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Rand Paul Excuses Not Appreciated In Kentucky

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There are some who may fall for the flimsy excuses offered by Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul engineered to absolve oil and mining corporations from any and all legal, monetary and moral responsibility for the recent deaths of miners and rig workers. Mr. Paul may be able to pull the wool over their eyes, but he can't do it to us. Kentuckians remember full well our state's distinction of being home to the 1988 crash at a bend in the road near Carrollton, Kentucky, still the largest school bus disaster in the history of America and we know full well how it came about.

Rand Paul excused the Kentucky coal mine disaster that killed two of our men by stating: "We had a mining accident that was very tragic...Then we come in and it's always someone's fault. Maybe sometimes accidents happen." Maybe sometimes bullsh*t doesn't stink either.

Now, taking a cue from his tea party roadie, Sarah Palin, by calling President Obama's handling of the oil spill "really un-American" because our president dared to criticize BP, Senator WannabePaul goes on to excuse BP of any responsibility as well to the dismay of Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell:

"And I think it's part of this sort of blame-game society in the sense that it's always got to be somebody's fault instead of the fact that maybe sometimes accidents happen."

Rand Paul, during an interview on ABC's Good Morning America, further likened Obama's handling of the spill as putting a "boot heel" on the throat of BP. Poor lil' BP.

Paul is a newcomer to Kentucky, having moved here around 1993. He is connected to Kentucky by marriage and political aspirations only, having not waited even a full year after his arrival to start his anti-tax political movement, Kentucky Taxpayers United, here in our state. The man has failed to connect to the people of Kentucky to the extent he is not willing to protect us fully.

This man is not steeped in the rich traditions of our Commonwealth and was not raised with an appreciation for things Kentucky. Rand Paul has no understanding of much of our state's history,no grasp ofour early struggles with civil rights and our progress with same, progress he now wants to throw under the bus. He is seemingly unaware of our history of political collusion and corporate corruption within our mining industry. If he is aware, then he simply doesn't care. Rand Paul is most likely truly unaware that the most tragic 'accident' in our state's history was due to poor decision making, a poor product produced by business and insufficient state safety regulations:

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