imageI was listening tonight to the Michael Medved Show tonight and heard audio of Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann promising a group at an event in Greenville, SC that if she were President gas would be under $2.00/gallon.  Politico first reported her saying:

The day that the president became president gasoline was $1.79 a gallon. Look at what it is today.  Under President Bachmann, you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again. That will happen.

Here’s the video:

According to AAA the average price nationally is $3.58/gallon. Details?  Nope.  How is this supposed to happen?  I suppose when Congresswoman Bachmann becomes President the skies will open and oil will appear like manna.

Seriously, my chief complaint of late with the Congresswoman is that while she is great at firing up the base you don’t leave with confidence that she knows how she’ll accomplish any of what she’s promising.  You like what she’s promises, but you don’t have a clue how she’ll accomplish it. 

What she should have said that we need to achieve energy independence to bolster our economic and national security, and here are steps I’ll take to work toward that end.  She could have said that I’ll open up our reserves as President and remove restrictions to domestic production to try to bring relief at the pump.

Instead she makes a promise, “that will happen,” with something she has zero control of really.  Sure there are things she can do that might help, but to predict how low gas prices will go?  That’s ridiculous, it’s irresponsible, and she owes constituents better than this.  We know that we don’t live in the land of unicorns and fairies where the President of the United States can push the “easy button” and presto, Walla!  Lower gas prices.

I’m disappointed.  Congresswoman start giving us details instead of empty promises.

Photo by Dave Davidson 

8 comments
  1. I never thought I’d say this, but Romney looks better every time Bachmann (and now Perry) says something. The best leader at Ames was playing back-up guitar. I have a great deal of respect for Santorum, but I don’t think he could beat Obama. I’ve looked very closely at Cain, but I think he ought to run for senate and come back in a few years. My Democratic siblings today are crowing over a news report that Perry has a history of coddling–and heavily investing in–the pornography industry. The candidate I probably would have settled for just dropped out. At this point, Romney-Huckabee almost looks like a dream ticket.

    1. I really know what you mean! I supported Huckabee in 2012 and I still hope he’ll jump in when he realizes he is our only hope if we want a conservative candidate AND beat Obama. 🙁 He said he felt an inner peace with his decision not to run. Well, governor, maybe it’s time to sacrifice your own inner peace for the sake of your country?

      Also I agree on Cain. Oh, and it wouldn’t surprise me if those rumours about Perry are true. He seems slimy.

      1. John, zero evidence has been put forward to validate the rumors – which have been passed along by political enemies.  Regarding your opinion that he seems slimy, what are you basing that on?  Have you met the man?  I’d say there are a good number of pastors in Texas who would disagree with you on that.  Critique Perry on his record and facts, not this petty political garbage.

      2. Mr. Vander Hart, I would love to be assured that there is nothing behind my gut level reaction to Perry, and gladly stand corrected on anything I have misstated. Being neither a Texan nor a full-time commentator, I can only go with what little I have picked up in the few weeks since Perry’s name has become more visible. However, as an Evangelical voter, I approach the election with the belief that any president can set the country back (for example, Carter, a talented and well-intentioned man who taught Sunday school), but only a person who makes a point of their Christianity can set the Body of Christ back at the same time. I would rather elect a competent non-believer than a questionable believer. In that sense, I would apply the qualifications for elder to any professing believer who aspires to public office. High on that list is “above reproach.” There will always be a certain level of mud-slinging against any candidate (my great-grandfather was president of the L.A. City Counsil in the 1930s, and I know what was thrown at him). But I sense a very different quality to the unflattering things said about Perry than, say, the things said about Huckabee or Pawlenty. I have a nephew very high in the California Democratic Party, and read the daily talking points he sends out. They are salivating over Perry and the material they believe they have on him. If a candidate opens his campaign with a giant prayer rally, he better be able to stand the scrutiny and be found “above reproach.” I would love to see him successful in that, but I’m cringing in anticipation of what I fear is more likely to happen.

      3. Shane, I’d love to meet all the candidates, but I’m a couple of thousand miles away right now. I just think he seems like a political player, someone with a lot of ambition but little spine. Like those flip-flops he made on abortion and same-sex marriage. Or the vaccine. He just doesn’t feel “real” – I get the same feeling about Romney, but at least Romney has business experience. Perry just seems populistic, and a lot of those jobs he created are actually government jobs. 

        I think Perry has a decent shot at actually winning this thing, so I hope those Texan pastors are right. But to me, he just comes off as plastic and fake. 

        I’m starting to think Huckabee really ruined me for other candidates. My standards are now so high no candidate can ever satisfy them. At this stage, I can only hope he changes his mind.

      4. Shane, I’d love to meet all the candidates, but I’m a couple of thousand miles away right now. I just think he seems like a political player, someone with a lot of ambition but little spine. Like those flip-flops he made on abortion and same-sex marriage. Or the vaccine. He just doesn’t feel “real” – I get the same feeling about Romney, but at least Romney has business experience. Perry just seems populistic, and a lot of those jobs he created are actually government jobs. 

        I think Perry has a decent shot at actually winning this thing, so I hope those Texan pastors are right. But to me, he just comes off as plastic and fake. 

        I’m starting to think Huckabee really ruined me for other candidates. My standards are now so high no candidate can ever satisfy them. At this stage, I can only hope he changes his mind.

    2. Those rumors have been out there for awhile and there has been no evidence put forward.  One rumor says he’s a womanizer, another says he frequents strip clubs.

      Yet there is no evidence.  This is just political smear jobs, and shame on you for listening and passing along slander and gossip.

  2. It’s funny that the comments on this article have basically nothing to do with Bachmann!  LOL.

    She seems to find a new way to turn potential voters off each week.  According to her mother, Bachmann never even showed up at the family reunion that she claimed to attend.  She seems to say (like most politicians) whatever she thinks will sound good and make her look good.  I don’t really trust her.  I do like her a bit more than Perry, but that isn’t really saying much.  😉    

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