cicerone imposter wrote:
"Partisanship blindness" seems to be the new disease of the conservatives.
Hey kettle, quit calling me black.
I don't seem to recall you chastising Democrats when they faulted Bush for rising gas prices, and alleging he and his family were actually profiting by the increase.
Obama is a liar of convenience.
He consistently spouts crap about the US producing 2% of the world's oil and consuming 20% as if it is an immutable ratio.
He also tries to take credit, where none is deserved, for the increase in gas and oil production in this country.
If the US only produces 2% of the world's oil, and that statistic has been challenged, it is not because our oil resources amount to only 2%, it is because the American left does all in its power to prevent companies from accessing the vastly greater resources we have.
Obama has shut down existing wells and the development of wells in the Gulf, and he has nixed the Keystone pipeline which doesn't even involve drilling in our country.
The increase in oil and gas production is a result of efforts on state and private land, not federal, and given another term, watch him try and extend his reach into those areas too.
The high price of gas is a political liability for him, whether or not one can accurately blame him for it, and so now he's trying to suggest, at the same time, that a) the president can't do anything about gas prices, and b) He has done all sorts of things to keep gas prices down.
it's clear to anyone with eyes and ears that he has all along wanted the price of gas to go through the sky...just not before the election in November.
You can agree with him and Chu that this would the best thing for the country but you can't have it both ways.
Obviously it is impossible for one average Joe to affect gas prices, but he aint one average Joe. He has the weight of the US federal government behind him. If the Saudi king decides tomorrow to cut off all oil production in his country, you can bet your life it will have a very large impact on gas prices, but then maybe you'll be telling us he can't be blamed because he's only "one person."
You may think its a bad idea to do so, but if Obama announced tomorrow an all out program to tap all of this country's oil and gas resources, the price of gas would drop.
If he doesn't want to do that for environmental reasons, fine...but he should be honest about it and not sling the bullshit about how nothing can be done while simultaneously claiming he's done a lot.