Washington, D.C. - During a teleconference today, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said that to help cut gas prices, congress should open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, and allow for the expansion of oil exploration in other areas including Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and off the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico coasts.
Bachmann went a step further and said every patriotic family in America should drill for oil in their own backyard.
"Let's put American ingenuity to work on an individual basis. Most homeowners have a shovel. I say, start digging. If you can get your hands on an oil rig, all the better. But let's not just sit on our rears watching Wheel of Fortune while gas prices skyrocket. Government can't do everything."
A reporter asked Bachmann about the practicality of trying to dig for oil with a shovel.
"Look, I don't know the technicalities involved in drilling for oil. I just know you make a hole and the oil spurts up. How hard is that? Heck, Jed on the Beverly Hillbillies struck oil by shooting into the ground. So buy guns, people. Shoot the ground. Let's get creative, America."
During the interview, Bachmann had nothing but praise for President Bush and his energy policies, saying, "He could drill in my backyard anytime."