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LITTLE MITCH: Rand Rolls Over On Omnibus

Rand Paul caved to Mitch McConnell.

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul wants to have it both ways. He wants to be the edgy anti-establishment libertarian in Washington, D.C., while at the same time being buddy buddy with the entire Republican establishment. In his latest grandstanding attempt to show the world that he has the same principles as his dad, Rand took to the airwaves announcing that he was going to stall and block Paul Ryan’s omnibus spending bill.

But his threats to stall the spending bill quickly turned to empty words after a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Instead of actually being effective and delaying the bill like he said he would, Rand chose to simply vote no, which did exactly zero to hinder the bill, which ended up passing the Senate with 65 votes in the affirmative.

Prior to voting no, Rand spent hours on Twitter posting snarky tweets about all the bad things in the omnibus bill.

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It’s easy to be tough on Twitter, and to get attention that way. It’s a lot harder to actually get things done and to stand up to people like Mitch McConnell. This move by Rand proves that he is no longer the anti-establishment hero many of us thought he was.

He is instead just another grandstanding pawn of the establishment.

 

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Arizona’s Paul Gosar Proposes Amending Coronavirus Package to Replace Pork with $10,000 Stimulus Checks

Gosar wants direct aid to the American people.

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Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona has proposed that the federal government pay stimulus checks of $10,000 to Americans beleaguered by the coronavirus pandemic, adopting an approach that would prioritize direct payments to individuals over payments to state and local governments. Gosar’s Amendment, offered on Friday night, would also replace payments to extend federal unemployment benefits.

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As the American Rescue Plan currently stands, $1,400 stimulus checks to American taxpayers who filed less than $75,000 in income in 2018 make up $422 billion- a mere 22% of the total spending in the relief package. Gosar’s proposal would replace much of the questionable spending with direct relief.

If the federal government intends to go ‘all-in’ on deficit spending in response to the coronavirus recession, Gosar’s proposal would ensure that the money is spent directly on the livelihood of American taxpayers. Less than half of the spending of Biden’s stimulus is directly targeted towards taxpayers, with education, energy, transport and state governments receiving almost as much money as the American people under Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan.

(Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget)

Biden’s pork proposal can easily be retooled to prioritize direct spending to Americans, be it in the shape of stimulus checks or buffed unemployment benefits to Americans who have lost their jobs in the recession. Instead, the establishment Democrat has opted to prioritize payments to powerful lobby groups and corporate institutions.

The American Rescue Plan passed the House in a Friday night vote. Should the massive spending package fail to pass the Senate in budget reconciliation, congressional leaders may be left with no choice but to consider proposals such as Gosar that replace federal spending with direct relief to the American people.


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