can make a firm pledge: Under my plan, no family making less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars a year will see any form of tax increase — not you income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."
Except now we're seeing this form of tax increase:
"High gas prices are like a tax straight out of your paycheck."
But not to worry...
"You got a bunch of algae out here, right? If we can figure out how to make energy out of that, weh– weh– we'll be doin' a'ight!"
In fifty years or so, "weh– weh– we'll be doin' a'ight!"
Until then, yes you can keep right on paying your higher and higher gas prices Goin' Øbroke Tax™.
"The reason I wanted to come to a gas station is I don't think the president quite gets it.
"There is no algae that's going to come out of this (pump) this summer. This is the dominant device by which the American people fill their cars and trucks. And this, in fact, requires gasoline....
"The only way that you fix the price of this is by dramatically expanding supply.
"And the point which I keep making, and the president doesn't want to deal with, is an eleven percent increase in the supply of natural gas led to a dramatic decline in the cost of natural gas.
"If the president would sign three things — the Keystone Pipelines for seven hundred thousand barrels a day, reopening the Louisiana-Texas Gulf area for about four hundred thousand barrels a day, and reopening, or opening areas of Alaska for about a million two hundred thousand barrels a day — those three steps would increase Americans' supply by two million three hundred thousand barrels a day, or about eight hundred million barrels a year.
"My only point being, this is real. This isn't a theory, it's not a fantasy, it's not a fundraiser in San Francisco.
"It is the way the American people fill their cars, fill their trucks.
"They deserve a president who pays attention to reality, and who tries to help them with reality.
"And all I ask the president to do is read his own speech. Look at the part on natural gas where even he admits that drilling works, because he says natural gas is going to create six hundred thousand new jobs in this decade.
"None of it from algae. All of it from drilling.
"So, I just wanted to stop and say to everybody who's watching that I think we have a real chance to change things.