Senator Rand Paul on Omicron variant, vaccine warrant

LEXI: We hear about this new variant and it just landed in the United States yesterday. What do you think of Biden’s response with the travel restrictions?

SEN. PAUL: You know, I think it’s too early to know if we’ll need more restrictions or if we’ll continue what we’re doing. What we need to find out is whether the variant is more lethal or less lethal. Is it something that is going to be very dangerous or more benign. I don’t think we’ll find out for a week or two, so I think it’s premature to rack up travel restrictions. Whenever there are travel restrictions less people travel and there is a big saving in travel and tourism here and abroad and it has a devastating impact when we add more barriers to people who travel. So I think we have to wait and see. I think it’s a mistake to rush out and publish a bunch of rules and regulations when we don’t yet know if it will be more or less dangerous.

LEXI: Stay on the subject of Biden… now his Build Back Better plan. Do you think this plan is good for Americans? If you don’t agree, what infrastructure bill would you propose?

SEN. PAUL: You know, none of the bills we’re looking at right now are real infrastructure. It’s basically a wishlist of free socialized things, what have you got, you call it from daycare to college to cars to cellphones, you name it, it tries to give things away free to people. But nothing in life is really free, it requires more borrowing. And while we borrow, how it gets paid is that the Federal Reserve prints new money to pay off the debt and we end up with more inflation, so when people go to the grocery store and see the prices go up, they see prices go up at the gas pump, there’s a reason. Because the government borrows money to give you free things, but they are not really free. We all pay through them through inflation.

LEXI: Now coming back to Covid, it has just been revealed that the vaccination mandate is stuck in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee, do you think the courts were correct in doing this?

SEN. PAUL: The point is the constitution doesn’t allow the federal government to say what you can and can’t do in regards to your medical care, so I think the courts are right, I think they will all be struck down. . In fact, one was struck down saying hospitals have to do it, another was struck down for OSHA, so I think there is ultimately the Supreme Court, it’s actually going to go to 6th circuit which is Cincinnati and includes judges from Kentucky. But then it will go to the Supreme Court and hopefully as soon as possible. And at the end of the day, we have to move away from this notion that the government should tell everyone in the country that it has to do one thing. Over 100 million Americans have had Covid and it is not really fair for them to say oh you need to be vaccinated when the natural immunity to the disease is just as good or maybe better than the vaccine.

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