Rand Paul: ‘Politicians Suffer the Repercussions of Not Keeping Their Promises’

On the heels of the GOP's latest health care reform flop, the Kentucky senator is pushing for tax cuts

On the same day GOP leaders are expected to unveil an ambitious tax system overhaul, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) warned that “politicians suffer the repercussions of not keeping their promises” that they made to the American people, during an interview Wednesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”

Paul, who refused to back the GOP’s weak Obamacare reform bill that the Senate scrapped Tuesday, urged his party to listen to the voices of the voters who elected them into office and pull itself together on tax reform. Noting that one of the issues President Donald Trump has most often “clearly been right on and strong on” is the idea of a tax cut, Paul said that tax cut naysayers represent “the swamp not getting it.”

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“These people are so stuck in these Washington formulas. Do you think anybody at home cares what the CBO says, or what the tax-scoring system says? They want a tax cut,” he said. “It’s their money. They worked hard to keep it, and they want to keep more of their paycheck.”

“It shouldn’t be about some eggheads crunching numbers in a formula who say, ‘Well, is it revenue neutral, according to the tax scoring people over in this committee?’ No, it ought to be whether it helps the people by returning more of their money to them,” Paul added. “So I think the bigger the better, and if you’re concerned about the deficit like I am, balance the tax cut with a spending cut.”

Noting that Trump’s promise to boost the U.S. economy is contingent upon delivering crucial tax cuts to American business and workers, the Kentucky senator said, “We need to be the best place in the world to do business, not the worst place in the world to do business.”

“And in order to compete with the world, we can’t have the highest tax rates. We have to bring tax rates down dramatically. And the president as recently as last week told me he still wants a 15-percent corporate income tax,” Paul said. “We are elected. We should do what the people want. And we can’t ever get anything done because the swamp is so concerned with arcane rules that really are not binding and that they made and put upon themselves.”

For those Democratic members of Congress who are concerned about delivering a tax cut for wealthy Americans or a flat tax rate, Paul recommended they brush up on their mathematical skills.

“It’s also people that are poor with math. If you have a 10-percent across-the-board tax cut for everyone, the rich will have a bigger tax cut because 10 percent of a million is bigger than 10 percent of $100,000,” Paul said. “But the Left plays these games and we succumb to it. But the bottom line is, the biggest reform we need is to get away from [a] sort of Marxist class hate and class envy.”

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“It’s basically a liberty argument,” he added. “Do your wages and does your labor belong to you? Yes. We give up some of that to live in a society, but we don’t want to give up that much of our liberty, so we want to keep government small.”

Although Paul expressed his high hopes that Republicans can deliver the tax reform their party promised during the 2016 elections, he issued a solemn warning to the American people following on the heels of the Senate’s repeated failures to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“Don’t trust anybody that becomes part of the swamp,” he said. “I mean, Republicans across the land promised you they would repeal Obamacare. Why didn’t we put forward a bill, vote on it and have everybody in Washington clamoring, saying, ‘Vote for what you already voted for in 2015?’ So we did that, and then we lost seven people. And then we get Graham-Cassidy, which didn’t repeal Obamacare. It simply kept it and reshuffled the money to different states.”

“So, yeah — politicians suffer the repercussions of not keeping their promises,” Paul said. “We all promised to vote for repeal, and the people who changed their minds, somebody needs to ask them an important question: ‘Why would you not keep your promise to the voters?'”

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