Paul issues blunt economic course
February 10th, 2011
05:50 PM ET
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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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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. diridi

    this idiot does not absolutely know as to what he is talking about the economy....this is dad's kid...still, shame...o.k what an idiot....

    February 10, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. Tom

    Abolish the dept of education? So you want to make American's more stupid? Opening the doors for jobs beyond dishwashers overseas? No. Cut failed projects all around. Cut useless spending. Fire idiots who don't do their jobs. Kill off expensive military projects. You can do it without making American children stupid.

    February 10, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. Sgt Schultz

    High school drop-out rates are near 50% in some areas and school districts have to beg for $. Cutting Education would be a disaster. But reform Education and yes cut military spending because we don't need a bunch of fancy jets or boats to chase thugs around in caves.

    February 10, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. lforlegend

    Some of y'all, at least the majority of y'all who voted, put this irresponsible nut in office and the rest of us sensible people are expected to listen to his mumbo-jumbo.

    February 10, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. PacificView

    So Senator Paul is an expert in economics?

    February 10, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Clwyd

    This man knows nothing about running a government or how a government operates. He had to hide before the election because his mouth was telling the voters of his ignorance. Sadly they didn't listen!

    February 10, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. corona kid

    Does rand know that his goddess Ayn was using entitlements in her old age? Does he know that when the fools on Social Security and Medicare who voted for him and his ilk realize he wants to eliminate those benefits they will turn on him like wolves on a wounded fawn? This is gonna get real interesting real fast.

    February 10, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. Debbie from Arizona

    Getting rid of the Department of Education is ridiculous. Our state has cut the school budget in our state twice, the voters voted in a 1 cent sales tax to help, but the school budget is going to be cut again. Without Federal aide the public schools in most states would collapse. The Department of Education is a necessity not a luxury. Why not have all these hot shot new legislatures start paying part of their health care premiums?

    February 10, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. sonny c.

    "Boo ! " Scared yet ? Vote for me, I'll save you from the monsters.

    February 10, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Gaylon Barrow

    Who in Hades voted you into the House. you are an idiot if you think reduction of our military during this period is the thing to do. Reduction in their pay instead of raising the pay would be an atrocity. Not giving them the equipment they need would create defeat.. We have one Moron in the White House an now your telling me under thwe guise of a Tea Partier you've made it into the House. This is and you are ridiculous. LEAVE THE MILITARY alone. increase the benefits for these men who give their blood, flesh, and hardships brought upon their families all the benefits due. This is a NO, NO for any Congressman to even suggest a reduction in the military. You unappreciative MORONS WHO Have never served need to be tarred and feathered. Get out of this country Paul and take you idiot Daddy with you.

    February 10, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. fayse

    Rand Paul wants to shift most of the powers and responsibilities back to the State level. First of all many of the States are broke and are facing huge deficits. The really sorry Governor of Texas Rick Perry, Threatens to seceed from the Union and Texas also has huge deficit problems. And as just a little lesson in History, Texas does retain the right to do that. If that happens, I would certainly want to move. If you have't noticed, I am not a Republican in the State of Texas. Not all of up believe in "God & Guns" which to me is truly an oxymoron.

    February 10, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. Dustin "America Loving Liberal"

    At least he's bold enough to put it out there.

    February 10, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. Dingo

    I find it funny how everyone is in agreement that we must control/cut spending until someone proposes to cut spending on something that affects them. Next time a teacher says we have to cut spending, propose cuts to education. Next time a senior citizen says we have to cut spending, propose cuts in Medicare and Social Security. Next time a business person says we have to cut spending, propose for them to give up their tax breaks. It's funny how quickly their tune changes and how quick they are to defend that type of spending. It's ALL wasteful spending until it effects you. Just sayin!

    February 10, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. Max

    Abolish the department of education? I really hope this is sensationalist journalism (note the lack of a direct quote) and a representative of the USA isn't trying to abandon education. Perhaps he's looking at the statistics relating education with subscription to a particular political party.

    February 10, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    Yeah, why don't we abolish the department of education. After all we are last on most subjects that will make our children capable of competing against China and India and every other third world country that has better education than we do at present.
    Only a complete babbling moron with too tight a toupee would be this dumb!

    February 10, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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