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Sen. Rand Paul says massive reconciliation bill could lead ‘ us to become Venezuela’

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As negotiations continue for the Democrats’ $3.5 reconciliation bill, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) warns that the extraordinary spending could eventually “destroy the currency.” Paul appeared on the latest episode of The Sara Carter Show to talk about the implications of massive federal spending.

“This is sort of Democrats saying ‘hey, free college, free daycare won’t cost you anything.’ But what they don’t tell you is the price of gas is going up the price of your groceries is going up,” Paul said. “And ultimately you pay for this by higher prices. You pay for this through inflation.”

Host Sara Carter pointed out that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) claims the bill was born out of the GOP’s lackluster COVID-19 relief bill. “Democrats are working to bring this GOP-manufactured default crisis to a swift end and avoid irreparable economic harm to people and families,” Schumer tweeted Wednesday.

However, Paul says all sides are in some way to blame. He said the Democrats also share the blame for the origin of the massive spending bill.

“Both parties do deserve blame for that,” Paul admitted to Carter. “But we have to talk to the American people, because I think we’re in the process of getting to the point where we might even destroy the currency. You don’t want us to become Venezuela. I don’t want our currency to be worthless, right? And when our currency becomes worthless, it means chaos for the world.”

“We’re living in a time where everything is changing,” Carter said. “But we cannot get lazy. We need to pay attention to what is going on here. We need to ask our lawmakers to do their job to do their job and to stop this.”

So far, Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) refuse to advocate for a bill at $3.5 trillion. They both claim they would support a bill that didn’t involve that large a budget. Listen to the full podcast here.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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No help at our border, but Biden announces $5 billion going to bike paths, wider sidewalks

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In the world of Democrat delusion, they think $5 billion is necessary, at this point in time, to make bike paths and widen side walks. You cannot make this up. They have approved $40 billion in aide to Ukraine in a heartbeat under President Biden, while having rejected former President Trump’s request for a mere $5 billion to secure our border.

The news also comes as fentanyl and the drug overdoses are the number one cause of death in the U.S. There’s also an increase in human smuggling and extortion to pay to cross the border. But no; let’s make some bike paths and widen sidewalks. That is an immediate emergency.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Monday that money will be used over five years under his department’s new “Safe Streets & Roads for All” program. The $5 billion ini federals funds will be used “to slow down cars chia more speed cameras, carve out bike paths and wider sidewalks and urging commuters to public transit” reports Daily Mail.

“The aim will be to provide a direct infusion of federal cash to communities that pledge to promote safety for the multiple users of a roadway, particularly pedestrians and bicyclists.” The announcement also coincides with the six-month anniversary of President Biden’s infrastructure legislation, and the beginning of the 2022 “infrastructure week.”

The desire to fix roads is a noble one, as “road traffic injuries also are the leading cause of death among young people aged 5-29. Young adults aged 15-4 account for more than half of all road deaths” reports Daily Mail, which adds:

Still, much of the federal roadmap relies on cooperation from cities and states, and it could take months if not years to fully implement with discernible results – too late to soothe 2022 midterm voters unsettled by this and other pandemic-related ills, such as rising crime.

The latest U.S. guidance Monday invites cities and localities to sketch out safety plans in their applications for the federal grants, which are to be awarded late this year.

It cites examples of good projects as those that promise to transform a high-crash roadway, such as by adding rumble strips to slow cars or installing speed cameras, which the department says could provide more equitable enforcement than police traffic stops; flashing beacons for pedestrian crosswalks; new ‘safe routes’ via sidewalks or other protected pathways to school or public transit in underserved communities; and other ‘quick build’ roadway changes designed with community input.

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