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Mike Lee’s Viral Video of Rand Paul’s ‘Thieves in the Night’ Speech Passes 25m Views

Protecting Social Security from the Thieves in the NightThis is how it happens. Last night while you were sleeping, the Senate voted to steal $150 billion dollars from the Social Security Trust Fund. I joined 34 of my colleagues in a vote to prevent this raid. I would like to thank Senator Rand Paul for leading the fight to protect to Social Security from the thieves in Washington, who seem to think that if they steal from the American people at night while they are sleeping that they will get away with it. I was proud to vote with Senator Paul on his point of order that would have protected Social Security, and I ask you to help me shine a light on what Washington has tried to hide from you in the darkness of night. If everyone who sees this message shares it, it will reach millions of Americans. As someone who has been fighting for years to reform our broken government in Washington, I know it is exhausting, I sympathize with your frustration, and I understand your impatience. But don’t give up. Washington wants you to give up. Just remember, a vote to raid social security in the middle of the night in a desperate attempt to perpetuate an unsustainable spending addiction isn’t a sign of strength. It is a sign of weakness.

Posted by United States Senator Mike Lee on Friday, October 30, 2015

 

Last Friday, U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) posted a video of a 3 a.m. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speech on the floor of the Senate calling for senators to oppose the bipartisan budget deal before it was signed into law by President Obama earlier this week.

Lee posted the video, titled “Protecting Social Security from the Thieves in the Night,” and urged his Facebook followers to share it.

Last night while you were sleeping the Senate voted to steal $150 billion dollars from the Social Security Trust Fund. I joined 34 of my colleagues in a vote to prevent this raid. I would like to thank Senator Rand Paul for leading the fight to protect to Social Security from the thieves in Washington, who seem to think that if they steal from the American people at night while they are sleeping that they will get away with it. I was proud to vote with Senator Paul on his point of order that would have protected Social Security, and I ask you to help me shine a light on what Washington has tried to hide from you in the darkness of night,” said Sen. Lee.

He added, “If everyone who sees this message shares it, it will reach millions of Americans. As someone who has been fighting for years to reform our broken government in Washington, I know it is exhausting, I sympathize with your frustration, and I understand your impatience. But don’t give up. Washington wants you to give up.

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Lee’s video has been shared over 1.3 million times and counting, and has been viewed by over 25 million people.

Lee said,This Facebook post reached over 60 million people — more people than watched all three Republican presidential debates combined. For the simple fact that the American people are frustrated by what is happening in Washington.

According to Fox News, the viral video’s popularity is “not far from a Facebook record” that “was reportedly set this year by the White House when a video from the Correspondents’ Dinner garnered 27 million views in just 36 hours.

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In the speech, Paul criticized the budget plan and said, “Do you know what? If you’re going to steal money from Social Security, if you’re going to take money from Social Security and you’re going to spend it on other concerns… People will say, ‘Oh, well we’re going to spend it on disability.’ Well, the Social Security fund was put forward as a pension plan. You have an obligation to those who put the money in. So stealing money from people who will be getting money in the future to pay for immediate concerns is robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Rand Paul Announces Plan to Filibuster Debt Ceiling Hike

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) promised Tuesday to filibuster a budget compromise bill that enjoys the support of the White House and Republican congressional leadership.

The bill would raise the nation’s $18.1 trillion debt limit, increase domestic spending by $80 billion over 2 years, and add $32 billion to an emergency war fund, according to The New York Times.

The Washington Post notes that Senator Paul, who called the bill a “steaming pile of legislation,” said at a Tuesday appearance at the University of Colorado Denver, “I will filibuster the new debt ceiling bill. It is horrible, it’s hard for me not to use profanity in describing it.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) told CNN, “It’s a $1.5 trillion spending increase and in exchange for that they get $80 billion in more spending. So anybody who is a serious fiscal conservative cannot support this bill in my opinion.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called the debt ceiling hike “a slap in the face to conservatives” but has not yet indicated whether he will join Sen. Paul in his filibuster.

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Paul’s plan is to prevent the Senate from passing the bill through unanimous consent, which would drag out the process and allow the House Freedom Caucus more time to rally against it.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said that he feels there is not enough time left for conservatives to stop the bill before the nation’s spending levels hit the debt limit. “To make any kind of meaningful longer-term strategy … I think it is too late. So I don’t see that as something that happens this time, but I do see that potentially in all future debt ceiling negotiations,” Representative Meadows told Reuters.

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We should be using the leverage of the debt ceiling to actually enforce spending restraint,” said Senator Paul. “I will do everything I can to stop it, I will filibuster it, I will not let them condense the time. I will make sure that the country is aware that really both sides appear to have given up, right and left.

The right wants more money for the military and the left wants more money for welfare. Guns and butter, that’s what we’re going to have, guns and butter, but as a consequence they’re destroying the country by adding more debt,” he added, according to Chicago Sun-Times.

Critics say before each debt ceiling increase that failing to raise the debt limit would cause the U.S. to default on its financial obligations. Paul called that argument a “canard put forward by those who want to spend money.

U.S. government spending is set to reach its debt limit on November 3.