Rand Paul: Children With Autism Should Be ‘Pissed Off’ Over Wasteful Government Spending


Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto Thursday. And he tore into the spending habits of Congress on the eve of what could be a government shutdown.

The Kentucky libertarian explained how unhappy he is with the way the government currently handles the money flowing in.

“So we have 12 different departments of government. They have appropriation bills,” he said. “We’ve done that four times in 40 years. It’s fiscally irresponsible to glom them together and say ‘Oh my hair’s on fire’ and there’s a deadline we have to just vote for it.”

Paul then proceeded to use a somewhat odd example of wasteful government spending — Neil Armstrong. Making his argument he said, “they spent $700,000 trying to determine whether he said ‘one small step for man’ or ‘one small step for a man.’ $700,000 spent on that ridiculous idea of research. That stuff goes on year after year after year. It never goes away because no one takes the time to look at the money spend.”

“Do we know what it was, for Neil Armstrong? A man, man?” the Fox News host said in jest to the Kentucky lawmaker.

Paul went on to not only answer Cavuto’s question but to also say that children with autism should be angry over the way the funds were handled:

“You know what their conclusion was? They still don’t know. Inquiring minds want to know. They still don’t know. You know what makes it worse? They took the money from autism research. Every child with autism in America ought to be pissed off because they spent the money on what Neil Armstrong said on the moon. What an insult.”

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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