Watch Rand Paul take a chainsaw to the tax code, literally
How would Rand Paul lower tax rates? By feeding them into a woodchipper, apparently.
The libertarian-minded Kentucky senator and Republican presidential candidate released a video Tuesday that showed him using a variety of techniques to physically assault a printed copy of the tax code.
“Hey, I’m Rand Paul and I’m trying to kill the tax code, all 70,000 pages of it,” Paul, clad in a black “Detroit Republican” t-shirt, tells the camera. He flogs his plan for a 14.5 percent flat tax that would fit on one page with a one-page tax return. The video then invites viewers to click through to see Paul destroy the code by setting it on fire, shredding it with a chainsaw, and reducing it to pulp in a woodchipper, all soundtracked by an electric guitar wailing the Star Spangled Banner.
With the Republican field bulging to 16 candidates Tuesday as Ohio Gov. John Kasich officially entered the race — and with Donald Trump domineering the media coverage — Paul’s video had the feel of a stunt designed to recapture some attention. But as the current front-runner’s entire candidacy is demonstrating in real-time, at this stage of the campaign, stunts work.