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Tea Party Favorite Rand Paul Passionately Defends Tech Giant’s Tax-Dodging Behavior

During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, GOP Senator Rand Paul passionately defended Apple in the midst of accusations that the tech giant used foreign subsidiaries to dodge billions of dollars in taxes. Paul accused the government of “bullying” Apple and even issued a personal apology to its executives.

Paul, who is a Tea Party favorite, has publicly hinted that he may run for president in 2016.

“I’m offended by the spectacle of dragging in Apple executives,” Paul said. “What we need to do is apologize to Apple and compliment them for the job creation they’re doing […] Apple hasn’t broken any laws, yet Apple is forced to sit through a show trial,” he added.

Paul’s voracious defense of Apple may be motivated by more than just tax policy. Since Paul is flirting with a presidential bid, there’s no doubt that he needs campaign funds. According to a piece in the Washington Post, he’s been lobbying hard for donations from Silicon Valley.

With Paul’s frequent rants against crony capitalism, his defense of Apple’s tax-dodging has been seen by many as more than hypocritical.

Listen to Paul’s comments in the video below.

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  1. Bob Cull

    May 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Rand Paul calling anyone or anything bizarre is, in itself, BIZARRE! Apple is certainly indefensible! This is a company producing it’s products in sweat shops in China utilizing slave labor and then selling them in the U.S. at vastly inflated prices. I have never had an issue with the quality or performance of an Apple product but I have never owned one because I can get the same quality and performance from other products for, what is often less than half the price. I recently upgraded my phone and of course all of the phones offered by my provider were at discounted prices, the iPhone would have cost me 2 1/2 times as much as the Windows phone that I purchased. What was the difference between these two phones? The price, nothing else. The hardware specs and the capabilities of both phones were identical! There is no defense for anything that Apple does!

  2. Mel Haun Sr

    May 23, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Rand Paul is almost is bad as Lyin Ryan about Stretching the truth. Hypocrisy is his second nature.

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