Which of the following quotes is a joke?
1. “Fluorescent bulbs are more polluting because of their mercury content. … This is an issue of science [florescent vs. incandescent lightbulbs] over fads and fashion. … I was just outraged that Congress would want to substitute its judgment for the judgment of the American people. It struck me as a massive Big Brother intrusion into our homes and our lives.”
2. “Nation, nothing restricts freedom more than buckling a seatbelt. If I want to fly head first through my car windshield at 200 mph, that’s between me and my brain damage. But, as long as there are legislators in the pocket of Big Seatbelt, the regulations will keep on coming.”
It’s a trick question — both are jokes. One intentional.
The first quote came from Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, R. Minn., in opposition to a legislative initiative to switch to more energy efficient florescent lightbulbs from conventional incandescent ligthbulbs. She viewed it as an intrusion into America’s freedoms. She also hid behind an overblown mercury-content argument.
(Bachmann kissing W.)
The second quote is a complete mockery from the book “I Am America (And So Can You!)” by Stephen Colbert.
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