Rand Paul: Government is spending $5 million on goldfish, $100,000 on comedians
According to Paul, there are plenty of alternative cuts the government could make to avoid the sequester, something that was President Obama’s fault in the first place.
“Number one, Mr. President, the sequester was your idea,” he said during the Fox News’ show ‘Hannity’ Monday night. “And number two, you’re making those cuts, because we’ve offered other cuts. I told him yesterday, there’s some goldfish, that they’ve been spending $5 million on research on goldfish to see how they interact collectively and democratically. One million and a half on rollup beef jerky, $300,000 on dog kennels and $100,000 on comedians we sent to India.”
According to Paul, there is $100 billion unaccounted for in government spending.
The Kentucky Senator told the show’s host Sean Hannity he has a simple solution to the sequester.
“We pay federal employees 16 percent more than private employees,” he said. “Equalize the pay. Cut out half of the foreign aid. Cut out half of foreign travel and — boom — you’ve got your sequester and nobody got laid off.”
Hannity also asked the Senator if he had any plans to run for president in 2016. While Paul didn’t confirm whether or not he would be making a run for the presidency, he did say he thought the country might need “a different type of Republican, one with Libertarian, Republican leanings.”
When Hannity pointed out that Paul identified himself as a Libertarian Republican, Paul just said, “and a lot of different labels.”
Hannity also jokingly reminded Paul that “you’re only allowed seven bullets” while he was in New York, but the Senator responded that he was more worried the New York mayor would arrest him for his 16 ounce drink, a “Big Gulp.”