Paul issues blunt economic course
February 10th, 2011
05:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Paul issues blunt economic course

Washington (CNN) - Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul issued an economic call to arms Thursday, laying out the steps he said America must take to "avoid financial ruin."

Paul said the country needs to take a "long and hard look" at the military budget, address entitlement reform and abolish the department of education. He also said the proposal by House Republicans to freeze spending at 2008 levels is not enough to address the national debt.

"It's too little, it's not enough, it's too timid and we must be bold," Paul said to an energetic crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. The conference is particularly important this year because of the number of attendees who are considering a run for president in 2012.

The Tea Party darling told the crowd "you drive the debate" and to "not let up."

"We can maintain exceptionalism but it won't happen lying down," Paul said. "We must choose bold leadership as we go into 2012."


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  1. MHK Vet

    So thats how u want country to grow.. illeterate electorate so that they can follow there leasers like Palin, Glen and now u with there eyes close .. and never question becasue u dont know anything .. Why dont we scrap half of defence budget we will be fine without it and we will have enough money to support everything ..Dumb drinkers

    February 10, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. JRB

    just like the old man,"coo coo! coo coo!"

    February 10, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Shannon

    I guess republicans hate education, they want their base as dumb as possible, so they will continue to vote for them.

    February 10, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. PalmReader

    Oh my. Such big talk coming from so small a weasel. Rand Paul knows full well that his party has absolutely no inclination of cutting the spending . . . considering it is THEIR own programs which brought us this huge deficit to begin with. I suspect the budget deficit will the the GOPer talking point for the next two years . . . all talk, no action.

    February 10, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Little born rich boy Rand Paul knows what's best for working class people, I don't think so. The only thing Paul knows is to keep a silver spoon in his mouth, continue membership with the country club crowd, turn back civil rights for African Americans and continue to spread hate. He wouldn't last a minute in a debate with President Obama or Hillary Clinton and he would never have gotten in politics without his daddy's help once again.

    February 10, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. M H Talbot

    Hey we can have the troops pay for their own ammo! That we be a savings! How 'bout cut congress' perks and half their pay! what about cutting FEMA? Those people shouldn't live where hurricanes and earthquake happen!

    February 10, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. Kara

    'you drive the debate'. Really? the Tea party, a fringe section of the republican party drives the debate for the whole country?
    If the media and the republicans keep ignoring america's REAL silent majority, there's going to be a rebellion that'll make Egypt look like a walk in the park.

    February 10, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Why abolish the Department of Education? We need national standards, otherwise, we'll end up with a hodge-podge of educational goals and skill levels. States and local educators have a lot of control; if people don't like the public education their kids are getting, they should get involved at the local level.

    Besides, what does Rand Paul know about education? He lied about his credentials as an ophthalmologist, creating his own organization to avoid having to comply with the industry standard for his profession.

    February 10, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. Kentucky

    Rand Paul sounds just like Herbert Hoover sounded from 1929-33, and history tells us how well Hoover's policies of trickle down economics worked! Rand Paul's America is an America where millionaires and billionaires get huge tax cuts and poor children do not have a chance to get a college degree. Most of Kentucky's rural school districts would be demolished without federal title 1 money, special education money, and federal aid to school districts with high poverty rates. Many of Kentucky's rural school districts get less than 20% of their money from local taxes. Without Federal grants and loans very few of Kentucky's poor students could go to college or technical school, and Kentucky has a lot of poor students. Rand Paul was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He does not know what it is like to live in a broken family or in poverty. Maybe, if Paul had grown up in poverty, with no hope of paying for college without federal loans and grants, then he would not be such a friend to the rich and so hard on poor children.

    February 10, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Boy, the rightwing looneys are in heaven these days. All the retirees and unemployed getting all their info from Fox and Limbaugh, soaking up the "wit" of the likes of Palin, getting suckered by lip service paid to those ol' red-meat standbys of anti-gay, anti-choice and pro-gun.

    No wonder the GOP and the right wants our country's economy to get worse: more viewers, more recruits from the guilliable, scared, knuckle-headed masses that make up their ranks.

    So much easier to lead them to the polls, where they vote for Republicans and against their own self-interest.

    Pathetic!

    February 10, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. Angie

    What's next, abolishing schools? Radicals on the right are no worse–or better–than those on the left.

    February 10, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. hobart

    Sure, Rand. While the US lags far behind the rest of the world in math and science, let's abolish the Department of Education and allow our false sense of American Exceptionalism, i.e. substituting willful stupidity and trash talk for actually knowing what we're talking about, take us into the national security crisis of outsourcing all our high tech jobs, while we train the rest of the world's future scientists, rather than our own, in our Universities. You sir, are a sloganeering idiot.

    February 10, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. Marcus

    'Paul said the country needs to take a "long and hard look" at the military budget, address entitlement reform and abolish the department of education.'

    The first one is something that EVEN the military agrees on.
    The second is the usual 'if you give a fish a man... if you teach him how to fish...' yadda-yadda that forgots the basic: sometimes people DO NEED HELP, and since we (as a whole) are not 'Me, myself and I' like this fella (and there are dozens of CBO reports that show that these 'entitlement' stuff helps the economy) that is not going to happen!
    The third is even more ridiculous... and panders to the usual 'the teachers unions are drying out the Dep. of Education' and 'the teachers unions are locked with the Dems, so they have to give them (through the DoE) some money every now and then' talk talk. If that is happening then propose a way for stopping both these 'practices' and see that the DoE works nicely as possible. Don't kill the patient if you think that he or she has a disease man!
    Or are you against E-D-U-C-A-T-I-O-N?

    February 10, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. joe blow

    dude, i know being named after a chick has been a burden to you, but don't take it out on the rest of us. and don't insult the donald. he has driven more building developments into bankruptcy than you ever will.

    February 10, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. Scot

    I agree with the military complex budget that IKE warned us about in the 50s but how about the corporate welfare that we give to the large oil companies and Agro corporations. How about the loopholes that the big money boys are getting away with.

    February 10, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hey who's that sitting next to Rand? Could it be...? Is it....? Yepper!! It's the GOP's new lawn jockey Rep. West.
    Lordy, lordy. Will we never learn?!
    ..

    February 10, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. A

    Getting rid of the Dept of Education is not the way to go when we are so far behind the rest of the industrialized nations. The Tea Party is starting to remind of the Taliban.

    February 10, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. D

    Of course, he ignored the other option available: raise some freakin taxes! just put em back to 1980 levels and we're back in the black

    February 10, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. Bill

    Sen. Paul, you need to do a better job of explaining why we need to abolish the department of education. For the few that knows why, many on the far left will use this excuse to claim that you want to "destroy" our children's future. Remember, you are not only up against the Democrats on the far left, but you are also up against the biased media that wants nothing than your own destruction. Your message worked in your State of Kentucky, but it will not work in liberal States like New York and California. Explain your vision and views clearly to the people.

    February 10, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  20. Lori in St Pete

    I agree with him on the military budget, but if by "entitlements" he means Social Security, I read those little green letters every year and know exactly how much my husband & I, and employers employers on our behalf have paid into the system over the last 32 years, plus 3% interest (social security was after all an interest bearing account prior to being looted by kleptocrats treating it like their private piggy banks) and we'll pay off all our bills – including our seriously under water mortgage, sock away a nice chunk of change, and spend the next 15 years building our wealth with the savings realized upon becoming debt free. Then, we'll retire as millionaires and live happily ever after!

    February 10, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. The Dude in Colorado

    Abolish the Department of Education.... Maintain exceptionalism... Something, something Dark Side.... Something, something com-pleet!

    February 10, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Lori in St Pete

    I agree with him on the military budget, but if by "entitlements" he means Social Security, I read those little green letters every year and know exactly how much my husband & I, and employers employers on our behalf have paid into the system over the last 32 years. Just give it back to us, plus 3% interest (social security was after all an interest bearing account prior to being looted by kleptocrats treating it like their private piggy banks) and we'll pay off all our bills – including our seriously under water mortgage, sock away a nice chunk of change, and spend the next 15 years building our wealth with the savings realized upon becoming debt free. Then, we'll retire as millionaires and live happily ever after!

    February 10, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. rusty155

    Rand Paul I thought you may ok Senator because of your Dad. But you are just like the rest of the TEA PARTY and who they back. You are just as nuts as the rest of the Tea Party backer Saran Palin, Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle Michele Bachmann just to say a fews. The Koch Brother much really want too control the GOV.

    February 10, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. Russ

    Easy for someone to say that isn't going to suffer from all the "cuts" he wants to make. What sacrifices is he going to make? None, because he will continue to thrive because all his economic ideas benefit the wealthy in this country.

    February 10, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. LouAz

    Rand Paul wishes to return immediately to 1928. Lazy Fare, yall . . . you betcha.

    February 10, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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