July 3, 2020

Dr. Rand Paul to Fauci: Where Are the Facts?

  • The Hill

By: Ted Patterson

In Brief:

Senator Rand Paul – who is a doctor – has been solidly holding Dr. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, on his powers to control the nation and its economy.

The Background:

MarketWatch reports:

A Senate hearing over the nation’s coronavirus response got pretty heated on Tuesday, with Sen. Rand Paul questioning whether the country’s top infectious disease experts have been doing more harm than good during the pandemic.

“It is a fatal conceit to believe any one person or small group of people has the knowledge necessary to direct an economy or dictate public health behavior,” the Republican and libertarian from Kentucky said during the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing. “We shouldn’t presume that a group of experts somehow knows what’s best for everyone.”

His argument was that health experts and government “planners” are weighing in on subjects and expressing opinions that affect everyday public life before getting all of their facts straight. “It’s important to realize that if society meekly submits to an expert and that expert is wrong, a great deal of harm may occur when we allow one man’s policy or one group of small men and women to be foisted on an entire nation,” he said.

Notable Quotes:

“All I hear, Dr. Fauci, is, ‘We can’t do this, we can’t do that. We can’t play baseball.’ Well, even that’s not based on the science.”

  • Senator Rand Paul

Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.

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