Dr Rand Paul Feels The Festivus Like The Rest Of Us.
“Welcome, newcomers. The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people and now you’re gonna hear about it.” Is the line Frank Costanza uses to kick off the holiday tradition of Festivus with the airing of grievances. And when Senator Rand Paul takes his turn, by “You People” he means his Congressional counterparts and their wasteful spending.
Congress’s continued ineffectiveness has led to this becoming it’s own Holiday Tradition. And Senator Paul is back to spread some Holiday Cheer, along with just a sprinkle of my commentary. Because as Frank says :”I find Tinsel distracting.” So sit down and be quiet, because you’ll get yours in a minute.
Take Congress...PLEASE! They have really outdone themselves this year with the massive special interest giveaway disguised as a relief bill. It is a disgrace in both the level of spending and the process they used to try to sneak it through. But this week’s pork-a-thon isn’t new.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2020
The average taxpayer pays around $10,000 in taxes. That means they set the taxes of 5,471,368 people on fire this year. And that’s just want we could document in one little report, and doesn’t come close to counting the unconstitutional things Congress spends on.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2020
Speaking of Treasury, I see Joe Biden says he intends to nominate Janet Yellen, former chair of the Federal Reserve to run the treasury. Talk about letting the fox in the henhouse. AUDIT THE FED! AUDIT THE TREASURY! AUDIT YELLEN AND BIDEN!! AUDIT EVERYTHING!— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2020
I couldn’t agree more, and while you’re at it. Imagine what would happen, if, by law, every US Congressman/woman, US Senator, President etc. was by US law audited every 1-2 years by an independent agency.
Imagine what would happen if those audits extended to all family members of such ‘elected’ official?
Would D’s continue to push for Foreign Aid to other C’s vs. the Homeland?
What happens when the kickbacks dry up?
M. Waters $4mm House?
N. Pelosi net worth $150mm+?
J. Biden son/brother net worth tens of millions?
Clinton family $200mm+ (pre election of BC less than $1mm)?
Obama family $40mm+ (pre election less than $1mm)?
Disguised under book deals?
Those who take are offered more powerful positions within the party (controlled).
DRAIN THE SWAMP.
So this year, while the petty tyrants in many of our states closed the schools (against all science), Congress said oh, we can do better than that. So they spent $25 MILLION to teach English to rural, unemployed Romanians.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2020
They spent $1.5m to get Eastern Mediterranean kids to stop smoking hookah. Then they said hey, let’s go all out, and snuck a bunch of new rules about shipping vape products in the omnibus bill this week.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2020
Your betters have spent a lot of this year reminding you the rules don’t apply to them. French Laundry dinners. Traveling for holidays while promoting restrictions for you, the stories seem to come up all the time— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2020
We could sit here all day and talk about petty tyrants both thinking they should run your life, and then thinking the rules don’t apply to them. No one in government who shut down a business lost a paycheck. Think about that.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2020
As a born and bred Michagander I’m so happy to see Rand take some jabs at this Tyrannical Dictator. If I was still there I’d be wanting to call my local Representative everyday demanding they have her recalled, be boycotting outside her mansion and the Capital. In addition to demanding Justice be served for her blatant disregard for Covid Protocols in pushing infected into nursing facilities. She and a handful of other Governors “knowingly” went against CDC and taskforce guidelines pushing infected into nursing facilities. The majority of all Covid Deaths came from Nursing Homes. Reconcile.
These are also the same type of people who have been telling you for YEARS to sneeze and cough into your elbow, then during Covid, told you to tap elbows instead of shaking hands.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2020
One of the things both the waste and the actions of petty tyrants should show us — DO NOT BLINDLY TRUST those in power. Think for yourselves. Protect your freedom.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2020
I have met with him, golfed with him, and been on Air Force One. I’ve had meals with him (he orders). Everyone asks me how well he listens to me, and I tell them I hope so, but its not clear because I’m not sure I’ve gotten a word in yet.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2020
I have a confession to make.
I used to spy on Rand Paul… Not, in the 3 letter agency kinda way, or the Obama Administration against the Trump Administration kinda way. But the fly on the wall kinda way from my time as an Assistant PGA Professional at Bowling Green Country Club. Dr. Paul was a member of the club and from my position behind the counter I could see the parking lot, putting green, driving range, swimming pool, several holes on the golf course and hear everything said in the restaurant. The private club counter jockey is the eyes and ears of every establishment around the country and many have stories to tell.
I learned more about our corrupt government and history by being within earshot of his occasional meal out there or other conversations, than I ever did in school or 1,000s of hours wasted on Cspan and the History Channel. Or I’d just ask him a question myself, he would always stop and answer a few questions before having to keep moving. It was during my tenure there that, then Dr. Paul announced his candidacy for the Senate. I remember that day well as I rolled in about lunch to close up shop for the day. Still a little groggy after an evening of shenanigans, and was immediately taken back to the sight of white news vans. They were parked on our perfectly manicured lawn where the boys from the pool would play baseball using kickboards as a bat. A giant bowl of the best Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo ever later, and I was ready to work on what turned out to be one of the more interesting days I ever had there. More and more trucks rolled in as time got closer to the announcement. By the time evening rolled around there were several hundred people enjoying the newly constructed back patio. Although it wasn’t quite done yet, this was a special occasion. The staff worked hard that afternoon to make an under construction zone functional. I struck out trying to hit on a few reporters. Had I known they were coming, I would of dressed a little different. But, getting to meet and shake Ron Paul’s hand was worth it. In my 5 years there it was the only time I saw him there.
Make it to the end of Senator Paul’s Festivus Thread to hear my conclusions from 5 years of spying on the Senator.
But now that we have that all aired, let’s take some time to celebrate the real holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families. Enjoy a little break if you can, and let’s all pray for a better 2021.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2020
Ok, so if you’re still here you may be curious to know what I learned about Senator Paul from my 5 Years of spying on him. Sorry to disappoint, but I got nothing dirty for you. I’m not sure if I can ever recall seeing him drink alcohol in the 5 years, at least certain I never saw him crossed or impaired. Which if you’ve ever hung around a Private Country Club is a rarity. Dr. Paul never showed up unexpectedly. He was always courteous enough to call ahead and let us know he was en route, and politely ask if we could have his clubs and pull cart ready. If I missed his call or the attendants I asked to retrieve failed to have his things ready, he was never above anyone to walk into our basement and do it himself. And in all the times we’d have to cross paths after failing to do such a simple task he was never condescending.
If something was out of place or wrong, he’d almost always be the first to let me know. One time it was actually him that notified me of a copperhead snake coiled up in our water fountain out on the back nine after he came face to face with it while taking a drink. One Notable Adventures of a Golf Pro Journal Entry later, I had to muster up the courage of David to reach behind the cooler and disconnect it to get out the snake. A pair of great binoculars assisted my view from my advantage point behind the counter. On one occasion, after sneakily entering the pro shop, Dr. Paul reminded me that nobody was golfing at the pool. I replied “just making sure nobody was drowning”. To which he replied, “We have lifeguards for that”. I was busted.
Dr. Paul was a busy and successful surgeon before serving as Senator who managed to play once or twice a weak in season. He would typically accomplish that by sneaking out solo for 9 or 18 holes very early and occasionally in the evening for 9 holes with his son Robert. You might find him playing politics by participating in the Senior’s Game on Wednesday at lunch, but that was a rarity. I never saw him ride in a cart, he enjoyed walking and mostly played solo. I’m guessing while playing with President Trump however, if the President rides, you ride.
Dr. Paul got around the golf course very quickly for a walker. He doesn’t mess around. I had the pleasure on several occasions of catching up with him on the golf course as I’d be out practicing before or after my duties running the golf shop. I was always afraid I might bother him, but he’d allow me to play into the clubhouse with him. And as a student of the game, his was one to admire. He doesn’t try to be your out of the box 3d model perfect golf swing guy. He plays his game. And has his own unique swing, but the tempo is beautiful and he controls his ball well. Rand is a straight shooter who keeps it in the fairway and gets it near or on the green with consistency. And with the hands of a surgeon had a very productive short game. Although, that analogy may not hold water as I recall a Plastic Surgeon from the club who couldn’t make a 2-footer if there was a dollar riding on it. Sorry, Dr. Z.
The game of golf closely resembles life and it reveals the character of it’s players. It is the primary reason the game is important to business. Dr. Paul holds true to the tradition and honor of the game. He plays the ball down, he counts them all. And he doesn’t waste his time looking in the weeds for free balls. In conclusion, the man is a Patriot and great family man. He knows more about the Constitution and History than 97% of his colleagues. He serves his Country, the Senate, and the Constitution in the same way he plays the game. By staying on task and upholding to the rules. Senator Paul is always fighting to uphold our Constitution and I commend him for being one of the handful of Republican Senators that does so.
A commonly asked question amongst golfers is who would be your dream foursome. Mine would have to be POTUS, myself, Dr. Paul, and Dr. Ben Carson. Truth-talking Realtors vs. the Surgeons, losers buy lunch. If there is a make-a-wish sort of foundation for veterans of the great meme wars, let’s make this happen.