Full of It (or: Rand’s Rant)

March 13th, 2011

Inspired by Rand Paul’s potty mouth (Washington Post 3/13/11).

“I’ve been waiting for 20 years to talk about how bad these toilets are… Frankly, my toilets don’t work in my house, and I blame you, and people like you.” – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY Jelly) to DOE deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency Kathleen Hogan
“Perhaps the fault, dear Senator, is not in your toilet, but in yourself.” — Cassius (paraphrased)


Rand Paul dislikes any form of regulation,

But low-flow toilets receive his most strenuous condemnation.

In the Senate Thursday, he attacked DOE for a series of crimes,

Worst among which is forcing him to flush his toilet several times.

But perhaps, Senator, your flushing must be repeated

To get rid of the copious quantities of crap you’ve excreted.

Perhaps, Senator, if you’ll the metaphor permit,

The source of your problem is that you’re so full of it.


Here’s Rand’s anti-regulatory rant. Low-flow toilets and energy conservation measures were not regulations forced on the American public by faceless bureaucrats in the dead night as you suggest, Senator. As Ms. Hogan correctly points out, they are a body of laws passed by the Congress of the United States on a bipartisan basis over the past 40 years in order to conserve our natural resources and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. If anything, such requirements help American manufacturers stay in business (by encouraging innovation), rather than forcing manufacturing overseas.

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