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    Quote Originally Posted by JimL View Post
    No, he didn't remember it, he had to be told by Sen. Paul. He didn't remember it because he obviously knew nothing about the Dept. of Energy or what it did going in.

    Bologna. He was simply trying to memorize what he thought that his conservative constituency, to whom he was speaking, wanted to hear and he forgot because he had no clear idea about the Dept. or what it was responsible for in the first place.
    I can't help but notice that you haven't provided any actual evidence for the claim Rick Perry didn't know what the Department of Energy did. As I noted, the original source for that claim didn't provide actual basis for it, as the quote given by McKenna was (1) stated to be taken out of context by McKenna, and (2) didn't back up the claim Rick Perry didn't know what the Department of Energy did anyway. So therefore the reporter's apparent source is knowing what Rick Perry was thinking, meaning they're a magical mind reader. Unless you're going to argue that ESP exists--and, for that matter, that after more than a decade of being governor of Texas, Rick Perry was somehow unaware that the Department of Energy managed nuclear weapons when their primary facility for doing so is in Texas--you don't really have anything to back you up on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terraceth View Post
    I can't help but notice that you haven't provided any actual evidence for the claim Rick Perry didn't know what the Department of Energy did. As I noted, the original source for that claim didn't provide actual basis for it, as the quote given by McKenna was (1) stated to be taken out of context by McKenna, and (2) didn't back up the claim Rick Perry didn't know what the Department of Energy did anyway. So therefore the reporter's apparent source is knowing what Rick Perry was thinking, meaning they're a magical mind reader. Unless you're going to argue that ESP exists--and, for that matter, that after more than a decade of being governor of Texas, Rick Perry was somehow unaware that the Department of Energy managed nuclear weapons when their primary facility for doing so is in Texas--you don't really have anything to back you up on this.
    Six years ago, Rick Perry could not remember the name of the federal agency he wanted to scrap. it made headlines. It turns out that Rick Perry wanted to abolish an agency he didn't even understand. Now he gets to run it. Brilliant!

    "When President-elect Donald J. Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Mr. Perry gladly accepted, believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.

    In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing —"

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/u...ald-trump.html

    Trump can sure pick 'em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terraceth View Post
    I can't help but notice that you haven't provided any actual evidence for the claim Rick Perry didn't know what the Department of Energy did. As I noted, the original source for that claim didn't provide actual basis for it, as the quote given by McKenna was (1) stated to be taken out of context by McKenna, and (2) didn't back up the claim Rick Perry didn't know what the Department of Energy did anyway. So therefore the reporter's apparent source is knowing what Rick Perry was thinking, meaning they're a magical mind reader. Unless you're going to argue that ESP exists--and, for that matter, that after more than a decade of being governor of Texas, Rick Perry was somehow unaware that the Department of Energy managed nuclear weapons when their primary facility for doing so is in Texas--you don't really have anything to back you up on this.
    Perry's apology after being named to the post.

    My past statement about abolishing the DOE do not reflect my current thinking. In fact "after being briefed" on so many of the vital functions of the Dept. of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination.

    In other words, he was calling for the elimination of a Dept for which he, self admittedly, had no clue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimL View Post
    Perry's apology after being named to the post.

    My past statement about abolishing the DOE do not reflect my current thinking. In fact "after being briefed" on so many of the vital functions of the Dept. of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination.

    In other words, he was calling for the elimination of a Dept for which he, self admittedly, had no clue.
    There's a positive side to this: he's proven himself to be capable of learning and changing his mind based on further evidence. Perhaps he's not the irredeemably stupid ideologue you've made him out to be.
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