Rand Paul Gives State of the Union Response on Behalf of Tea Party

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In the tea party rebuke to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) laid out an alternative vision for the future.

He also broke ranks at times from some in his own Republican party, which was officially represented by Marco Rubio's own State of the Union response.

The son of retired Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) pushed to cut corporate taxes in half and slash trillions in federal spending, welcoming the "sequester" cuts on March 1.

“The president does this big ‘woe is me’ over the $1.2-trillion sequester he endorsed and signed into law,” said Ron Paul on behalf of the Tea Party Express.

“Some Republicans are joining him.”

Rand Paul hit conservative talking points on school choice, 2nd Amendment gun rights and limiting executive powers, but focused mainly on fiscal issues.

He called for “a new bipartisan consensus” to cut spending, starting with leaders from each party being willing to take on their own sacred cows.

He called for a budget plan that would cap the personal income tax rate at 17 percent and cut corporate taxes in half, while still balancing the budget.

Doing that would require steep cuts, Paul unabashedly said, but that includes defense spending, which many in the GOP consider to be off limits.

Paul also struck other positions not often associated with the tea party or the Republican party, including backing widespread immigration reform.

Republicans need to be the party that “embraces” immigrants, he said.

Additionally, he said he opposes “secret kill lists of American citizens who can be killed without trial,” a reference to military drone strikes and surveillance.

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"Trickle down" economics insults the intelligence. Cutting taxes for the rich has is just a racket. It does nothing for the economy. The wealth collects at the top of the pyramid and stagnates. .... Corporations today have plenty of money. What they lack is demand for their products, and that's because the consumers on the bottom of the pyramid are being cannibalized. We depend on things like Social Security and Medicare. .... Much of the government has been taken over by corrupt Wall Street / War Street elements, but there are still a few things that the government does right -- Social Security, the Post Office, etc.. Neo-con ideologues fail to make this distinction. Their ideology is like a blinding religion or cult, with government taking the place of the devil and corporations serving as the idol. These cultists need to be deprogrammed.

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