Rand Paul berated Kathleen Hogan, the DOE deputy assistant secretary on energy efficiency, over her anti-choice views on consumer products. …and the fact that his toilet doesn’t work.
“I was wondering if you’re pro-choice?”
“I’m pro-choice of bulbs,” Hogan responded at a hearing at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s hearing on appliance effiency.
“Actually, that’s the point,” Paul said,
“The point is that most members of your administration probably would be frank and characterize themselves — and upfront — as being pro-choice for abortion, but you’re really anti-choice on every other consumer item.”
“Light bulbs, refrigerators, toilets, you name it. You can’t go around your house without being told what to buy,” Paul said before saying that she didn’t “care about the consumer.” Because, I mean, being pro-choice about abortion is totally the same thing as being pro-choice on lightbulbs and toilets…right?
He then informed her that because she had told him what to buy, he had subpar toilets.
“Frankly, my toilets don’t work in my house, and I blame you and people like you who want to tell me what I can install in my house.” Though Hogan offered to help him find a toilet that worked, he wasn’t having any of it.
“Are you going to pay for it?” snapped Paul. “Everything costs more, to go back and retrofit the toilets that don’t work that no bureaucrat understood or flushed before they made us use them, will cost us money. It will cost us thousands of dollars to go back and add some kind of jet stream to the toilets. And we don’t even save money. You flush them 10 times and they don’t work. But the thing is you busybodies always want to do something to tell us how to live our lives better. Keep it to yourselves. Try to convince us with persuasion, but don’t threaten to put us in jail or put us out of business if we don’t accept your way of thinking.”
He has evidently been “waiting 20 years to talk about how bad these toilets are.” Well, good thing he got it all out while he was being recorded.