Friday, January 31, 2014

Liberal Media At It Again

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Outrageous: MSNBC's Tweet
The leftwing network of NBC News is under fire again for a controversial tweet aimed right at the GOP. The offending tweet was about a heartwarming Super Bowl commercial by Cheerios.  The tweet read as follows: "Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family [link]." MSNBC was later forced to apologize for the tweet, deleted it from their Twitter account and fired the person responsible for posting it.  But is that enough?  RNC Chairman Reince Priebus sent a letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin demanding a personal and public apology.  He also banned all RNC staff from appearing on the network, and encouraged Republican politicians to follow suit.  Griffin did later apologize to Priebus and everyone offended.  Last night on Hannity, Priebus called the apology a good "first step."

MSNBC Isn't The Only One
Priebus pointed out that this is hardly the first time something like this has happened.  He said in his original letter, "This is more than just a tweet or an offhand comment. This is part of a pattern of behavior that has gotten markedly worse, and until Phil Griffin personally apologizes and takes corrective action, we cannot be part of this network's toxic programming." He's absolutely right.  This tweet is just one of the many comments made by the network, particularly over the last few months, targeting conservatives.  From Martin Bashir to Chris Matthews to Melissa Harris-Perry, it seems as though conservatives are becoming a consistent target of denigration.  If anyone disagrees with the president, it has become protocol to label them as "racist."  Remember when Melissa Harris-Perry proclaimed "ObamaCare" to be the new "N-word?"  Or how about when she belittled Mitt Romney's adopted grandson (who happens to be black)? It's no wonder that new polling from Public Policy Polling finds that MSNBC ranks near the bottom of media outlets Americans trust most for news. The attempt to stereotype conservatives is backfiring.  We'll see if this episode will be enough to change the pattern of offensive anti-conservative rants we've come to expect.

Keystone XL Pipeline
I firmly believe that one of the key factors in getting our economy moving, creating jobs and relieving ourselves of dependence on foreign countries is to explore the vast energy resources we have right here in America.  This is why energy is a part of my Conservative Solutions Caucus, which you can read about here. While the president loves to take credit for the recent boom in domestic energy production, he fails to tell you that this is entirely because of private enterprise on private lands.  The government is only getting in the way, and it is not fueling the energy boom by opening up its own lands for energy exploration. One of the hot-button issues when it comes to energy is the Keystone XL Pipeline.  The fact that we are unable to finish and utilize this pipeline is purely because of the influence of lobbyists and environmentalists in Washington.  Jobs and energy come second to the political clout of these groups.  Notice that when Obama spoke about oil and energy in his State of the Union address, he did not mention the Keystone XL Pipeline. An environmental analysis from the State Department is about to be released followed by a 90-day review period.  During this time the Obama administration will have to determine if the pipeline is a project of national interest.  According to Fox News, government officials believe "the review would probably disappoint Keystone opponents who say the pipeline would carry 'dirty oil' that contributes to global warming."  We will know within 90 days whether the president is serious about creating jobs and harnessing our energy capabilities. 

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This Week in News for United States Senator Rand Paul- January 31, 2014

Rand Paul
Dear Friend

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Rand Paul Responds to the State of the Union

On Tuesday, President Obama gave the annual State of the Union address. This year's speech was no different from the last and was full of false promises. I issued my own response to the President's address because I believe that hope and change should not just be a campaign slogan. 

In his first inagural address, President Reagan said, "In the present crisis, government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem." The crisis that existed when Reagan took office was very similar to the one we face today.

Large numbers of people are unemployed and even more are dropping out of the workforce. We currently have a stagnant economy and an ever-growing federal government.

We solved those problems then by coming together, and by implementing the right ideas.  We can do it again, but we must look beyond the current debate in Washington.

Click HERE to watch my response in its entirety.

(Dr. Rand Paul Responds to the State of the Union- January 28, 2014)

Dr. Rand Paul's Statement on Delay in Raising Lake Cumberland Water Level

It is clear that Kentuckians are being asked to suffer through yet another absurd ordeal at the hands of the federal government. Lake Cumberland businesses, families and visitors have waited seven years for a return to normalcy, and federal agencies are now saying we'll probably have to wait even longer.  Any delay is obnoxious and I would hope federal authorities would recognize the negative impact.

I have introduced legislation that would let us avoid problems like these altogether. The Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act would give Kentucky the power to regulate all of our endangered species and also give Congress the ability to review the process of naming endangered species.

Click HERE to read more.

Dr. Rand Paul Meets Local Bowling Green Student

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Potter Gray Elementary School 4th grader, Clay Wallace. For a school project, Clay conducted an interview in which we discussed notable Kentuckians, the importance of laws, my life as a Senator and more.

Click HERE to watch the interview in its entirety.

Click HERE to read more about Clay's interview.

(Dr. Paul and Clay Wallace of Bowling Green- January 26, 2014)

Dr. Rand Paul Meets High School Essay Winner

On Tuesday, I met with high school student Jesse Kloss. Jesse is the winner of the essay contest in which she expressed what makes America great. While she was in Washington, D.C., she visited the Lincoln Memorial and attended the State of the Union address.  I believe it is important to engage with America's youth and I was honored to meet this exceptional high school student.

Click HERE to read about the meeting.

(Dr. Paul and high school essay winner Jesse Kloss- January 28, 2014)

Dr. Rand Paul Speaks at State of the Net Conference

Also on Tuesday, I attended the annual State of the Net Conference in Washington, D.C. I answered several questions regarding the future of technology and the government's role in protecting our rights during the digital age.

Share Your Obamacare Stories

Since the implementation of Obamacare, hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians have received cancellation notices from their current health care providers. For every Kentuckian that has enrolled in Obamacare, 40 have been dropped from their coverage. Obamacare has been presented to the American people through twisted rhetoric, smoke and mirrors.  Obamacare is not good for America and it certainly not good for Kentucky.

I would like you hear how Obamacare affected you, your family or your small business. Share your story by visiting my website:

Click HERE to listen to my Obamacare horror story.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox's Hannity (Part 1 and Part 2) and Your World with Eric Bolling, CNN's State of the Union, NBC's Meet the Press,CBS This Morning. I also appeared on Fox News with Bret Baier and CNN with Wolf Blitzer to the President's State of the Union Address.

Also this week, I spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky including Tony Cruise on WHAS. I also penned an Op-Ed in the Intercollegiate Review.

Have An Issue Or Concern?

If you are a Kentucky resident and need assistance with a federal agency or concern, feel free to contact the Bowling Green office (270-782-8303) to have a discussion with the appropriate staff member.

Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, and you can follow my official Google+ accountHERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page and my official Instagram page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,