Tuesday, February 28, 2012

George Will Has A Rare Moment of Lucidity On High Gas Prices

Continuing on with the high gas prices theme from this morning's post, here's one for the You Really Can't Make This Shit Up file. This past Sunday conservative scold George Will, the very same guy who once labelled the idea of building more passenger rail service "collectivism," ripped Tea Party dipshit Representative Allen West and Newt Gingrich for blaming Obama for high gas prices. Here is The Raw Story with the set up:
Conservative columnist George Will says it’s “economic nonsense” for tea party favorite Rep. Allen West (R-FL) to blame President Barack Obama for the high cost of putting gas in his Hummer.

Writing on his Facebook page last week, West charged that Obama’s energy policy was “insidious political gimmickry.”

“Here is the bottom line, last night it took 70 dollars to fill the tank of my 2008 H3 Hummer, what is it costing you?” he asked.
And here is Will's exact quote:
“Allen West from south Florida, a Republican, said he was outraged this week because it cost him $70 to fill his car,” Will pointed out. “He drives a Hummer. Newt Gingrich said the American people have a right to demand $2.50 gas. They have a right to demand to lobsters grow on trees. I mean, this is economic nonsense.”
I never thought I would say this, George, but I agree with you completely. I only wish, in light of your own previous "economic nonsense" about collectivist mass transit, that one of the other panelists on your show had asked you exactly what bright ideas you have for addressing high gasoline prices. That would have been entertaining to watch.

Much as the know-nothing West in particular may deserve it, you can take this attack as a pretty obvious sign that the arrogant Will was speaking for establishment conservatives who have officially had it with the Tea Party.

Bonus: Allen West's car probably isn't what Billy Corgan had in mind when he wrote this song--but whatever


  1. I can't believe this shit .... it's like we're in a fucking nightmare and can't wake up.

  2. "They have a right to demand that lobsters grow on trees." And they think they deserve it too.

  3. 1n 1996 we bought a Doge Ram king cab, long bed, pickup truck--it had a 35 gallon gas tank and regular at our local Racetrak gas station in Dallas was running about $.99 a gallon. For such a beast it actually got pretty good highway mileage, about 25 mpg. It cost about $35 to fillerup. Not a problem.

    We moved, and gave the truck to family. (thank god). Imagine, with gas in our current city at $4 a gallon--it would cost $140 to fill it today! There's no way we could possibly afford to drive it anymore. Really no way.

    We no longer own any car. We be on the bus.


    1. 25mpg is good for a truck that size; lucky that you can do without it...