Here are some of the wild ass theories we heard from Rand Paul, and why Kentuckians know better…
- WILD-ASS THEORY: That it’s okay for Paul to oppose saving coal miner pensions.
KENTUCKIANS KNOW BETTER: Paul says he supports the concept of the Miners Protection Act. Unfortunately, coal miners in Kentucky can’t pay their bills with support of a concept. They need actual legislation that fulfills the promises that were made to them to pay their pensions. The Miners Protection Act would preserve the health benefits of about 3,500 Kentucky coal miners and protect the retirement benefits of about 9,800 retired Kentucky coal miners. How can a senator from Kentucky not support coal miners receiving their pensions?
- WILD-ASS THEORY: That it was acceptable for Paul to vote against funding for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).
KENTUCKIANS KNOW BETTER: CARA did not provide appropriations to fund needed treatment and recovery programs for Opioid abuse. It merely provided authorization for them. And when it came time to fund the bill, Paul voted against it.
- WILD-ASS THEORY: That Paul has a strong record of reaching across the aisle.
KENTUCKIANS KNOW BETTER: Paul is one of the most partisan Senators of our time. The nonpartisan Lugar Center ranks Paul as the sixth most partisanSenator from the last twenty years, and according to GovTrack, he’s ranked thethird lowest among Republican Senators for even writing bills with Democratic co-sponsors.
- WILD-ASS THEORY: That Paul is the hardest working member of congress.
KENTUCKIANS KNOW BETTER: Paul tried to spin his attendance record in the Senate into one of being present. But what Paul failed to mention was that when he was in the height of his Presidential campaign, he was among the ten percent of Senators missing the most votes -- these were missed votes on important issues for Kentuckians such as energy policy, cybersecurity, andVeterans Affairs. And per our own count (as well as two counts done by BuzzFeed last year), Paul has missed over ninety percent of his committee hearings. Let’s also not forget Paul’s record of ineffectiveness. Paul has sponsored 134 bills in the Senate. Not a single one of them has passed. Is this the record Paul wants Kentuckians to believe makes him hard working?
- WILD-ASS THEORY: That Hillary Clinton’s name would distract voters from Paul’s failure to represent Kentuckians?
KENTUCKIANS KNOW BETTER: We’re unclear on why Paul thought it was necessary to repeatedly name Hillary Clinton last night. We couldn’t even keep count of the number of times we heard him utter her name. Paul is obsessed with making it to the White House. Like the Lexington Herald-Leader recentlystated: “For Paul, the Senate is a forum for speeches to propel him into the limelight he pursues so relentlessly.” Kentuckians deserve a Senator that wants to work on the problems in our state, not to be used as consolation prize.
- WILD-ASS THEORY: That college tuition prices would come down if there was more competition.
KENTUCKIANS KNOW BETTER: This is Paul’s solution for our students’ debt crisis. Paul has failed to address growing student debt. He voted against student loan refinancing three times (1, 2, 3), supported allowing student loan interests rate to double (so as not to raise taxes on the wealthy), opposed extending lower student loan interest rates at least twice (1, 2), and proposed a plan to deal with student debt that disproportionately benefited wealthier students. The time we saw Paul mocking students who faced mountains of unpaid loans exemplified how little he cares about the issue.
- WILD-ASS THEORY: That Paul would stop the U.S. from spending money on foreign aid, and instead spend that money at home.
KENTUCKIANS KNOW BETTER: Paul did try this. But like most of his plans, his amendment went nowhere. It was actually mocked by both Republicans and Democrats. Republican Senator Corker, for example, called it a “short-term, hot, poll-tested amendment.” Democratic Senator Menendez summed it up by referring to it as “good politics,” “bad policy.” The people of Kentucky would be better served if Paul actually voted to fund their infrastructure projects -- too bad Paul doesn’t. Last year, he opposed the major, bipartisan infrastructure bill. But let’s not stop there -- he’s proposed cutting infrastructure funding at least four times (1, 2, 3, 4).
- WILD-ASS THEORY: That giving Paul another chance in the Senate would improve Kentucky’s economy.
KENTUCKIANS KNOW BETTER: For the first time in our recent memory, Paul was silent about his Economic Freedom Zones last night. Maybe it’s because Republicans overwhelmingly rejected his plan. And plans like his have already failed. As the Lexington Herald-Leader said in their endorsement of Mayor Gray, Paul’s economic freedom zones are “based on a theory, not just unproved but disproved.”
- WILD-ASS THEORY: That supporting a strong national defense means slashing the size of our military.
KENTUCKIANS KNOW BETTER: Paul’s first budget cut defense spending by 30 percent, and all three of his budgets cut the size of our military (1, 2, 3). It wasn’t until a couple of weeks before Paul announced his failed run for presidency that he introduced a budget amendment to raise defense spending.
- WILD-ASS THEORY: That Paul will actually make an impact on the national debt, after failing to do anything about it for six years.
KENTUCKIANS KNOW BETTER: Paul keeps telling us he supports the idea of a balanced budget amendment, and he recently introduced a piece of partisan legislation that contained support for one, but it never went anywhere. (Just like most of his legislation.) And that failed presidential campaign of his? It’s still over a quarter of a million dollars in debt. How can we trust a guy who doesn’t take his own debt seriously to deal with the national debt?