Bachmann: Obama will starve and freeze you!

This claim dates from September, and appears to come from a commenter on the Dump Bachmann blog. (Nice job scooping the Washington Post and the Strib, random person on the Internet.) In the course of denouncing Obama’s energy agenda as “socialism” (does she know what that word even means?), Bachmann manages to make it a threat to your diet and heating habits as well. Via C-SPAN:

Then-candidate Obama, Senator Obama, made the statement during the course of his campaign. He said, Americans can’t think that they can drive SUVs, set their thermostats at 72 degrees, or eat as much as food as they want, and think the rest the world will be okay with that.

Well, let’s take a look at the report card since President Obama has come into office. By taking over GM and Chrysler, what we’re seeing is the diminution of the SUV. We’re seeing a lot of these high-end vehicles now being phased out, and instead we’re seeing the new cars that the President wants to have put in place by Government Motors. That’s the SUV portion.

What about setting our house temperature at 72 degrees and buildings like this one at 72 degrees? Well, once we have the government effectively nationalizing energy, people won’t be able to afford to set their thermostats at 72 degrees. They will be sitting at home shivering at 55 degrees in winter, and in summer most likely won’t even be able to turn on the air-conditioning.

And what about food? President Obama said we can’t eat as much food as we want and think the rest of the world will be okay about that, as if that matters to freedom-loving Americans. Well, we just heard last week that the Federal Government now under the Obama administration is calling for a reordering of America’s food supply. What is that going to mean? Now will the White House decide how many calories we consume or what types of food we consume?

All of this because the guy said to check your tire pressure and turn down the heat. Those are the same things everyone’s grandpa has been saying for years. As for the SUV claim, the market is speaking on that one. Ask car salespeople how many SUVs they’ve sold in the past couple years.

Surprisingly, nobody in the old media seems to have picked this up, even though it’s among the crazier things she’s said in the past six months. By comparison, abuse of the word “literally” or poorly thought out references to “The Charge of the Light Brigade” are quite tame.


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