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    RAND: We must stop wasteful spending now!

    We must stop wasteful spending now

    First Posted: 6:18 pm - April 5th, 2016 - 176 Views

    By Rand Paul - U.S. Senator

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    Our country is running a deficit, a very serious deficit. We are fiscally broke, and there is no end in sight to curb the limitless spending in Washington. I am outraged by the waste that pollutes our government. It makes my blood boil to see money that should be spent defending our country, instead being wasted.
    I have argued for years that we must not borrow money from China to give to Pakistan. Just this month, I led the fight on the Senate floor to stop the United States from spending 300 million dollars of your taxpayer money to fund F16 fighter planes, which were being subsidized to Pakistan. Why are we funding planes for Pakistan when our own nation is starving for so many improvements?
    While we often focus on egregious government waste, make no mistake that government waste exists at every spending level. Recently, I discovered that the U.S. State Department is spending $90,000.00 to promote peaceful relations with Great Britain. Really? I thought that the 200 years of friendship since the War of 1812 might be a clue that we have peaceful relation with Great Britain. How can this kind of wasteful spending continue to occur?
    Every time the British Prime Minister visits Washington and dines with our President, we hear about our special relationship with the UK, but somehow Washington bureaucrats thought it would be wise to spend money to nurture this already strong relationship.
    Our nation borrows nearly a million dollars a minute, and yet we are spending money on promoting tea with the British? How about we take that money and apply it towards our debt. There exists a culture in Washington, which requires government agencies to spend every penny of their budget, even if that means hosting film festivals and poetry readings in London. Personal fiscal responsibility is something which does not exist in Washington. Every household and business in America strives to balance their budget but somehow that does not apply to our federal government.

    We must lead by example. For every year that I have been fighting for you in Washington, I have returned unspent money from my budget back to the treasury. In the last five years I have returned $2.4 million of my annual budget. I do not believe in the mantra that if you’ve got it, you must spend it. I am outraged by this waste, and you should be, too. I will continue to fight for you every day in Washington, and, together, we will stop all fraudulent spending, big and small.

    'We endorse the idea of voluntarism; self-responsibility: Family, friends, and churches to solve problems, rather than saying that some monolithic government is going to make you take care of yourself and be a better person. It's a preposterous notion: It never worked, it never will. The government can't make you a better person; it can't make you follow good habits.' - Ron Paul 1988

    Awareness is the Root of Liberation Revolution is Action upon Revelation

    'Resistance and Disobedience in Economic Activity is the Most Moral Human Action Possible' - SEK3

    Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo.

    ...the familiar ritual of institutional self-absolution...
    ...for protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment...

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    Rand Paul announces big government waste ‘bracket’ winners

    After a bracket-style competition, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) says $50,000 spent by the federal government helping deported Salvadorans start businesses was the “champion” of a contest on ill-spent federal dollars for 2015.

    The program, a grant from the Inter-American Foundation to the non-profit Insituto Salvadorno Del Migrante, or Institute for Salvadoran Migrants, specifically targets illegal immigrants deported from the U.S. back to El Salvador. The money is used toward helping those deported to establish businesses in their home country.

    According to a 2014 report from the Center for Immigration Studies, Salvadorans represent the largest group in an explosion of Central American migration that includes Hondurans and Guatemalans. Of the 2.7 million immigrants in this group, 1.6 million are estimated by the Department of Homeland Security to be undocumented.

    In a report released by Paul in January, the senator openly questioned whether the money was going to criminals. The Institute, he said, provided his office with no criteria that the awards were limited to law-abiding citizens.

    “Keep in mind that the assistance under this program is targeted to deportees, meaning that it’s possible they were sent home for reasons beyond simple immigration infractions,” Paul writes.

    Only days before the release of the “bracket” results, March 17, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced it was extraditing 29-year-old Jose Carlos Granado-Melgar. The Salvadoran immigrant was a suspected member of the MS-13 gang, and faces charges of a triple homicide and attempted murder in his native country.

    The runner-up in Paul’s government waste bracket was the suspect $104 million in Department of Housing and Urban Development funds that were going to public housing tenants who were over the income requirements to qualify for that housing.

    In a 2014 report, HUD’s Office of the Inspector General said that, of the 15 housing authorities studied, none used income level as a justification for evicting someone from public housing.

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