In an interview with National Review, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) says Republicans need to stand firm on education policy and “stop tossing federal dollars at a state and local problem.”
“I do not think that there is a constitutional mandate for the federal government to be involved in education,” Paul says. “I think it should be a state and local function. We believe in local control of schools — this has been a general part of the Republican platform, as well as the Republican philosophy, for years. That being said, our party, in recent years, went the opposite way.”
On foreign aid, and specifically his proposal to cut assistance to Israel:
On foreign aid, which he hopes to zero out, Paul takes a similar tack. He pulls no punches: Israel, for example, one of the U.S.’s closest allies, would see $3 billion in aid cut. “We just don’t have the money anymore, even for our allies,” he explains.
“If you ask the American people if we should borrow money from China to give it to another foreign country, they look at you like you have three eyes,” Paul says. “Our foreign aid has a bad history of allowing theft and aggrandizement throughout the Third World. A lot of that money has been taken and used personally by autocratic leaders.”