Energy

It's a Toilet, Not a Choice! Rand Paul Flushes Out Anti-Freedom Logic at Dept. of Energy

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There was a moment a year or so ago when it seemed like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was shaping up to be just another aqua-buddha-worshippin' LINO (libertarian in name only).

Since showing up in D.C., the people's city, the guy has been on fire, calling for real budget cuts and trims to useless government activities.

And now we know the reason why. Like some righteous Hank Hill come to life, he's mad as hell at regulations on everything from light bulbs to toilets in his house. Regs that inevitably restrict choice even as the bureaucrats and bipartisan do-gooders (the current light bulb ban was proudly signed into law by George W. Bush) who insist that no, really, they're not restricting your choice. Except when it comes to, you know, choosing.

The only question I've got about Rand Paul these days is: How do we clone him?

Hat Tip: Allahpundit over at Hot Air, who implies (read: says nothing of the sort) that the exit line ("I'm sorry about your toilet") is among the greatest things ever said in the foul chamber of horrors we call the U.S. Senate.

In 2009, Reason.tv looked at how the incandescent light bulb has changed from a sign of a good idea to one more symbol of the growing nanny state: