Michele Bachmann Makes Most Impossible Gas Promise

michele bachmannWhen Kelly Graham ran for student body president of our elementary school, she promised candy machines in the cafeteria and longer recesses. It would seem that Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann took a page out of Kelly's book -- she gave her word that if elected president, she'd lower gas prices to under $2 a gallon.

I was dumb enough to back Kelly Graham's platform back at Spring Hill Elementary (I'm still waiting for my candy and extra time on the playground) but I've since learned my lesson about desperate politicians and empty promises.

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If the national average for a gallon right now is around $3.50, it would seem that President Bachmann would have to wave some sort of magic wand over crude oil prices and distribution in order to make good on her assertion. Is she friends with Christine O'Donnell? Christine's a witch, right? Maybe she's got a special spell or something. Because otherwise, lowering the cost of gas, which is attached to the global price of oil, sounds kinda impossible.

Bachmann didn't say how she was going to do it, just that we should take her word for it. The candidate told a crowd in South Carolina:

Under President Bachmann, you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again. That will happen.

I guess she'll lift drilling bans, or invade the Middle East, or have Christine stew up some frog legs with pixie dust in order to bring our national gas price down, but research has shown that even if the whole continental shelf is opened to drilling, it would have very little impact on our wallets at the pump.

The government's Energy Information Administration studied what likely affects drilling off the East and West coasts and off Florida would have on gas prices ... the result found that the increase in oil production could ultimately bring gas prices down by an astounding three cents a gallon.

So Michele's got her work cut out for her if she's elected president. Two-dollar gas is appealing, but it's at best a tall order, at worst a flat-out lie. Same with candy for lunch.

What do you think?


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