I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this video of this two-bit Congressman, Patrick McHenry. In this video he mocks the democrats for suggesting that encouraging Americans to ride their bicycles will help get through the current energy crisis.
I have to give some credit to this guy for being the youngest congressman in the United States; he was born in 1975 (Though when I first saw him I thought he was 45 years old). The video was taken in August of 2007, so he would have been 31 at the time. But his credibility disappears pretty quickly after watching this video.
In case you can’t watch the video, here is the transcript:
“A major component of the Democrats’ energy legislation and the Democrats’ answer to our energy crisis is, hold on, wait one minute, wait one minute, it is promoting the use of the bicycle. Oh, I cannot make this stuff up. Yes, the American people have heard this. Their answer to our fuel crisis, the crisis at the pumps, is: Ride a bike. Democrats believe that using taxpayer funds in this bill to the tune of $1 million a year should be devoted to the principle of: “Save energy, ride a bike.” Some might argue that depending on bicycles to solve our energy crisis is naive, perhaps ridiculous. Some might even say Congress should use this energy legislation to create new energy, bring new nuclear power plants on line, use clean coal technology, energy exploration, but no, no. They want to tell the American people, stop driving, ride a bike. This is absolutely amazing. Apparently the Democrats believe that the miracle on two wheels; that we know as a bicycle; will end our dependence on foreign oil. I cannot make this stuff up. It’s absolutely amazing. Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the Democrats. Promoting 19th Century solutions to 21st Century problems. If you don’t like it, ride a bike. If you don’t like the price at the pumps, ride a bike. Stay tuned for the next BIG IDEA from the Democrats improving fuel efficiency by the horse and buggy.”
I guess our friend Patrick has never been to Amsterdam, where there are far more bicycles than cars. Suggesting that bicycles are a “19th century solution to a 21st century problem” only illustrates McHenry’s ignorance to the problems his country faces. In the days of $10/gallon gas prices, I promise you that you’ll see a lot of people riding their bikes.