Rand Paul: We’ve Bombed and Re-Built So Many Bridges Around the World, We've Run Out of Money for Ourselves

Posted: Mar 02, 2017 1:00 PM

Senator Rand Paul once again reminded Americans on Tuesday that nation building and the desire for global peace has proven to be a disaster for America's infrastructure and fiscal house.

During a hearing on Capitol Hill, Paul questioned leaders behind the stabilization efforts in the Middle East, asking why the American taxpayer should be forced to spend trillions on the livelihood of people thousands of miles away whom they've never met.

“We’ve spent a lot of money over there,” Paul said.  “They’re not a destitute country.  They have oil, and by-golly they aught to rebuild their own country. We can be of some help stabilizing things, but it isn’t our responsibility to rebuild everybody’s country.”

Paul then vouched for his own constituents in Kentucky.

“Look, I’ve got a bridge that’s 50 years old in my state I’d like to replace,” he said. “We’ve built and bombed so many bridges around the world we don’t have any money left for ourselves.”

Watch the exchange here: