Living a privileged life is proof itself that one is not in touch with reality and the plight of the working class. He wants to create 10.2 million more homeless in the United States by removing their disability payments. Then he would eliminate social security entirely. Senator Rand Paul is out of touch with reality.
Rand Paul wants to be your president, but he won’t represent the majority of Americans, he’ll follow the Republican line and fight for special interest groups.
The original Social Security Act of 1935 was written and passed into law as a self-sustaining program. Funds donated by both employer and employee would ensure that retirees would have at least a minimal income. Since that time our government has used the ‘working man’s savings account’ as their own private bank, redirecting our money to fund ‘pork barrel’ projects and others which were of personal interest. If there were no social security, millions of retirees would have no income at all.
Rand Paul began his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 on January 3, 2011, the day he was sworn into office as the junior Senator from Kentucky. Immediately he began talking about issues which would affect millions of Americans, and not in a good way.
Rand Paul has improved his pandering skills. He is nearly perfect when he speaks to a crowd with a singular agenda. When he spoke in New Hampshire about social security disability, he revealed his ignorance about the system. First of all, he made the claim that many of the recipients are receiving money because they have high anxiety levels, or have back pain. He also appears to believe that it is very easy to acquire disability payments. He is very mistaken on both counts.
Recipients of social security disability payments struggle to receive money. One-hundred percent of claims are initially denied. Those who do receive payments for anxiety are individuals who are unable to function normally in society. He leaves the impression that payments are given for far less serious and simply mild cases.
Rand Paul has removed support for the citizens of his own state. Republican proposals would remove approximately 20 percent of disability payments. Kentucky has the fourth largest disability rate with approximately 225,000 citizens receiving disability payments.
Politicos have one unanswerable question; who is Rand Paul. He is not a Republican; he does not support the principles of the GOP and continues to exchange personal attacks with John McCain. He was elected by TEA Party money, but he is at odds with other members or our nation’s third party, including Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Some of his speeches indicate that he is his father’s son. Ron Paul continues to support libertarian ideas, and Rand Paul espouses many of them. However, he has not been entirely supportive of his father’s position of anti-war; he separated himself from other Republicans by supporting air strikes against ISIS. Hawks in his party believe we should have ‘boots on the ground,’ defending the deteriorating situation in Syria and Northern Iraq. Paul does not support a large U.S. military presence.
One thing is undeniable; Rand Paul will align himself with any and all groups which will help him receive votes in 2016. He spoke to the black community, attempting to align himself with Dr. Martin Luther King when the renowned civil rights leader said; there exist “two starkly different American experiences that exist side by side.” Paul said that the wall between two different Americas must be torn down.
If the polls are correct, and if there are no major changes between now and 2016, Mr. Paul has little chance of obtaining the Republican nomination. Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are the party favorites.
However, the self-proclaimed libertarian will receive extensive scrutiny during the primaries; maybe we’ll discover who and what he is, and what his morals and ideals reveal about his true identity.
By James Turnage