Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blasted the medical experts Tuesday in a Senate committee hearing on the government’s response to the coronavirus and progress being made in reopening.
Taking it right to Dr. Anthony Fauci, who was in attendance, the lawmaker said “we need not to be so presumptuous that we know everything.”
“Fatal conceit is the concept that central planning with decision making concentrated in a few hands can never fully grasp the millions of complex individual interactions occurring simultaneously in the marketplace,” Sen. Paul said. “It’s 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.”
He called on government health experts “to show caution in their prognostication.”
“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,” Paul said.
The lawmaker cited the continued call by some experts to keep schools and daycare facilities closed or severely restricted, despite studies showing young children rarely spread the virus.
Paul pointed to results in Europe to support reopening schools, saying they’ve “seen no discernible increases in cases… no spike when schools are open.”
“Ultimately this all comes down to the fatal conceit that central planners have enough knowledge somehow to tell a nation of 330 million people what they can and can’t do,” he proclaimed. “Perhaps our planners might think twice before they weigh in on every subject. Perhaps our government experts might hold their tongue before expressing an opinion of whether we can play NFL football or major league baseball.”
There’s little doubt that Paul is referring to Fauci. It became even more clear when he remarked on Fauci testifying a COVID-19 vaccine may not get us to herd immunity if too many people refuse to get it.
“Perhaps our experts might think twice before telling the whole world that a COVID vaccine likely won’t provide herd immunity,” Paul said. “We don’t know! Why weigh in with these opinions that we have knowledge of? These are forecasts that may well be wrong.”
“Perhaps our experts might consider the undue fear they are instilling in teachers who are now afraid to go back to work,” he continued. “No one knows the answers to these questions. We shouldn’t presume that a group of experts somehow knows what’s best for everyone.”
Referencing decentralized power and individual experiences, Paul said, “That’s what America was founded on, not a herd with a couple of people in Washington all telling us what to do and we, like sheep, blindly follow.”
“This all begs the question, when are we going to tell people the truth, that it’s okay to take the kids back to school?” he asked.
Speaking directly to Fauci, Paul told him all the country hears from him is “you can’t do this and you can’t do that.”
Fauci defended himself against the suggestion that he said certain sports could not be played, adding, “The only thing I can do is, to the best of my ability, give you the facts and the evidence associated with what I know .”
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