“Democrats are insisting we borrow more money”
Sept 27, 2011
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul appeared on CNN last night to inject some sense into the latest stand off between Republicans and Democrats over government spending and the deficit.
In light of the fact that a government shutdown has been only narrowly averted once again, this time regarding FEMA funding, Paul noted that debating important issues seems to have been almost completely lost amidst a culture of partisan stand offs on Capitol Hill.
“American people are upset because we keep bumping up against deadlines. It sort of looks like poor planning or it looks like a circus up here because we always bump up against deadlines.” Paul told CNN host John King.
“But I can tell you I’m up here day after day not voting, sitting around, having no debate and then the deadline comes and it’s hurry up or the government shuts down.” Paul added.
“How come we didn’t have this debate last week or the week before or the week before that? Everything comes to a deadline, I think, because of poor leadership and poor planning in this place.” the Senator urged.
Defending his own position on reigning in government spending, no matter how small, Paul said that, though he would never be in favor of a government shutdown, such issues must be appropriately addressed if the deficit is ever going to be reduced.
“…every program up here you can say it’s only a tiny amount of money, but you know if you can’t cut 100 million here or you can’t offset three billion there, we’re never going to balance a $1.5 trillion deficit.” paul urged.
“So really you do have to look at even small amounts and it should be a priority. Should we be spending this money overseas in foreign aid or foreign welfare? Should we be building our bridges here in our country?”
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“Every time we have a new spending program, it’s got to be offset by cuts in other places and that’s the only responsible way for a legislature to act is to prioritize spending.” Paul added.
“For example, on the highway fund or you giving money to turtle tunnels, squirrel sanctuaries and flower beds and our bridges are crumbling. That’s what I asked the president. Can we not fix our bridges and put off some of these beautification projects for a while? I think that’s a bipartisan way of looking at it and I’m more than willing to work with the president on that.”
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Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.