Must Watch: Rand Paul Fighting Obama/Boehner Debt Deal Goes Viral With Mike...

Must Watch: Rand Paul Fighting Obama/Boehner Debt Deal Goes Viral With Mike Lee’s Support

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Senator Mike Lee’s support of Rand Paul’s battle over the Obama/Boehner debt deal has gone “viral” after Lee praised Paul’s defense of Social Security during a speech from the 2016 GOP Presidential hopeful on the Senate floor.

Paul led the effort against the Obama/Boehner debt ceiling deal earlier this week, blasting the removal of money from the Social Security trust fund to shift to other areas.  Lee’s post, which features comments from Lee as well as video of Paul, has grabbed over 13 million views.

“I would like to thank Senator Rand Paul for leading the fight to protect to Social Security from the thieves in Washington, who seem to think that if they steal from the American people at night while they are sleeping that they will get away with it,” Lee said. “I was proud to vote with Senator Paul on his point of order that would have protected Social Security, and I ask you to help me shine a light on what Washington has tried to hide from you in the darkness of night.”

Here is Senator Lee’s full statement:

“This is how it happens.

Last night while you were sleeping the Senate voted to steal $150 billion dollars from the Social Security Trust Fund. I joined 34 of my colleagues in a vote to prevent this raid. I would like to thank Senator Rand Paul for leading the fight to protect to Social Security from the thieves in Washington, who seem to think that if they steal from the American people at night while they are sleeping that they will get away with it. I was proud to vote with Senator Paul on his point of order that would have protected Social Security, and I ask you to help me shine a light on what Washington has tried to hide from you in the darkness of night.

If everyone who sees this message shares it, it will reach millions of Americans. As someone who has been fighting for years to reform our broken government in Washington, I know it is exhausting, I sympathize with your frustration, and I understand your impatience. But don’t give up. Washington wants you to give up.

Just remember, a vote to raid social security in the middle of the night in a desperate attempt to perpetuate an unsustainable spending addiction isn’t a sign of strength. It is a sign of weakness.”

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61 COMMENTS

  1. … and yet here is the only place I’ve seen it reported. The citizens have become self-satisfied and easily distracted by the “shiny objects” thrown it them by the political class. It keeps them from being interested even when it effects them.

  2. I would like to thank all of the Thieves of of our U.S. Senate,who wanted to take from my and Million of other retirees SSI trust fund to use on other things. That they could of cut out of the budget. That weren’t necessary Like their Pay increases that they don’t need And Obama Care. Oh and provide funding to ISSI to help take over the world.
    I and Millions of others live on 1/10th of what they get and give their cronies to live on. And they have the gall to not to give Us the SSI retirees an COLA increase be cause GASOLINE is not up to $4.50 A Gallon. But they didn’t take in consideration that the Cost of everything else is going up Milk, Eggs, Bread, Vegetables, and thing we eat has gone up, So tell me where they get off taking my SSI retirement. So they can keep spending. I have a budget I have to live on where in the name of GOD is their BUDGET. Oh yes they don’t need one just barrow more money.
    THE NOTE IS DUE. PAY UP!

    • They don’t realize that low inflation means all prices are going up like when a baseball player is batting .100 he always gets a hit

    • I thought that I heard about cuts to SS also?? People cannot afford any cuts that are living on just SS. THERE should be defunding of the UN DICKTATORS ASAP! Maybe that is a question that should be answered by the Candidates.

    • What about foreign aid, how about half of Mexico sucking off of Medicaid?. What about all of these special interest groups funding their projects. How about our politicians being covered by health insurance and retirement funds for the rest of their lives?! Stop the nonsense and take care of our own senior citizens and military people. Stop aid to people who have not paid into these programs!!!!

  3. I Believe

    By Robert W. Service

    It’s my belief that every man
    Should do his share of work,
    And in our economic plan
    No citizen should shirk.

    That in return each one should get
    His meed of fold and food,
    And feel that all his toil and sweat
    Is for the common good.

    It’s my belief that every chap
    Should have an equal start,
    And there should be no handicap
    To hinder his depart;

    That there be fairness in the fight,
    And justice in the race,
    And every lad should have the right
    To win his proper place.

    It’s my belief that people should
    Be neither rich nor poor;
    That none should suffer servitude,
    And all should be secure.

    That wealth is loot, and rank is rot,
    And foul is class and clan;
    That to succeed a man may not
    Exploit his brother man.

    It’s my belief that heritage
    And usury are wrong;
    That each should win a worthy wage
    And sing an honest song ….

    Not one like this — for though I rue
    The wrong of life, I flout it.
    Alas! I’m not prepared to do
    A goddam thing about it.

    Source: The Best of Robert Service (1953)

  4. Best man for the 2016 ticket! If he had Trump as VP, I think we would see some real, common sense changes in Washington AND in this country!

  5. William Quinion · St. Lawrence University
    St. Lawrence University
    William Quinion · St. Lawrence University
    Corruption is rampant throughout our government, not only in our appointed representatives with foreign duties but also here at home. More Veterans are killed by the Corruption in our VA Administration and Social Security Administration than all of the wars we have been in ? Did you know that 22 veterans a day commit suicide because they can’t get the help they need from the VA Administration or the COURTS both Federal and Administrative run by the Social Security Commission??? I personally INFLUENCED the Senate and Congress to pass the new Veterans VA funding and benefits BILL. I pointed out a FLAW in the bill that would allow the VA to continue their bad conduct. The Senate passed a bill 3 weeks later to correct the flaw and the VA is IGNORING that BILL and DENYING PAYMENT for non-VA outside treatment that they can’t provide. I KNOW because I am one of those VETERANS that is being DENIED for a DISABILITY incurred in BOOT in 1956 and SUBSTANTIATED BY SOC.SEC.DOCTORS paid by SOC.SEC. and their record of opinion has been WITHHELD from me and DESTROYED to prevent receiving BENEFITS DUE. You can read all about it in a book Published by Xlibris,NON-FICTION,titled ( HOW GOD FOUND ME). I was saved by GOD 21 TIMES, 2 of which returned me from the dead, certificate is in my medical record. Every Vet,Vets’friend,family NEEDS to see this book as it also shows how the VA tried to KILL ME at least 10 times. Don’t miss it as those guys coming back from the WARS in the middle East will be treated the same. Money meant for their CARE is being SPENT on REDECORATING the BUILDING. The Administration is CORRUPT and needs to be REPLACED.These people don’t know the meaning of HARD WORK having never done any and STILL DON’T???

    • I’m sorry to hear this is happening to our veterans. It is wrong and needs to be corrected asap or sooner.
      Thank you for your service Sir. Your efforts and sacrifices are appreciated.
      I believe God saved you 21 times for a reason…perhaps He has repeatedly blessed you to carry out this mission of helping to steer the VA in the proper direction.

  6. I stand with rand on this.This is from hard earned money you & I earned,to be used to sustain in retirement. We also should have all the other money taken out in the past returned.

  7. We pay in social security for only ONE reason…to be able to have SOMEthing when we are older than employers want us in the job market. This is OURS, NOT theirs. We need to kick out of office every one who voted to steal from our SS funds. Kick every one out who even THINKS about stealing from our SS funds. These are rich “fat cats” who HAVE, and do not care about we the have nots.

    • Who were the ones that voted to do this that’s what we need to know give us the people their names. Then spread their names all over the net if the media won’t report it then we the people will.

  8. The screwed up part is that they don’t have to pay into SSI ever again. They get their pay checks as retirement for the rest of their lives. So they can take all they want and not worry about any retirement benefits. I stand with Rand I have and always will.

  9. Now Rand needs to do something about the IRS. They are attacking the poor and middle class. And when I say attacking, that’s what they are doing. They say you owe money, because you haven’t filed and when you do file and see it is the opposite “they owe you money”, you don’t get it back! They come up with reason’s NOT to pay it. They are also calling with automated calls, scaring, threatening, intimidating and bulling to get you to pay, when they owe you money! SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE!

    • When he gets to be President he said he is going to pass a flat 14% tax on everyone. That means the rich will pay more that the average family. I owed $2000.00 to the IRS by the time they tacked on penalty fees then added penalty fees on the penalty fee and I owed them over $4000.00. It’s the biggest scam I have ever seen.

  10. As Senator Paul wants to save SSI, and they should !!! PLEASE ALL OF YOU READ ABOUT what’s called “THE FAIRTAX” It is the BEST Tax system. It does away with the IRS and everyone pays their fair share !! IT IS BEST FOR AMERICA !!

  11. This despicable act by Congress cannot take place at the expense of seniors who have paid into their S.S. retirement accounts involuntarily for decades. This Congress should be ashamed of it’s self to jeopardize the livelihood of our older retirees by stealing from them with no means or intention of repayment. This addictive behavior is the hallmark of Socialism or Communism which is what this Admin. has become to allow this travesty of justice to take place! To wait until the next election to throw these ingrates out of office is too late, I fear.

    • They should be ashamed but that word in not in their vocabulary. Most of the Rupb’s do not care about us the common people and they need to be replaced. I received a request from John McCain for money and I replied “Hell NO, I hope you lose”.

  12. I have to love what this man says most of the time. His rhetoric is on target. Yet, he voted for T.P.P. and subsequently lost my trust altogether. Someone, please tell me why this senator should be P.O.T.U.S. when he sells out on this nation’s sovereignty?

    • Where in the world did you hear that? He was 1 of 6 Republicans that voted NO on the TPP! Please stop spreading untruths.

    • Rand Paul is the only candidate who’s provided a proposed budget: paul.senate.gov/files/documents/MASTERBUDGET.pdf

      At best the other candidates have tax reform proposals, which IMHO are distractions from their spending plans which they don’t want to reveal. If you vote for a candidate besides Paul, you’re voting on Hope for Change. Just like voting for Obama.

      Even Paul Ryan’s budget INCREASES government spending by 3.1% each year for the first ten years, which is growing government faster than the private sector which is limping along at about 2% growth each year. http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/whats-really-ryan-budget

  13. Social Security Im not on even though Im qualified to receive it. I was told if I held off and waited until the age of 72 I would be getting 20% more?(^%& This is when Obama came on board. What was once something you could count on seems to have gone by the wayside to keep this presidents agenda. Back in 1939 Hitler also had something he called the S.S. and he wasnt giving any money out to the people who paid into it like good little Jews & germans. Because Im not on SS my medicare has been knocked out
    Ive been 6 months trying to clear this up and had SS department hang up on me. I dont have a doctor or a plan anymore? I went into the community hospital for an infection as a walk in. I called ahead because I had never done this! I was there 4 1 / 2
    hours waiting on all the immigrants that were there getting free stuff. I got my bill which was 10 times what I would have paid with my doctor. I call these kinds of things an emergency.

  14. I hate to say it but the “American” people have their heads up their collective asses and deserve every last shaft government shoves up there. You know the list, obumya voted in twice, 2nd Amendment under attack, seat belt laws, helmet laws, laws, laws and more laws for our “safety” of course. The faster the citizens realize that our DEMONICALLY POSSESSED ” government is an evil hell bent on our enslavement the quicker we can rid ourselves of these bullshit artists. VOTE THEM OUT! If you DO NOT know how much $20,000,000,000,000.00 (trillion) dollars is then you have been asleep for the last decade. WE ARE BROKE and the ONLY fix we have is TRUMP!
    Please DO NOT blow it this time!

  15. We need to send questions to Hannity, Levin, and the other person that will be asking questions of the Candidates on TV next week. Like what can they do to stop bills from taking from SS to pay for other things. I am sure everyone can come up with some excellent questions that they want answers to.

  16. The Social Security Fund has been investing it’s reserves in U.S. securities that collect about 4% on average. These funds need to be invested somewhere. If they were loaned to Wall Street, would this, too, be considered ‘stealing’? What makes investing in the nation of America less desirable than investing in Wall Street? Why do you think so poorly of America’s ability to pay it’s debts? What is so wrong with America borrowing to rebuild its infrastructure, or invest in R&D, or assure all our population is well educated and healthy? Wouldn’t this investment pay off? An annual financial report, published every year, uses accrual-based fund accounting, and is always available at https://www.fiscal.treasury.gov/fsreports/rpt/finrep/fr/fr_index.htm. No one is hiding the Social Security Fund investments from anyone who cares to read the financial report.

    • Well, we hear all the time that SS is going to run out of money and yet they borrow it to fund something else???? We never hear that welfare is going to run out of money let them borrow from that. If they paid SS back, OK but they don’t.

      • You hear all the time that SS is going to run out of money, because Wall Street wants you to give them all of America’s pension money. Currently, SS is considered to be solvent for the next 75 years. It’s medicare that is tilting the balance toward insolvency. A simple fix: raise the ceiling on these payroll taxes and tax people’s income up to, say, $300,000. Currently anyone making under $118,000 is paying these taxes on their full salary; people who earn more, don’t pay any taxes on their income over $118K.

        Social Security and Medicare were set up as separate funds, with a specific revenue and restricted use. Just as a school would keep separate accounts for tuition revenues and restricted donations for a building fund, the US government keeps separate accounts for Operations (mostly funded by income taxes) and a variety of restricted use trust funds (funded by payroll taxes and other specific taxes depending on the fund). ‘Welfare’ includes many programs that are budgeted and operated out of several different departments of the US Government, and these programs are funded by the income taxes that go into the operating fund.

        In 2014, the US gov collected $1,374 billion from individual income taxes, $318 billion in corporate income taxes, and misc. for a total of $1,922 billion for its operations. It spent $2,447 billion, including $114 billion in interest paid to the Trust Funds, and $260 billion paid to the public for interest on government debt. Roughly $1,000 billion was spent on the DoD and Veteran’s Affairs. Rounding to keep it simple: out of every dollar in income taxes, 50 cents goes to the military, 40 cents goes for interest, and we have 10 cents left for Homeland Security, Agriculture, Treasury, Personnel management, Transportation, Education, Labor, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, State, NASA, the Interior, EPA, etc….So, we borrow to keep our nation up to international snuff instead of taxing our wealthy at a level that would sustain a strong nation without debt.

        • Christie said it was all gone in the debate, is he Wall Street? Are all the politicians Wall Street? They need to stop taking/borrowing from SS.

          • Maybe he does not understand how capital investment works? Or maybe he has never read the US Government’s financial report? And, yes, I suspect that most politicians have fallen for the propaganda of Wall Street. When we gave the power to create our nation’s money to the private banking sector, we gave them power over the nation, and there are only a very few politicians who have genuinely stood up against Wall Street.

            And, again: the Trust Funds could sit in a vault somewhere unused, but why not invest them in America? If we loaned them to Wall Street, it’s likely they would invest them in China or just use them to game the financial markets. How would our nation benefit from that? We might get a couple extra percent return on our investment, but our roads, schools, justice system, healthcare, etc., would all continue to deteriorate, making it harder and harder for us to compete as a nation.

          • So you know for sure that they are making money on SS by using it to fund some other program, how does that work? . Only investment make money. Over the years all I have heard is there are IOU’S there. What happens if they cannot pay it back, will they borrow from something else to pay it back? Rob Peter to pay Paul?

          • For many years the SS took in more money that it needed to pay out. From these years, the 2014 SS Trust Fund has a balance of $2,713 billion. Over the years this money has been loaned to the operating fund and collects 4.3% interest. These loans were done annually during the time that SS was collecting more than was needed in a given year. Borrowing these funds meant that overspending could be funded by borrowing from a trust fund as well as by borrowing from the public. Most people think that the US is good for all its debts to both trust funds and to the public. When politicians say this money has been ‘stolen’ and will never be paid back, they are impugning the integrity of the US. They are slowly convincing the rest of the world that we are not a nation good for its debt and deserve to be demoted to 3rd world status.

            With the bulge of the babyboomer population, the fund is now paying out more than it collects each year. It is drawing down its savings to pay currrent retirees. Under current projections of the number of retirees, their life spans,
            etc.,, it can keep doing this for another 75 years with no changes.

            Paying back these debts requires that the operating fund budget for the debt it owes to the trust funds. Paying back this debt reduces the amount of money available every year for general operations. A prudent Congress would increase taxes on corporations, that have seen their contributions to the operating fund drop from 40% in 1950 to 17% in 2014. In 1950, corporations after exploiting loopholes were paying about 40% on their profits to help pay for a strong national infrastructure that gave us a booming economy. Today, they pay an average of 12% of their profits to contribute to our national well-being. That has shifted an incredible tax burden onto individuals as it has shifted wealth from the middle class to the very wealthy.

  17. IN
    MY EXPERIENCE with the Soc.Sec.Commission ( being in GOOD standing ) means
    following directions of the Administration to ALTER, REMOVE, AND DESTROY
    Official evidence presented to prove the VALIDITY of a persons’ CLAIM for
    BENEFITS and MEDICAL CARE. Such evidence in my case was ALTERED, REMOVED, and
    DESTROYED EFFECTIVELY DELAYING MY CLAIM FOR 59 YEARS and DENYING ME TREATMENT
    for a TOTALLY DISABLING CONDITION THAT WAS INCURRED IN THE U. S. NAVY in
    1956.Critical EVIDENCE was IGNORED, ALTERED, and REMOVED by at least 50 NAVY
    DOCTORS and ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS and FURTHER ALTERED BY CLAIM EXAMINERS? This
    is how the use of your TAX DOLLARS IS SPENT TO KEEP QUALIFIED TAX PAYERS FROM
    RECEIVING THE HELP THAT THEY HAVE PAID FOR AND DESPERATELY NEED??? THE UNTIMELY
    DEATH OF MILLIONS IS THE REWARD THAT THESE PEOPLE CALL A ( BONUS ) JUST AS THE
    CEO OF THE ( AIG ) INSURANCE COMPANY CLAIMED THAT THE MONEY HE STOLE FROM THEIR
    SUBSCRIBERS WAS A ( BONUS ) and the COMMITTEE that investigated his THEFT
    COULDN’T DETERMINE THE { DIFFERENCE }???

  18. THIS LAW IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL IN THAT IT VIOLATES ARTICLE 2 SEC.10 OF THE MAIN CONSTITUTION AND THE 4TH AMENDMENT. Soc.Sec.LAW IS A ( CONTRACT ) OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES AND SEC.10 FORBIDS PASSING ANY LAW THAT ALTERS THE PROVISIONS OF THAT CONTRACT. THE 4TH AMENDMENT REQUIRES THAT THE PROPERTY AND ,PAPERS OF THE PEOPLE BE PROTECTED FROM SEARCH AND SEIZURE BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MONEY IN THE Soc.Sec FUND IS THE PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE CONSCRIPTED FROM THEM?. WHAT CONGRESS AND THE LAWYERS DON’T UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION IS THAT ALL PARTS ARE RELATED TO THE OTHERS AS IF THEY WERE ALL PART OF THE SAME PURPOSE WHICH THEY ARE. THE AFOREMENTIONED PERSONS TRY TO SEPARATE EACH SECTION AS AN INDIVIDUAL POWER UNTO ITSELF RATHER THAN A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT???

  19. TRUMP SAY’S HE WILL DIS THE IRS ! ??? NOW FOR THE THIEVES OF THE NIGHT, YOU CAN BET , MOST IF NOT ALL WERE WITH DIRTY HARRY OF THE (D) PARTY.

  20. And just why can’t’, ( We The People ) de-fund are Government to stop the out-pouring of wasteful spending. It would be very simple to go to work and change my dependants to the Max amount allowable. Then come tax time just refuse to support the regime and their capitalist cronies by refusing to pay any more !

  21. The point I am making is that I
    and other veterans needs are NOT being met. That is why those 40 that died along
    with millions of others are NOT being met and the VA as well as the
    Soc.Sec.administration is doing the same thing by denying claims until the
    veteran or other claimant, DIES without the EARNED BENEFITS.they are ENTITLED
    TO??? WHAT IS WORSE is why are we paying the salaries of MILLIONS of people who
    are not qualified to do any type of useful work to stall and abuse the people
    who have contributed much to improving our society from receiving their benefits
    according to the Soc.Sec. LAWS??? These people know NOTHING about the laws they
    are supposed to administer to make a DECISION in reference to the CLAIM! PLUS
    THEY ALTER AND DESTROY DOCUMENTS to DELAY and DENY CLAIMS and reduce the VALUE
    of the BENEFITS to be paid upon APPROVAL of the CLAIM. Are these people really
    necessary??? These are the type of JOBS created by the government to address
    unemployment issues due to government MISMANAGEMENT,RIGHT??? THIS INCREASES THE
    BURDEN ON THE TAXPAYER and produces INFLATION???

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