Rand Paul says half those on disability are “gaming the system.” Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan says banks are under assault.


Did libertarian Republican Rand Paul just have his version of Mitt Romney’s “47% of people are takers,” moment?

“What I tell people is, if you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn’t be getting a disability check,” said Paul, adding. “You know, over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts. Join the club. Who doesn’t get up a little anxious for work every day and their back hurts? Everybody over 40 has a back pain.”

I’m not sure what club he wants me to join.

The “I never had to do a job requiring actual physical labor in my life” club?

I’m almost 67. My back hurts. And it is too late for me to join his club.

Paul’s current net worth is estimated at $2.5 million.

Which, by the way, puts him in the bottom tier of U.S. Senators.

If Paul, who is 52, has back pain, maybe it’s from his golf game. Maybe the club he wants me to join is his Country Club. Which I’m guessing may not allow folks like me to join.


Donald Trump and Rand Paul.

Meanwhile J.P. Morgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon is complaining that banks are under assault.

Paticularly his bank.

“Banks are under assault,” Mr. Dimon said in the call with reporters. “In the old days, you dealt with one regulator when you had an issue. Now it’s five or six. You should all ask the question about how American that is, how fair that is.”

In case you aren’t upset enough about how one of the world’s largest financial institutions has to answer to five or six regulators, Dimon plays the China card.

“America has been the leader in global capital markets for the last 50, 100 years,” he said. “I look at it as a matter of public policy. I wouldn’t want to see the next JPMorgan Chase be a Chinese company.”

Today’s message from the one percent:

Forty percent of the disabled are gaming the system and the world’s largest banks have to answer some un-American questions.

J.P. Morgan might become a Chinese company?

That doesn’t really keep me up at night.

Who is Rand Paul? Part two.

Yesterday I asked the question, “Who is Rand Paul?”

I mentioned his extreme positions on education funding.

But thanks to Rachel Madow’s interview yesterday, Paul has cleared up any confusion as to where he stands.

In a white sheet and hood.

See Madow’s interview here.

A tea bagger Senator. Who is Rand Paul?

Rand Paul won the GOP nomination for senator from Kentucky. If elected, he would replace the loony Republican and former baseball player, Jim Bunning.

Bunning is mainly remembered for being a loose canon, even by GOP wing-nut standards, and for holding up unemployment compensation during a period of the worst unemployment since the Great Depression.

Kentucky can pick ’em, and I’m not talking about the Kentucky Derby.

Rand is the son of uber-libertarian, Ron Paul, who ran on a no-government platform for president in 2008.

But what about Rand?

Valerie Strauss, who writes The Answer Sheet for the Washington Post, gives a run-down of Rand’s views on education based on an NEA questionnaire.

  • A national voucher program.
  • No federal regulations concerning public schools. No reauthorization of NCLB.
  • No federal funds for public schools.

Strauss reports that Rand Paul’s web site calls for less taxes for schools so that parents can home school.

The move to the right by National Democrats on education issues has served to feed and encourage what once was considered GOP fringe positions, moving them to the present level of acceptability.