, I will utilize FW to an advantage.

To be fair, there are things that I disagree with on Freedom Index, notably early on.

Btw, are you engaging your community?

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

Sure, I get that, but I don't

Sure, I get that, but I don't think there are too many of those JBS hating Republicans at DP (hell I think we are two of about half a dozen people here who still vote at all). Anyway, it seemed like you think the Freedomworks scores are a good indication of quality. I don't totally agree with that and was explaining why; no offence was intended. As for your second question, I'm inferring that you mean am I still talking to mainstream conservatives to try to present our ideas to them. Yes I do. And I might quote Freedomworks to them if they like FW when it is something I and Freedomworks agree on, but not because I think Freedomworks is definitive. If you are interested in working with the reasonable conservatives (i.e. the other half of Rand's base), we would love you to join us at LibertyConservatives.com I'm The Rebel Poet there too.

Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!

"Patriotism should come from loving thy neighbor, not from worshiping Graven images." - ironman77

Liberty Conservatives is a

Liberty Conservatives is a great site. Thanks for sharing!

The Rebel Poet

No offense was taken, my friend. Yes, The New American and JBS are speaking to the choir here on DP, and those are sites that I frequent often. To expand, the reason that I post "On The Record" is not for the folks here, but rather so that the folks here could download/print/share with folks in their communities who are not fully on board with us - yet. Some in my group are warming up to the mentioned sites, but they seem to gravitate to FW. Before I include anything from FW, I examine the bill that was voted on and cross reference it to the Freedom Index.

I will consider joining LibertyConservatives. Is that forum open to everybody? I have some very active folks in my meetups who have come a long way and I would like for them to join a community similar to DP to help them along. Being that the "ark door" is closed here, LibertyConservatives may be the ticket.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

Ah, now I understand.

Yeah it's open to pretty much anyone. They really started it to start shoring up the growing divide between the more conservative liberty supporters and the more libertarian/anarchist ones. I don't want to put words in the founders mouths, but I think they largely started it to promote Rand 2016 et al.

Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!

"Patriotism should come from loving thy neighbor, not from worshiping Graven images." - ironman77


For a fellow liberty activist(Rand) trying his best in the throngs of tyranny. While still positioning himself for higher office.

You left out his position on sanctions

Israel, and endorsement of Romney, McConnell, and Lamar Alexander.

Just saying. Its a little disingenuous to leave those out.


Trying to bump you back up...

..but probably limited to just the one bump. Never tried multiple voting as I think it discourteous. (I also think it is discourteous to down-vote without comment, so I never do that, UNLESS there is obvious and egregious argumentum ad hominem.)
It makes me sad to reflect that at least three craven souls saw fit to down-vote you for what appears to be your pertinent, factual, and helpful supplementation of Rand's record.
Thanks for you efforts.
Of course, on balance, I'd still probably vote for Rand Paul for Prez... unless he were running against his Dad.

Also, Séamusín, since you go to the trouble of using punctuation in your own name, it behooves you to use it properly elsewhere. "It's" is the proper contraction of "it is."

And finally, if I still have your attention and warrant your good graces, may I know the proper pronunciation? My first guess is "shaw muh shan", and my second is "say ah moo seen". Am I even close?

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That was a very nice post!

I will also be voting for Rand, as I view him as honest and potentially beneficial to the cause of liberty. I also think he is doing a bang up job in the senate, and in changing the attitude of the GOP sheeple. At the end of the day, they are still just gonna believe what they are told, however; if they are told to believe in liberty all the better for me.

I myself only like to use punctuation when it indicates a change in inflection, rhythm of speech, and as you pointed out pronunciation. I am not thumbing my nose at proper use, it's that I just notice it when I am writing something that uses those functions of speech to express meaning. This probably explains my general overuse of commas and my atrocious spelling. It also explains why I hardly ever use apostrophes where they would not change the sound of the word coming out of my mouth. A comma does nothing to indicate meaning when words are being verbally communicated. Context does most of that work. I treat written communication the same way. I am sure it is not as effective. I just haven't brought myself to fix it yet.

The name is pronounced Shay-muh-sheen with an accent on the first syllable(and third depending on whom you ask). It's irish little James or more specifically Jamesey/Jaime/jimmy.


Bumping this thread for more

Bumping this thread for more exposure.

I like Rand Paul. He is not

I like Rand Paul. He is not getting the support that Ron Paul got however.
Ron Paul seemed more like he was into freedom, whereas Rand Paul seems like he wants to play the Republican game. I find that kind of disgusting, given the party.

Be Your Own Media!!!

Rand was raised in politics

It comes natural to him.

His father entered politics because he understood money, and saw his country making such an egregious error that he couldn't stand living with it, sitting on the sidelines.

A wise friend of mine says, "Outcomes are dependent on initial conditions."

Rand entered politics at a different time for different reasons than his father.

We're the remnant. We were brought together by a guy that understands money. What?

We know that property is the foundation of individual Liberty. Say what?

Can you imagine if we were able to popularize the understanding of the importance of the value of money and its relationship to Liberty?

If that's the fundamental mission, the politics of it all, is completely negotiable, fungible and irrational.

With that in mind, the voting record and statements above, are pretty good.

The keystone philosophy behind it is not common knowledge.

The most important outcome of everything we do, in relation to the political arena, is ending the federal reserve.

Yeah it is disgusting

But when the moment comes, will they all leave Rand hanging?? Somehow I don't think so. How much closer can we get to his father??

Is Rand "playing" the political game

or is he playing the politicians of the game?

I've always been one to think that Rand is "playing ball" with established Republicans so they "choose" him as the Republican Candidate to go up against Killary.

Omg, Hillary as POTUS. I just sank a bit deeper into depression....

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

I don't consider Rand the

I don't consider Rand the lesser of 2 evils and would vote for him in a heartbeat over Hillary.

Be Your Own Media!!!

A good reminder


"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

I try to listen to his words, not the opinions of others

Every time I have listened to someone else's take on something Rand has said, I react badly. Almost every time I hear or read Rand's actual words, in context, I conclude he is right and the critics are just making stuff up.

I don't support the man; I support the policies. So far, Rand and I are about 90% compatible. In the world of politics, that's pretty a pretty good match.

Rand Paul 2016. Dispite his

Rand Paul 2016.
Dispite his ties with AguaBudda. (-:

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds”
-Sam Adams

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Solid post. In all honesty,

Solid post. In all honesty, if Rand's last name was anything other than Paul, he would be almost everyone's champion here. The Senate, and the federal government in general, is such a mess, that anyone like Rand, Mike Lee, Tom Massie, Justin Amash, stand out in a big way. Just everyone remembers RP, I do as well, but give the 2nd generation a chance, I dare say.

*Wisconsin Constitution* Article I, Section 25 "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security,defense,hunting,recreation or any other law-abiding purpose"

Great point