Honestly, I don’t know much about Rand Paul but I think I may want to see more of him, if his performance today during an Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting today is any indication.
Paul launched into an epic rant that started with a simple question to Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency, with the Department of Energy: “Are you pro-choice?”
Watch the entire thing, because, really, it’s just too good to miss.
Here’s Paul’s point in a nutshell:
Youâ€™re really anti-choice on every other consumer item that youâ€™ve listed here, including light bulbs, refrigerators, toilets â€“ you name it, you canâ€™t go around your house without being told what to buy. You restrict my choices, you donâ€™t care about my choices. You donâ€™t care about the consumer frankly. You raise the cost of all the items with your rules, all your notions that you know whatâ€™s best for me. (This snippet via ABC’s The Note)
Ms. Hogan’s response, I think, illustrates our current issues with out-of-control, out-of-touch government quite nicely.
One, I think the Appliance Standards Program is an example of a really great partnership between Congress and the Administration over many, many, many years. So much of what we are implementing really had its genesis in bi-partisan bills that have been put forth at a number of different points over the history of this country over the last 30 to 40 years…and I really do not believe that the appliance standards end up restricting personal choice.
You can see that Senator Paul is focused on the consumer…you and me and Ms. Hogan is focused on the Beltway establishment…the “great partnership” between “Congress and the Administration” and their “bi-partisan bills.” This woman doesn’t have one thought to spare for the people who pay her salary, the ones who are affected by the standards they’re implementing. (I would imagine it’s a safe bet that she’s not all that concerned that Chinese workers are being poisoned manufacturing CFL bulbs either, but I digress.)
Getting back to Senator Paul’s opening question, Ms. Hogan’s inexplicable response was, “I’m pro-choice of bulbs.” Inexplicable because on first examination, it would appear that she was either brazenly lying to a U.S. Senator or that she lacks a good working knowledge of what would otherwise appear to be her native tongue. A second look, however, reveals the real answer.
Paul: I canâ€™t buy the old light bulbs. That restricts my choice on buying.
Hogan: My view is what you want is lighting, right?”
So Ms. Hogan’s real answer is “you’ll take whatever light bulbs we give you and be happy to have the light, damn it!”