Rand Pauls Response to The State of The Union

I speak to you tonight from Washington, D.C. The state of our  economy is tenuous but our people remain the greatest example of freedom and  prosperity the world has ever known.

People say America is exceptional. I agree, but it’s not the complexion of  our skin or the twists in our DNA that make us unique. America is exceptional  because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue  life, liberty, and happiness.

For the first time in history, men and women were guaranteed a chance to  succeed based NOT on who your parents were but on your own initiative and desire  to work.

We are in danger, though, of forgetting what made us great. The President  seems to think the country can continue to borrow $50,000 per second. The  President believes that we should just squeeze more money out of those who are  working.

The path we are on is not sustainable, but few in Congress or in this  Administration seem to recognize that their actions are endangering the  prosperity of this great nation.

Ronald Reagan said, government is not the answer to the problem, government  is the problem.

Tonight, the President told the nation he disagrees. President Obama believes  government is the solution: More government, more taxes, more debt.

What the President fails to grasp is that the American system that rewards  hard work is what made America so prosperous.

What America needs is not Robin Hood but Adam Smith. In the year we won our  independence, Adam Smith described what creates the Wealth of Nations.

He described a limited government that largely did not interfere with  individuals and their pursuit of happiness.

All that we are, all that we wish to be is now threatened by the notion that  you can have something for nothing, that you can have your cake and eat it too,  that you can spend a trillion dollars every year that you don’t have.

I was elected to the Senate in 2010 by people worried about our country,  worried about our kids and their future. I thought I knew how bad it was in  Washington. But it is worse than I ever imagined.

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.

The President does a big “woe is me” over the $1.2 trillion sequester that he  endorsed and signed into law. Some Republicans are joining him. Few people  understand that the sequester doesn’t even cut any spending. It just slows the  rate of growth. Even with the sequester, government will grow over $7 trillion  over the next decade.

Only in Washington could an increase of $7 trillion in spending over a decade  be called a cut.

So, what is the President’s answer? Over the past four years he has added  over $6 trillion in new debt and may well do the same in a second term. What  solutions does he offer? He takes entitlement reform off the table and seeks to  squeeze more money out of the private sector.

He says he wants a balanced approach.

What the country really needs is a balanced budget.

Washington acts in a way that your family never could – they spend money they  do not have, they borrow from future generations, and then they blame each other  for never fixing the problem.

Tonight I urge you to demand a new course.

Demand Washington change their ways, or be sent home.

To begin with, we absolutely must pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the  Constitution!

The amendment must include strict tax and spending limitations

Liberals complain that the budget can’t be balanced but if you cut just one  penny from each dollar we currently spend, the budget would balance within six  or seven years.

The Penny Plan has been crafted into a bill that millions of conservatives  across the country support.

It is often said that there is not enough bipartisanship up  here.

That is not true.

In fact, there is plenty.

Both parties have been guilty of spending too much, of protecting their  sacred cows, of backroom deals in which everyone up here wins, but every  taxpayer loses.

It is time for a new bipartisan consensus.

It is time Democrats admit that not every dollar spent on domestic programs  is sacred. And it is time Republicans realize that military spending is not  immune to waste and fraud.

Where would we cut spending; well, we could start with ending all foreign aid  to countries that are burning our flag and chanting death to America.

The President could begin by stopping the F-16s and Abrams tanks being given  to the radical Islamic government of Egypt.

Not only should the sequester stand, many pundits say the sequester really  needs to be at least $4 trillion to avoid another downgrade of America’s credit  rating.

Both parties will have to agree to cut, or we will never fix our fiscal  mess.

Bipartisanship is not what is missing in Washington. Common sense is.

Trillion-dollar deficits hurt us all.

Printing more money to feed the never-ending appetite for spending hurts us  all.

We pay higher prices every time we go to the supermarket or the gas pump. The  value of the dollar shrinks with each new day.

Contrary to what the President claims, big government and debt are not a  friend to the poor and the elderly. Big-government debt keeps the poor poor and  saps the savings of the elderly.

This massive expansion of the debt destroys savings and steals the value of  your wages.

Big government makes it more expensive to put food on the table. Big  government is not your friend. The President offers you free stuff but his  policies keep you poor.

Under President Obama, the ranks of America’s poor swelled to almost 1 in 6  people last year, reaching a new high as long-term unemployment left millions of  Americans struggling and out of work.

The cycle must be broken.

The willpower to do this will not come from Congress. It must come from the  American people.

Next month, I will propose a five-year balanced budget, a budget that last  year was endorsed by taxpayer groups across the country for its boldness, and  for actually solving the problem.

I will work with anyone on either side of the aisle who wants to cut  spending.

But in recent years, there has been no one to work with

The President’s massive tax hikes and spending increases have caused his  budgets to get ZERO votes in both houses of Congress. Not a single Democrat  voted for the President’s budget!

But at least he tried.

Senate Democrats have not even produced a budget in the time I  have been in office, a shameful display of incompetence that illustrates their  lack of seriousness.

This year, they say they will have a budget, but after just recently imposing  hundreds of billions in new taxes, they now say they will include more tax hikes  in their budget.

We must stand firm. We must say NO to any MORE tax hikes!

Only through lower taxes, less regulation and more freedom will the economy  begin to grow again.

Our party is the party of growth, jobs and prosperity, and we will boldly  lead on these issues.

Under the Obama economy, 12 million people are out of work. During the  President’s first term 800,000 construction workers lost their jobs and another  800,000 simply gave up on looking for work.

With my five-year budget, millions of jobs would be created by cutting the  corporate income tax in half, by creating a flat personal income tax of 17%, and  by cutting the regulations that are strangling American businesses.

The only stimulus ever proven to work is leaving more money in the hands of  those who earned it!

For those who are struggling we want to you to have something infinitely more  valuable than a free phone, we want you to have a job and pathway to  success.

We are the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity, therefore we must be  the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better  future.

We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities.

We must be the party that says, “If you want to work, if you want to become  an American, we welcome you.”

For those striving to climb the ladder of success we must fix our  schools.

America’s educational system is leaving behind anyone who starts with  disadvantages.

We have cut classroom size in half and tripled spending on education and  still we lag behind much of the world.

A great education needs to be available for everyone, whether you live on  country club lane or in government housing.

This will only happen when we allow school choice for everyone, rich or poor,  white, brown, or black.

Let the taxes you pay for education follow each and every student to the  school of your choice.

Competition has made America the richest nation in history. Competition can  make our educational system the envy of the world.

The status quo traps poor children in a crumbling system of hopelessness.

When every child can, li

Washington could also use a good dose of transparency, which is  why we should fight back against middle of the night deals that end with massive  bills no one has read.

We must continue to fight for legislation that forces Congress to read the  bills!

We must continue to object when Congress sticks special interest riders on  bills in the dead of night!

And if Congress refuses to obey its own rules, if Congress refuses to pass a  budget, if Congress refuses to read the bills, then I say:

Sweep the place clean. Limit their terms and send them home!

I have seen the inner sanctum of Congress and believe me there is no monopoly  on knowledge there.

If they will not listen, if they will not balance the budget, then we should  limit their terms.

We are the party that adheres to the Constitution. We will not let the  liberals tread on the Second Amendment!

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 let any President use executive orders to impinge on the Second  Amendment.

We will not tolerate secret lists of American citizens who can be killed  without trial.

Montesquieu wrote that there can be no liberty when the executive branch and  the legislative branch are combined. Separation of powers is a bedrock principle  of our Constitution.

We took the President to court over his unconstitutional recess appointments  and won.

If necessary, we will take him to court again if he attempts to legislate by  executive order.

Congress must reassert its authority as the protector of these rights, and  stand up for them, no matter which party is in power.

Congress must stand as a check to the power of the executive, and it must  stand as it was intended, as the voice of the people.

The people are crying out for change. They are asking for us to hear their  voices, to fix our broken system, to right our economy and to restore their  liberty.

Let us tonight let them know that we hear their voices. That we can and must  work together, that we can and must re-chart our course toward a better  future.

America has much greatness left in her. We will begin to thrive again when we  begin to believe in ourselves again, when we regain our respect for our founding  documents, when we balance our budget, when we understand that capitalism and  free markets and free individuals are what creates our nation’s prosperity.

Thank you and God Bless America.


  1. Too much common sense for Washingtion these days!

  2. I agree with a lot of what Rand says.

  3. mcbery said:

    I agree with a lot of what he says too. I think he’s more mellow than his dad.

  4. @quest4god@revelife – If by common sense you mean attacking the president (whose job it is to spend the money congress tells him to spend) for there not being a balanced budget when assholes like rand paul actually write the budget and the president only has the right of veto.  When the republicans in the house and senate pass a balanced budget and the president vetoes it, then they can bitch about the deficit being the president’s fault.  Until then it’s just BS posturing that takes advantage of the fact that people like you and the blog author and most americans don’t understand basic civics.@firetyger – @mcbery – See the above.

  5. virtus1 said:

    Again, the foul mouthed agno-putz-o (you know the idiot with the skull avatar) is doing the typical drive by propaganda hit.  Facts are, Rand Paul is the junior Senator with virtually no political swing in the Senate as a member of the minority party.  Harry Reed is the guy who will not allow federal budget resolutions to be debated in the Senate.  If agno-morono thinks Rand Paul writes the budget, I’ve got a bridge to sell him.Harry Reed asserted, “We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year — it’s done, we don’t need to do it.”   That is the game the democrat leadership plays against the minority party in the Senate.  If anyone doesn’t understand basic civics, it is Agno-douche-o.

  6. @agnophilo – To say that people don’t understand American civics is not an insult.   Those in power do whatever they need to do to stay in power.   They, not we,  don’t understand even basic economics – or if they do, they think that they will not be around when it all comes crashing down  (which they have to hope won’t happen for a long time.) 

  7. @virtus1 – Calling me names, while childish, does nothing to defeat my actual point.  Nor does attacking harry reigd, who has nothing to do with what I was talking about.  Rand Paul is attacking the president for decisions that he is not empowered to make, meaning he either is a senator who doesn’t understand the basic functioning of the government or he’s a cynical, dishonest politician taking advantage of the fact that his constituents don’t understand the basic functioning of the government.  Either way it is shameful on his part and shameful on your part to go along with it once these facts have been pointed out.@quest4god@revelife – I wasn’t trying to insult anyone but ignorance isn’t a virtue.  And while honest ignorance is not immoral, willful ignorance like that of the above commenter is.  You seem to be doing the same, going out of your way to miss the simple point I was making and change the subject to some other partisan line of rhetoric.Rand Paul is making an objection that is either dishonest or extremely ignorant.  Either way he is not fit to be a US senator.

  8. @agnophilo – You have accused me most every time of going off the point.  To me, the economic issues are what the civic leaders are involving themselves in.  Therefore their policies or suggestions ought to be realistic and not come back to bite us.   If the whole intent of your words was to diss Rand Paul, then I just didn’t understand that….and I too, do not consider name-calling or cursing as appropriate for an adult discussion.

  9. virtus1 said:

    Agno-putz-o clearly can’t handle being bullied–the way he bullies everyone else.  Brilliant.

  10. @quest4god@revelife – Could you acknowledge the simple point that I made.  Is it or is it not valid to blame the president for things that he has no power to control?  And if it is not valid then is rand paul (who this blog is about by the way) lying or ignorant when he pretends otherwise?@virtus1 – Who have I bullied exactly?

  11. @agnophilo – I know this is not a trick question.   So, obviously no one should be convicted of doing something they haven’t done.  As far as blame goes….that’s the name of the game in Washington, not solving problems, and most obviously not being responsible in their actions.I think it’s better that I don’t comment on your words, because you always call me down for not addressing the things you expect me to.  We aren’t officially xanga friends, so I guess that means you think I have no right to say what is on my mind on your site or to your comments.   I do try to be respectful and courteous even though I know where you stand on things that are important to me.

  12. @agnophilo – The senate is where budgets go to die. How long has it been sense the senate passed one…..President Obama does propose budgets, that is not an uncommon process.  However, not even the progressive controlled senate have passed one of his budgets. I did not read this as an attack on the President, but rather the system as a whole, a system that President Obama happens to be a member of.

  13. @quest4god@revelife – Anyone who likes to can comment on any of my blogs, and I don’t keep track of xanga “friends”.  Send me a request if you like.  And you don’t need my permission or anyone else’s to comment on anything you want to comment on.  It’s a social site, you don’t need permission to put in your two cents.Do you object to rand’s behavior?@obamawatch – The budget process begins in the house of representatives which is currently controlled by the republicans, again not the senate’s fault we don’t have a budget (not that they don’t suck too).As for not attacking the president, he’s attacked specifically over and over again.

  14. @agnophilo – I don’t trust the reporting of news by anyone – not as a basis for forming my own opinions.   No matter how “objective” they say they are or want to be, commentaries always reflect something of the person “reporting.”   As far as criticizing the president, I see him as no higher or better than any of us, and even more, his actions and words are always to be examined especially because of his prominence in public life.    Rand Paul is who he is, just as Harry Reed and Joe Biden are who they are….all a bunch of characters who have been charicaturized (word?) by comedians and news people alike.   So our feelings are affected somewhat by all of that.   I, being one who agrees with minimum goverment and their controls, would be much more likely to condone or overlook what he says – at least not dislike or censure him.   Bottom line, I am not as incensed as you seem to be.   Washington is Washington, and I don’t like much of anything that happens there.(I would like to see all of Congress meet one week out of a year and then go home to mind their own affairs – with full year’s pay)

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