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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., decried the “huge disconnect” between the priorities of Congress and those of their constituents, as billions of taxpayer dollars went to foreign aid while residents of his own state have little or no help with fatal deaths. flood recovery.
On “The Ingraham Angle,” host Laura Ingraham said much of the collective platform of Democratic office holders runs counter to the most pressing issues and crises facing Americans.
Paul seemed to agree, but added that in many cases his own party’s Republicans have themselves legislated in a tone-deaf way.
“There’s a huge disconnect between those in Washington and those on the ground like in Kentucky. We recently lost 40 people in severe flooding in eastern Kentucky. Hundreds of homes were lost,” he said. he said, as rural areas like Letcher County and higher up the KY-15 corridor to Hazard were ravaged in July.
“I was just there. No one said, ‘Can you please send more money to Ukraine?’ They said, “How come we are a rich country and have trouble digging our ditches, fixing our roads and all the basic functions of government?” Paul continued.
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He compared the roughly $50 billion sent to Kyiv with the fact that Kentucky and much of Appalachia has been struggling with serious infrastructure problems for decades.
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Paul suggested that foreign aid could be better spent at home on such infrastructure or to help Americans struggling with inflation and energy crises.
“I can’t find anyone in Kentucky coming in and saying, ‘Please send more of our money overseas. And yet, in Washington, it’s not just the Democrats. You have Democrats and all the Republican leaders lining up saying, ‘Please send more of our money to Ukraine’, but I don’t hear that at all back home.”
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For his part, Paul is locked in a midterm election battle with former progressive state Rep. Charles Booker, D-Louisville.
The senator said he was different from many lawmakers in that he understood his office’s resources came from the American people, telling Ingraham he had returned $5 million in public funds to the U.S. Treasury over the course of the year. of his mandate.
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“We have $30 trillion in the hole and it’s inflationary. You borrow more money to buy guns. It also causes inflation. I’m not going on vacation this year. Shopping is so expensive …'”
“And they all know instinctively that it comes from massive debt, massive borrowing and huge COVID lockdowns and all the mistakes that were forced upon us by the Democrats, by Biden, by the Democratic Congress. And so I think that there’s a huge wave. I still think there’s a huge wave,” Paul added.