"Bachmann may get Gas".... but not under $2.
Somebody's Got to Save This Country From Certain Doom, And Let's Face It, That Person Is Me
BY MICHELE BACHMANN
Somebody's Got to Save This Country From Certain Doom, And Let's Face It, That Person Is Me | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Last edited by mbig; 08-17-11 at 09:54 PM.
I'm personally sick of not being able to dunk a basketball because of racism.
At this stage in the electoral process all I have seen from anyone is talk. I will be voting Libertarian again unless there is some radical change. I dont expect that to happen.
If the GOP candidates want to stay relevant, I feel that they need to have a jobs agenda beyond just austerity, because while the debt is a drag on the economy in the long run, austerity doesn't work all that well in the short run either.
Last edited by StillBallin75; 08-17-11 at 10:12 PM.
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
Oil is a global commodity. No amount of domestic drilling can stabilize gas prices below $2. No amount of deregulation, no amount of loss of environmental protections. Demand simply will not go down far enough, and OPEC wont allow that to happen.
The only way to do it would be to nationalize our oil companies or to otherwise end their free market options of selling to other countries, and to directly dictate price, and even then you've got the problem of figuring out how in the flying **** are you supposed to drill fast enough to cover domestic consumption. (because at that point, foreign oil companies would simply cease selling here)
People who think we can drill our way to that sort of price are just completely ignorant of the numbers behind this.
It's hilarious that someone like apdst can just handwave reports issued by people whose job it is to study this as "opinion." Talk about your head in the sand.
Last edited by Deuce; 08-17-11 at 10:24 PM.
One of you will end up here next!
apdst's comments are to be expected. I guarantee you that within 48 hours, some Tea Partiers are going to claim Bachmann's "promise" as truth. And when the $2-gas claim gets swiftly and irrefutably debunked, they will find some way to sweep it under the rug and try to demonize those who bring it up again, just like they do for anything else of this nature. It's a shame, really. It's a shame that some people would ever support a candidate that talks and acts as she does. But that's present-day America for you.
Nothing is certain. Politicians should promise, if at all, for action instead of results. A "this will happen when I am elected" campaign in silly and I doubt Bachmann is taking herself very seriously.
As for gas prices, sure we could allow for more domestic drilling, just don't expect it hit the market for at least five years. There really is no way to significantly lower gas prices in the short term without invoking government subsidies. In the long term, the cost of gas will not be lowered from the supply side but from the demand side. This can only be done through car manufacturers increasing their model's fuel economy (which they have done and are doing wonderfully) and by utilizing alternative energy sources, not making meaningless promises.
"If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed."