Senator Rand Paul slammed Republicans Monday for voting in favour of a huge $900 billion coronavirus relief bill, saying that they are no better than the Democrats they routinely label as ‘socialists’.
“To so-called conservatives who are quick to identify the socialism of Democrats: If you vote for this spending monstrosity, you are no better,” Paul urged in a speech on the Senate floor:
The Democrat controlled House, as well as the Senate passed the legislation, also tacking on a $1.4 trillion spending bill, prompting Paul to criticise the move as the government giving away “free money”.
“When you vote to pass out free money, you lose your soul and you abandon forever any semblance of moral or fiscal integrity,” Paul urged.
“If free money was the answer… if money really did grow on trees, why not give more free money?” Paul said.
“Why not give it out all the time? Why stop at $600 a person? Why not $1,000? Why not $2,000? Maybe these new Free-Money Republicans should join the Everybody-Gets-A-Guaranteed-Income Caucus? Why not $20,000 a year for everybody, why not $30,000? If we can print out money with impunity, why not do it?” the Senator proclaimed.
In addition to Paul, only five other Republicans voted against the legislation:
6 Republican against voted against the relief bill:— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 22, 2020
Senator Ted Cruz tweeted that there was no time to even read the bill, ironically agreeing with extreme leftist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:
.@AOC is right.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 21, 2020
It’s ABSURD to have a $2.5 trillion spending bill negotiated in secret and then—hours later—demand an up-or-down vote on a bill nobody has had time to read. #CongressIsBroken https://t.co/EQp8BfRBHj
Paul also noted that it would have been impossible for anyone to have read the bill:
My guess Big Spenders in Both Parties will pass this without anybody ever really reading it.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 21, 2020
Not me, I’m a no.
Paul vowed to continue to ‘sound the alarm’ over excessive spending:
I will oppose this new debt, and I will continue to sound the alarm until we change our course here in Congress.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 21, 2020
It doesn't have to be this way. This debt crisis is a preventable crisis. It is not too late to change our course. Cut unnecessary spending, eliminate waste, stop fighting a $50 billion per year forever war in Afghanistan. Make the hard decisions now.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 21, 2020
We can choose to let our economies open, with guidance and precautions but not obstruction. Let people rebuild their livelihoods. Reopen our schools so kids can learn and parents can go back to working and earning a living.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 21, 2020
Great news:— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 22, 2020
Congress will, in 3 years, quit sending stimulus checks to dead people!!!
Strong work, Congress (sarcasm intended).
Until then, the dead will continue to vote and to cash government checks.
Wouldn’t want to rush something like that...