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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Rand Paul on Ukraine  CSPAN  May 18, 2022 1:47am-2:05am EDT

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government off the backs of the public sector. host: thank you for being here on "washington journal". >> today the senate is considering a bill $40 billion to ukraine this brings up the
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questions of both constitutionality and also affordability. there was an essay written 1867 published harper's magazine's called not yours to give. the story of davy crockett as a congressman in the late 18 twenties. like most stories some would argue it is an accurate rendition others may say different but the moral is incontestable. he could only serve two terms in congress he was confronted with a bill to give many to the widow of a military officer. davy crockett gave the speech. mr. speaker have as much respect for the memory of the deceased and sympathy of the suffering of the living. it is as any man and the house. but we must not remit our
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respect for the dead to cause sympathy for the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. we have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity. as members of congress we have no rights to appropriate one dollar of the public money. davy crockett continued i am the poorest man on the floor i cannot vote for the bill but io will give my one week check pay if every member of congress would do this it would amount to more than the bill asks for. when crockett finished there was silence and remarkably the bill failed. when d later asked for an explanation he explained he said several years ago i was standing on the steps of the capital when we saw a large great light. evidently there was a large fire o and insights what was
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done many families remain homeless and the weather was very cold and then i felt that something must be done. and then to have $20 million for the relief and rested through. maybe when davy crockett was in tennessee crockett asked foris his vote and horatio responded quickly and said to waste your time on my vote that your votes to not understand in the capacity to understand and with that honesty and firmness to be guided. so the constitution is rigidly
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observed in all provisions. the man who wields power and misinterprets is more dangerous the more honesty is. he says no, there is no mistake and says you voted for this given to someone who suffered isma that true he answered i may own up you got me there but certainly nobody would complain a great and rich country like ours cannot give $20000 of any significant sound to relieve the suffering women and children? horatio replied to congressman crockett and said the power of collecting and dispersing many at pleasure is the most dangerous power interested to a man all you are contributing to relieve one you are withdrawing it from thousands who are worse r off than he if
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you have the right to give anything the amount was simply a matter of discretion you had as much right to give 20 million asked to give 20000 if you have the right to give to one you have the right to give to all and as the constitution neither defines or stipulates the amount you are at liberty to give to everything and anything you profess to believe is a charity and for any amount you feel is proper individual members may give as much as their own them money is a please they have no right to touch that money have twice as many houses in this county and tennessee as in georgetown neither you nor any other members without ever appropriating a dollar for
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relief. he informed crockett if he chose sympathy by giving one week pay then it would cover the cost but it was easier simply to give other people's money. he continued they no doubt applauded you for relieving them from the necessity of giving for what was not yours atto give. people delegated congress the power to certain things. and authorized to collect and pay money and for nothing else. and then what i consider a vital point for when congress begins to stretch over there is no limit but today we are
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faced with a greater some and 20000 that $40 billion to be gifted to ukraine. a noble cause no doubt of which we have great sympathy and support but a cause for which the constitution does not a sanction or approve of. we could ask if each member of the senate would like to contribute individually to ukraine. but of course that would serve to demonstrate the enormity of the gift. to come up with $40 billion each needs to give $400 million. not a likely scenario it's much easier to spending survey tantamount if you are spending someone else's money but even as the senators won't agree to contribute their own many we afford it. not exactly the data
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approaches $30 trillion in the past two years alone we have added $6 trillion of newio debt and inflation roars, grocery bills punishing the a working class and gas prices exceed five dollars. even before the pandemic running a 1 trillion-dollar annual deficit just to pay for routine commitments. putting aside the constitutionality of $40 billion to ukraine, isn't there aro more fiscal boat one —- fiscally responsible way? take the.s 40 billion from elsewhere. the us spends more on military than the next eight countries combined couldn't they shift over and not add to the debt? and the defense of ukraine if it really is a national security interest shouldn't come from the military budget? what about cutting wasteful spending?
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we catalogued over $50 billion of waste in my office. could we cut programs like the $1 million study to see if taking selfie's while smiling and then looking later makes you feel good? could we cut the budget of the national science foundation that spends billions of dollars studying questions as do panamanians city frogs have ya different meeting call than the country frog? couldn't we cut the 2 million nih if someone sneezes on the food in front of you in the cafeteria if you are more or less likely to eat the food. cut the many japanese quail whether or not they are more sexually promiscuous when you give them cocaine? if we are not willing to cut the budget they don't want to
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cut money they don't want to cut spending they say put it on my tab but we have been doing that for decades and that is why we have a 30 trillion-dollar debt and axroaring inflation. if you want to pay for this with the tax triple the gas tax that will be popular and people really want to send this money so badly they are willing to triple the gas tax if we're honest that's a people would propose that would guarantee five-dollar gas for the foreseeable future i'm sure that would be popular
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people think it's a great idea to spend $40 billion overseas here is your bill. put it on our tab. uncle sam's tab is full and complete i am not clear for raising taxes but it is irresponsible to borrower many. makes us weaker not stronger. let's be honest. and doesn't seem to care how much we shovel out the door because is not their money. every day milton friedman statement is proven correct to that a nobody spend somebody else's money as wisely as
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around. i doubt big spenders would spend around that americans should notice and place blame in the past three months bipartisan majorities have $100 billion to the debt. now proposing another $50 billion next week to pay restaurants that are primarily injured and inflation is here and it isms riproaring and on the rise. and then to ignore the misfortune of the suffering people for those to be noticed so the deficit spending to
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ignore theda pain and suffering and the inflation caused by the debt on american families. for the last three years it's at 15 percent rate. and then to be surprised inflation is an increase of the money supply. in january of last year the annualized rate of the neexpansion was 27 percent no one should be shocked that we have inflation. rising prices in the grocery store, at the pump. and the federal reserve is buying the debt flooding the market and chasing prices higher adding to the debt only
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makes the problem worse so yes national security is threatened but the vast majority of americans sympathizes but if congress would take the money from elsewhere or ask americans to pay higher taxes or heaven forbid loan the money to ukraine instead of giving it. congress will do what congress does best, spent other people's money i will vote no somehow a voice a fiscal sanity must remain visit vigilant and steady nsc a fiscal madness.
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