Rand Paul at Apple Tax Hearing

The news always feels inconsequential after disasters and deaths like what we’ve seen in Oklahoma, but this video did give me some distraction. Worth a watch – there’s not too much to preface here, but Paul does an excellent job defending the free market at the Apple hearings. (H/T: Townhall). 

  1. BrentB67

    Awesome. 30 seconds of that for a commercial in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina and you will be looking at the republican nominee for President in 2016.

  2. Franco

    AMEN!

  3. Pseudodionysius

    On behalf of Canada:

    “You’re welcome. I think.”

  4. Pseudodionysius

    Reform of the tax code, embassy defense and holding anyone in any branch of the US government accountable for anything is way above President Dunsel‘s empty chair presidency pay grade and I wish you all would stop talking about it because if you don’t you’re raaaaaaaaaaaacist.

  5. Severely Ltd.
    IndThinker: I love this man!  Let’s hope he doesn’t disappoint as 2016 approaches…. · 14 minutes ago

    If he keeps singing this tune, he could do hit a few sour notes elsewhere and I’d still vote for him.

  6. Paul-FB

    Oh, if we only had 59 more straight talking Senators like Sen. Paul,  just think how well off the economy would be.

  7. Butters

    I guarantee this is being passed around among every Apple employee.

    This is how you undermine the left.

    Rand Paul vs Liz Warren 2016, oh how much fun that would be

  8. Benjamin Glaser
    Antiphon: Yeah, but he supports marriage and isn’t a fan of pot so…nuts to that tax stuff. · 1 hour ago

    This. 

  9. Fricosis Guy

    Finally, someone around here who can play this game!

  10. Gary The Ex-Donk
    Fricosis Guy: Finally, someone around here who can play this game! · 10 minutes ago

    And oh how befuddled the Left becomes when they get it better than they give it!

  11. Randy Weivoda

    Well said, Senator Paul. When a politician is putting some kind of exemption or credit in the tax code to encourage some behavior, they call it an incentive.  Then when someone does the thing the government wanted done and takes the tax credit, they’re berated as some kind of crook who is exploiting a loophole.  It would be like the government giving out millions (or billions) of dollars in college grants, then hauling college students before a committee so they can be denounced as greedy for making use of those grants.

  12. Fake John Galt

    So why is Apple or any of these companies in front of congress at all? Right up front everybody says that the companies are not doing anything illegal or wrong so what is there to discuss?

  13. flownover

    How many of the California lefties are scratching their heads now ?

    Gosh, the good guys aren’t the liberals after all ?

    Well golly !! Surprise surprise surprise. Gomer is your friend, it ain’t Obama and his henchmen like Levin.

    What an incredible wakeup call for the Silicon Valley set. Sort of like figuring out that Al Gore is a fake. After all, Kleiner Perkins piled in on enviro stuff like Fisker and lost their ass, Gore made his pile, bailed and then sold out his tv deal to the press wing of Al Qaeda !

    How many wakeup calls will these nimrods require ?

  14. Fake John Galt

    The more I watch this the more I become convinced that I am watching a shakedown in progress. That in the end all that will happen is that these corporations will spend a lot of legal defense money, lobbying money and campaign contributions to be left alone. The politicians see these piles of money sitting offshore and want their taste of it.

  15. Tom Meyer

    That was awesome.

    Megan McArdle had a great column on what we could actually do if we cared and were smart about this. As such, it’s properly considered a work of speculative fiction, but…

  16. Tom Meyer

    That was awesome.

    Megan McArdle had a great column on what we could actually do if we cared and were smart about this. As such, it’s properly considered a work of speculative fiction, but…

  17. Tom Meyer

    That was awesome.

    Megan McArdle had a great column on what we could actually do if we cared and were smart about this. As such, it’s properly considered a work of speculative fiction, but…

  18. Steven Potter

    I loved that.  I only caught the opening statements from the Apple Execs while I was getting ready for work.

    I hope Sen. Paul’s statements were played outside of the center-right media outlets.  Sen. Paul standing up for a “hip” company like Apple might cause some people to think about what he’s saying rather than outright dismissing it because they’re conditioned to ignore anyone with an R next to their name.

  19. Gary The Ex-Donk

    Damn straight.

  20. The King Prawn

    A bit of grand standing for his own bill, but mostly on point.

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