r paul hopkinsMADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/15/13) - Although the next presidential election is three years away, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, left no question that he believes his conservative approach to federal government is preferable to that of the current administration's liberal spending.

He also told those gathered for the Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce hot topic luncheon Thursday at Baptist Health Clinic that uncontrolled spending spans bipartisan lines.

"When we borrow money for a new business or a new house, we feel obligated to pay our debts," Paul told those attending a chamber luncheon in Madisonville. "Politicians don't feel that at all. What happens is politicians get led to give that money to people that are their contributors. Democrats get businesses and give money to the Democrats. Republicans do the same thing. We shouldn't really pick the winners and losers in Washington. Give it back to the people. So when you talk about an economic stimulus, the president gave like $700 billion but he chose who got it. So he gave a $500 million loan to Solyndra. Solyndra is the 20th richest man in the world."

Solyndra is a now defunct company that manufactured solar cells in California. It filed for federal bankruptcy protection in 2011 and laid off its employees.

Paul also used the example to say that President Barack Obama's agenda includes a war on coal, which will be devastating to Kentucky if left unchecked, he said.

"The president's people just reiterated that they have a war on coal," said Paul. "He will tell you he's for a balanced approach, but he doesn't seem to in regard to coal. The balanced approach should be that we do want a clean environment and we want jobs. If you want a perfectly clean environment with no emissions, then you can turn all your lights out and we'll have candles again."

Paul said it is seldom publicized that coal-fired plant emissions have diminished significantly over the past 40 to 50 years. The "dirtiest" decade in American history stemmed from the industrial revolution in the late 1890s, when there were no regulations for emission controls, he said.

He also used his time to speak to the implications of ObamaCare.

ObamaCare, the term associated with a health reform initiative which will require people without health insurance to pay a fee, also governs insurance agencies' ability to decline coverage on some people with pre-existing conditions.

"In the rest of the marketplace, prices are driven down because of competition," said Paul, who is an ophthalmologist. "In fact, the things in healthcare that don't have any insurance coverage - the price goes down every year. Lasix, the surgery to get rid of glasses, the price has gone every year for the past 15 years because people pay cash. They call around to four different doctors and get the best price."

Rita Dukes Smith
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