Thursday, April 07, 2011

how thoughful, Mr. President...NOT

Yesterday at a wind-turbine plant, Obama was asked about gas prices (which have gone up almost $2 a gallon since his inauguration):

Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.

“If you’re  complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting eight miles a  gallon — (laughter) — you may have a big family, but it’s probably not  that big.  How many you have?  Ten kids, you say?  Ten kids?   (Laughter.)  Well, you definitely need a hybrid van then.  (Laughter.)

What Obama is suggesting is that all contractors who keep their equipment in the back of their vans, all business owners who drive full-size trucks, all moms of more than 2 kids should trade in their vehicles for sub-compact cars. It doesn't matter that they wouldn't be able to fit all their supplies in a Chevy Volt and it is illegal for me to cart around my family in anything smaller than a E350 (well, there was that one trip from Union Station in DC up to Capitol Hill in a Prius, but I had to shove everyone's head down so we wouldn't be arrested).

I particularly liked this comment someone posted on Michelle Malkin:
Only in Obamaland does it make economic sense to buy a $40,000 car to save $30 a week on gas.


Lorri said...

Aren't us big families actually more green? I mean, don't we carpool everywhere? In general, I leave the house in my big ol' minivan 3-4 times a week at the height of the soccer season. When I do use my gas guzzler, I never have less than 3 people in my car. If my town had carpool lanes, I'd be in them all the time. How much more economical can you get? I pay my taxes but don't burden the overcrowded schools, I recycle all my children's clothes down to the next child in line, we buy in bulk, eliminating unnecessary trips to the grocery store (in said gas guzzler) AND when we spend money it is on a larger scale than smaller families, those redistributing our wealth to the business owners, their employees, etc.

He should be thanking us, not laughing at us.

Lauren said...

I just want to say that I love your blog. Living in a "blue" state, I just can't find any mom-friends who share my political views (even remotely). Reading your blog is a vacation from that, and I'm so grateful for it.