When Barack Obama said we will save as much fuel by properly inflating our tires as we could expect to get from offshore drilling I discounted it as another gaffe in a long line of moronic comments by the Democrat nominee.
Republicans seized the moment by sending out notes with a tire pressure gage underscoring the idiocy of Obama’s comment. John McCain piled on by suggesting his opponent’s energy plan comprised nothing more than a public service announcement.
I figured that would be the end of it until the main stream media started taking up the cause praising Obama for his insight and wisdom, sighting government websites with facts and figures revealing Obama correct in his declaration. The icing on the cake, however, didn’t come until Obama laughed and ridiculed his detractors for laughing at him.
I guess if you are the only genius in a Down syndrome clinic, you are the dummy based on their aggregate opinion of you. Last week’s tire pressure spectacle where the obvious was chastised and the ridiculous exalted certainly evidenced there is an alternate universe devoid any logical thinking.
Due to price increases over the last few months gas consumption has dropped 3 to 4% and Americans are radically changing their habits to save fuel. According to Obama, we could save as much by pumping up our tires.
His assertion is ridiculous on so many levels it is difficult to figure out where to start arguing the absurdity of his statements.
Anytime a politician uses statistics you know you’re going to be in for an E-ticket ride.
Let’s just assume you do save three percent by inflating your tires. How under inflated do tires have to be to increase your fuel consumption by three percent? Ten pounds? Twenty pounds? Twenty-five?
I’m certain there is a point where underinflated tires adversely affect fuel consumption, but how many people are actually out there running around on tires with 10 psi of air in them? Ten or fifteen pounds underinflated is hardly going to make a difference, and barely anyone is consistently running their cars around on tires like that.
Even if we could save 3% by inflating our tires, how does that mitigate our need for fuel? What does one have to do with the other?
People wouldn’t starve if we just wouldn’t waste so much food, so we don’t need to grow more crops?
Murder wouldn’t happen if people wouldn’t kill each other, so don’t throw people in jail, just put up a bunch of government sponsored posters and TV commercials showing the negative consequences of murder.
Losers wouldn’t need welfare if they would just work. Great, let’s stop welfare.
Here is a good one:
Health care costs wouldn’t be so high if everyone paid for their own healthcare. Now that’s a campaign slogan you’ll never hear, but it makes logical sense.
Instead we get to hear, Fill your tires with air.
The left is so determined to get a Democrat into the White House and they are so full of hatred for Bush they’ll vote for anyone.
This election, You’re traveling through another dimension a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s a signpost up ahead: your next stop Obamaland!
Copyright 2008 Jim Pontillo