Last week, U.S. Senator and Presidential hopeful Rand Paul (R-KY) announced that he thought it would be a good idea to cut benefits for single mothers that have multiple children. Paul, speaking at a Commerce Lexington lunch said,”Maybe we have to say ‘enough’s enough, you shouldn’t be having kids after a certain amount.’ ”
Paul continued, saying that being “married with kids versus unmarried with kids is the difference between living in poverty and not.”
“We need to be telling kids ‘don’t have kids until you’re married,'” Paul added. “It’s your best chance to get in the middle class is not to have kids. There’s all kinds of ways, and we can debate … but there are all kinds of ways to stop having kids.”
Though Paul batted around words like “tough love,” he didn’t outline specifics for what would happen to a single mother who became pregnant and chose to have the child. An aide to Paul refused to elaborate on how Paul proposed to prevent single mothers from having more than one child, as well. Forced sterilization and forced abortion are violations of the law in the U.S except in cases of the “feeble-minded,” which has never been overturned.
Sen. Paul is considering a GOP run for the White House along with Ted Cruz and Gov. Chris Christie, but said he won’t make any final decisions till after the 2014 elections. He’s been tapped by The Atlantic magazine as the leader of the pack in the race for the nomination of the Republican ticket, but Paul feels that might be “unlucky,” as being the favorite two years before the actual election is not an indicator of success.
Watch Senator Paul be a little more misogynistic here when he speaks about women having won the war being waged against their rights.
h/t: Think Progress