Took a while to get to this, but at the Cumberland Valley Area Development District in London, last Wednesday, Senator Paul — in white sports jacket, hair jellied — spoke for nearly twenty minutes and had some characteristically great insights.
In his short amount of time, he warned the audience that every government agency has its own “special weapons and tactics team” and that the Department of Agriculture’s SWAT team is going to swoop onto your farm and stop you from milking your cow.
That sounds made up, I know. But it’s true:
He discussed how government agencies have their own special weapons and tactics teams, noting that the Department of Agriculture in Los Angeles “shut down an awful, awful crime in an organic food store, selling milk directly from the cow.”
“A Department of Agriculture SWAT team just swoops in and does that.”
The country does need rules, he added, but “it’s going overboard.”
After pulling back the curtain on that brewing scandal, Sen. Paul said the EPA has “gone crazy” and again cited his facts that “There is some evidence that the air is cleaner now than it was 30 years ago and the air is a lot cleaner than it was 80 years.”
All of which is clearly the result of the hard work of the EPA to force otherwise uncaring corporations to not pollute the environment. Rand is actually making an argument in favor of regulations, not against them and his supporters and the people in the audience can’t seem to figure that out. And neither can the Senator.
Then — as if all that wasn’t enough — he told the crowd:
“I’m for more profit. I’m for creating more rich people. Everybody succeed, that’s what’s great about capitalism.”
Yeah… that’s actually specifically not what capitalism is about, let alone what’s “great” about it (and don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty that is great about capitalism). Capitalism has nothing to do with “everybody succeed.” That’s actually counter to the very idea of capitalism. If that’s what capitalism was about, no business would ever go out of business no matter how terrible its product or how few people bought it or… let’s be clear: there is literally absolutely nothing about “everybody succeed” in the basic tenets of capitalism, let along its less basic ones. How people can claim Rand Paul understands the economy (or economic philosophies for that matter) is often mind boggling.
But let’s get back to those government agency SWAT teams. Here’s some rare footage of a Department of Education SWAT team raid from the 1980s: