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PRESIDENT REAGAN BELIEVED MILLIONAIRES SHOULD NOT PAY A LOWER TAX RATE THAN BUS DRIVERS AND EVERYONE SHOULD PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE … President Reagan: "We're Going To Close The Unproductive Tax Loopholes That Have Allowed Some Of The Truly Wealthy To Avoid Paying Their Fair Share … They Sometimes Made It Possible For Millionaires To Pay Nothing, While A Bus Driver Was Paying Ten Percent Of His Salary, And That's Crazy." President Reagan: "We're going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that have allowed some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary, and that's crazy. It's time we stopped it." [Reagan Remarks at Northside High School, Atlanta, GA, 6/6/85] President Reagan: "What We're Trying To Move Against Is Institutionalized Unfairness. We Want To See That Everyone Pays Their Fair Share." President Reagan: "What we're trying to move against is institutionalized unfairness. We want to see that everyone pays their fair share, and no one gets a free ride. Our reasons? It's good for society when we all know that no one is manipulating the system to their advantage because they're rich and powerful. But it's also good for society when everyone pays something, that everyone makes a contribution." [Reagan Remarks at Northside High School, Atlanta, GA, 6/6/85] RAND PAUL THINKS MILLIONAIRES ARE PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE Rand Paul: The “Vast Majority” Of The Rich “Are Paying Their Fair Share” Of Taxes. “PAUL: Well, we have to start with the facts on who does -- are the rich paying their fair share? Because we hear that over and over again, the rich are not paying their fair share, the top 1 percent, the millionaires in our country, pay on average 29 percent of their income. That's what they pay on average. If the average carpenter who makes $50,000 to $75,000 a year pays between 15 percent and 18 percent. The top 50 percent of wage earners pay 96 percent of the income tax. The rich and the middle class are paying their fair share. CROWLEY: If they pay. PAUL: Ye ah, the vast majority are, though.” [“State of the Union,” CNN, 5/20/11] Rand Paul Voted Against The Buffett Rule. Rand Paul voted against cloture on the motion to proceed to consider the Paying a Fair Share Act of 2012. The bill added the “Buffett Rule” to the US Tax Code by imposing a minimum tax of 30 percent on households with at least $1 million in income from salaries and/or investments. This would offset the fact that wealthy people tend to take more advantage of tax loopholes than do middle-class taxpayers, have a much lower share of income subjected to Social Security withholding and receive much of their income from long-term capital gains, which are taxed at preferential rates. [S. 2230, On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed, Vote #65, 4/16/12] PRESIDENT REAGAN SUPPORTED BACKGROUND CHECKS AND AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN President Reagan Supported An Assault Weapons Ban. “Three former presidents endorsed legislation Wednesday to ban the future manufacture, sale and possession of combat-style assault weapons as a closely divided House neared a showdown today on the hotly controversial issue. Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan sent a letter to all House members expressing their support for the measure, effectively joining President Clinton in urging approval of the ban. […] In their letter, the three former presidents said: „This is a matter of vital importance to the public safety. . . . Although assault weapons account for less than 1% of the guns in circulation, they account for nearly 10% of the guns traced to crime. . . . While we recognize that assault-weapon legislation will not stop all assault-weapon crime, statistics prove that we can dry up the supply of these guns, making them less accessible to criminals. We urge you to listen to the American public and to the law enforcement community and support a ban on the further manufacture of these weapons.‟” [Los Angeles Times, 5/5/94] President Reagan Supported The Brady Bill, Which Established Waiting Periods And Background Checks For Gun Purchases. “This nightmare might never have happened if legislation that is before Congress now -- the Brady bill -had been law back in 1981. Named for Jim Brady, this legislation would establish a national seven-day waiting period before a handgun purchaser could take delivery. It would allow local law enforcement officials to do background checks for criminal records or known histories of mental disturbances. Those with such records would be prohibited from buying the handguns. While there has been a Federal law on the books for more than 20 years that prohibits the sale of firearms to felons, fugitives, drug addicts and the mentally ill, it has no enforcement mechanism and basically works on the honor system, with the purchaser filling out a statement that the gun dealer sticks in a drawer. The Brady bill would require the

handgun dealer to provide a copy of the prospective purchaser's sworn statement to local law enforcement authorities so that background checks could be made. Based upon the evidence in states that already have handgun purchase waiting periods, this bill -- on a nationwide scale -- can't help but stop thousands of illegal handgun purchases.” [Ronald Reagan Op-Ed, New York Times, 3/29/91] RAND PAUL OPPOSES EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS AND BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS Rand Paul Voted Against The Manchin-Toomey Background Check Amendment. The Manchin-Toomey amendment, which would have required background checks on all commercial sales of guns. [S. Amdt 715 to S. 649, Vote #97, 4/17/13] Rand Paul Called A Proposal To Ban Assault Weapons “The Effective END Of The Second Amendment In America.” “After reading Senator Dianne Feinstein‟s new so-called "Assault Weapons" Ban, I can only describe this radical scheme as the effective END of the Second Amendment in America. The gun-grabbers are going for broke, doing everything they can to „cash in‟ on the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. They‟re targeting EVERYTHING -- rifles, shotguns and even handguns -- and every gun owner and gun purchase is to be catalogued and tracked by the federal government.” [Rand Paul Fundraising Letter for the National Association for Gun Rights, 2013] Rand Paul: “Restricting Americans’ Ability To Purchase Firearms Readily And Freely Will Do Nothing To Stop National Tragedies.” “Restricting Americans‟ ability to purchase firearms readily and freely will do nothing to stop national tragedies such as those that happened in Newtown, Conn., and in Aurora, Colo. It will do much to give criminals and potential killers an unfair advantage by hampering law-abiding citizens‟ ability to defend themselves and their families. Potentially on the table are new laws that would outlaw firearms and magazines that hold more than just a handful of rounds, as well as require universal „background checks,‟ which amount to gun registration. We are also being told that the “assault weapons” ban originally introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein is not happening. We can only hope. But in Washington, D.C., bad ideas often have a strange way of coming up again.” [Rand Paul Column, Washington Times, 3/29/13] Rand Paul: “Statistics Have Shown That Gun Control Simply Does Not Work.” “These laws are designed to sound reasonable, but statistics have shown that gun control simply does not work. What constitutes reasonable? If limiting rounds and increasing surveillance were really the solution to curbing gun violence, why should we stop there? Because everyone knows that none of this actually curbs gun violence.” [Rand Paul Column, Washington Times, 3/29/13] PRESIDENT REAGAN WARNED ABOUT CONGRESSIONAL BRINKMANSHIP ON OUR DEBT AND WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THE NATION'S CREDIT RATING IF WE DID NOT RAISE THE BORROWING LIMIT President Reagan: "The Full Consequences Of A Default – Or Even The Serious Prospect Of Default – By The United States Are Impossible To Predict And Awesome To Contemplate." In a 1983 letter to Sen. Baker, President Reagan warned about the consequences of the U.S. failing to increase its borrowing limit. "The full consequences of a default — or even the serious prospect of default — by the United States are impossible to predict and awesome to contemplate. Denigration of the full faith and credit of the United States would have substantial effects on the domestic financial markets and the value of the dollar in exchange markets. The Nation can ill afford to allow such a result. The risks, the costs, the disruptions, and the incalculable damage lead me to but one conclusion: the Senate must pass this legislation before the Congress adjourns." [Reagan Letter to Baker, 11/16/83] President Reagan: "Unfortunately, Congress Consistently Brings The Government To The Edge Of Default Before Facing Its Responsibility. This Brinkmanship Threatens The Holders Of Government Bonds And Those Who Rely On Social Security And Veterans Benefits." REAGAN: "The Federal deficit for this year is expected to drop by some 30 percent compared to last year. That could be a whopping $65 billion reduction, and it happened without a tax increase. There's also some disappointing news. The Congress, once again, has passed a bill that puts me in the position of accepting legislation with which I fundamentally disagree. The bill would continue the authority of the United States Government to borrow funds which we must do to avoid the default on our obligations. This legislation also includes a socalled fix of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduction law, but it really is an attempt to force me eventually either to sign a tax bill or to accept massive cuts in national defense, or both. I would have no problem with signing an extension of the debt limit. But the choice is for the United States to default on its debts for the first time in our 200-year history, or to accept a bill that has been cluttered up. This is yet another example of Congress trying to force my hand, and it's one more reason why the President needs the line-item veto to separate the good from the bad. Unfortunately, Congress consistently brings the Government to the edge of default before facing its responsibility. This brinkmanship threatens the holders of government bonds and those who rely on Social Security and veterans benefits. Interest rates would skyrocket, instability would occur in financial markets, and the Federal deficit would soar. The United States has a special responsibility to itself and the world to meet its obligations. It means we have a well-earned reputation for reliability and

credibility -- two things that set us apart from much of the world." [Radio Address to the Nation on the Federal Debt Ceiling Increase and Deficit Reduction, 9/26/87] RAND PAUL THINKS THE DEBT CEILING SHOULD BE USED AS A “GAUNTLET” TO EXTRACT SPENDING CUTS FROM DEMOCRATS Rand Paul: The Debt Ceiling Is “The Place To Lay Down The Gauntlet.” Paul also said that he would prefer that Republicans use debt ceiling talks, rather than the budget debate, to extract spending cuts from Democrats. „If [the Senate] doesn't vote for a continuing resolution, the government will shut down — so there is a downside,‟ Paul said. „The debt ceiling was the place to lay down the gauntlet, and it still is. But there's a vacuum somewhere, and there's not enough leadership to do that.‟” [Business Insider, 2/25/13] Rand Paul Opposed The 2011 Agreement To Raise The Debt Ceiling. “Today Sen. Rand Paul issued an open letter on the subject of the debt ceiling compromise facing the Senate. Below is that letter. To paraphrase Senator Jim DeMint: When you're speeding toward the edge of a cliff, you don't set the cruise control. You stop the car. The current deal to raise the debt ceiling doesn't stop us from going over the fiscal cliff. At best, it slows us from going over it at 80 mph to going over it at 60 mph. This plan never balances. The President called for a „balanced approach.‟ But the American people are calling for a balanced budget. This deal does nothing to fix the overreaches of both parties over the past few years: Obamacare, TARP, trillion-dollar wars, runaway entitlement spending. They are all cemented into place with this deal, and their legacy will be trillions of dollars in new debt.” [Rand Paul Press Release, 8/1/11] Rand Paul: Republican Leaders “Retreated” By Allowing An Increase In the Debt Ceil ing. “Sen. Rand Paul accused House Republican leaders of having „retreated‟ in the face of a confrontation with President Barack Obama, criticizing their decision to vote on raising the U.S. debt ceiling this week during a speech in South Carolina Monday night. In remarks to the Charleston Meeting, a gathering of conservative leaders in the first-in-the-South presidential primary state, Paul rebuked the House for its plans to delay the debt limit fight by a few months. Republicans intend to vote this week on raising the country‟s statutory debt limit to delay a spending standoff with the White House by about three months. „I saw the speaker on TV handing the newly sworn-in president a flag. I am afraid it was the white flag of surrender,‟ the Kentucky Republican said, according to a GOP source present at the meeting. Alluding to the House GOP‟s gathering last week in Williamsburg, Va., Paul jabbed: „They came out of their retreat and retreated.‟” [Politico, 1/22/13] PRESIDENT REAGAN SIGNED THE IMMIGRATION REFORM ACT THAT ALLOWED UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS TO STAY IN THE UNITED STATES President Reagan Signed The Immigration Reform And Control Act That He Said Would "Go Far To Improve The Lives Of A Class Of Individuals Who Now Must Hide In The Shadows, Without Access To Many Of The Benefits Of A Free And Open Society." REAGAN: "The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 is the most comprehensive reform of our immigration laws since 1952. In the past 35 years our nation has been increasingly affected by illegal immigration. This legislation takes a major step toward meeting this challenge to our sovereignty. At the same time, it preserves and enhances the Nation's heritage of legal immigration. I am pleased to sign the bill into law. In 1981 this administration asked the Congress to pass a comprehensive legislative package, including employer sanctions, other measures to increase enforcement of the immigration laws, and legalization. The act provides these three essential components. The employer sanctions program is the keystone and major element. It will remove the incentive for illegal immigration by eliminating the job opportunities which draw illegal aliens here. We have consistently supported a legalization program which is both generous to the alien and fair to the countless thousands of people throughout the world who seek legally to come to America. The legalization provisions in this act will go far to improve the lives of a class of individuals who now must hide in the shadows, without access to many of the benefits of a free and open society. Very soon many of these men and women will be able to step into the sunlight and, ultimately, if they choose, they may become Americans." [Reagan Statement on Signing the Immigration Reform And Control Act, 11/6/86] RAND PAUL REFUSES TO COMMIT TO SUPPORTING COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM WITH A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP Rand Paul Said He “Supports Immigration Reform,” But Refused To Commit To Voting For The Senate Bill. “MS. RADDATZ: Let's move to immigration. Would you support the bill -- the Senate bill that made it through committee this week? SEN. PAUL: I support immigration reform. At this time, I think the bill need to strengthen border security. It also needs to expand work visas. The main problem with illegal immigration is that we don't have enough legal immigration. This bill, because it was negotiated with the unions, actually lowers the numbers for work visas. That's exactly the wrong direction to go. So I will support a bill that fixes it, and I do want to support a bill. I've talked to the author it's of it. If they will work with me on my amendment -- which is called Trust but Verify -- there is a very good chance I can vote for it. But it has to be a better bill.” [“This Week,” ABC, 5/26/13]

Rand Paul Said Reagan’s Immigration Reform Bill Was “A Promise Of Border Security That Never Came.” “I am in favor of immigration reform. I am also wary of reforms granted now for a promise of border security later. In 1986, Ronald Reagan signed a deal that made just such a promise, yet we are still waiting for the border security that never came. Conservatives are also still waiting for the promised three dollars in spending cuts for every dollar in tax hikes. Fool me once … So, it is understandable conservatives should insist that any immigration reform incorporate the principle of trust but verify.” [Rand Paul Op-Ed, Washington Times, 2/8/13] PRESIDENT REAGAN RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IN A FREE SOCIETY President Reagan: "They Remind Us That Were Free Unions And Collective Bargaining Are Forbidden, Freedom Is Lost." REAGAN: "But restoring the American dream requires more than restoring a sound, productive economy, vitally important as that is. It requires a return to spiritual and moral values, values so deeply held by those who came here to build a new life. We need to restore those values in our daily life, in our neighborhoods and in our government‟s dealings with the other nations of the world. These are the values inspiring those brave workers in Poland. The values that have inspired other dissidents under Communist domination. They remind us that where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost. They remind us that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. You and I must protect and preserve freedom here or it will not be passed on to our children. Today the workers in Poland are showing a new generation not how high is the price of freedom but how much it is worth that price." [Reagan Labor Day Address at Liberty State Park, 9/1/80] RAND PAUL SUPPORTS RIGHT TO WORK LEGISLATION Rand Paul Introduced A National Right To Work Act. “Sen. Rand Paul this week introduced the National Right to Work Act, S. 204, which seeks to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities. „Every American worker deserves the right to freedom of association and I am concerned that the 26 states that allow forced union membership and dues infringes on these workers' rights,;‟ Sen. Paul said. „Right to work laws ensure that all Americans are given t he choice to refrain from joining or paying dues to a union as a condition for employment. Nearly 80 percent of all Americans support the principles and so I have introduced a national Right to Work Act that will require all states to give their workers the freedom to choose.‟” [Rand Paul Press Release, 2/1/13] Rand Paul Congratulated Michigan For Becoming A Right To Work State. “Sen. Rand Paul issued the following statement regarding Michigan's recently passed right to work legislation. „I offer my congratulations to the Michigan state legislature on their hard work on and passage of freedom in the workplace legislation, and to Gov. Rick Snyder for signing these bills into law, making Michigan the country's 24th Right to Work state,‟ Sen. Paul said. „No one should be forced to join or pay dues in order to work. Voluntary associations will both preserve worker freedom and allow greater cooperation between employers and employees.‟ „This is good for Michigan taxpayers who share the goal of more efficient government and lower taxes - and it is just the thing Michigan needs to jumpstart their struggling economy. I support this goal on the national and state level, and look forward to Kentucky joining Michigan in the near future,‟ he continued.” [Rand Paul Press Release, 12/11/12] PRESIDENT REAGAN PROPOSED THE START TREATY President Reagan Proposed The START Treaty. REAGAN: "For the immediate future, I'm asking my START -- and START really means -- we've given up on SALT -- START means ``Strategic Arms Reduction Talks,'' and that negotiating team to propose to their Soviet counterparts a practical, phased reduction plan. The focus of our efforts will be to reduce significantly the most destabilizing systems, the ballistic missiles, the number of warheads they carry, and their overall destructive potential. At the first phase, or the end of the first phase of START, I expect ballistic missile warheads, the most serious threat we face, to be reduced to equal levels, equal ceilings, at least a third below the current levels. To enhance stability, I would ask that no more than half of those warheads be land-based. I hope that these warhead reductions, as well as significant reductions in missiles themselves, could be achieved as rapidly as possible. In a second phase, we'll seek to achieve an equal ceiling on other elements of our strategic nuclear forces, including limits on the ballistic missile throw-weight at less than current American levels. In both phases, we shall insist on verification procedures to ensure compliance with the agreement. This, I might say, will be the twentieth time that we have sought such negotiations with the Soviet Union since World War II. The monumental task of reducing and reshaping our strategic forces to enhance stability will take many years of concentrated effort. But I believe that it will be possible to reduce the risks of war by removing the instabilities that now exist and by dismantling the nuclear menace." [Reagan Address at Commencement Exercises at Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois, 5/9/82] RAND PAUL QUESTIONED THE NEED FOR A NEW START TREATY

Rand Paul On New START: “It Doesn’t Sound Like I’m Probably Going To Be In Favor Of That.” “CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: Will you ratify the START treaty? RAND PAUL: I think we need to have more discussion on it, but it doesn't sound like that I'm probably going to be in favor of that. AMANPOUR: It doesn't sound? PAUL: We're going we're going to have a discussion about it. AMANPOUR: Wouldn't it be a good thing to have more nuclear treaties with the Russians? PAUL: Well, I mean, some of it has been good. I mean, some of it under George W Bush... AMANPOUR: That would save money, too, wouldn't it? PAUL: Under George W Bush, we did reduce armaments. And I think you have to - some of it is the devil's in the details there, a nd I need to know more about it before making an immediate decision.” [“This Week,” ABC, 11/7/10] Rand Paul Called For Delaying Consideration Of New START. “Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, jockeying around the treaty intensified. Ten incoming Republican senators weighed in on the START treaty today, imploring Senate Majority Leader;Harry Reidto punt Senate approval to next year to give them a chance to weigh in on the arms-reduction accord. Proponents of the treaty, they argued, are aware that the current Se nate is likely to support the treaty „in higher numbers without our participation.‟ „We call on you to defer action on this arms control treaty until the Senate convenes the 112th Congress and we are able to participate fully and in an informed manner in its deliberations on New START.‟ The letter was signed by Senators-elect Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; John Boozman, R-Ark.; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; John Hoeven, R-N.D.; Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; and Marco Rubio, RFla.” [National Journal, 11/18/10]