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Kentucky Senate Paul Profile

-The article was originally published at The American Spectator.

“Where would we cut spending? Let’s start with ending all foreign aid to countries that are burning our flag and chanting ‘Death to America.’ In addition, the president could begin by stopping selling or giving F-16s and Abrams tanks to Islamic radicals in Egypt.” — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in the tea party response to the State of the Union speech, Feb. 12, 2013

Earlier this week, Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post “The Fact-Checker” gave Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) three Pinocchios for the above claim regarding cuts to foreign aid. According to the explanation Kessler has for this rating, Senator Paul’s claim had “significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions.”

Yet nowhere in the “fact check” does Kessler prove Senator Paul has any contradictions or factual errors of any kind, never mind of the obvious or significant kind. This is the best he could come up with:
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Our Back Pain Epidemic

Michael Astrue

-The article was originally published at The American Spectator.

On Wednesday, former Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue left the position he has held for six years. On Thursday, he was interviewed by the Associated Press. While many of his criticisms of Congress were right on track and are worth reading — particularly how Washington’s politicians and special interests have not done what is right and moral with regards to making Social Security solvent — Astrue left much to be desired in his optimistic assessment of the Social Security disability court.

To start, Astrue praises the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) efforts to make getting on Social Security Disability rolls difficult. Yet the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found in August 2012 that poor communication between the Labor Department and SSA allowed for over 100,000 people to “double-dip” each year with the SSA Disability payments and unemployment benefits.

Astrue also says few people who don’t deserve benefits received them: “Very few of those people actually ended up getting benefits. If you look at the numbers, it’s one of the reasons why our approval rates have dropped dramatically in the last few years.”

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