Rand Paul: Democrats are going to start blaming the bubonic plague on sequesteration

posted at 7:21 pm on March 20, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

I think the consensus is that President Obama and the Democrats very much overplayed their collective hand on the sequester, with all of those dire warnings about meet inspection and longer airport lines, but whether or not they think they have a real shot at getting sequestration rolled back — lest its implementation should thwart their “big government is good, but bigger government is better” narrative — they’ve got to keep hammering away at how horrendously damaging these cuts will eventually be (hence, Harry Reid’s shameless groping for some way to connect the cuts to seven Marines’ deaths earlier this week) because, more revenue! Here’s Sen. Rand Paul saying as much in a wide-ranging interview with Cavuto this afternoon:

Well I think the Democrats need to be careful here because they’ve been trying to blame everything – they’ll be blaming the Bubonic Plague on the sequester pretty soon. But Senator Blunt had good amendment today that we passed, and it said “oh why don’t we take some money from here where it’s not necessary and put it into meatpacking inspectors so we inspect our meat.” Because see what the Democrats are doing is they’re saying “oh with the sequester, your meat will be dangerous, we’re going to back to the days before Upton Sinclair.” That hysteria does no one any good. If your country has good leaders, you find where money is being wasted and put it into essential things. …

As Paul goes on to say, there were and are plenty of Republicans proposing ways in which the government could transform the nature of the spending cuts to more efficiently target waste and nonessential services –  but Democrats aren’t really into that, for some odd reason.


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At least they’ve finally let Bush off the hook.

parteagirl on March 20, 2013 at 7:26 PM

There’s a special place in hell for Harry Reid.

redshirt on March 20, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Yeah good idea Rand, get back to fiscal issues while you figure out your positions on abortion and amnesty.

Daemonocracy on March 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM

That’s very nice Rand, but can you say that in Spanish?

sartana on March 20, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency’s budget were cut, what would it do?
The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place.

– Thomas Sowell

besser tot als rot on March 20, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Harry Reid’s shameless groping for some way to connect the cuts to seven Marines’ deaths earlier this week

I don’t think that many understand the truly despicable thing about Harry Reid’s shameless groping.

He’s saying that the men and women leading these Marines would go into a training exercise and ignore safety precautions because they were just too darned expensive. That any military leader would put safety aside for the sake of keeping their brother and sisters in arms safe while performing the mission.

In short, Harry Reid is suggesting that our military leaders would shortcut safety for any reason. May Reid rot in hell.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Rand Paul is absolutely right. I have a cousin with very far left ideology that re-posted an “Americans against the Tea Party” page on the failure of gun control. The implication being the somehow Tea Party republicans were responsible for its’ demise. I simply responded, That Harry Reid is one Helluva guy, huh?” I haven’t heard any more from cousin John!

Boats48 on March 20, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Actually, that bubonic plague statement isn’t as outlandish, or as comical, as it may sound. Governor Brown would gladly use bubonic plague as a prop to blame sequestration for any cuts in California in an attempt to get more federal dollars.

California regularly sends personnel out to put flea powder at the borrows of ground squirrels. They do this because the fleas carry bubonic plague and there have been isolated cases of it in the past, generally thought to have been contracted from the fleas that the squirrels carry. He’s probably silently thanking Rand Paul for the suggestion even now.

I have no doubt that the Governor of California would have no qualms about suggesting that the public could be at risk due to the sequestration. An opportunity to find anything else to blame for California’s self inflicted fiscal woes would be too good to pass up.

thatsafactjack on March 20, 2013 at 7:39 PM

besser tot als rot on March 20, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Well quoted!! Spot on!

Scrumpy on March 20, 2013 at 7:39 PM

That’s very nice Rand, but can you say that in Spanish?

sartana on March 20, 2013 at 7:31 PM

With a lisp and in a falsetto voice. Gotta keep all the parasites (i.e. single issue voting blocs) happy.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 7:39 PM

If they keep repeating the lie it becomes the truth.

This entire sequester panic by Democrats is an example of them using Saul Alinsky’s rules for radicals.

RULE 9: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

midgeorgian on March 20, 2013 at 7:40 PM

The FDA inspects our food to ensure that it’s riddled with GMO, void of most nutrients and packed with pesticides and chemicals.

The result is our bodies trying desperately to EAT more food to get more nutrition, the problem is that food has so little nutrition and instead just makes us fat. It’s an epidemic and almost a conspiracy of ignorance.

Trying to eat healthy is a 24/7 fight.

Anyway, I kind of got irked by the “inspecting our meat”. Yeah a lot of good that’s doing us. (stomach bowling out)

fatlibertarianinokc on March 20, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Yeah good idea Rand, get back to fiscal issues while you figure out your positions on abortion and amnesty.

Daemonocracy on March 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM

That’s very nice Rand, but can you say that in Spanish?

sartana on March 20, 2013 at 7:31 PM

You realize that someone who sounds like Tom Tancredo isn’t going to win anything more than local election (at best), right? Having a border enforcement trigger is, functionally, the same as saying “no path to citizenship” because the Democrats are never going to go for it. I don’t know what the hell is wrong with you people. I mean I’d rather he didn’t say that he’s for a path to citizenship; I’d rather the top rung be “legalization” (with the “path to citizenship” an existing path to citizenship) – but come on already – get a friggin’ grip!!

besser tot als rot on March 20, 2013 at 7:40 PM

The sequester caused Cain to kill Abel. Sequester also seduced Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit.

Happy fun ball has nothing on sequester.

rbj on March 20, 2013 at 7:41 PM

thatsafactjack on March 20, 2013 at 7:39 PM

I fully expect if we have another scare like Swine Flur or SARS in the next year that it will be blamed on the sequester.

midgeorgian on March 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

This bears repeating as often as possible!

“That Harry Reid is one Helluva guy, huh?”

Scrumpy on March 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Yeah good idea Rand, get back to fiscal issues while you figure out your positions on abortion and amnesty.

Daemonocracy on March 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Daem …you have to listen to everything he said about the amnesty issue…not the snippets the media wants to give you…he’s tougher than what was portrayed…

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Corrected sentence. I really should use preview more often.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 7:38 PM

That any military leader would put safety concerns aside for the sake economy instead of keeping their brother and sisters in arms safe while performing the mission.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Actually LOVE what he had to say about immigration! Pretty tough, actually! And, so…it will never sprout wings.The Commies want their new voters ASAP. Thirteen-plus years to gain citizenship will have them throwing up in their own foul mouths. BTW: Levin was referencing a (recent ?)PEW survey which states that roughly 2/3 of LEGAL,Mexican immigrants who are eligible to do so, have NOT filed papers for citizenship.

mooseygoosey on March 20, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Well I think the Democrats need to be careful here…

Stronger, Rand. They’re way beyond the not-careful stage.

rrpjr on March 20, 2013 at 8:06 PM

There’s a special place in hell for Harry Reid.

redshirt on March 20, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Right next to Kathleen Sebelius?

bw222 on March 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM

That’s very nice Rand, but can you say that in Spanish?

sartana on March 20, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Rand means well and wants to run for President, but he learned from the master – his dad: Open mouth, insert foot.

bw222 on March 20, 2013 at 8:11 PM

SEIU Supports Rand Paul on Immigration:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/top-labor-union-stands-with-rand-paul-on-immigration/article/2524823

bw222 on March 20, 2013 at 8:14 PM

…Daem …you have to listen to everything he said about the amnesty issue…not the snippets the media wants to give you…he’s tougher than what was portrayed…

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

What a novel concept.

gophergirl on March 20, 2013 at 8:22 PM

There’s a special place in hell for Harry Reid.

redshirt on March 20, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Right next to Kathleen Sebelius?

bw222 on March 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM

If there is any justice in the world, Harry Reid will spend eternity in hell in a foursome of Janet Nepoletano, Janet Reno, and Maddie Albright. And by foursome I’m not talking about golf.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 8:26 PM

The sequester caused Cain to kill Abel. Sequester also seduced Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit.

rbj on March 20, 2013 at 7:41 PM

What are you talking about? Thanks to sequestration, all of creation was shortchanged. You should have seen the orginal plans for the ardvark.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 8:31 PM

You realize that someone who sounds like Tom Tancredo isn’t going to win anything more than local election (at best), right?

besser tot als ro

You do realize sounding like Tom Tancredo or rewarding illegals with amnesty aren’t the only two options, right?

Daem …you have to listen to everything he said about the amnesty issue…not the snippets the media wants to give you…he’s tougher than what was portrayed…

KOOLAID2

No he isn’t. In fact, he’s probably weaker. He’s basically calling for unlimited immigration. Anyone who is against e-verify isn’t serious about this issue. But then, I guess there isn’t any need for e-verify to stop folks from working here illegally when there will be no such thing as working here illegally.

xblade on March 20, 2013 at 9:28 PM

As a college-kid libertarian, I guess I don’t see what all the fuss is about illegal immigration. This is a free and open country, not a tyrannical police state. Sometimes I wonder about the GOP. And, if you say it’s because of the welfare state then let me ask you – should we have open borders if we have no welfare state? I think we do. A free and open society, where we don’t know WHO and WHERE everyone is how we can keep tyranny at bay. Yes, we’ll allow the occasional criminal in but that’s the cost of a free society.

fatlibertarianinokc on March 20, 2013 at 9:42 PM

BTW: Levin was referencing a (recent ?)PEW survey which states that roughly 2/3 of LEGAL,Mexican immigrants who are eligible to do so, have NOT filed papers for citizenship.

mooseygoosey

That’s great. Doesn’t mean they never will though, nor does it make amnesty any more acceptable. This country cannot handle an additional 50-100 million(and that’s what it will be with chain migration) legal folks competing with Americans for jobs in this country. Americans can’t even get the jobs they need now that enables them to live the kind of life they want. It would be nice if Rand were more concerned with finding a job for Americans than he is with worrying about giving a job to everyone else in the world who wants one. I seriously doubt the people of Kentucky elected him to make sure illegals can find work while legal Americans can’t.

xblade on March 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM

As a college-kid libertarian, I guess I don’t see what all the fuss is about illegal immigration. This is a free and open country, not a tyrannical police state. Sometimes I wonder about the GOP. And, if you say it’s because of the welfare state then let me ask you – should we have open borders if we have no welfare state? I think we do. A free and open society, where we don’t know WHO and WHERE everyone is how we can keep tyranny at bay. Yes, we’ll allow the occasional criminal in but that’s the cost of a free society.

fatlibertarianinokc

I suspect there are lots of things you don’t understand after reading that drivel.

xblade on March 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

You do realize sounding like Tom Tancredo or rewarding illegals with amnesty aren’t the only two options, right?

xblade on March 20, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Yes. As evidenced by the other options listed in my post. In fact, your latter option isn’t even one of the options that I identified – period. And the fact that there are a lot of options and even more possible tactics to acheive those options is the entire point.

besser tot als rot on March 20, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Can they blame menstruation on sequestration?

Snowblind on March 20, 2013 at 11:31 PM

For four years, everything was blamed on Bush. Now they simply made a quick edit, and voiala – now it is sequestration. Pathetic.

mouell on March 21, 2013 at 12:45 AM

roughly 2/3 of LEGAL,Mexican immigrants who are eligible to do so, have NOT filed papers for citizenship.

mooseygoosey on March 20, 2013 at 8:04 PM

While I agree with your thinking, one has to be careful about the logic behind that statistic. Many of the eligible ones that wanted to become citizens already have and thus removed themselves from this pool. What would the ratio be if you included those back in?

KW64 on March 21, 2013 at 12:20 PM