Michele Bachmann has a new promise to American voters this week: saving money on gas. In this new vow, she hinted blame at Obama for high gas prices and promised to lower the cost of gasoline.
“The price of gasoline the day that Barack Obama took office was $1.79 a gallon,” the Minnesota congresswoman said during an interview on America’s Morning News radio program. “If the price of gasoline was $1.79 a gallon just two and three years ago, certainly we can get it back down to that level again. Why wouldn’t we be able to do that? We’re a ‘can-do’ America.”
But before we grab our pitchforks and carpool down to attack Obama, remember 2008? John McCain and Barrack Obama visited the same topic, a response to gasoline soaring over $4.50 while Bush was in office. But it’s not Bush’s fault either, except perhaps for a distinct distaste of sustainable energy policy.
The president has little control over gas prices, or even gas taxes. Gas prices are controlled by the global market’s crude oil prices. A lot of factors go into the cost, most of which are out of Washington’s hands. These include: natural disasters, demand, supply, shipwrecks, oil spills. Maybe Bachmann has a pact with God? At best, a president could increase supply by, say, waging war on a country with rich oil reserves (Iraq maybe). Or they could drill in the U.S. But even if we started drilling today, consumers wouldn’t notice any difference at the pump for the next several years, if at all.
She’s been mum on how exactly she’s going to follow through on $2 gas, adding to the list of how-to’s she’s been silent on. Other bizarre campaign promises include:
- The marriage vow: Promises to (among other things) ban porn, gays, and gay porn.
- No teleprompters or czars: Uh, ok. Good thing too, because teleprompters and czars are ruining the. . . um…
- A border fence: Nobody on the other side of the border owns a ladder? Bolt cutters? A shovel to tunnel under? Or maybe she meant a high tech fence (with motion sensors and heat detection)… installed and maintained across nearly 2,000 miles of terrain. Clearly, Bachmann has never been fence shopping…
- Waterloo: Unwittingly vows to embody the spirit of a dead serial killer when she mixes John Wayne (actor) with John Wayne Gacy (a serial killer.)