Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) appears with David Letterman in this video. Letterman immediately zings Rand Paul about wearing jeans and a sport coat, and there is some discussion of Al Franken being Paul’s senatorial “mentor.” Talk about the Tea Party and then schools. Paul tells Letterman that Washington, D.C. spends
$20,000 per pupil, schools are not educating, and half of our students are dropping out before they finish high school.
Letterman manages to gets in an inane comment about Republicans wanting the wealthy to get even wealthier. Paul asks, is Late Night Comedy done better by the government or the private sector? Letterman can’t get away from advocating for “the wealthy” to pay higher taxes – and suggests we can “get our money that way.” Paul says: The top 1% of the wealthy pays one-third of the taxes now. The top 50%, those making $70,000 and above, pay 96% of all income taxes – “the wealthy” are paying all of the income taxes. Letterman is clearly out foxed. He says he doesn’t believe the “numbers” Paul has just cited, “I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’m pretty sure there’s something wrong with them.”
Here’s a man, who Letterman correctly says, is receiving audience applause for his “stupidity,” who knows nothing about real life in America. These “numbers” have been around forever and Letterman consistently defends every Democrat talking point. Shameful that a man in his position is ignorant about government, schools and taxes. See the video below.
David Letterman: The school system is bereft. It needs attention. It has fallen behind. We are embarrassingly trailing other nations in terms of public schools.
Rand Paul: Yes, we can agree. We can agree to the problem, but here’s the rub. In Washington, D.C., we spend $20,000 per pupil and we still have a crummy school system. It’s failing our kids; our kids are dropping out. Half of them are dropping out before they finish high school…their scores are abysmal…and we spend more and more money. So money’s not always the answer. You have to do something, but I think part of the problem is we’ve taken education from the local sphere and now we control it from Washington and I think that’s been a mistake.
Letterman: Well, something has gone haywire because it’s not working and I’m sure I agree with that argument but if we’re going to throw money at something, why not education? Let’s just see if it improves somehow.
Paul: Well, I think competition makes things better. You have to compete with other late-night comedians; I have to compete with other physicians. I think competition makes us better. Think if you didn’t have that guy, what’s his name, you have to compete with?
Letterman: You know, I think he’s wrong about some of these things. I just can’t tell you why.
Rand Paul and David Letterman on America’s School System (video)