Rand Paul gets far too little credit for his sense of humor; but probably even more notably is that many don’t recognize the insight buried in the funny stories he tells about how government functions.
Earlier this month Kentucky Senator Rand Paul gave the keynote speech to the Iowa Republican Party’s Lincoln Dinner. An overwhelmingly well-received speech, it had the crowd in stitches as he ran from ridiculing foolishness buried in ObamaCare to taxpayer money spent on idiotic studies of things such as snakes attacking robotic squirrels.
The video of the speech speaks for itself, but there are some notable moments from the speech worth highlighting:
“I’m a physician, and when you come in to see me, I put down a little diagnostic code, and there were 18,000 of these, but under Obamacare they’re going to keep you healthier, because now there’s going to be 140,000 codes. Included among these codes will be 312 new codes for injuries from animals, 72 new codes for injuries just from birds, nine new codes from injuries from the macaw. The macaw? I’ve asked physicians all over the country, ‘Have you ever seen an injury from a macaw?’” Rand Paul posed to an amused crowd.
We would like to believe that Rand made up this story just to get a laugh; but he didn’t. This is just one small example of how irrationally the government operates.
Rand Paul continued to entertain the crowd with the senseless details from Obamacare, “There are two new injury codes under Obamacare from injuries sustained from a turtle. You might say turtles can be dangerous, but why do you have to have two codes where your doctor needs to inform the government whether you’ve been struck by a turtle or bitten by a turtle? There is a new code for walking into a lamppost; there’s also a code for walking into a lamppost – subsequent encounter. I guess that’s if you don’t learn. There is a code for injuries sustained from burning water skis. Your government’s just trying to take care of you.”
Paul went on to discuss the idiocy of a government that chose to shut down $74,000 White House tours the same week it sent $250 million to Egypt.
While many believe that Sen. Rand Paul is a long-shot for 2016, haplessly tagging along behind Sen. Marco Rubio; but it would be foolish to ignore Paul’s strengths. Rand Paul connects with people far better than Rubio and his plain-spoken mannerisms are far less in-your-face than Rubio’s.
The media elite have long underestimated Rand Paul. Perhaps they’ll become a little wiser and keep an eye on this man that appears to have a very strong future ahead of him.
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