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Sen. Rand Paul: amnesty supporter from Kentucky

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is (as of late 2012) making noise about running for president in 2016. That would be a huge gift to the Democratic Party because Paul has some radical policy ideas. Those include (among many others):

* supporting "tough love" for the unemployed

* opposing raising taxes on yachts

* supporting devolving laws regulating mine safety to the states ( peekurl.com/zv8trp7 ). That's despite (or because of) the fact that states are much easier for coal companies to control than the federal government

* supporting mountain top removal ( peekURL.com/vTyj3tQ and peekURL.com/vPsDsLk ). On the last, he says "I don't think anyone's going to be missing a hill or two here or there".

Those are just a few of the policy-related ways the left would oppose him. Of course, there are plenty of trivial ways they'd oppose him too, and Paul wouldn't be able to do anything about those either.

At the same time, many on the right would oppose Rand Paul because he supports amnesty for illegal aliens.

All of Rand Paul's positions boil down to one overriding principle: helping the rich get richer with little or no concern for everyone else.

That explains his support for companies damaging the environment without having to pay for it (i.e., "socializing the costs and privatizing the profits").

It also explains his support for amnesty, something that would let corrupt businesses off the hook for past malfeasance. It would help those same companies and others lower American wages and safety standards.

Last modified Nov 27, 2012
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Just how sleazy and anti-American is senator Rand Paul? On the video below, he says among other things this: Let's get [the millions of current illegal aliens] work visas, normalize 'em, make 'em taxpayers. They're not goin' home. Even all the crowd that are yelling 'amnesty, that person's for amnesty' are they for sending these people home? Do they want us to put them in concentration camps, on buses, and send 'em back home? I don't think anybody's proposing that.

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Here are excerpts of an email from the Tea Party "Patriots". Why their group and their new PAC is bogus will be discussed below: Dear Patriot, My name is Jenny Beth Martin. I helped found Tea Party Patriots... ...Please become a charter supporter of the new Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund PAC... ...Through the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund we are going to beat big-government Republicans in primaries and Obama-loving Democrats in the general election.

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On March 21, six self-styled conservative congressmen sent Rand Paul a letter supporting his amnesty plan and coming up with what they term a "three-legged stool of systemic immigration reform".

Tea Party leaders stand with Rand Paul on amnesty for illegal aliens (Jenny Beth Martin, Sal Russo, Matt Kibbe, Freedomworks) - 03/21/13

Three Tea Party leaders have now indicated that they support or won't oppose Rand Paul's plan to legalize almost all illegal aliens in the U.S. That plan would fail miserably and it isn't in any way conservative. The three leaders are:

Crazy Rand Paul fully supports amnesty, misleading, Hispandering, and reading poetry to do it - 03/19/13

Earlier today, Kentucky senator Rand Paul gave a pro-amnesty speech at the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that in some ways is even more shocking and more crazy than the pro-amnesty speeches George W Bush gave. In addition to being borderline nuts, Paul misleads and uses a string of pro-amnesty talking points just like his dad.

Rand Paul's Tea Party SOTU response to promote massive immigration - 02/12/13

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) will deliver the Tea Party response to the State of the Union speech. According to CNN, Paul will say the following:

Sen. Rand Paul now supports immigration amnesty (Kentucky, illegal aliens) - 11/13/12

Kentucky senator Rand Paul is just the latest Tea Party leader to capitulate on an immigration amnesty for illegal aliens. From this:

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Just after winning the Senate race from Kentucky, Rand Paul told Wolf Blitzer the following (video below and at peekURL.com/vufapvr ): PAUL: I would say that they must be in favor of a second American depression, because if you raise taxes to that consequence, that's what will happen in this country. Raising taxes in the midst of a recession would be a disaster for our economy. And anybody who proposes such a policy really is, I think, unfit to be making decisions. BLITZER: What if they just raised taxes on the richest, those making more than 250,000 dollars a year? PAUL: Well, the thing is,...

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Sam Stein of Huffington Post offers "Rand Paul's Underground Electric Border Fence Baffles Cornyn, Libertarians" (huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/24/rand-pauls-underground-el_n_624535.html). It's one small step up from something you'd see on "Rock Bottom" (peekURL.com/vt2fh5z). On his site, Rand Paul says:

Rand Paul: unemployed should accept lower wage jobs: "tough love" (ignores immigration, 5-1 job seeker ratio) - 06/19/10

Rand Paul recently said (link, [1]) something that on its face appears a bit reasonable: "In Europe, they give about a year of unemployment. We're up to two years now in America... As bad as it sounds, ultimately we do have to sometimes accept a wage that’s less than we had at our previous job in order to get back to work and allow the economy to get started again... Nobody likes that, but it may be one of the tough love things that has to happen." Needless to say, trained idiots like Digby take umbrage at his remarks [2]. However, as a general rule taking a lesser or part-time job - even...

Even Dick Armey realizes how toxic the "Tea Party" label is - 06/17/10

Even Dick Armey of FreedomWorks - a main stringpuller on the tea parties movement - now realizes that the label "Tea Party" is toxic and politicians should avoid calling themselves "tea party leaders". Recall that last month the Koch family - without which there might not be a tea party movement - also backed away from the tea parties. From this: ...Armey said (Rand Paul)’s "bigger mistake" came in his victory speech after securing the nomination, when he said "I have a message from the tea party. ... We've come to take our government back" and added: "This tea party movement is a message to...

NYT: Adam Nagourney, Carl Hulse lie about Rand Paul quote (corrected on the Maddow show) - 05/24/10

On May 20, Carl Hulse and Adam Nagourney of the New York Times offered "Tea Party Pick Causes Uproar on Civil Rights" (nytimes.com/2010/05/21/us/politics/21paul.html), containing this completely false (and still uncorrected) statement about Rand Paul's appearance on the Rachel Maddow show: Asked by Ms. Maddow if a private business had the right to refuse to serve black people, Mr. Paul replied, “Yes.” He didn't say "yes", but "yeah", and only in the sense of "now that you're finished speaking let me get a chance" or similar. The "yeah" wasn't a response to Maddow's question, it was just...

Justin Elliot goes after Rand Paul on NAFTA Superhighway, unaware of what Obama himself said - 05/21/10

Justin Elliot of TalkingPointsMemo joins the anti-Rand Paul bandwagon with "Rand Paul In '08: Beware The NAFTA Superhighway!" [1], another low-grade attempt to discredit those who are rightfully concerned about that issue.