Sen. Rand Paul spoke Wednesday at Pine Mountain State Resort Park as part of the luncheon series with the Bell County Chamber of Commerce.
Paul was introduced by Judge-Executive Albey Brock who made known the significance and importance of coal in the Bell County community.
“We’re under a lot of pressure to keep our jobs and our livelihoods and while (government) may be too big, we need your help with what is there,” said Brock.
Paul agreed with Brock mentioning his opinions in favor of the coal industry which he believes would give the industry a chance to function again and ultimately put money back into the local economy.
“The problem is, you’ve got people telling you what to do with your community and your water and your air who have never been here so I think local control makes sense for a lot of reasons,” said Paul. “Somebody in Washington shouldn’t be telling you what to do and that’s really our problem with so many things and we’ve let it get away from us.”
Paul also spoke about his Economic Freedom Zone plan which would give corporate and local income tax cuts at 5 percent each. He believes this would keep approximately $1 billion in communities.
He has spoken with other local and state government members about these same cuts on their levels. He also suggested that this would help keep money in successful, local businesses.
Another of Paul’s passions is the importance of reading congressional bills before they are passed, which he went into at length. He also spoke about recent developments with the Supreme Court, the Constitution and personal and economic freedoms.
“We can succeed again and we will succeed again, but we have to understand the first principles of freedom and liberty — that our rights come from our creator. I’m going to continue to fight for that,” said Paul.
Paul finished the talk with a question and answer session from the public. Community members expressed their concerns about topics such as the educational system, legislative branch of government and how best to help businesses succeed.
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