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Mon Sep 7, 2015, 04:18 PM

Palin wants to be Secretary of Energy but doesn't know what the agency does.

http://www.vox.com/2015/9/7/9272275/palin-trump-energy-secretary


Sarah Palin is already picking out a job for herself in the forthcoming Donald Trump administration. She'd like to run the Department of Energy for a brief period, before abolishing it.

Sounds promising. Except for one tiny little hitch — it's not clear she even knows what the department does. Here's what she told CNN:

"I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby: oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind’s use instead of us relying on unfriendly foreign nations."

"I'd get rid of it. And I'd let the states start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries and the people who are affected by the developments within their states. If I were in charge of that, it would be a short-term job, but it would be really great to have someone who knows energy and is pro-responsible development to be in charge."

Palin is alluding to the fact that the federal government owns billions of acres of land and coastal waters, containing quite a bit of oil, gas, and coal. Industry groups have long complained that President Obama hasn't opened up nearly as much of this land to drilling as they'd like. And a few groups out West have even demanded that much of this land be returned to the states.

Except this all has very little to do with the Department of Energy, which mainly oversees the nation's nuclear weapons program — a task consuming nearly half its budget — and conducts energy R&D.

What Palin wants is the Department of Interior, which manages most federal lands. They're the ones handling leases for coal mining or supervising offshore oil and gas drilling. If you wanted to transfer public lands back to the states, you'd focus on Interior, not Energy.

Anyway, even if Palin did become cabinet secretary, she couldn't just abolish a department on her own. That would likely require an act of Congress. But it sounds like Interior should be the agency she "thinks a lot" about.




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Reply Palin wants to be Secretary of Energy but doesn't know what the agency does. (Original post)
politicaljunkie41910 Sep 2015 OP
dixiegrrrrl Sep 2015 #1
Chemisse Sep 2015 #7
dixiegrrrrl Sep 2015 #9
Chemisse Sep 2015 #10
shenmue Sep 2015 #8
uppityperson Sep 2015 #2
Binkie The Clown Sep 2015 #3
MiniMe Sep 2015 #4
UTUSN Sep 2015 #5
Chemisse Sep 2015 #6
CTyankee Sep 2015 #11
nichomachus Sep 2015 #12
smirkymonkey Sep 2015 #13
NV Whino Sep 2015 #14

Response to politicaljunkie41910 (Original post)

Mon Sep 7, 2015, 04:24 PM

1. And she was quoted as saying immigrants should "speak American".

I notice she is not aging well. The Oldzheimer's seems to be setting in early.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 7, 2015, 04:46 PM

7. Really? Age shaming?

There is a volume of things you could criticize Palin for, without resorting to remarks about her appearance.

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Response to Chemisse (Reply #7)

Mon Sep 7, 2015, 05:27 PM

9. I was commenting on her thinking....

read it again.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 7, 2015, 05:48 PM

10. In that case, I again say, there are a multitude of criticisms that Palin heartily deserves,

without commenting on an age-related loss of brain function that she has absolutely no control over, and which many or most of us will suffer from at some point in time.

I add that she has always been somewhat demented, and there is no indication that she is worsening with age.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 7, 2015, 04:54 PM

8. Aaaaaaaack

My eyes, they hurt.

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Response to politicaljunkie41910 (Original post)

Mon Sep 7, 2015, 04:28 PM

2. She is such a foolish woman.

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Mon Sep 7, 2015, 04:29 PM

3. 10 Things Idiocracy Got Right About the Future

Mike Judge took a lot of shots at humanity’s expense in Idiocracy. Eerily, the cult comedy actually made a few spot-on predictions about our future. And since we’re a country of over-achievers, it’s only taken us nine years to do in real life what the movie claimed would happen in 500. Here are a few things the Luke Wilson/Dax Shepard comedy got right about the future.


10 Things Idiocracy Got Right About the Future

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Response to politicaljunkie41910 (Original post)

Mon Sep 7, 2015, 04:33 PM

4. She wanted to be VP and had no idea what the job was

She is an idiot

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Response to politicaljunkie41910 (Original post)

Mon Sep 7, 2015, 04:43 PM

5. She doesn't even know what *she* does!1 n/t

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Mon Sep 7, 2015, 04:44 PM

6. Good. Once she gets there, they can direct her to a pile of envelopes to lick.

And she won't be able to do any harm.

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Mon Sep 7, 2015, 05:54 PM

11. Just a couple of weeks ago a rerun of Game Change, the TV movie about Palin,

was on and we watched it. It was wonderful. I love Julianne Moore as Palin and there's a scene where she is watching Tina Fey play her on Saturday Night Live. It was odd...palin played by moore watching Fey do her on TV...I began to get my Palins' mixed up...

Moore was fantastic and Fey really nailed her satire-wise...

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Response to politicaljunkie41910 (Original post)

Mon Sep 7, 2015, 07:33 PM

12. If Trump gets elected

The DOE is going to be the least of our problems.

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Response to politicaljunkie41910 (Original post)

Mon Sep 7, 2015, 07:43 PM

13. God, how do such stupid people get this kind of press coverage

or even anywhere near the highest office in the land? Seriously, she is just a joke. Why does anyone even entertain her idiotic notions?

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Response to politicaljunkie41910 (Original post)

Mon Sep 7, 2015, 07:44 PM

14. That's alright.

She doesn't know what the Vice President does either.

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