Down For The Count

Politicians say the darnedest things. They have to. They have to tell you something to get you to vote for them. They would probably tell you the moon is made of green cheese if it would fifteen more votes. And they essentially do that from time to time. During the last election we had politicians tell us women cannot get pregnant as a result of “legitimate” rape. Others told voters that Intelligent Design was scientific and that the science behind current climate predictions is a hoax.

Not to be out done, my congressman, Francisco Canseco of the Texas 23rd District, needed something to talk against earlier this year, and he sent me an e-mail:

Gasoline prices are rising to levels not seen since 2008 and I am concerned about the impact it will have on family budgets already struggling to pay mortgages, health care premiums, and other expenses. As a nation we should be pursuing policies of energy independence. By removing our dependency on foreign oil we can remove the threat it poses to economic and national security, and lower prices. Simply put, we need to produce more American energy.

Yes, gasoline prices at the time were at levels not seen since… Since… Since the last time his party was in power. As it turned out, at the time Congressman Canseco sent me the e-mail, gasoline prices were, in fact, falling, not rising. Furthermore, once prices began to rise again, they never reached levels seen since… Since… Since the last time Congressman Canseco’s party was in power. See what I mean. Politicians will say the darnedest things.

Of course, all this leads to a lot of humor, and humor is what feeds this blog and gets me out of bed in the morning. So, there’s more.

The election has been over for more than a month, and Congressman Canseco was defeated. Also, the object of his e-mail offensive, the President of the United States, was re-elected in a resounding victory over an opponent who strongly echoed the points in Congressman Canseco’s  e-mails. And gasoline prices continue to fall. They are now lower than they were at the beginning of October in 2008 (going down down down at the time). More recently the pump price for me dropped 20 cents per gallon since a week ago. Going where I can only guess. Probably not much lower, however, unless the economy tanks again like it was doing four years ago. See the chart from

Anyhow, I am going to miss the humorous e-mails from Congressman Canseco. Maybe I can move to another district that has a humorous person representing it in Congress.


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