Rand Paul airs grievances for Festivus

Greg Nash

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) got into the spirit of the parody holiday Festivus on Monday, airing a list of grievances on Twitter that ranged from the national debt to the Senate cafeteria.

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Celebrating Festivus on Dec. 23 was made popular by a 1997 episode of the television show “Seinfeld,” and the day traditionally includes an airing of grievances.

Paul began with a quotation from the show.

A staunch libertarian, Paul blamed both parties for not standing up for all rights.

In a reference to Democrats’ recent move to eliminate the filibuster on most nominees, he called instead for more debate in the Senate.

He criticized the recent budget deal, which he voted against, as too much spending.

One of Paul's signature issues has been calling for more transparency from the Federal Reserve and attacking its stimulus programs.

Other grievances were more personal. He bemoaned the fact that he cannot find classic Kentucky soup at the Capitol.

As for the turtlenecks he often wears, he says he does not want to hear fashion criticism.

The perils of D.C. parking were also an issue.

When he complained that Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) does not retweet him enough, Booker responded with a reference to another Festivus tradition, “feats of strength.”

He says more grievances will be aired later.