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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Rand Paul on Ukraine  CSPAN  May 18, 2022 9:28am-9:43am EDT

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as representatives of our various states, and the american people to convey to the american people his personal thanks and gratitude for supporting them during this existential fight with russia. we, in turn, thank president zelenskyy for showing the world what one country and one inspired leader can do to rally the cause of freedom and democracy and non-aggression around the world. president zelenskyy and the ukrainians have changed the course of history for the better and we unequivocally are with the ukrainian penal in their fight-- the ukrainian people in their fight for democracy. i yield the floor. >> and senate is considering a bill to ukraine. this bill brings up the questions of constitutionality and affordability.
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there was an essay written in 1867 that was published in harper's magazine. called not yours to if i have. it's the story of davy crockett as a congressman in the late 1820's. like most stories of that vintage, some will argue that the story is an accurate rendition, while others may say that the moral of the story is uncontestable. davy crockett served two terms. on one day he was confronted with a bill to give money to the widow of the military officer and arose and gave this speech. mr. speaker, i have as much respect for memory of the deceased and the suffering of the living. if suffering there be as any man in the house, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living.
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we have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity, but as members of congress we have no right to so appropriate a dollar of the public money. davy crockett continued, i'm the poorest man on this floor, i cannot vote for this bill, but i will give a one week's pay, give my check for one week and if every member of congress were to do this, it will amount to more than this bill asks for. when crockett finished, there was silence and remarkably the bill failed. when later asked for an explanation, davy crockett explained, he said several years ago i was standing one evening on the steps of the capitol when we saw a large great light over georgetown. it was evidently a large fire. we jumped into a hack and drove over there as fast as we could. in spite of all that could be done, many houses were burned and many families were made homeless and besides, some of
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them had also all, but the clothes they had on. the weather was very cold and when i saw so many women and children suffering i felt that something must be done. the next morning a bill was introduced appropriating $20,000 for their relief and we put aside the business and rushed it through as soon as it could be done. later in the year when davy cracket was ran into tennessee, he ran into a constituent named horatio. he asked for his vote and he responded thusly, you better not waste your time on my vote, i shall not vote for you again. your vote last winter showed you have either not the capacity to understand the constitution or you're wanting in honesty and firmness to be guided by it. the constitution to worth anything must be held sacred and rigidly observed in all of its provisions. the man who wields power and
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misinterprets the constitution is the more dangerous, the more honest he is. horatio continued, no, colonel, there's no mistake, the newspapers say last winter you voted for the bill to give $20,000 from some who suffered from a fire in georgetown, is that true? congressman crockett answered, well, my friend i may as well own up you've got me there. certainly would he be would complain that a great and rich country like ours, the insignificant sum of $20,000 for suffering women and children. and horatio replied to congressman crockett, the action of gathering and distributing money. when you're contributing to one, you're withdrawing from thousands even worse off than he. if you had the right to give anything, the amount was simply
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a matter of discretion with you and you had as much right to give $20 million as to give $20,000. if you have the right to give it one, you have the right to give to all. and as the constitution neither defines charity nor stipulates the amount, you were at liberty to give to anything and everything with i you may believe. profess to believe is a charity and to any amount proper. no, colonel crockett, congress has no right to give charity, individual members may give as much money as they please, but no right to touch a dollar of the public money for that purpose. if twice as many houses burned in this county in tennessee as had in georgetown, neither you nor any other members of congress would have thought of appropriating a dollar for relief. he informed crockett, if each congressman showed symptom to
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the fire victims by giving one week's way it would have been easier to give other people's money. he continued, the people of washington no doubt applauded you for relieving them from the necessity of giving by giving what was not yours to give. the people have delegated congress by the power to do certain things. to do these it is authorized to collect and pay money and for nothing else. everything beyond this is user and a violation of the constitution. you see, colonel, you've vie hated the constitution in what i consider a vital point. it's a precedent fraught from danger to the country for when congress begins to stretch its power beyond the limits of the constitution there's no limit to it and no security for the people. >> today we're faced with a
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vastly greater sum than $20,000. we're faced with $40 billion to be gifted to ukraine. a noble cause no doubt, a cause for which i have sympathy ap support, but a call for which the constitution does not sanction for approve of. we could ask as davy crockett did if each member of the senate would like to contribute to ukraine. of course that would certainly demonstrate the enormity of the gift to come up with $40,000, each senator would have to give $400 million. it's easy to spend an exorbitant amount if you're spending someone else's money. even if the senators won't agree to contribute their own money, we're a rich country and can afford it? not exactly. in the past two years alone we've added nearly $6 trillion
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in new debt. inflation roars throughout the land. grocery bills are punishing the working class and poor. even before the bailout, our country was running a trillion dollar annual deficit for its commitment. putting aside the constitutionality of the $40 aboutle to ukraine, isn't there a festivally responsible. what about taking 40 billion from elsewhere in the budget. the must spends more on their military than the eight countries combined. couldn't congress go to the military and not add to our debt. in the defense of ukraine, if the defense of ukraine is really in our national security interest, shouldn't be gift come from our military budget? what about cutting wasteful spending. my office cataloged over $50 billion in waste.
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i don't know about you couldn't we cut programs like the million dollar study to see if taking selfies of yourself while smiling and then looking at these selfies later on, if that makes you feel good? couldn't we cut the budget of the national science foundation that spends millions of dollars studying such burning questions as, do panamanian city frogs have a different mating call than the country frogs? couldn't we maybe cut the $2 million nih spent studying cafeterias to see if someone in front of you sneezes on the food whether you're more or less hikely to eat that food. couldn't we cut the money spent on japanese quail, whether they're more sexually promiscuous or not when you give them cocaine? or if we're not willing to cut the budget couldn't we ask the american people to stay up and pay a war tax?
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if this is popular to the people, why don't we offer to tax them in exchange for this? guess what, the american people don't want to cut spending in the budgets. at least their representatives don't, they don't want to cut taxes for this, they say put it on my tab. we've been doing this for decades and why we have $30 trillion debt and roaring inflation. if you want to pay for this with a tax, you could triple the gas tax. i'm guessing that's going to be really popular and people really want to send that money so badly they'd be willing to triple the gas tax. if we were honest, that's what the people for this would prp. >> that would be for the future. all alternatively, they could
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raise, and sends billions overseas, here is your bill, mr. and mrs. america, $500 taxes. and no, it's put it on our tab. uncle sam's tab is full, it's complete. to be clear i'm not for raising taxes for yoouk. to borrow money from china simply to take it to ukraine makes us weaker. let's be honest, most of congress doesn't seem to care about the debt. how much we shovel out of the door and out of the country. why? because it's not their money. every day, milton freedman's statement has proven correct, that nobody spends somebody else's money as widely as their own. >> i doubt that members of
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congress will consider spending their money, but americans across the land should sit up and notice and attach blame to the spenders. bipartisan majorities in the past three months, republicans and democrats, added over 100 to the debt and now proposing another to help restaurants. they've been through overzealous governors. >> there's ramifications for the debt. inflation is here and it's rip roaring and on the rise. just as aiding the victims of fire and georgetown during the days of davy crockett ignored the misfortune of the suffering people in lands too distant from washington to be noticed so, too, does the sfit spending overseas, ignores the pain and
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suffering and innation that's caused by that debt on everyday american families. inflation is simply an increase in the money supply. it comes from the federal reserve, buying the u.s. debt. m-2 is the measure of the money supply. for the last three years it's been going up at about a 15% rate so we really shouldn't be surprised that there's inflation because inflation is an increase in the money supply. in january of last year, the annualized rate of the m-2 expansion, it was 27%. no one should be shocked. we have inflation, we have rising prices in the grocery store. we have rising prices at the pump because we borrowed too much money and we went heavily in debt and the federal reserve is buying the debt. the so-called free money chases prices higher. having the debt will only make the problem worse. yes, our national security is
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threatened, not by russia's war in ukraine, but by congress' war on the american taxpayers. the vast majority of americans simplify ukraine. they want to repel the russian invaders. if congress were honest they'd take the money from elsewhere in the budget or ask americans to pay higher taxes or heaven forbid, lone the money to ukraine instead of giving it to ukraine. but congress will do what congress does best, spend other people's money. i, for one, will not. i will vote no. somehow, somewhere, a voice of fiscal sanity must remain vigilant. must remain stallwart amid a sea of madness. >> yesterday in a bipartisan landslide the state advanced legislation to get more arms and assistance to the noent people of


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