Rand Paul: United States is in a Government-Enforced Depression

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Thursday that the U.S. is currently going through a “government-enforced depression” due to coronavirus measures and he warned that the recovery will not take place by continuing to borrow money.

“There is no money up there,” he said. “There is no savings account, there is no rainy-day fund.”

Paul tied the country’s financial woes to the reason he has endorsed of Dr. Manny Sethi, a Nashville orthopedic trauma surgeon, in Tennessee’s U.S. Senate race. The seat is being vacated by Sen. Lamar Alexander. Sethi finds himself in a tough battle against Trump-endorsed Bill Hagerty, a businessman and investor. The primary is on Aug. 6.


Paul said that Republicans need a voice like Sethi’s, who he said would be a true conservative in Washington. He said he believes that Sethi would have the courage to stand up to both Republicans and Democrats.

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“Frankly, there’s not very many of us,” Paul said. “It is very lonely in the senate sometimes. I keep standing up against leadership that keeps spending more and more money.”

Paul pointed to Obamacare and how Republicans insisted that if they took control of the senate, they would get rid of the bill. But he said seven Republicans—not Democrats—are why we still have the massive health care bill in place.


“We still got Obamacare because Republicans got weak-kneed,” he said. “I think Dr. Sethi has the courage to vote against Obamacare.”

The race in Tennessee between Hagerty and Sethi has been tense. Last weekend, Hagerty resigned from a board of a brokerage company after the company, R.J. O’Brien & Associates, said it “stands proudly with the African American Community in support of EQUALITY & PEACE #BLACKLIVESMATTER.”

His resignation came after Sethi called him out in his own tweet, “Let me get this straight—At the exact same time @BillHagertyTN is running TV ads claiming he’ll stand up to Black Lives Matter, his company is giving millions to BLM. #Fraud,” according to the Times Free Press.

Sethi has been a guest on the “Todd Starnes Show” and talked about the positions that he would take to Washington.

Sethi said it seems the country is developing two sets of laws for law-abiding citizens and the anarchists intent on destroying property. He blamed “weak-kneed Republicans” for backing down to the angry mob due to fear of political backlash as woke culture surges in the country.

“We have to do something about it,” he said. He continued, “We just have to stand up to the mob. We have to take them on.”

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