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Foreign Aid: Tim Scott Flip Flops

Apparently Sen. Tim Scott voted for the Rand Paul amendment before he voted against it. Last Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-South Carolina) and Senator Tim Scott spoke to a large crowd at a Tea Party meeting in Greenville, S.C. At this gathering, Scott assured the audience he would stand…

Apparently Sen. Tim Scott voted for the Rand Paul amendment before he voted against it.

Last Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-South Carolina) and Senator Tim Scott spoke to a large crowd at a Tea Party meeting in Greenville, S.C. At this gathering, Scott assured the audience he would stand with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) regarding the elimination of foreign aid to Egypt – yet earlier this week he joined U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and the Democrats in voting to continue it.

I asked both Sen. Scott and Congressman Duncan why the federal government forces taxpayers to continue giving $50 billion in foreign aid each year to counties who hate us.

Sen. Scott said …

There was an opportunity in the Senate to make a decision on our foreign aid to Egypt. A classic example, the Rand Paul amendment back about two months ago to not provide more resources to a country in the form of F16s and tanks, I voted not to give that money because we ought to question what we get in return for our investments, but we ought to analyze how to make America safer by our foreign investments, and Egypt is the classic example. As we move forward if we find ourselves in the position where Egypt’s military action becomes defined as a coup, we will be in a stronger position to cut off that aid because we certainly cannot fund coups. So until we get to that point, myself, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and others take a strong stand on questioning what do we get on the return on investment for the money that we are giving out in this world.

Artie Brito, a local liberty activist asked Scott, “does the Constitution allow the federal government to give money to other countries? Where is that found in the Constitution?”

“You cannot find it is the answer to your question,” Scott responded. “The enumerated powers are pretty clear about us giving money out – period.”

Paul stated that the eighty-six senators who opposed his amendment – which would have frozen $1.5 billion in annual aid to Egypt – voted “against the rule of law” on Wednesday. Paul’s amendment to the transportation spending bill would have halted aid to the country until elections were held and redirected the money to domestic bridge repairs instead.

So why did Scott vote against Rand Paul’s Amendment?

Chris Lawton, founder of the Greenville Tea Party, wonders what changed his mind.

“I would really like to know what changed so dramatically in Sen. Tim Scott’s answer to the Greenville Tea Party on July 25 to his vote against Senator Rand Paul’s amendment on S 1243 on July 31,” he told The Greenville Post.

Scott is a favorite among Conservatives in South Carolina, and they are disappointed to see him flip flop on this issue – and demanding answers. Unfortunately, calls to Sen. Scott’s Washington, D.C. office were not immediately returned.

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Joshua Cook is a native and resident of the South Carolina Upstate. He received his MBA from North Greenville University and is actively involved in South Carolina politics.

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34 comments

Same ol' Same ol' August 2, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I’m sure there are powerful groups that can change the mind of most any politician. Nothing new here. Somebody got to him. Doubtful there’s any original thinking going on there.

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Frank Pytel August 3, 2013 at 4:12 am

BS. McPain and Grahmnesty buttered him up and he laid down and loved it. Just another Repukliturd.

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Same ol' Same ol' August 2, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I’m sure there are powerful groups that can change the mind of most any politician. Nothing new here. Somebody got to him. Doubtful there’s any original thinking going on there.

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Frank Pytel August 3, 2013 at 4:12 am

BS. McPain and Grahmnesty buttered him up and he laid down and loved it. Just another Repukliturd.

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GreenvilleLwyr August 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Will, this guy can’t write particularly well. Get someone else.

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GreenvilleLwyr August 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Will, this guy can’t write particularly well. Get someone else.

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GreenvilleLwyr August 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm

He’s a sales manager for T-Mobile with that fancy MBA from North Greenville.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua123

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Raymond August 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Oh no! Working riff raff!

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GreenvilleLwyr August 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm

He’s a sales manager for T-Mobile with that fancy MBA from North Greenville.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua123

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Raymond August 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Oh no! Working riff raff!

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southmauldin August 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm

What’s a “local liberty activist”? And how can I become one? Sounds like fun and I can use it on my resume.

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southmauldin August 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm

What’s a “local liberty activist”? And how can I become one? Sounds like fun and I can use it on my resume.

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? August 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I can’t believe this.

A pol said one thing and did another.

SHOCKING!

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? August 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I can’t believe this.

A pol said one thing and did another.

SHOCKING!

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nitrat August 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Joshua appears to be too vapid to have a clue about foreign policy.
He does, however, look like a parrot.

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nitrat August 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Joshua appears to be too vapid to have a clue about foreign policy.
He does, however, look like a parrot.

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Mark August 2, 2013 at 11:55 pm

I saw an article on it. McCain was down in voting area really whipping this vote hard. McCain leaned on Scott to vote to table Paul’s amendment. I want to say it was in the Washington Post write up.

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GaryMc August 2, 2013 at 11:55 pm

I saw an article on it. McCain was down in the voting area really whipping this vote hard. McCain leaned on Scott to vote to table Paul’s amendment. I want to say it was in the Washington Post write up.

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Sixt Sense August 3, 2013 at 2:04 am

I am telling you here and now, Scott is a bullshit artist. He might be articulate, but he is a narcissistic psychopath. So stay tuned folks …. The more you put him under a magnifying glass, the more you will see he is full of it.

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Frank Pytel August 3, 2013 at 4:11 am

Sixt, I don’t disagree that Scott is just another Republiturd, but it is a HUGE HUGE jump from BS artist to psychopath. Care to expand, or maybe just lay low.

It’s cool. I occasionally also get hoof in mouth. I lay low too.

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Sixt Sense August 3, 2013 at 2:04 am

I am telling you here and now, Scott is a bullshit artist. He might be articulate, but he is a narcissistic psychopath. So stay tuned folks …. The more you put him under a magnifying glass, the more you will see he is full of it.

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Frank Pytel August 3, 2013 at 4:11 am

Sixt, I don’t disagree that Scott is just another Republiturd, but it is a HUGE HUGE jump from BS artist to psychopath. Care to expand, or maybe just lay low.

It’s cool. I occasionally also get hoof in mouth. I lay low too.

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Frank Pytel August 3, 2013 at 4:13 am

Mr. Cook;
Well written and to the point. Thank you.

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Frank Pytel August 3, 2013 at 4:13 am

Mr. Cook;
Well written and to the point. Thank you.

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Beachtiger0412 August 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

Tim Scott has already said he hates his job – I don’t think he cares enough to pay attention to what he is doing – he just wants OUT of Washington.

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Beachtiger0412 August 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

Tim Scott has already said he hates his job – I don’t think he cares enough to pay attention to what he is doing – he just wants OUT of Washington.

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Halfvast Conspirator August 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

why the federal government forces taxpayers to continue giving $50 billion in foreign aid each year to counties who hate us

Upstate counties hate Lowcountry counties but they ain’t gittin no $50 billion

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Halfvast Conspirator August 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

why the federal government forces taxpayers to continue giving $50 billion in foreign aid each year to counties who hate us

Upstate counties hate Lowcountry counties but they ain’t gittin no $50 billion

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FedUp August 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

It’s a nauseating pattern of perceived champions from SC. Demint voted against NDAA on the first round and then voted in favor of it on the final vote. All the other “conservative” repubs voted in favor of it from our state. Ironically, Clyburn was the only one that voted against it, our only US demo rep. Until Graham is out of the picture, this egregious capitulation will continue from the SC contingent in Washington.

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FedUp August 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

It’s a nauseating pattern of perceived champions from SC. Demint voted against NDAA on the first round and then voted in favor of it on the final vote. All the other “conservative” repubs voted in favor of it from our state. Ironically, Clyburn was the only one that voted against it, our only US demo rep. Until Graham is out of the picture, this egregious capitulation will continue from the SC contingent in Washington.

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CD August 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Just one more HUGE disappointment. Must have been offered a $10 mil lobby job. Hopefully, after June 2014, Graham won’t be an issue. If he truly hates his job, I hope the people of SC put him out of his misery next election.

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CD August 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Just one more HUGE disappointment. Must have been offered a $10 mil lobby job. Hopefully, after June 2014, Graham won’t be an issue. If he truly hates his job, I hope the people of SC put him out of his misery next election.

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Nölff August 5, 2013 at 7:52 am

If you give anyone enough time in congress, they’ll tarnish.

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Nölff August 5, 2013 at 7:52 am

If you give anyone enough time in congress, they’ll tarnish.

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