Do the stupid things that come out of your mouth never cease? She seems to think that opening up any and all potential domestic sources of oil for drilling will bring back $2-a-gallon gas.
Look, lady -- whatever temporary, psychological effect increased domestic or offshore drilling would have on gas prices, it sure as hell wouldn't be to the tune of $2 a gallon. I believe I also mentioned it would be temporary. It isn't going to decrease demand domestically or overseas. And it sure as fuck isn't going to solve our long-term energy problems. I could be wrong about this, but I believe that oil companies already have plenty of undrilled, domestic land. Why do they need more?
I am so fucking sick of politicians being horribly shortsighted and willing to mortgage the future for short-term gains (re-election, anyone?). It really seemed to come into vogue in Minnesota when our esteemed Governor Pawlenty took office. Along with it came a culture of meanness that I'd never noticed before.
Maybe I was living with my head in the sand, but I doubt it. I'd been working in the nonprofit sector, for one thing. And I've been a news junkie my entire life. So, I'm pretty sure I wasn't behind the curve on this trend.
I was always proud to be from Minnesota and was doubly proud of our culture of caring for our fellow citizens. But all of a sudden, it seemed okay to not give a fuck about other people. Not only that, it seemed to be encouraged to say horrible things about people who live in the city, or people who care about the environment, or those who access social services, or anyone in the GLBT community, or anyone who wasn't from the U.S. ... the list goes on and on. Honestly, if I had a dollar for every time someone called me a pinko, commie, homo, baby-killing, America-hating, terrorist-loving, tree-hugger ... I would have enough money to buy a new couch at the very least.
So, fuck you, Michelle. (The culture of meanness has gotten to me, y'all!) I hope you get a particularly virulent and drug-resistant strain of chlamydia. Also, if you get a chance, read the comments on the Strib story. Some make me say, "Preach on, motherfucker!" Others make me laugh. Many have me scratching my head. And of course, there are those that make me want to stab myself in the eye and slit my wrists.