ByÂ DARIUS DIXON, Politico
If the federal government can support abortion rights, why canâ€™t it also support light bulb choice, Sen.Â Rand Paul asked Thursday morning.
And donâ€™t even get him started about his toilet.
The KentuckyÂ Republican began making the link between the personal, the political and the plumbing-related when he asked Kathleen Hogan, the DOE deputy assistant secretary on energy efficiency, â€œI was wondering if youâ€™re pro-choice?â€
â€œIâ€™m pro-choice of bulbs,â€ Hogan responded.
â€œActually, thatâ€™s the point,â€ Paul said, during an appliance efficiency hearing at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
â€œThe point is that most members of your administration probably would be frank and characterize themselves â€” and upfront â€” as being pro-choice forÂ abortion,â€ he said, â€œbut youâ€™re really anti-choice on every other consumer item.â€
Paul continued on a string of attacks against federalÂ regulations and labeled the lighting efficiency standards set by a 2007 energy law as just another government overreach.
â€œLight bulbs, refrigerators, toilets, you name it. You canâ€™t go around your house without being told what to buy,â€ Paul said. â€œYou restrict my purchases. You donâ€™t care about my choices. You donâ€™t care about the consumer.
â€œFrankly, my toilets donâ€™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,â€ Paul said. He added, â€œI find it insulting.
â€œIâ€™m all for energy conservation but I wish youâ€™d come here to extol me, to cajole me, to encourage,â€ he said. â€œBut you come instead with fines [and] threats of jail.â€ (For the record, at no point during the hearing did Hogan threaten to arrest Paul.)
To read more, visit:Â http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51053.html#ixzz1GIJtE7Nr
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