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Rand Paul: House Obamacare Bill Will Not Pass

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul promised the healthcare plan proposed by House GOP leadership would not pass the Senate and become law because it’s just “Obamacare lite,” the Washington Examiner reported.

Paul told Fox News he has serious problems with the plan, especially the replacement for the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Paul said there will still be a mandate, of sorts, in the bill but instead of paying the government a penalty for backing out of a health insurance plan that payment would go to private insurance companies.

“This is, in all likelihood, unconstitutional and could destroy the whole repeal program,” he said.

The taxes under the Affordable Care Act stay in place for another year, the individual mandate is still there but in a different form and the so-called “Cadillac tax,” a 40 percent tax on employer-based healthcare plans with more than $10,200 premiums, stays in place forever, he said.

Rand Paul Finally Hits His Stride – and the Establishment

Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday deployed himself as a battering ram against Establishment darlings Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush and a potential favorite, Carly Fiorina, confronting and undercutting their arguments more aggressively and effectively than any of the leading “outsiders” in the race.

Paul did the most damage to Rubio, repeatedly questioning his conservatism during one of the most heated exchanges of the night’s GOP debate on Fox Business News.

Though Rubio countered well, Paul weakened any claim Rubio might make on the base, slamming his plans to provide a new child tax credit, which Paul described as effectively an expenditure, and increase U.S. involvement overseas.

Rubio opened himself up to Paul’s criticism by touting the credit.

“And so, yes, I have a child tax credit increase, and I’m proud of it. I am proud that I have a pro-family tax code, because the pro- family tax plan I have will strengthen the most important institution in the — in the country, the family,” Rubio said.

Paul described the credit as a federal expenditure masquerading as a tax cut, saying it failed to pass the conservative smell test.

“We have to decide what is conservative and what isn’t conservative,” Paul declared. “Is it fiscally conservative to have a trillion-dollar expenditure? We’re not talking about giving people back their tax money. He’s talking about giving people money they didn’t pay. It’s a welfare transfer payment. Is it conservative to have … a new welfare program that’s a refundable tax credit?”

Rubio said the credit could be used by people to offset their Social Security taxes. But then, presumably, the money owed to Social Security would have to come from somewhere else.

Paul then dug into Rubio’s military spending plans.

“Add that to Marco’s plan for $1 trillion in new military spending, and you get something that looks, to me, not very conservative. Thank you,” Paul said.

Rubio turned the tables a bit, calling Paul a “committed isolationist.” But by then, the damage was done.

Later, when Bush and Fiorina sought to sound tough by advocating a no-fly zone over Syria, Paul called out the thoughtlessness underpinning their instinct for interventionism.

“We have to lead, we have to be involved. We should have a no fly zone in Syria,” said Bush, a former governor of Florida.

“We must have a no-fly zone in Syria because Russia cannot tell the United States of America where and when to fly our planes,” said Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

Well, just one problem with that, Paul noted. If you want to create an empty sky where Russian planes are operating, you’re going to have to remove them — by force.

“Russia flies in that zone at the invitation of Iraq. I’m not saying it’s a good thing, but you better know at least what we’re getting into,” Paul said. “So, when you think it’s going to be a good idea to have a no fly zone over Iraq, realize that means you are saying we are going to shoot down Russian planes.”

Paul’s final remarks included yet another claim to the conservative mantle and an implicit criticism of the Establishment candidates’ failure to “conserve all the money” taxpayers entrust them with.

“We have to be conservative with all spending,” whether for the military or domestically, Paul said. “I’m the only fiscal conservative on the stage.”

This piece also appears in PoliZette.

White House Aligns with Christie on Vaccines

The White House today offered up an opinion on measles vaccinations that appears all but identical to that of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, suggesting that laws and mandates should not be created to force people to get the vaccine.

Under repeated questioning, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today refused to say President Obama endorses laws to require vaccinations, saying instead that people should be guided by “common sense” and get vaccinated.

That, in essence, is Christie’s position, for which he has been pilloried. Speaking in England Monday, Christie said he had vaccinated his own children, but added, “I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well. So that’s the balance that the government has to decide.”

Obama’s position too would ultimately leave the choice to parents.

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Asked by Fred Lucas of The Blaze how Obama’s position differed from Christie’s, Earnest didn’t directly address the question.

Earnest’s comments actually put Obama closer to the libertarian camp than conservative Ben Carson, a physician who seemed to concur with forced vaccinations by stating that while he strongly believes in individual rights, “we should not allow those diseases to return by foregoing safe immunization programs, for philosophical, religious or other reasons when we have the means to eradicate them.”

Obama is against forced vaccinations even though Earnest noted that failure to vaccinate a child can endanger others who for various reasons are unable to get vaccinations and could be subject to exposure to the disease from the unvaccinated.

Earnest’s resort to the “common sense” argument makes little sense. It is precisely to prevent people from hurting each other when they fail to exert common sense that we enact laws to protect society.

Driving down the Interstate at 90 miles per hour makes little common sense. Robbing a 7-11 also doesn’t show common sense. People do these things all the time. That doesn’t mean we should legalize these dumb ideas in the hope people will come to their senses and stop doing it.

The White House position is also similar – though not nearly identical – to that of Sen. Rand Paul, who also doesn’t support forced vaccinations. But, while he too said his own children were vaccinated, he went further than Christie and the White House in saying the measles vaccine can cause mental disorders.

Rand Paul Gets Into It with CNBC Anchor

This is typical, non-objective journalism, although more presumptuous than usual. I gather NBC doesn’t really claim anymore to be objective, but not sure about CNBC. But what I’m really wondering is, where was this kind of interview when Obama was starting his campaign?

Anyway, fun fireworks here. Paul parries nicely.

Video || Rand Paul Stuns His Liberal Antagonist with Logic

Yes, this is another video from The Daily Show. Obviously I caught it last night. Sleepy today. But I’m glad I watched, because I think there are several very intriguing things about this interview that you will want to see.

Notice first Paul’s handling of the situation. He’s come into hostile territory overseen by a host, John Oliver, who is sharp, witty, and hostile to conservatives, whom he believes are all drooling Neanderthals intent on clubbing modern man back into the stone age.

Oliver looks confident at first, perhaps believing he’s going to have fun toying with this primitive creature, Rand Paul. But watch how Paul calmly takes fire from Oliver and then returns it with a fusillade of reason that suddenly has Oliver flummoxed and –  realizing he holds not an ounce of the volumes of knowledge Paul possesses – outgunned.

And look in particular at Paul’s deployment of his arguments. The issue is Obamacare. Paul effortlessly blends conservative philosophy with insights about the program’s practical consequences to shift the tide of battle and create a logic Oliver is at a loss to refute.

Even The Daily Show itself acknowledges Paul’s skill, promoting the video on its website with the teaser, In this exclusive, unedited interview, Senator Rand Paul picks apart Obamacare.

It’s a magnificent performance, so strikingly different from what Mitt Romney had to offer. Enjoy.

Holder: Obama Can’t Kill Non-Combatant Americans

Responding to the 13-hour filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken.), Attorney General Eric Holder today sent a letter to Paul clarifying that the United States can’t use drones to kill Americans who are not engaged in combat.

The letter in its entirety states:

It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question, “Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?” The answer is no.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney read it today from the podium.

Paul’s filibuster was provoked by a previous letter from Holder which was less clear about the terms under which the administration could use lethal force against Americans in the United States.

Paul received backing from many conservative Republicans, but he was belittled by some moderates in the Party, particularly Sens. John McCain of Arizona and his sidekick, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.