Paul Shocker: Ten Years Notice on Fiscal Cliff, Three Minutes to Vote on Final Bill
Kyle Becker | On 04, Jan 2013
Rand Paul, one of five Senators to vote against the fiscal cliff deal, appeared on Fox News and didn’t mince words about Congress’ last minute sausage-making. How furious was he? The Senator even brought up beltway blasphemy — suggesting there should be term limits.
“You know we have ten years notice on this fiscal deadline. And you know when they decided to address it? Ten years, one hour, and thirty-six minutes is when they finally decided to come up with a bill. They bring the bill to the floor. Which, I never saw the bill. I’m not sure there was ever a bill printed. But, I was told it was somewhere online at 1:36 AM and we voted at 1:39 AM. This is no way to run a government.”
The minority-voting Senator was in the overwhelming majority of public opinion, since 68% of Americans desired spending cuts as part of the fiscal cliff bill. Not that Senator Paul would support the false notion that the $60 billion per year in tax hikes would do much to close the trillion dollar deficits, let alone help the economy.