TEA Party favorite and all around disingenuous crackpot, Rand Paul spoke at an event in South Carolina on Monday and, as usual took a fact and twisted it so completely out of shape as to render it unrecognizable. Paul’s performance went over well with the crowd at the event — known as The Charleston Meeting — but of course what he said was in no sense true.
Paul spoke on many topics and made outrageous claims about every one of them but one of the most egregious lies — er, distortions of the facts — concerned the recent decision by the FDA to ban trans fats from being added to or used in the preparation of foods.
Trans fats are very rare in nature and appear naturally only in trace amounts so unless they have been added to foods or used in the preparation we are exposed to only miniscule amounts. They are an especially nasty form of fat which raise LDL cholesterol, the bad kind which coats arteries and contributes to heart disease, at the same time they lower HDL cholesterol, the good kind that contributes to heart health.
One of the primary uses for these trans fats is in commercial deep fryers where the man made fats are preferred for their longevity, it takes longer for them to go rancid allowing a restaurant to re-use the same oil for a longer time before replacing it with fresh oil.
Paul tells the gullible audience that this ruling means that, in effect, the government is banning doughnuts. Homer Simpson is going to have a massive coronary at the very thought!
He begins his attack on this latest transgression by the “nanny state” saying, “The FDA has banned unilaterally — some unelected bureaucrat has banned trans fats. So I say we need to line every one of them up. I want to see how skinny or how fat the FDA agents are who are making the rules on this.”
Not content with attacking only the FDA, he then drags that terrible imposition on the right of employers to decide for themselves whether or not to provide a safe workplace for their employees saying, “somebody from maybe OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] lashing them while they’re on the treadmill.”
“If we’re gonna have a nanny state, and everybody’s gotta eat the right thing and you can’t eat a doughnut, maybe we ought to just enforce it on the government workers first.”
There are a couple of points Paul is skipping right past here.
First of all only fried cakes are actually fried. Most donuts are risen donuts, meaning they are baked, not fried.
The second point that he ignores is that even with a ban on trans fats the old fried cake will still continue to be made, they will just be healthier due to the fact that they will no longer be fried in a man made, non food substance.
He also overlooks the fact that fat consumption in and of itself does not make one fat, several factors are in play, for example caloric intake compared to the calories burned each day. If one burns off all or most of the calories taken in then he will not gain weight, if he takes in twice as many calories as he burns he will gain weight rapidly.
On the positive side, it does not appear that this speech was written for the king of plagiarism by Wikipedia.
His comments on trans fat can be found at about the 7:15 mark in the video below.