On May 21, in a Senate hearing led by Carl Levin (D-Michigan), Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) lambasted Congress for attacking Apple, Inc. In just four minutes, unafraid, he rightly took Congress to task for “investigating” Apple.
Among his remarks:
I’m offended by the tenor and tone of this hearing.
I’m offended by a $4-trillion-dollar government bullying, berating, and badgering one of America’s greatest success stories.
If anyone should be on trial, it’s Congress … for chasing the profits of great American companies overseas.
Instead of Apple executives, we should have brought in here today a giant mirror …
Just imagine that hearing room full of pompous lifetime-legislative-class grandees (like Chairman Carl Levin) who have nearly bankrupted our country on their watch. They produce nothing. Instead they tax, obstruct, and trade favors.
Yet there they sit on high, in judgment of a company that brought itself back from looming failure to be one of the world’s greatest successes. Apple alone already pays about $6 billion per year or about 2.5% of all the corporate tax revenue that the IRS collects.
It’s Congress that’s on display here, not Apple.
It’s Congress that is shaming itself, yet again, with this Senate hearing.
It’s Congress that has become the billboard of its own buffoonery.
Every long-tenured Big-Government Republican and virtually every Democrat needs to be turned out of Congress in the elections of 2014, 2016, and 2018. That’s the kind of peaceful revolution we desperately need. There is no other path.
And as for the Senate “investigating” Apple, I’d much rather watch a hearing where Apple and other successful companies, large and small, investigate the US Senate. That would be much more illuminating.
When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – You may know that your society is doomed.