At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Thursday, [Sen. Rand] Paul lambasted Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency at the Energy Department, telling her that the department’s “hypocrisy” and “busybody nature” has “restricted choices” for consumers rather than made life better for them.
I don’t bother with Tea Partiers. Do you? Why should we?
They don’t give a damn about government, history, or policy. They don’t give a damn about their fellow woman or man. Their contributions to America amount to stomping their feet and whining. They hate change. They hate ideas. They hate you, with your moods and your careening Saturday Nights.
Their patriotism sounds like . . “Trash trucks in my neighborhood — running on propane? Dale Earnhardt didn’t burn no faggot fuel.”
“I think there should be self-examination from the administration on the idea that you favor a woman’s right to an abortion but you don’t favor a woman, or a man’s, right to choose what kind of light bulb, what kind of dishwasher.”
In the middle of her response to Paul’s line of comments, Hogan said, “My view is what you want —”
“Is to buy a toilet that works!” Paul interrupted.
Hogan replied: “I can help you find a toilet that works.”
At this silly time, let’s remind ourselves of the DOE’s mission:
Catalyze the timely, material, and efficient transformation of the nation’s energy system and secure U.S. leadership in clean energy technologies.
Maintain a vibrant U.S. effort in science and engineering as a cornerstone of our economic prosperity, with clear leadership in strategic areas.
Enhance nuclear security through defense, nonproliferation, and environmental efforts.
Okay. Now, the Senator’s burning point:
“You don’t care about the consumer really,” Mr. Paul said. “Frankly, my toilets don’t work in my house, and I blame you.”
Dang. Rand should do something.