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Just like how elementary school kids promised free lollipops and candy in the vending machines, America’s politicians make the same affirmations. Case in point: Michelle Bachmann will, if elected, give all God-fearing Americans the divine right of cheap gas.
Drill baby, drill! Bachmann told supporters at an event in South Carolina: “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.”
She didn’t mention specifically where this magical oil would come from, other than some vague rumblings about opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Which, according to an EPA study in 2008 (in the middle of $4/gallon gas), wouldn’t do much to lower gas prices quickly or effectively. But then again, with Bachmann herself salivating at the prospect of shutting down the socialist plot that is the Environmental Protection Agency, it’s doubtful that she heeded this report in the first place.
But hey, cheap gas grabs attention—and promising $2/gallon sure is catchy. With the gauntlet laid down by Bachmann, we wonder what the other candidates will promise to Americans. Maybe Governor Perry will promise a free revolver for every man, woman, and child: Mitt Romney will fly over major metropolitan areas dropping denim jackets from an airplane, and Obama, in a bid to stay relevant and popular, will simply throw change from the rooftops.