Protecting Social Security from the Thieves in the Night

This is how it happens. Last night while you were sleeping the Senate voted to steal $150 billion dollars from the Social Security Trust Fund. I joined 34 of my colleagues in a vote to prevent this raid. I would like to thank Senator Rand Paul for leading the fight to protect to Social Security from the thieves in Washington, who seem to think that if they steal from the American people at night while they are sleeping that they will get away with it. I was proud to vote with Senator Paul on his point of order that would have protected Social Security, and I ask you to help me shine a light on what Washington has tried to hide from you in the darkness of night. If everyone who sees this message shares it, it will reach millions of Americans. As someone who has been fighting for years to reform our broken government in Washington, I know it is exhausting, I sympathize with your frustration, and I understand your impatience. But don't give up. Washington wants you to give up. Just remember, a vote to raid social security in the middle of the night in a desperate attempt to perpetuate an unsustainable spending addiction isn't a sign of strength. It is a sign of weakness.

Posted by United States Senator Mike Lee on Friday, October 30, 2015


Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) objection to the new bipartisan budget deal is going viral, thanks to a boost on Facebook from Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

Lee posted a video of Sen. Paul raising his objections to the agreement prior to the Senate vote early Friday morning. 

Lee wrote:

This is how it happens. Last night while you were sleeping the Senate voted to steal $150 billion dollars from the Social Security Trust Fund. I joined 34 of my colleagues in a vote to prevent this raid. I would like to thank Senator Rand Paul for leading the fight to protect to Social Security from the thieves in Washington, who seem to think that if they steal from the American people at night while they are sleeping that they will get away with it. I was proud to vote with Senator Paul on his point of order that would have protected Social Security, and I ask you to help me shine a light on what Washington has tried to hide from you in the darkness of night.

He called on Americans to share the video, arguing that "a vote to raid social security in the middle of the night in a desperate attempt to perpetuate an unsustainable spending addiction isn't a sign of strength. It is a sign of weakness."

In an interview last week on "America's Newsroom," Paul called the budget agreement a "rotten deal" that grants President Obama unlimited borrowing power until he leaves office.

Lee's video (above), "Protecting Social Security from the Thieves in the Night," has been watched by more than 20 million people, not far from a Facebook record. 

Nearly 1.2 million have heeded Lee's call to share the clip.

That record was reportedly set this year by the White House when a video from the Correspondents’ Dinner garnered 27 million views in just 36 hours.


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Paul talked to Jenna Lee this morning about the effort to stop the budget deal. 

He said the right and the left have combined to "bankrupt the country," with one side spending nonstop on the military and the other side spending out of control on social programs. 

Paul said if he becomes president, he will let all current spending expire and require 60 votes in the Senate to restart spending. 

Watch the interview below.