Rand Paul: Jeb Bush Is 'Hypocritical' on Marijuana
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tonight sounded off on harsh drug laws, explaining that he feels penalties for nonviolent drug crimes should be made less severe, but thinks legalization should be left to the states.
He said that rich people accused of drug crimes are able to get good attorneys and often serve no time, which is not the case for poor offenders.
"I think it is hypocritical for very wealthy white people who have all the resources to evade the drug laws to say, 'Oh well.' I mean particularly in Jeb Bush’s case – he’s against even allowing medical marijuana for people who are confined to wheelchairs for multiple sclerosis," Paul said.
Paul mentioned a family whose child has 200 seizures per day. As a result, the family has moved to Colorado where the child can use cannabis oil without the THC.
"That’s illegal in Florida, and still Jeb Bush would keep that illegal," Paul said, adding that medical marijuana is the least we can do for our nation's chronically ill.
Paul also slammed President Barack Obama’s $4 trillion budget plan, calling it “exactly the wrong recipe for the country.”
Read background from FoxNews.com:
The plan includes a half-trillion-dollar public works program and an array of tax increases meant to fund a host of other agenda items. The document hinges on what Obama calls "middle-class economics," seeking tax breaks for many Americans while imposing increases on top earners, corporations and particularly the financial sector.
Referring to proposed spending on everything from roads to education initiatives, Obama said, "We can afford to make these investments while remaining fiscally responsible."
"We would be making a critical error if we avoided making these investments," he added. "We can't afford not to."
But even as Obama claims the plan is "fully paid for," the total budget shows a $474 billion deficit for fiscal 2016. Obama's budget plan never reaches balance over the next decade and projects the deficit would rise to $687 billion in 2025. Administration officials say their goal is to hold the deficit to a small percentage of the total U.S. economy -- but not necessarily to eliminate it.
“This president is now going to add more to the debt than all 43 previous presidents combined, and there’s no slowing up of it," Paul said. “He doesn’t get what every American family gets – we can’t spend what we don’t have or we go to bankruptcy court, and how are we supposed to be a powerful nation from bankruptcy court?”
Paul said that one way to balance the budget in less than five years would be to cut 1 percent of all spending across the board, otherwise known as the penny plan.
Will Paul run for president in 2016? He told Hannity that he will be up for re-election in the Senate in 2016, so “it could be either or both.”