Rand Paul: mouthpiece for Wall Street


When you open Rand Paul's web page the first thing you notice is the huge fundraising logo and counter on top. When I looked this morning, Paul, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Kentucky, and tea party fave, had raised $3.6 million or so.

Rand Paul is the son of the most famous libertarian in the country, GOP Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. His dad ran unsuccessfully for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination.

But the "Paul" brand attracted a lot of attention throughout the country in '08.  Ron Paul signs could be seen in an assortment of places, from antiwar demonstrations to the Internet gaming world.

The son, Rand, named after capitalism cheerleader Ayn Rand*, opposes all government intervention into capitalist society, except for one.

"I am 100% pro life. I believe abortion is taking the life of an innocent human being. I believe life begins at conception and it is the duty of our government to protect this life," Rand Paul says on his website.

The other things you notice on the website are the anti-Obama headlines, the constant attack on his opponent Democrat Jack Conway, Kentucky's attorney general, and the big deal Paul makes about being a doctor.

Paul is a doctor of ophthalmology - an eye doc. Although he supports the federal government storm-trooping its way between a woman and her doctor when it comes to reproductive decisions, what's good for Petra is apparently not good for Paul.

Paul, outraged at the requirement of board certification by the nongovernment professional organization, the American Board of Ophthalmology, left the group and formed his own National Board of Ophthalmology.  Apparently, his board certified him and six other docs as qualified ophthalmologists, while the other board has certified 16,000.

If I were going for eye surgery, I don't think thumbing your nose at an organized medical certification process would be at the top of my list of qualifications for a surgeon.

What isn't as apparent on Rand Paul's site is his total disdain for worker rights.

Berry Craig, a professor at Western Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, writes that Paul "opposes ALL workers' rights."

Craig, a member of the American Federation of Teachers, writes on the AFL-CIO Now blog that in a candidate questionnaire, "Paul indicated his opposition to workers' rights across the board."

According to Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan, Craig writes, the GOP's Paul is receiving lots of support from big business and corporations for his anti-worker stance. Paul especially opposes a worker's right to organize and bargain collectively.

Corporate groups that support Paul, like the so-called Coalition to Protect Kentucky Jobs and the National Right to Work [for less] Committee, are determined to prevent passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. The EFCA seeks to restore workers' rights on the job, including the right to form a union, which have been badly eroded over the last decades.

Further highlighting Paul's class allegiances, the tea party candidate recently said President's Obama criticism of BP and the oil spill was "un-American" and that poor people in the U.S. live better than the rest of the world. (Perhaps he was suggesting everyone should stop complaining?)

According to a new poll from Public Policy Polling, Kentucky's U.S. Senate race is in a dead heat with Democrat Conway and Republican Paul each at 43 percent of the vote. According to the pollsters, Paul's recent comments on behalf of the corporate world have hurt him in the polls.

*Note from the author: Rand Paul supporters commenting on this article charge the Republican isn't named after Ayn Rand, so I added the source of what is really a minor part of this article.

For another related story, Is Rand Paul a racist?

Photo: Ron Paul and son, Rand.  (Gage Skidmore/CC)



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  • This is worse than a poor 7th grade school newspaper article. Have you ever noticed that companies like Google or Genentech don't have union workers but their employees make gobs of money in salaries and also have health benefits? The reason is that these companies are producing something of great value that is highly demanded by the free market, and the skills of their employees are in high demand. Unions create protectionism, and stifle labor and technological innovation, crate unemployment at the margin, lower output, and higher prices for the consumer. Make no mistake, Rand Paul is Wall Street's worst nightmare. An end to budget deficits and the Federal Reserve system is the death knell to government and corporate cronyism. The problem is NOT capitalism, as Ron Paul has tried to get through everyone's thick skulls, but "corporate cronyism." BTW Rand's name is Randall and he was not named with Ayn Rand in mind. A simple google search or a reading of an article or on Rand would have made this clear to the lame author of this article.

    Posted by Douglas in Oakland, CA, 07/13/2010 3:20am (5 years ago)

  • How can we take you serious when the first fact you spew is a LIE......

    RANDAL PAUL....... is not named after Ayn Rand.........

    Go back to Journalist school and learn how to research your pot shots---- You joke,.

    Posted by Quixotic Cavalier, 07/13/2010 1:19am (5 years ago)

  • You see how we wasted so much on government-run education at our expenses and this is the product...

    It's NOT people's world, wake up TA!!!

    Posted by Can't spend what we don't have..., 07/13/2010 1:09am (5 years ago)

  • He was NOT named after Ayn Rand.... and the inaccuracies build, from there.

    Posted by skeptical, 07/12/2010 10:49pm (5 years ago)

  • Thank you for saying that Paul was named after Ayn Rand, I only wish you would have put it earlier in the piece, so I could have stopped reading earlier. When writers can't be bothered to check the simplest of facts, Paul was of course not named after Ayn Rand, it tells me there is no point in reading further.

    Posted by Larry, 07/12/2010 10:32pm (5 years ago)

  • I hate republicans, but i really hate liberals. They have a democratic congress and a democratic president, and they are bailing out and teaming up with big industries just as much as the last regime.

    Get a clue. Its better to have policies that allow new companies to join industries and compete, than policies that favor giant corporations by giving them bailouts and having rules and regulations that only they can keep up with and afford.

    And what happened to the anti-war left? Apparently war and nation building is good as long as its supported by the (D)'s.

    Posted by DumbLiberals, 07/12/2010 9:26pm (5 years ago)

  • I especially love the part where Paul isn't even a real certified doctor.

    Posted by Smarter-than-a-teabagger, 07/12/2010 7:47pm (5 years ago)

  • Have you ever heard of a thing called Research, Rand Paul was NOT named after Ayn Rand, if you can't even be bothered to research your facts, how can we believe any of the other things in this article?

    Posted by Joseph Evins, 07/12/2010 6:12pm (5 years ago)

  • Liberal bloggers heads are so empty that all you hear in there is the echo of other liberal bloggers who got all of their info from Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, and Keith Olberman. No original or factual thought whatsoever.

    Posted by PatrioTX, 07/12/2010 5:42pm (5 years ago)

  • Do you know why Rand started the new board. He left to start a new board cert. program with strict and fair standards.

    You are crazy to not think this is good! I want all my eye doc's recert'ed after 10 years. Not just the young ones.

    Try getting your facts and the entire story straight before you through your thoughts in. It only make you look foolish and partisan if you don't. You should have 30 mintues to actually look stuff up. Don't just trust Rachel and Keith, research and verify what is up otherwise you just appear a stoog and mouthpiece of the status quo.

    D Kyle Christner

    Posted by Kyle in WI, 07/12/2010 5:31pm (5 years ago)

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