Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is taking aim at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for “duplicate” disaster relief payments.
FEMA spent more than $50 million on disaster payments that were already covered by insurance companies, according to Paul’s report, adding that “paying for something twice is one of those things that give you a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. When it comes to disaster recovery, Uncle Sam often unnecessarily pays twice.”
Rand runs 10% better than Trump
Rand runs 7% better than Fiorina
Rand runs 5% better than Cruz, Carson, Christie
Rand runs 3% better than Huckabee
Rand runs 2% better than Bush, Rubio, Walker
Clinton 50%, Trump 37%
Clinton 47%, Fiorina 37%
Clinton 48%, Cruz 40%
Clinton 47%, Carson 39%
Clinton 46%, Christie 38%
Clinton 46%, Huckabee 40%
Clinton 46%, Bush 41%
Clinton 46%, Rubio 41%
Clinton 46%, Walker 41%
Clinton 45%, Paul 42%
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As White House hopefuls strike their presidential poses, the meticulous National Taxpayers Union Foundation continues to pore over their voting records, which brings us to Sen. Rand Paul, the latest subject of the organization’s research. No spender is he. During his first two terms in Congress, the Kentucky lawmaker actually proposed savings agendas that would cut $483.8 billion per year, on average, from the federal budget.
“His record clearly demonstrates an approach to budget discipline that can be matched by few,” says analyst Demian Brady, who notes that during the 112th Congress, Mr. Paul proposed an agenda that would cut $650 billion a year, suggesting he has a consistently sterling track record in fiscal matters. He holds the record for the most frugal lawmaker of all, as a matter of fact.
The Democratic contenders aren’t even close.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky received the highest grade among more than 20 declared and potential 2016 presidential candidates in a voter guide released Friday by a marijuana policy group, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania fared the worst.
Campaign books are usually forgettable, uniformly boring, and go mostly unread. However, Sen. Rand Paul’s recently published addition to the genre is neither forgettable nor boring: if it goes largely unread then that will be a shame. For it is a sincerely written, even passionate defense of liberty in the tradition of Barry Goldwater’s The Conscience of a Conservative – the book that launched the contemporary conservative movement and eventually landed Ronald Reagan in the White House.
Former Reagan Economic Advisor Art Laffer discusses Rand Paul’s flat tax proposal.
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