After reading this article, it’s difficult for me to tell whether Al Franken is just an ideologue or if he’s really that stupid. Here’s what he said that makes me think he’s that stupid:

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., called the House bill a “blueprint for a stronger economy.” “The legislation the House passed includes a renewable-energy standard similar to what Minnesota passed two years ago, incentives for more energy efficient products…and tax breaks for clean energy production,” Franken said in a statement. “This energy plan will lower your power bill, create jobs and whole new industries, and actually solve the problem.”

Sen. Franken is talking about the national energy tax bill that the House passed. Then-Sen. Obama said that, under his plan, “electricity prices would necessarily skyrocket.” Rep. John Dingell said that the House legislation was “a tax and a great big one.”

Here’s my question for Sen. Franken: When was the last time that someone passed a “great big” tax that “would necessarily cause electricity prices to skyrocket” during a deep, long-lasting recession that strengthened an economy? Can Sen. Franken cite a single instance of this happening? Or is he simply reading from Harry Reid’s talking points? HINT TO SEN. FRANKEN: There’s a reason why Reid is trailing miserably in his re-election attempt.

At our 9/12 TEA Party, the central theme to Mike Beard’s speech was that great economies aren’t built by conserving. They’re built when energy is abundant and cheap. When I told King that, he quickly agreed with me. The two are inextricably linked. You can’t build a great economy with expensive energy prices.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said there are several proposals in the Senate that will merge into one for a floor debate. For her, she said, the focus has to be on energy independence. “We need to get control over our energy in America,” she said. But in doing so, she added, lawmakers have to ensure that middle-class Americans “don’t get socked with higher rates.”

Ensuring that “middle-class Americans ‘don’t get socked with higher rates'” eliminates cap and trade from consideration as part of our energy policy going forward. It simply doesn’t fit. If the Democrats water the bill down, then there isn’t enough incentive for companies to change their ways. If they don’t water down the legislation, then consumers get hit with high prices. It’s a ‘pick your poison’ moment.

The reality is that the best way to improve the environment is to lift the moratorium on nuclear energy. The best way to produce the cheap energy we need for a thriving economy is by opening up more of the OCS.

The reason that isn’t being done is because the Democrats, Sens. Franken and Klobuchar amongst them, don’t have the fortitude it takes to tell the environmental extremists to take a hike. Until Democrats do that, they’ll be beholden to these extremists.

That isn’t something we can afford.

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4 Responses to “Al Franken: Ideologue Or Idiot?”

  • J. Ewing says:

    Let me help you. Franken really IS that stupid. I’ll say it again, as I did during the theft of the Senate election: Minnesota does not deserve to have the TWO biggest doofuses representing us in the US Senate. One of them has to go.

  • eric z. says:

    “At our 9/12 TEA Party, the central theme to Mike Beard’s speech was that great economies aren’t built by conserving.”

    That means we should not call you “conservatives?”

    How about “Profligateers?”

    What DO you “conservatives” want to “conserve?”

    Not graduated taxation of income, something we have had just short of one century, when federal income taxation passed into being a part of the Constitution.

    You want to alter that.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Eric, According to, here’s the most fitting definition of conservative:

    traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness

    The strongest economies have happened when the most people are making money, aka profits.

    I also find it objectionable for you to use the word profligateers. Again, using’s definition of profligate:

    utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated

    When did it become shamelessly immoral to see people prosper? I must’ve missed that memo.

  • J. Ewing says:

    The only people engaged in profligate spending, at this point, are federal Democrats, the MN DFL having been stopped only by their own incompetence. Their liberal fantasies were dashed by the the inevitable liberal comeuppance of running out of Other People’s Money. As one of the Other People, I applaud the governmor for being the only grown-up in the room.

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