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New controversy for Rand Paul

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 15, 2010 at 7:58 AM

A political blog update in  The Wall Street Journal has some calling Senate candidate Rand Paul a hypocrite after Paul's comments at a fundraiser in Prospect, Kentucky.

 Tea party favorite Rand Paul has rocketed to the lead ahead of Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary here on a resolute pledge to balance the federal budget and slash the size of government.

But on Thursday evening, the ophthalmologist from Bowling Green said there was one thing he would not cut: Medicare physician payments.

In fact, Paul — who says 50% of his patients are on Medicare — wants to end cuts to physician payments under a program now in place called the sustained growth rate, or SGR. “Physicians should be allowed to make a comfortable living,” he told a gathering of neighbors in the back yard of Chris and Linda Wakild, just behind the 10th hole of a golf course.

"It's the height of hypocrisy," said Trey Grayson campaign manager Nate Hodson.

“This is emblematic of his apparent belief that everyone else should pay, except for him.  He evades paying taxes, advocates balancing the budget on the backs of Kentucky’s seniors and family farmers, and then openly states he would oppose cuts that might affect him directly.  It is incredibly arrogant and hypocritical.”


Grayson news release

Rand Paul:  Everyone Should Pay (Except Me)

Florence, Kentucky –

            In the category of “it would be funny if it weren’t so tragic” comes this from Rand Paul.  While calling for an increase in the Social Security retirement age, the abolishment of the Departments of Agriculture and Education, the elimination of farm subsidies, the elimination of earmarked funding for Kentucky infrastructure projects and cuts in almost every other government function, Paul opposes cuts in government payments to physicians – payments he relies on to make a living.

From the Wall Street Journal:  “Physicians should be allowed to make a comfortable living,” he told a gathering of neighbors in the back yard of Chris and Linda Wakild, just behind the 10th hole of a golf course.

             “The real Rand Paul is shining through,” said Trey Grayson’s campaign manager Nate Hodson.  “This is emblematic of his apparent belief that everyone else should pay, except for him.  He evades paying taxes, advocates balancing the budget on the backs of Kentucky’s seniors and family farmers, and then openly states he would oppose cuts that might affect him directly.  It is incredibly arrogant and hypocritical.”

             Hodson also called on Rand Paul to answer questions about how he only makes a reported $46,000 per year as an Ophthalmologist but lives in a house worth more than $500,000.  Rand Paul’s financial disclosure showing his income was only $46,143 from his medical practice.  Paul’s house is assessed at $509,900 by the Warren County Property Value Administrator.

             “Either he’s lying on his financial disclosure, or he’s lying to the IRS about his income, or both.  There’s no way an Ophthalmologist in Bowling Green living in a $500,000 house only made just over $40,000 last year.  Given his history of evading taxes, this just doesn’t pass the smell test,” said Hodson.

             Paul has evaded paying local, state and federal taxes on campaign employees, including for Social Security and Medicare withholding.

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