Rand Paul Isn't Taking Any More Guff From People Who Actually Know What They're Talking About

im电竞官网-In which Senator Aqua Buddha gives Anthony Fauci the old "you're not the boss of me!"

sen rand paul, r ky, of the senate health, education, labor and pensions help committee, asks questions during the senate health, education, labor and pensions help committee  hearing on capitol hill in washington dc on june 30, 2020 in washington,dc   dr fauci and other government health officials updated the senate on how to safely get back to school and the workplace during the covid 19 pandemic photo by kevin dietsch  various sources  afp photo by kevin dietschafp via getty images
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Down in our nation’s capital on Tuesday morning, there was a hearing before the Senate Committee On Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions regarding the administration*’s herculean efforts to lock the barn after the pandemic was stolen. One of the witnesses was Dr. Anthony Fauci, a very patient man who somehow shows up to work every day without ever once looking longingly at sharp objects. On this particular day, he was forced to answer questions from Senator Rand Paul, which is not a thing anyone should have to do, but, hey, government work is hard, right? Paul wanted to let Fauci know that the game was up, and he wasn’t taking any more guff from people who know what they’re talking about.

im电竞官网-Regulars here at the shebeen are familiar with the house’s five-minute rule regarding any public appearance by any member of the Paul family—that they make sense for exactly five minutes before they float off to the past the libertarian termination shock, where nobody else ever should follow. On , Senator Aqua Buddha didn’t even wait that long.

It is a fatal conceit to believe any one person or small group of people has the knowledge necessary to direct an economy or dictate public health behavior. I think government experts need to show caution in their prognostications. It's important to realize that if society meekly submits to an expert and that expert is wrong, a great deal of harm may occur when we allow one man's policy or one small group of men and women to be foisted on an entire nation.

im电竞官网-Mainly, Paul was arguing that we should reopen schools in the fall. He cited a number of statistics from overseas, most of them originating in countries who've handled the pandemic from jump vastly better that we did, and many of which have...shh...national health care programs. But what Paul really wanted to do was take Fauci and the rest of them on a guided tour of Galt’s Gulch.

Central planners have enough knowledge somehow to tell a nation of some 330 million people what they can and can't do. Perhaps our planners might think twice before they weigh in on effort subject. Perhaps our government experts might hold their tongue before expressing the opinion whether we can play NFL football or Major League Baseball, not in October. Perhaps our experts might think twice before telling the whole world a vaccine might not impact herd immunity. We don't know. These are forecasts that may well be wrong.

When you hear politicians like Rand Paul talking about “central planners,” grab your wallet. You’re about to be told that public health officials are the equivalent of the Third International.

No one knows the answers to these questions. We shouldn't presume that a group of experts somehow knows what's best for everyone. Only decentralized power and decision-making based on millions of individualized situations can arrive at what risk and behaviors each individual will choose. That's what America was founded on, not a herd with Washington telling us what to do and like sheep we blindly follow.

You are not the boss of him, experts.

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