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Gas Price Hypocrisy. You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

1 Mar

 

I learned long ago that the media is not interested in credibility.  They criticized President Bush every single time the unemployment rate jumped and the gas price spiked.  They now give Obama a pass for exactly the same thing.    It does not matter to them that they look like complete fools in the process.  They ran story after story about the perils of unemployment and rising gas prices when Bush was President.  Now, with unemployment much higher and gas prices that have doubled since Obama took office, they do stories about the advantages of these once perilous things.  For example, back in 2009, the LA Times had probably the most embarrassing news story that I’ve ever read.  The focus of the story was the “funemployed.”  Funemployed!  Can you imagine any news outlet running a story about how much fun people were having while being unemployed while Bush was President?   Here are a few gems from the article:

  • Michael Van Gorkom was laid off by Yahoo in late April. He didn’t panic. He didn’t rush off to a therapist. Instead, the 33-year-old Santa Monica resident discovered that being jobless “kind of settled nicely”…
  • Every week since: “I’m going to go to the beach and enjoy some margaritas”…
  • What most people would call unemployment, Van Gorkom embraced as “funemployment”…
  • While millions of Americans struggle to find work as they face foreclosures and bankruptcy, others have found a silver lining in the economic meltdown. These happily jobless tend to be single and in their 20s and 30s…
  • They travel on the cheap for weeks. They head back to school or volunteer at the neighborhood soup kitchen. And at least till the bank account dries up, they’re content living for today…
  • “I feel like I’ve been given a gift of time and clarity,” said Aubrey Howell, 29, of Franklin, Tenn., who was laid off from her job as a tea shop manager in April. After sleeping in late and visiting family in Florida, she recently mused on Twitter: “Unemployment or funemployment?”…
  • “Funemployment road trip to Portland.” “Funemployment is great for catching up on reading!” “Averaging 3 rounds of golf a week plus hockey and bball. who needs work?”…

Is that not the most ridiculous thing that you’ve ever read?  Particularly after what we saw from the media during the Bush Presidency?

Now back to gas prices.  This video is a good compilation of Democrats and the Democrat Media in their own words.  Don’t let the short beginning discourage you…it is only :30 long.  It is worth it.  The hypocrisy is staggering.

 

 

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Obama Criticizes GOP for “Licking Their Chops” Over Rising Gas Prices

24 Feb

 

 

Real Clear Politics has more:

At a campaign event in Coral Gables, Florida, President Obama says Republicans see rising gas prices as a “political opportunity” and they are “licking their chops.”

Obama didn’t stop there. “They greet bad news so enthusiastically,” he added.

“Some politicians, they see this as a political opportunity. I know you’re shocked by that. Last week the lead story in one newspaper said, ‘Gasoline prices are on the rise and Republicans are licking their chops.’ That’s a quote. That’s the lead. Licking their chops. Only in politics do people root for bad news. They greet bad news so enthusiastically,” Obama said.

“You pay more, they’re licking their chops. You can bet that since it’s an election year, they’re already dusting off their three-point plan for $2 gas. I’ll save you the suspense. Step one is to drill and step two is to drill and then step three is to keep drilling.”

To anyone who’s been alive for the past 10 years, it is laughable to hear Democrats criticize anyone for rooting for bad news.  Democrats and their accomplices in the media took advantage of the struggles of the Iraq War when Bush was President on a daily basis.  All of the network and cable news outlets would lead each night with a death count of American soldiers in hopes of hurting Bush politically.   Furthermore, Democrats and the media made a huge deal out of bad economic news every chance they got when Bush was President.  This is nothing new.

I guess we should continue to trust Obama’s plan to deal with rising gas prices and our dependency on foreign oil:

Step 1:  Pay off your rich donors, who started phony “green” energy companies, with hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, which later go bankrupt.

Step 2:  Put a moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

Step 3:  Raise taxes on U.S. oil and gas companies

That plan has worked brilliantly so far!

Obama ’08: $4 a Gallon Gas Prices Due to Failed Energy Policies

22 Feb

 

Obama 2012:  High gas prices are a sign of “progress.”  When you read this, think about the hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars that have been wasted on now bankrupt solar companies by the Obama administration that were supposedly the “future” of energy in our country.

When gas prices hit $4 a gallon in 2008, candidate Barack Obama said it was due to previous failed energy policies. Now that prices are heading still higher, President Obama calls it progress.”

Already, pump prices are higher than they’ve been in previous years, suggesting they will top $4 soon and possibly reach an unprecedented $5 this summer.

“Progress” isn’t exactly how Obama described the country’s energy picture in 2008, when gas prices were closing in on $4 a gallon. Then, it was a clear sign of “Washington’s failure to lead on energy,” which was “turning the middle-class squeeze into a devastating vise-grip for millions of Americans.”

In August that year, he declared rising energy costs to be “one of the most dangerous and urgent threats this nation has ever faced” and that gas prices “are wiping out paychecks and straining businesses.”

When President Bush announced plans in 2008 to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling, Obama dismissed it, saying “it would merely prolong the failed energy policies we have seen from Washington for 30 years.”

“Offshore drilling,” he said, “would not lower gas prices today, it would not lower gas prices next year and it would not lower gas prices five years from now.”

In a big energy speech he gave in August 2008, Obama argued that “if we opened up and drilled on every single square inch of our land and our shores, we would still find only 3% of the world’s oil reserves.”

And while in office, Obama’s done everything he can to limit production — slow-walking offshore permits, killing the Keystone XL pipeline, making it even harder to get oil out of federal lands.

Instead of aggressively expanding oil production, he offered a set of ridiculous alternatives — hugely wasteful “green” energy subsidies, a call for a million electric cars by 2014 and costly fuel economy mandates that won’t make a dent in consumption for decades.

With gas prices up 93% since Obama took office, we’re seeing just how well this approach works.

Remember When High Gas Prices Were a Bad Thing?

21 Feb

 

The Washington Post has a story today on the national average for a gallon of gasoline, which is currently $3.57.  That is basically double what it was when Obama took office, according to Politifact.  I wonder why the media and Democrats are not making a bigger deal out of this?  It used to be a terrible thing.  Right?  Remember when Nancy Pelosi attacked President Bush for high gas prices?

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wrapped up her San Francisco holiday weekend Monday with a blast at President Bush. The topic — the price of oil. Gasoline has more than doubled since the Bush administration took office she says.

San Francisco’s Meals on Wheels turns out more than 1,300 meals a day to seniors. But now there has been a dramatic rise in expenses.

“Our costs have gone up 40 percent, but even more so, the indirect costs of driving food costs is really taking a big hit on us. Almost a nine percent increase in food costs in just one year,” says Ashley McCumber of Meals on Wheels.

Rising gas prices affect groups like the Boys and Girls Club that is cutting programs to save costs, a small businessman who finds himself being priced out of competition or a caregiver who can’t afford gas to get to clients.

And for other Meals on Wheels programs around the bay, hikes in fuel costs have meant fewer deliveries. They can’t find volunteers who can afford to fill their tanks.

I guess that high gas prices no longer adversely affect:

*the San Franscisco Meals on Wheels program

*the price of food

*groups like the Boys and Girls Club that is cutting programs to save costs

*a small businessman who finds himself being priced out of competition

*or a caregiver who can’t afford gas to get to clients

Nope.  Magically, none of those are affected by the high price of gas now!  Isn’t it great?!

In the past, we were told that the “two oil men in the Whit House” were the reason for high gas prices.  What is their excuse now?