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Congressman congressman Paul as it is you've been warning we are on the brink of another government shutdown because -- spending review calls.
Out of control but have you contributed.
To -- senator from new cells are supporting.
Over the years earmarks that have benefited your district in your state suspected 2009.
You explain this by saying.
If I can give my district any money back I encourage that I don't think that the federal government should be doing it but if they're going to a lot the money.
I have a responsibility to represented my people.
Isn't that what they call a mixed message.
Well it's a mixed question this is a problem because the the real message is you should -- -- your question.
Also you have never voted once for an earmark.
No it's a principle that I deal we because if -- If you -- if the government takes money from you and you -- your tax form you take your deductions.
I look at that the same way and our communities they take our money they take our highway funds and we have every right to apply -- the comeback.
Matter of fact it's a bigger principle for me than that I think this whole thing is out of control on the on the earmarks because I think the congress has an obligation to earmark.
Not to deliver that power to the executive branch what happens when you don't vote for the earmarks.
It goes into the slush fund the executive -- spends -- money then you have to brawl ball.
To the executive -- and -- and clean and safe open please return my highway funds to me so it's this whole principle of budgeting that is messed up.
But I never vote.
I never voted for an earmark but I do argue the case for my the people -- -- to tried to get their money back if at all possible but isn't that the the same thing.
-- -- -- -- -- -- you can complain about earmarks but then if there are.
Provisions there that help your district or your steak that's different.
If -- 434 other members felt the same way.
Yeah I know how we -- surprise the other -- you're missing the point I don't complain about earmarks because it's a principle of the congress meeting their obligations.
But if everybody did what I did there would be no earmarks that the that you would be -- -- we'd be cutting about 80% of the spending so that would be the solution.
But you also want to protect the process you want to emphasize that responsibility the congress in not delivering more power to the president.
I would be a different kind of president I would be looking for more power.
Everybody wants to be a powerful executive and run things -- the president wouldn't want to run the world I don't wanna police individual activities in light of their lifestyle.
And I don't run want to run the economy so that's an entirely different philosophy.
But it's very very much and our tradition and then they -- tradition of our constitution.
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