Rand Paul: You’ll Bail Out Detroit ‘Over My Dead Body’
” Why would Mr. Paul be so against another bailout? Hmm, maybe because we don’t have the money. That kind of stuff matters to some of us.
His final piece of advice:
“You don’t set up an implicit promise from the federal government that everybody is getting bailed out,” Paul said. “It’s sort of like too big to fail for banks. If you have too big to fail for cities or for states and they believe they’ll be bailed out they’ll continue to make unwise decisions.
“So, really, the answer is, just like the federal government, live within your means and spend what you have but don’t spend money you don’t have. The problem is so many of our state governments, the politicians are being elected by the public service unions. “
” A group of conservative congressmen is clamoring to bolster the Republican Party’s anti-tax brand as GOP governors break ranks in support of expanded online sales taxes.
At issue is legislation called the Marketplace Fairness Act, which passed the Senate by a wide margin in May. Earlier this month, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte appeared to predict it wouldn’t pass the House in its current form, though he later clarified in a statement that he was “open to considering legislation concerning this topic.”
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz joined House conservatives and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist in criticizing the bill Tuesday. Cruz called the Senate vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act “Washington at its worst.” “
Illustration by Nate Beeler
” The NSA is violating the Constitution by compiling the private phone records of Americans not accused of a crime. Rand Paul is standing up and saying that’s unacceptable.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul held a press conference today to announce his intent to pursue legal action against the National Security Agency’s vast overreach of power as it relates to telecommunication privacy and government surveillance. Various legal options are currently being explored and legal action will be announced in the next few weeks.”
At least we have a few friends of the Constitution left in Washington . Very few , admittedly , but a few nevertheless .
” Sen. John McCain (R-Sunday Shows) expressed bewilderment on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that GOP Sens. Cruz, Lee and Paul would filibuster gun control legislation. “I don’t understand it,” McCain said. “The purpose of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the people know where we stand.” With all due respect to Sen. McCain, that is almost completely backward.
“I don’t understand why United States senators want to block debate when the leaders said we could have amendments,” McCain noted.
If one believes a legislative proposal is, on its face, unconstitutional, the ability to offer amendments is of little solace. Sens. Cruz, Lee and Paul, among other Senators, believe legislation to limit gun rights is, by its nature, unconstitutional. Amending the legislation to make it slightly less unconstitutional is a fool’s game, and a large reason our federal government has grown so large.
A filibuster against gun control legislation is upholding the greatest tradition of the Senate, i.e. acting as a bulwark against the federal government’s natural inclination to expand its power.”
It’s time to step aside Mr McCain . Thank you for your service . Enjoy some well-deserved R&R .
PS: After adding the video we find ourselves much less sincere in our wishing the senator well . There is very little difference between John McCain and Charles Schumer . That is a very sobering thought .
” On April 3, the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will hear an appeal for a lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) filed by two Harvard law students in 2010 claiming that their Fourth Amendment rights were violated by “nude body scanners” and “enhanced pat-downs.” The First Circuit is also allowing Freedom to Travel USA, an anti-TSA advocacy group, to make an appearance and oral arguments.
A victory on the side of the two students, Jeffrey Redfern and Anant Pradhan, would definitely be a win for civil liberties and the Bill of Rights. But even if, however, the lawsuits are struck down, this case will help continue to highlight and expose one of the most pervasive institutions of government abuse that exists in America.
This case alone is just one of many that the Freedom to Travel USA, Redfern, and Pradhan have helped bring to the public’s attention. They have put pressure on the TSA for not disclosing enough information about the capability of its scanners and attacking them for their veil of secrecy and dismissive nature towards worries over the health effects.
What makes this specific TSA lawsuit that much more interesting is that fact that Freedom to Travel USA includes ”very, very conservative people and Occupy arrestees” as supporters. Usually the bipartisan consensus consists of the authoritarian right and left colluding to expand power and restrict liberty. But much like the grassroots swell that arose from Senator Rand Paul’s anti-drone filibuster, this may unite the populist left and right in another worthy cause.”
Illustration by Ben Garrison
Rand Paul: We Will Filibuster Any Gun Control Bills – Hannity 3/28/2013
“Senator Rand Paul joins Eric Bolling on Fox News’ Hannity to discuss President Obama’s proposed gun control measures and filibustering, along with Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, the gun control bill expected to be brought up on the Senate floor by Majority Leader Harry Reid once the Senate reconvenes next month.”
” (Breitbart) – John McCain may have finally lost it. In an interview with Huffington Post he referred to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as “wacko birds.”
“They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else,” McCain said. “But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone.” Asked to clarify, McCain said he was referencing ”Rand Paul, Cruz, Amash, whoever.”
In the long three decades McCain has served in Washington DC, we can’t find any time he’s referred to any other colleagues, past or present, as “wacko birds.” Not Nancy Pelosi. Not Barbara Boxer. Not Al Franken. Not Robert Byrd. Not Sheila Jackson Lee. Not Hank Johnson. Not Patrick Leahy. Not Robert Menendez. Not Bernie Sanders. Not Dennis Kucinich. Not Jim Wright. Not Anthony Weiner. Not Alan Grayson. Not Carol Moseley Braun. Not Dick Durbin. Not Chuck Schumer. Not Harry Reid.”
Thanks for your service John … It’s time for you to go home once and for all and take your RINO buddy Graham with you .
If being men of principle makes the “wacko birds” we say let’s have some more .