Wednesday, February 01, 2006
President Skippy and Stale Ice Cream
I thought about watching the State of the Union address last night but I was too tired. So I had a little nightcap and off to bed I went.
This morning as I listened to NPR, they broke it all down for me and as I listened I became perturbed. It seems to me that listening to the speech is kind of like buying an ice cream bar from the 7-11. It looks good. The packaging is intact. You take the ice cream out of the wrapper and the chocolate seems to be fresh. But then you bite into it and you realize the ice cream is stale.
So much of what the President said seemed palatable, but then as you dig into it, you find that it's not quite what it seems.
Only a fifth of our petroleum imports come from the Middle East. A great percentage comes from crazy places like.... Canada!
The biggest cutback in petrol usage in the last few decades came not from using something different but from using less oil. It was a result in improvements to automobiles. It was a technological improvement, not a change in fuel.
And don't ask me about the whole war thing. Or whether we could have stopped 9/11 by spying on our neighbors.
And the budget numbers GW crunched that sound so positive? Didn't include expenditures for the war or aid for Katrina victims.
Stale ice cream. The only reason you eat it is because there's nothing else available.