Senator Rand Paul blocked the Senate vote on extending the 9/11 victims compensation fund citing the growing federal debt also arguing that any new spending should be offset by cuts to another spending.
The bill, called the Never Forget The Heroes Act, would extend the compensation fund to 2090. It was co-sponsored by 312 members of the 435 members of the House. The House Judiciary Committee then unanimously sent the bill to the House floor for a vote, where it was passed.
There seem to be more and more first-responders becoming ill and dying due to exposure to the noxious gases and debris in the weeks after the terrorist attack.
Senator Paul justified his vote by saying this, “It has long been my feeling that we need to address our massive debt in the country,” he said. “And therefore any new spending … should be offset by cutting spending that’s less valuable. We need to, at the very least, have this debate.”
Jon Stewart Vs Rand Paul
After finding out why it didn’t pass the former daily show host, comedian and 9/11 victim advocate Jon Stewart went off on Senator Paul. Prior to this, an emotional Stewart pleaded in front of a subcommittee to the House of Representatives in June to support the Never Forget the Heroes act.
“Now he stands up at the last minute, after 15 years of blood, sweat, and tears from the 9/11 community, to say that it’s all over now. Now we’re going to balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community. At some point, we have to stand up for the people who have always stood up for us, and at this moment in time maybe cannot stand up for themselves due to their illnesses and their injuries. And what Rand Paul did today in the Senate was outrageous.”
Rand hypocritically took a stance that saw him vote FOR the Republican tax plan that added $1.5 trillion to the debt. If Paul was a true conservative and fiscally sound, he would ideally lower taxes including spending, but neither party is interested in helping the middle class, which is why I’m a libertarian. My criticism isn’t towards Republican or Democrat American citizens per se, but more the governmental political organizations themselves.
The Senator came and fired back at Stewart with some power punches. “I know Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart is sometimes funny, sometimes informed. In this case, he’s neither funny nor informed. Mr. Paul said the comedian’s “name-calling” showed he was a member of the “left-wing mob” who “really isn’t using his brain.”
“It’s really kind of disgusting,” Mr. Paul continued. “He pretended for years when he was on his comedy show to be somebody who could see both sides and see through the B.S. Now he is the B.S. The B.S. meter is through the roof when you see him calling people names and calling people an abomination when I’m asking for something reasonable.”
Brave first responders suffer now, as their families do as well. People like Luis Alvarez spent his last days testifying in front of Congress to fight for funding. It’s not fair, those heroes deserve it. All I’m saying is you can’t justify one thing by previously not giving a damn about the budget before. Consistency is key as your father.
Rand Vs Ron
Rand suffers from his own mistakes because if he was consistent nobody would’ve made a fuss, but since he’s not, he did this to himself. This is the perfect example of why Ron Paul is incredibly unique, congressionally special and why he was the truest conservative in the congress over 40 years. He was the ultra-consistent member of Congress.
Ron Paul was dubbed “Dr. No” in Congress because he did the right thing referencing the U.S. Constitution and worked for the country versus filling up his pockets with cash or inflating his ego. Hey Rand, will you do like your father and refuse to accept a federal pension for his public service? Doubt it! Most members will take the money because they don’t have real jobs. According to Dr. Paul, to receive a pension for public service would be “hypocritical and immoral.” That’s one in a million.
Ron was critical of the tax bill that Rand voted for specifically the inflation tax which allows politicians to effectively increase taxes without adjusting rates. In other words, taxes go up while politicians are shielded from having to vote on a tax increase. Instead, the Federal Reserve does the dirty work. We all know the war continues with Ron and the fed even after he’s retired.
However to be fair Ron did like the fact that the tax plan increased the standard deduction, creation of a new family tax credit was a positive, eliminating the death tax, reducing the corporate tax rate, and lowering taxes on small businesses.
Who was wrong in this situation?