WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed February 13, 2013
Paul: America Doesn't Need Robin Hood
In his Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, Kentucky Republican senator Rand Paul said there actually is plenty of bi-partisanship between Democrats and Republicans in Washington saying, "both parties have been guilty of spending too much, of protecting their sacred cows, of backroom deals in which everybody up here wins, but every taxpayers loses."
Paul at times spoke as though he was an outsider instead of an elected member of the Senate, even using the word "they" when referring to other Senators.
Paul delivered his remarks following the official Republican response given by Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Paul joined Rubio in accusing Obama of working to undermine the "fee market," but Paul's remarks also included a call for an amendment to the Constitution that would require the federal government to balance the budget every year.
"What the President fails to grasp," he said, "is that the American system which rewards hard work is what made America so prosperous; what America needs is not Robin Hood but Adam Smith." Paul also advocated term limits for members of Congress as punishment for not passing a budget and reining in spending.
The speech gave Paul, who is considering a Presidential run of his own in 2016, an opportunity to brand himself as an alternative to the party establishment.
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