"A lot of it is a misconception that some rich guy is paying zero percent," he added. "If that's true, I'm for fixing that too. I'm for getting rid of some deductions that allow that to happen, but that's the exception to the rule. Most people are paying taxes, and those people in the business class are paying a significant amount of taxes. ... There's something wrong with getting us to where we're so pitted one person against another, and not knowing that our success is intertwined, that if our neighbor succeeds, we succeed."
--On a question by Somerset Community College President Dr. Jo Marshall on how to fix education:
"I would like to see as much control as we can given back to states and localities, where the decisions are made closer to home" as compared to federal government, said Paul. "... I think good ideas can come because you can see a need for something, whereas if you have someone in a distant location like Washington making it up, it's not so good."
--On a question by County Attorney Martin Hatfield about gun control (Paul has threatened to filibuster current gun control legislation):
"I don't know that there's an easy answer on it," said Paul. "I do know that the second amendment is something that we (politicians) chose to protect in our Bill of Rights, so it's not something that by majority vote, you can just vote to take away (from it).
"I can't imagine one of my kids being shot or losing on of my kids to violence," he added, referencing the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that added national fuel to the gun control debate. "The shock of it and emotion of it, it's hard to get beyond that. When you look at it and say, 'What could have been done to stop that?' and then what are the different gun control proposals, I don't see any one of them that would have stopped it.
"The only thing that I think would have stopped it is someone there with a gun. Some may not want to hear this, but a concealed carry weapon by a principal or a teacher, I think, is the only way that would have been stopped."
--In reference to a question by Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital CEO Mark Brenzel about the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare":
"Medicaid is a credit card that has no limits," said Paul. "... The marketplace got divorced from the consumer. Usually with private insurance, people didn't pay deductibles and didn't have a cost, so why would you even look at your bill? And so bills ratcheted up and hospitals did it to pay for the people who weren't paying. Aspirin costs $10 because one out of five people weren't paying any bill and you had to pay for their medicine as well. Medicaid is something that, because it's unlimited, will lead to overuse. This is the same of all government health care.
"I think there will be another fight over Obamacare, but it's going to be after that two-year period (where) the federal government (will) pay for it," said Paul. "They're talking about in Kentucky going from 700,000 people on Medicaid to adding 400,000 more people on Medicaid. I think when you do that, you're starting to include people who aren't poor. ... I'm not saying health care is cheap, but if you had more of a marketplace, health care would come down."
--In regard to local Dairy Queen businessman Dan Cheshire's question about the affect of government mandated health care on his type of business:
"I hear from a lot of people who have restaurants and are in the service industry, and they're very worried about what's going to happen with Obamacare and the cost," said Paul. "Unfortunately, the majority in the Senate and the president, they're not going to budge on any of this.
"There are unintended consequences and future chaos that's coming from this law" added Paul. "When they've virtually driven you out of business, or when every restaurant owner in the country is up in arms and saying, 'We're being hounded to death, we're struggling to make a profit,' then maybe little bits of it could be repealed, but we're not there yet. They're going to wait and see how bad you suffer and see how much the economy is dislocated by this.
"They're well-intended," he added of Obamacare's proponents. "I don't think they said, 'Oh, I'm going to try to make Diary Queen in Pulaski County go out of business.' But they think here" -- Paul pointed to his heart -- "and they don't use the brain."
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