Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Gingrich Claims Tire Inflation Lines Big Oil’s Pockets

Neutie's losin' it, and it's fun to watch!

Think Progress. Video if you must. Many, many comments.

Last night on Fox News, host Sean Hannity and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) returned (as they often do) to Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) recent suggestion that Americans inflate their tires properly in order to save energy costs.

Seeming to outdo his previous false attacks on this issue, Gingrich claimed that Obama’s idea is actually encouraging Americans to “enrich Big Oil” because selling air has “a higher profit margin than selling gasoline”:

GINGRICH: Well, I got a very funny e-mail from a retired military officer in Tampa who pointed out that most tire inflation is done at service stations and you pay for it. And it’s actually a higher profit margin than selling gasoline. So Sen. Obama was urging you to go out and enrich Big Oil by inflating your tires instead of buying gas.

Almost any gas station with a service bay will check your tire pressure and air them up for free, and in CA at least, it's illegal to charge for air if you buy gas. You ask for a token for the machine. If you have to pay to use the compressor, the 25-50¢ it costs will save you more than that in gas.

Neutie could use about twelve bucks worth. I'm surprised his head doesn't look like a deflated beach ball.

Here's a comment I particularly liked:

Guido the Loving OBGYN Says:

Or you can stop by my place and I’ll air up your tires for free. But I’m sure Gingrich just considers that communism.

I wanta see where an OBGYN attaches the tireflator! I hope Neutie's 'Schrader valve' is big enough...

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