THE POLITICAL GAME…

It seems that Kentucky was to be the field of the usual political games. I say was because Dr. Rand Paul has thrown a punch for liberty and is carrying the call that “business as usual” is over. Writes CQPolitics:

Another Cornyn tactic paid off in July when Jim Bunning announced that he would retire: He was shown polling by Cornyn that made clear a third term would be tough to get. Cornyn ceded the job of anointing a GOP candidate to his close friend and boss, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell , who settled on an ally back home, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. But Grayson’s moderation — he conceded that he cast his first presidential vote for Bill Clinton in 1992 — is forcing him to fight for the nomination against a well-funded conservative, Rand Paul.

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ISSUE OF THE WEEK: HEALTH CARE

From RandPaul2010.com:

As a doctor I have had first-hand experience with the vast problems facing health care in America. Like other areas of the economy where the federal government wields its heavy hand, health care is over-regulated and in need of serious market reforms. As Senator, I would ensure that real free market principles are applied to fix this problem.acing health care in America. Like other areas of the economy where the federal government wields its heavy hand, health care is over-regulated and in need of serious market reforms. As Senator, I would ensure that real free market principles are applied to fix this problem.

Few realize that Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), the companies that drive a wedge between the patient and his doctor, were a product of federal legislation and special interests. The HMO Act of 1973 essentially granted unfair privileges to certain sorts of companies and led to a distortion of the market. This has caused higher prices, less coverage, and more bureaucracy.

This is what happens when Washington manages health care.

By driving up costs the government makes it virtually impossible for the needy in this country to buy coverage. But this was not the case before government intervention. Just as very few in this country go without shoes or food so too would few go without health care if it weren’t for the government.

The HMO Act arose from big businesses unfairly seeking to use government power to solidify their profits. Government should not have this power.

But many see bigger government as the solution to this problem. As if more regulation and more bureaucracy is going to solve it. Socialist medicine does not work because socialism does not work. When people blame the current crisis on the free market they are making a grave intellectual error. Simply because these large companies are benefiting does not mean we currently have a free market. When the government passes legislation, regulations, and mandates, this can hardly be called a “free” market.

It is well known that socialism leads to long lines, rationing, and a lack of choice. But more importantly, socialized medicine stifles innovation. We might not have the best coverage in this country (as a result of government intervention), but we do have the best health care. That is because we are the only country that rewards innovation on the market place. The answer therefore is more and not less freedom.

I therefore support:

  • Making all medical expenses tax deductible.
  • Eliminating federal regulations that discourage small businesses from providing coverage.
  • Giving doctors the freedom to collectively negotiate with insurance companies and drive down the cost of medical care.
  • Making every American eligible for a Health Savings Account (HSA), and removing the requirement that individuals must obtain a high-deductible insurance policy before opening an HSA.

More freedom to choose and innovate will once again make our health care the best in the world.

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BAILOUT SPIN…BAILOUT FAILURE

David Adams with the Rand Paul campaign writes

While the Obama Administration is quietly trying to lower expectations ahead of Friday’s “stimulus” spending jobs report, U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul is talking to Kentuckians about a jobs program that doesn’t need to be spun.

“Washington D.C. politicians say they can manage the economy better than 300 million Americans if we let them raise taxes and spread enough wealth around bailing out their friends,” Paul said. “But if overspending federal budgets and bureaucratic micro-managing of the economy really created jobs, the White House wouldn’t need public relations experts to distract us from the mess we are in.”

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BAILOUT BLUES…

I know from firsthand experience how hard it can be to work in this economy. A place I was working for lost some business accounts, as a result of their clients cutting back, and myself and another employee were let go.

Unemployment…it sucks but it happens.

I had to pick up and move on. Before I became unemployed, we decided as a family that I would pick up more work through a part-time evening job. We were already feeling the pinch as everything seemed to be getting more expensive. Whether it was gas or groceries, our dollars seemed to buy less that just a few years ago. In a sick twist of irony, the day before I was to start my part-time job I was let go at my full-time job.

I had to face the fact that I now had a part-time job that provided one-fifth of my previous income. I didn’t let it deter me and turned getting quality full-time employment into an every day job. I was only unemployed for 12 days.

For the past 2 months I have been working a minimum of 60 hours a week to make ends meet. I will do what I have to do to make it and I believe that this Kentuckian is a lot like other hard working Kentuckians.

I have looked at the candidates and what they believe or do not believe (if you are lucky enough to nail them down). I have even met Dr. Dan Mongiardo. Some candidates like Secretary Grayson are popular with the establishment. Some candidates like Conway can raise lots of money even if they can’t remember what state the fundraiser is in.

There is only one candidate that is not a politician and is running for Senate out of a true love of Kentucky and the United States. This candidate is honest, moral, free of lobbyist money and says what he means and means what he says. That candidate is Dr. Rand Paul.

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ISSUE OF THE WEEK: NATIONAL DEFENSE

Issue from Rand Paul’s campaign website:

Defending our Country is the most important function of the federal government. When we are threatened, it is the obligation of our representatives to unleash the full arsenal of power that is granted by and derived from free men and women.
Our supreme law, the Constitution, enumerates certain powers for the federal government. Primary among them is national defense.

The Constitution explicitly grants Congress the power to declare war. As James Madison wrote, “The Constitution supposes, what history demonstrates, that the executive is the power most prone to war. The Constitution has, therefore, with studied care vested that power in the legislature.”

However, in the face of an imminent nuclear attack or in response to an assault, the executive [Presidential] branch can and should make military responses without Congressional authority. After 911, an immediate raid by 10,000 Special Forces on camps in Afghanistan would have been justified by the executive, even if the decision was made in secrecy.

But, any military action that takes more than a few days or weeks to organize and is directed against a country’s government should require a declaration of war. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Congress met and declared war within 24hrs.

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RAND PAUL’S GOLDEN TOUCH…

Here is an article about how the Rand Paul campaign has turned the dirty tricks of the Grayson campaing into positive coverage. Bluegrass Bulletin writes…

Rand Paul’s campaign is phenomenal. No matter what Trey Grayson does Paul’s folks have an uncanny knack for seizing the moment for themselves.

Last week WYMT reported in advance of Monday’s airing, that Grayson claimed during an interview that Paul was “not a Kentuckian”. In a matter of minutes it seemed the Internet and mainstream news sources, were buzzing with Paul’s response that he has been a Kentuckian far longer than Grayson has been a republican.

Then Paul added fuel to the fire by his good natured call for Grayson to send him a check, either a government one or a personal one, as a refund of all the Kentucky taxes Paul had been paying over the years some of which had been paying Grayson’s salary. The banter was lighthearted but it was Paul who got the attention and more favorably than Grayson from the affair.

Today a Youtube video surfaced in which a stone faced young man (allegedly a Grayson employee) is seen video taping Rand Paul cooking at a charity event. Chris Hightower, employed by Rand Paul, tries to get the young man to speak and with a good deal of humor answers for him every time “no comment”. The Grayson person is supposed to be a “tracker”, someone who follows a candidate around to capture footage for use later in attack commercials.

So how did Paul come out of this one? With a bunch of favorable, lighthearted press again making Grayson look like the dark force lurking around looking for a chance to pounce and Paul like the more open and charitable of the two.

Whether it is by luck or not, the Paul campaign seems to have a golden touch so far. No matter what is thrown

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TREY GRAYSON = RAND PAUL SUPPORTER?

It would almost seem that Trey Grayson has become a supporter of Dr. Rand Paul. While Dr. Paul has been touring the state talking with voters about a variety of issues (and discussing them in depth), Secretary Grayson has been strangely silent. Until now, Secretary Grayson’s website now has issues on it!!! He has used this chance to show the voters what differences there are between him and Dr. Paul. He has climbed the mountain and boldly declared to the world, “I believe nearly everything Dr. Paul dooooeeesss!!!!” ??????? Campaign manager for the Rand Paul campaign writes:

U.S. Senate opponent Trey Grayson has tried to make this campaign a popularity contest for six months, not taking positions on serious issues. Rand Paul has run circles around him promoting balanced budgets, free market health reform, stronger national defense, and auditing the Federal Reserve while Grayson grumbled at Rand for daring to criticize the Bailout Senators funding Trey’s campaign.

So it was funny on Tuesday to see Grayson change strategies and start talking on his web site about — you guessed it — promoting balanced budgets, free market health reform, stronger national defense, and auditing the Federal Reserve. He’s against Republicans voting for bailouts, now, too. Where’s your party loyalty, man?

Glad to see Trey coming around to where Rand has been all along. For Rand, though, holding to Constitutional principles isn’t just something you do to position yourself in a Republican primary. Rand really means it.

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