Tribune-Courier News Reporter
Fresh off a recent battle on Capitol Hill, Sen. Rand Paul (R) visited Marshall County to discuss the federal government’s budget on a tour through western Kentucky Monday. His stop in Draffenville was primarily to inform constituents about what might come following the end of the federal government shutdown.
“The good news is your government is opened up again. The bad news is your government is opened up again,” Paul said. “We’re borrowing about $1 million every minute. We’re set to borrow, in the terms of this president, as much as all of the previous presidents combined.”
Sen. Paul said there was an obvious dysfunction in the capitol when it comes to government spending – a problem parties are incapable of agreeing upon.
“There is no debate over spending so we continue to spend at the same rate, but if we don’t spend the government shuts down,” he said. “The deadlines force us to pass something, but what we’re passing has no new restraints on it.”
He said because there are spending deadlines and debt deadlines, which raise the debt ceiling, the government must raise the debt ceiling. Paul said he doesn’t want to raise the ceiling unless there is a set restraint on it.
Paul said the solution in 2011 was a sequester, which set budget caps, but he said that wasn’t a solution.
“Your governement is chock full of waste from top to bottom,” Paul told Marshall County Rotarians.
Paul called the amount of waste in government spending “disgusting,” but said part of the reason for the waste was because of requirements placed on government budgets. The federal government tells officials how to spend their money, he said.
“Really it’s this one-size-fits-all attitude that has come down from Washington and that’s the problem,” he said.
Another problem Paul addressed was the disagreement between political parties. He said there were several things that both Democrats and Republicans could agree on and said he wishes they would pass those items before arguing.
Paul said it was his goal to pass the things that could be agreed upon and then to systematically, step by step resolve the items both parties are split on.
Paul’s tour in western Kentucky also included visits to Eddyville, Grand Rivers, Murray and Cadiz.