"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, February 24, 2012

File This Under "What If a Republican Presidential Candidate Said This?"

What if Rick Perry or Rick Santorum had said this?
President Obama admitted today that he does not have a "silver bullet" solution for skyrocketing gas prices, but he proposed alternative energy sources such as "a plant-like substance, algae" as a way of cutting dependence on oil by 17 percent.
"We’re making new investments in the development of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel that’s actually made from a plant-like substance, algae -- you've got a bunch of algae out here," Obama said at the University of Miami today. "If we can figure out how to make energy out of that, we'll be doing alright. Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17 percent of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in America." 
Really?  See, I learned in, oh, fifth grade or so that there is this mechanism the earth has of turning plants (like, for instance, algae) into energy.   It takes millions of years, but at the end of it you have readily usable, liquid energy that you can literally just pump right out of the ground.

My fifth grade teacher had a word for it.   Oh, yes, now I remember.


If a Republican candidate said anything remotely this goofy, he'd be ridiculed, and the press would be talking about how he had made a gaffe.

But Prezidizzle Obizzle can apparently say whatever pops into his head.   

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