Paul: ‘Big gov’t is not your friend’
The nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee broadcast its response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, delivered by Sen. Randall H. Paul (R-Ky.).
Standing in a studio at the National Press Club, just three blocks from the White House, Paul said the president is not the helping the poor, telling low-income Americans Obama promises them free things, but his very policies keep them poor.
Big government is not your friend, he said.
Those who are struggling do not need a free phone, they need the government to get out of the way and get its spending under control, he said.
“Both parties have been guilty of spending too much, of protecting their sacred cows, of backroom deals in which everyone up here wins, but every taxpayer loses,” said the senator from a studio at the National Press Club, just three blocks from the White House.
The senator said when he was a candidate, he thought he knew how bad things were in Washington, but when he got to the capital, he learned the problems are worse than he ever imagined.
“It is time for a new bipartisan consensus. It is time Democrats admit that not every dollar spent on domestic programs is sacred. And it is time Republicans realize that military spending is not immune to waste and fraud,” he said.
“The path we are on is unsustainable,” he said.
Paul spoke directly about the mandatory federal spending cuts set to take place in three weeks that were part of the Budget Control Act the president signed in August 2011. Democrats are now balking at the cuts, which are called a sequester.
The sequester must go forward, he said.
“Not only should the sequester stand, many pundits say the sequester really needs to be at least $4 trillion to avoid another downgrade of America’s credit rating. Both parties will have to agree to cut, or we will never fix our fiscal mess,” he said.
“Washington acts in a way that your family never could – they spend money they do not have, they borrow from future generations, and then they blame each other for never fixing the problem,” he said.
Echoing sentiments expressed by Sen. Marco A. Rubio (R-Fla.), who delivered the Republican Party’s official response to the State of the Union, Paul said he supports resolving the broken immigration system.
“We are the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity, therefore we must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better future,” said Paul.
“We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities,” he said. “We must be the party that says, ‘If you want to work, if you want to become an American, we welcome you.’”
The senator arrived at the National Press Club around 9 p.m., and immediately went to the studio to test-read the speech and make sure the equipment was ready to go.
Shortly before the broadcast, the senator and some staffers became concerned about the two cameras in the room. The one in the back was for the Internet and the one in the front, slightly lower, was for the pool feed. After going back and forth with technicians, everyone decided to go forward with everything as it was.
Amy Kremer, the Tea Party Express chairwoman said the speech was a great success.
Kremer said this was the third year the Tea Party has broadcast a response, but this year it was more important because the mainstream media has pronounced the Tea Party movement finished.