May 13, 2014
To the Editor:
“Ethics are Important”
Time magazine recently named Rand Paul one of a hundred of the most influential people in the world. I don’t know about the other 99, but Time was correct about Sen. Paul, the perpetual presidential candidate, has persuaded thousands and thousands of citizens to accept the Tea Party philosophy of government. Now that’s influence.
Admittedly, I am on the opposite political side to that of the Tea Party, but that is not what concerns me about Sen. Paul; it is his code of ethics and his philosophy of economies. Recently, as published in The Courier-Journal, Sen. Paul defended Caterpillar, Inc. for not paying $2.4 billion owed in U.S. taxes, and he not only defended Caterpiller, but said they should be complimented for not paying the taxes they owe. More recently, Sen. Paul came to the side of Cliven Bundy, a rogue Nevada rancher, who, for two decades, has not paid his grazing fees of $1 million on land owned by the U.S. Government, that is, you and me. When a U.S. Senator takes these kinds of positions, I believe he does not have a good code of ethics.
On the economy, Sen. Paul and most Republicans and Tea Partiers believe we should hold the minimum wage at $7.25 per hour, claiming to raise the minimum wage would cause the loss of jobs. I believe the opposite. To raise the minimum wage to $10.00 per hour would create jobs because this would put a lot more money into the economy. The minimum wage has been $7.25 for five years, and when you consider inflation over the years, we have been pushing the poor deeper into poverty. Sen. Paul appears to have little compassion for the less fortunate but shows a lot of favoritism for the corporations.
This is not the kind of man I care to represent me in the Senate or Oval Office.