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Paul Won't Support Infrastructure Bill
By Bill Hughes
PADUCAH - President Joe Biden introduced his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan last week, saying it's a once-in-a-generation investment in America, but many Republicans, including Senator Rand Paul, are saying a smaller plan with less corporate taxes would be better. 

Paul says this bill is like the most recent COVID relief bill because very little of the money goes toward the actual problem. 

He said, "Who would have known that actually, infrastructure means reparations and social justice? Infrastructure doesn't have anything to do with roads or bridges."

Paul said a lot of the money is being channeled to "blue states."

"Basically, just like the COVID money, it's going to New York, California, and Illinois. It's basically payoff to the Democrat base in those states, and also to states that haven't done a very good job spending their money," he said. 

Paul said he won't support this amount of new debt - $10 trillion in two years, when it used to take eight years to borrow that amount - with significant amounts being spent on home health care for the elderly and toward, "minority wish lists." 

Paul says the "health care infrastructure" portion of the bill is an attempt by the government to create jobs that would normally be created by the private market. He also says that Biden's plan to raise the corporate income tax from 21 percent to 28 percent will lead to fewer American jobs and American companies. He referred to the Corvette Plant in Bowling Green as an example. 

"The Corvette plant added 400 jobs because we lowered the corporate tax on General Motors. What people need to realize is that sticking it to corporations isn't sticking it to rich people. We are these corporations. The workers, often times, own stock in the companies. Many of us who have retirement will own a small amount of a General Motors or a Microsoft, so, when we punish these corporation we are just punishing ourselves," Paul said. "These are good productive jobs, so I think it's a real mistake to raise taxes, and if they do I think they're going to hurt the economy that was really percolating along very well under Trump until the pandemic hit."

Paul expects the vote on the bill will be along party lines, but there could be some minor changes from what is proposed. 

On Monday, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia indicated he would prefer a corporate tax rate of 25 percent instead of 28 percent. Paul said he believes Manchin may get some compromises, but will end up voting for the Democratic bill, with Vice President Kamala Harris passing the deciding vote. 

On Monday, the Senate parliamentarian green-lighted a strategy using budget reconciliation rules that would allow Democrats to use a 51-vote threshold to advance some bills, rather than the typical 60 votes, avoiding any Republican debate or filibuster. 

Paul said, "They're not even planning on asking us our opinion. They're just going to ram it through with only Democrat votes." 

The junior senator from Kentucky said, "people need to wake up," because Biden said he wants to transform America, and with Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pushing toward socialism, the country could drift quickly in the wrong direction. 

Paul said, "The socialism that they're promoting is not the socialism you'll get. Look at Venezuela or Cuba."

He encouraged people to send emails to elected officials to express their opinion on these issues.  

Published 12:43 PM, Tuesday Apr. 06, 2021
Updated 08:55 AM, Wednesday Apr. 07, 2021

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