Just in case you forgot how arrogant Rand Paul was, here’s a reminder. While being interviewed by CNBC anchor Kelly Evans last month, Rand Paul told the anchor to “calm down,” shushed her, and said she was “mischaracterizing” basic facts.
Yes, this is the same Rand Paul who seems to think that Rights should be behavior-dependent, why do you ask?
The exchange happened during an interview; Evans asked Paul a pointed question about co-sponsoring legislation with Senator Barbara Boxer that’d allow companies to bring overseas cash back home at a holiday corporate tax rate at 6.5 percent.
Here’s the exchange:
Paul: Well that is incorrect. Let’s go back again. Your premise and your question is mistaken.
Paul: Most of the research doesn’t indicate that. In fact, there is a prominent study by Robert Shapiro looking at the holiday in 2005, when we lowered the rate to 5 percent, and his conclusion was that it brought $300 billion of new capital home. And then it brought it about $30 billion of new tax revenue. The whole purpose of doing that is to bring the money home. There’s two trillion —
Evans: Right, but it works that first year, senator. But their concern is down the road.
Paul: Hey, let me finish. Hey, hey, Kelly.
Evans: I’m sorry, go ahead.
Paul: Calm down a bit here, Kelly. Let me answer the question. The whole point of this legislation is that money has been accumulating. Much money has actually been inverting and people are reincorporating because the tax code in our country is not encouraging money to come home. So this is to lower tax rate, to bring more money home, and to take that new money, some of the tax revenue, and put it into the highway fund. I think this is a win-win-win. You lower a tax rate, you bring in more revenue and you are actually able to plug a whole we have in our highway trust fund.
Evans: What people want, senator, is for you to make this permanent. Why not just make it 6.5 percent period? The problem is that as it happened in 2005—
Paul: Let me answer the question before you get going.
Paul continued to criticize Evans throughout the interview. When Evans pointed out a potential conflict of interest with Paul’s ophthalmology group in Kentucky, Paul said that Evans was, “mischaracterizing and confusing the whole situation.”
Evans said, “I’m only asking about the part that they raised issue with, which was the board. They said ‘Look, it is a bunch of his family and friends, basically.'”