Senator Rand Paul has shown that he is not afraid to break from his fellow members of Congress when it comes to defending American principles and that is once again the case when it comes to what he called an “enormous disconnect” between lawmakers whose priorities lie overseas, and those at home whose pleas for help from their elected representatives are falling on deaf ears.
(Video: Fox News)
The Kentucky Republican appeared on Friday’s edition of “The Ingraham Angle” where he ripped the tens of billions that have been shoveled into Ukraine, money that could have been used to address needs on U.S. soil, especially in his home state which has been devastated by deadly flooding.
“I think that more than past elections, this one really is about common sense, and the left’s utter rejection of it, do you agree?” Ingraham asked as she welcomed him to the show.
“Yeah and the thing is, there’s an enormous disconnect between those in Washington and those on the ground,” Senator Paul began. “Like in Kentucky, we lost 40 people to severe flooding recently in Eastern Kentucky, hundreds of homes were lost and I was just out there. Not one person said, ‘Can you please send more money to Ukraine?’ They said, ‘How come we’re a rich country and we’re having trouble digging our ditches, repairing our roads and all of the basic functions of government?'”
“And yet the politicians in Washington want to send another $13 billion,” he continued, referring to the $13.7 billion requested by President Joe Biden last week. “After they send this $13 billion, we’ll have sent over $50 billion to Ukraine and people in Eastern Kentucky are saying ‘How come we can’t repair our bridges? How come we can’t repair our roads?’ and so I find nobody in Kentucky coming up and saying ‘Please send more of our money overseas’ and yet in Washington, it’s not just Democrats, you’ve got Democrats and all of the Republican leadership lining up and saying ‘Please send more of our money to Ukraine’ but I’m not hearing it at home at all.”
Ingraham then asked Paul about Biden’s boasting of his administration’s supplying of Javelin missiles to Ukraine as a great accomplishment, “Senator, how does the production of Javelin missiles for Ukraine help Americans like… except the Americans at the factory I guess?”
“Yeah, I’ve never really been big at looking at arms programs as jobs programs,” he replied. “I think that our weapons are uniquely owned by the taxpayer, even if private organizations make these and it shouldn’t be something like “Oh, let’s give more weapons to create jobs by you know, getting involved in more wars overseas.'”
“No, we don’t really have the money to do this,” he continued. “We are $30 trillion in the hole and it’s inflationary. You borrow more money to buy weapons. It also causes inflation. And so really, what I hear still around Kentucky and around the U.S. is, ‘My gas costs so much. We can’t go on vacation this year. The groceries cost so much. I’m a senior citizen. My check is getting thinner and thinner. I can’t afford to do the things I want to do because of inflation.'”
“And they all instinctively know this is from the massive debts, the massive borrowing and the huge COVID lockdowns and all the mistakes that were foisted upon us by Democrats, by Biden, by the Democrat Congress, and so I think there’s a huge wave building, I really still think there’s a huge wave building of discontent and people are going to want to throw the bums out who have caused all this inflation,” he said.
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