Hey, what happened to the political frenzy over gas prices?

I need you to think back — way, way back in the day — back to when gasoline prices were the hottest political controversy around, when Obama administration policies were said to be driving the world price of oil, and thus the cost of fuel at the pump.

You remember: John Boehner was traveling to Texas to pose next to drilling equipment? Mitt Romney accused the administration of being “on a mission to drive up the price of gasoline and all energy so that they can finally get their solar and their wind to be more price-competitive.” Gas prices were the focus of a political and media frenzy.

How long ago was that? Two weeks, maybe three?

And now, suddenly, silence?

If one didn’t know better, one might think that crass opportunism had been at play rather than actual concern for national energy policy. Surely, the fact that the gas prices have begun to fall and are now 12 cents a gallon cheaper than they were a year ago has nothing to do with that phenomenon, right?

I know I’m not supposed to do this. I know that injecting actual charts and actual data into the debate is a cheap liberal trick. But hey, it’s what I do. First, let’s take a look at gasoline prices:

gasoline

And now let’s look at what U.S. crude oil production has done since January 2009, when that Marxist Kenyan started shutting down all the oil wells in the United States as part of his plot to leave us defenseless against his fellow Muslims in OPEC and force us to turn to socialistic solar panels.

oilprod

Given evidence like that, I can’t imagine why the Republicans and their friends at Fox have suddenly fallen silent on this issue, can you?

– Jay Bookman

251 comments Add your comment

Mr_B

May 1st, 2012
7:56 am

Mornin’ Jay; and Happy May Day!

Keep Up the Good Fight!

May 1st, 2012
7:58 am

Well of course the drop in price is because of the success of the Republicans making us all aware of the War on Gas…… Republicans are full of gas. :roll:

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

May 1st, 2012
8:00 am

The volume on the war drums has been turned way down.

We’ll be sitting down with Iran later this month.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

May 1st, 2012
8:01 am

Keeps

GOP war on gas?

They oppose legumes and raisin bran?

stands for decibels

May 1st, 2012
8:06 am

I know that injecting actual charts and actual data into the debate is a cheap liberal trick.

JAY U R LIBRULLY BASSED!!!!11!!

/every dumbass winger who will reply to this, today

carlosgvv

May 1st, 2012
8:07 am

Crass opportunism is obviously at work here. If gas prices start to rise again, you may be sure the Republicans will renew, with the utmost vigor, any and every base charge they can think of to paint Obama as a Muslim appologist bent on destroying American democracy and making us a Socialist nation. Come to think of it, I doubt they will wait for gas prices to rise and will hurl these baseless charges, and anything else they can dredge up from the Republican outhouse, any day now.

Normal Free, Plain and Simple

May 1st, 2012
8:08 am

Granny,
The GOP is full of gas.

Fred ™

May 1st, 2012
8:08 am

Jay, are you nuts? Have you lost your ever loving minds? You said:

Given evidence like that, I can’t imagine why the Republicans and their friends at Fox have suddenly fallen silent on this issue, can you?

Really? Since when have the Republicans OR FOX news let a little thing like a FACT stop them from a good lie lol. They are just taking a break on gas prices, it’s not the week for them. This week is the ‘Obama Blames Bush” mantra with a little of “But he got Bin Laden” smear on the side.

Don’t they send you the memo’s? :lol:

Georgia on my mind..

May 1st, 2012
8:08 am

Keep hitting them hard Jay!! Do I hear the sound of crickets?

stands for decibels

May 1st, 2012
8:08 am

I know I come off a bit shrill at times, but jeez.

These lying right wingers have made it so we have to depend upon the tender mercies of that Other Party that makes occasional noises about giving a rat’s ass about common people, to the point of supporting them so that they can not only retain the Presidency, but also hold the Senate and somehow re-take the House and oh yeah, pray that one of the Five Stooges in the SCOTUS kicks off AND the Senate has the balls to nominate someone who’s actually to the left of the one that kicked off.

Anyway. Sorry if I come off a little cynical, sometimes.

Mick

May 1st, 2012
8:09 am

Beep, beep, facts do not compute…will find new talking points to deflect…

Mighty Righty

May 1st, 2012
8:11 am

Is Jay as smart as a fifth grader!
I am not silent! I am paying more than twice as much for gasoline today than I did when Bush left office and Obama took charge. We haven’t hit the summer driving season yet. Hang on to your hat. Jay, next time you make up a chart, start with January 2009. When Obama took office gasoline was $1.81 per gallon. today it is $3.81 per gallon. Do the math, Even a newspaper writer should be able to figure it out. A fifth grader could.

Find Out How Gasoline Gets to Your Tank

May 1st, 2012
8:12 am

stands for decibels

May 1st, 2012
8:13 am

I am paying more than twice as much for gasoline today than I did when Bush left office and Obama took charge.

And we have our first dumbass, who apparently would like to re-visit the financial meltdown that accompanied them thar low low gassoleeeen prahces.

Elect Mittens and a Gooper Senate, and you’ll get what you deserve.

Butch Cassidy

May 1st, 2012
8:14 am

I love how the GOP will scream that Capitalism is the best system known to man. But then when market forces don’t move in their favor, they blame Obama. And I wonder why I left the party back in 2004.

rightwing troll

May 1st, 2012
8:16 am

Like I said yesterday… I don’t know why wingnuts would wish for higher gas prices. Once they go up, they never quite come back down to where they were. That’s a high price for us all to have to pay just to win an election… Not that the wingnuts concern themselves with those of us who are actually affected by high gas prices.

Common Sense

May 1st, 2012
8:16 am

How short sighted can one person be?

Decline in economic activity has lowered the price.

That’s the reason to celebrate, right?

rightwing troll

May 1st, 2012
8:18 am

SHRILL BABY SHRILL!!!

Fred ™

May 1st, 2012
8:18 am

Wow, look at that lol. Recon posted 30 minutes into the future……….

Recon 0311 2533

May 1st, 2012
8:18 am

“Hey, what happened to the political frenzy over gas prices?”

It’s being reflected in the economic numbers for those who aren’t paying attention.

Butch Cassidy

May 1st, 2012
8:19 am

Common Sense – “Decline in economic activity has lowered the price.”

Hey, tell Mighty Righty. He’s the one who wants to tank the global economy just so he can get cheaper gas.

Jay

May 1st, 2012
8:20 am

Mighty Weak, average gas prices hit $4.16 a gallon in July 2008, but had fallen to $1.81 by January because of a little economic hiccup that you may have heard something about.

As others have pointed out, if you wish to recreate the conditions that created such low prices, you’re more than a little nuts.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

May 1st, 2012
8:21 am

Common Sense and Recon

If that is the case….pick one.

Low gas prices or growing economy?

C’mon.

Which one do you pick?

(ir)Rational

May 1st, 2012
8:23 am

sfd – What about when Bush took office? I remember when I started driving, gas was around $0.89/gallon. I have been told the economy was booming then (what 15/16 year old pays that much attention?), can we go back to then?

Butch – It is amazing, although considering how many people are educated in government schools here maybe it shouldn’t be, that people don’t seem to understand how capitalism works. And I know we have gone over this way more than should have been necessary, but how many people do you think are blaming Obama for the high gas prices because they were told repeatedly that it was Bush’s fault for the high gas prices during his administration? That obviously isn’t an excuse for the politicians that you would think should know better, but then again, they’re just playing to their base, and the average person, no matter how they vote (assuming they do vote), isn’t aware that the president has nothing to do with it.

Fred ™

May 1st, 2012
8:24 am

Granny@ 8:21. They pick C: neither. They want Republicans in power at all costs.

Joseph

May 1st, 2012
8:25 am

Simply because the media won’t report on it for fear of Oblama getting the blame….

Georgia park your cars and...

May 1st, 2012
8:25 am

That Black Guy who is a "con" and a Vet. STOP SPITTING ON ME!!!!!

May 1st, 2012
8:25 am

stands for decibels May 1st, 2012 8:08
pray that one of the Five Stooges in the SCOTUS kicks off …
___________________________________________________

WOW!

Stands, are you ACTUALLY praying for the death of someone because they have a different political view than you? :shock:

Really?

REALLY!?!?

Fred ™

May 1st, 2012
8:26 am

Whoops, my mistake. Please exclude Common Sense from my 8:24.

Also, I wonder why some posts are defaulting to 8:48……….

Joseph

May 1st, 2012
8:27 am

Trust me Jay. Every time a hard working American fills his or her tank they think about Obama’s attrocious energy policies…. The media continues to cover for his ineptness but common sense will definatly prevail….

(ir)Rational

May 1st, 2012
8:28 am

That Black Guy – That’s what it sounds like. That is more than a little extreme.

carlosgvv

May 1st, 2012
8:28 am

kayaker 71

So you want Romney to get elected and the Tea Party congress to have large majorities in the House and Senate? And you actually think this would make things better in our country?

Jm

May 1st, 2012
8:28 am

A. The primary ended

B. Are you just trying to sink democrats? :)

Obama like high gas prices. Fact

Senior Citizen Kane

May 1st, 2012
8:28 am

Nancy Pelosi, July 17, 2008: “The price of oil is at the doorstep — 4 dollars plus per gallon for oil — is attributed to two oil men in the White House,”

stands for decibels

May 1st, 2012
8:28 am

aww. That Black Guy’s tender feefees are hurted.

MountainMan

May 1st, 2012
8:28 am

Forward – What an appropriate campaign slogan for Obama. From Wiki –

The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other leftwing newspapers and publications. For example, Vpered (Russian language for ‘Forward’) was the name of the publication that Lenin started after having resigned from the Iskra editorial board in 1905 after a clash with Georgi Plekhanov and the Mensheviks.[

Thomas Heyward jr

May 1st, 2012
8:28 am

The price of gas always decreases before an election.
.
This tactic always works on the intellect of your typical Obama/Romney supporter.

JamVet

May 1st, 2012
8:29 am

After Mssrs. Mozilo, Gramm, Greenspan, Cox, Paulson, Cassano, McCarthy (Not the other GOP God – Joseph), Raines, Fuld, Clinton, GW Bush and Madoff among many others almost successfully destroyed American capitalism, you boobs still act like, “Hey! How come everything is peachy keen already??!!”

As if ANY of your beloved nitwits who ran for office the last two times would have undone the widespread devastation unleashed during the Reign of Error.

And to that point, you guppies have blown it twice in the last few months alone.

Had you nominated the brilliant Ms. Bachmann or Mr. Gingrich, we would all be looking at gas prices of $2.50 per gallon by Christmas…

Butch Cassidy

May 1st, 2012
8:29 am

(ir)Rational – “the average person, no matter how they vote (assuming they do vote), isn’t aware that the president has nothing to do with it.”

Which is pathetic considering that there has NEVER been more access to information than we have today. If the “average” person bothered to get up out of the Barcolounger from time to time and actually do some research, they would be much better off for it. However, I’m sure they won’t, because it might mean missing the finals on Dancing with the Stars.

jconservative

May 1st, 2012
8:31 am

As T. Boone Pickens keeps pointing out, over and over and over, the US has the cheapest price per gallon of gasoline on the planet.

Fred ™

May 1st, 2012
8:31 am

However, I’m sure they won’t, because it might mean missing the finals on Dancing with the Stars.

Damn butch, is it the finals already?

carlosgvv

May 1st, 2012
8:32 am

kayaker 71 – So you want Romney to get elected and the Tea Party congress to have large majorities in the House and Senate? And you actually think this would make things get better in our country?

Butch Cassidy

May 1st, 2012
8:33 am

Joseph – “Every time a hard working American fills his or her tank they think about Obama’s attrocious energy policies…. ”

Really? I usually think that it’s impossible to sell any meat product for less than $2.00.

JamVet

May 1st, 2012
8:35 am

Righty is so fiercely delusional about the current economic situation in this country that just yesterday he wrote that the economic impact of 9/11 was greater than that of the Great Recession, aka Self-Created Wall Street Meltdown.

I asked him to corroborate that incredibly bizarre claim, but….

Poor Boy from Alabama

May 1st, 2012
8:35 am

JB,

No argument with your gasoline price chart. Your production chart, on the other hand, is misleading as it pertains to the Obama administration.
Total US production of fossil fuels (crude oil, natural gas, coal) on federal and Indian lands (includes offshore areas controlled by the federal government) is down since 2009 according to the US Energy Information Administration (Reported March 2012, see Table 1)

http://www.eia.gov/analysis/requests/federallands/pdf/eia-federallandsales.pdf

Crude oil production on federal and Indian lands was 3.7 quadrillion BTU’s in 2009 and was 3.7 quadrillion BTU’s in 2011. All the growth shown on your chart came from private lands and has nothing to do with Team Obama.

Donovan

May 1st, 2012
8:36 am

Hmmm…let’s see. Jay even admits to being a cheap liberal trickster. What else is new about Democrats and Lefties?

Every administration typically loads in their own people to help massage the message and Jay goes to that source for a reference.

Jay and his president puts out misinformation (we have 2% of the world’s oil reserves, but consume 20%).

Big Oil is evil and should be punished like anything and everyone who have more money than others.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s a right wing conspiracy, Hillary, and Obama is not a Marxist.

Put down the torches and pitchforks. Enough with the campaign rah-rah.

Joseph

May 1st, 2012
8:36 am

ty webb

May 1st, 2012
8:36 am

“why the Republicans and their friends at Fox have suddenly fallen silent on this issue, can you?”

hey look, Jay’s turned into one his minions.

That Black Guy who is a "con" and a Vet. STOP SPITTING ON ME!!!!!

May 1st, 2012
8:37 am

stands for decibels May 1st, 2012 8:28 am Link Report this comment

aww. That Black Guy’s tender feefees are hurted.
_______________________
UH, no stands.
Commenting on something does not automaticly mean there is also an emotional attachment.

I just thought it was extreme (with the same emotion as learning there was a fenderbender on het 78, doesn’t effect one way or another).

Please continue…

DH

(ir)Rational

May 1st, 2012
8:38 am

Butch – Yeah, when all you’ve ever watched is ABC News, and then only because they foolishly interrupt the other crap that passes for TV, and picking up a newspaper would be way too much work, you’re going to be fairly ignorant about who has power over what. And on a personal note, I wish that A LOT (meaning everyone) would miss the finales and most other episodes of Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, the Bachelor and all the other crap that passes for TV today so maybe we could get some good shows.

Butch Cassidy

May 1st, 2012
8:40 am

Okay, how about a compromise. You can have Romney, and no one will challange him for the Whitehouse. BUT, in four years when he’s brought the free world to the brink of financial ruin again, the GOP will have to sit out the next 4 election cycles. Deal?

(ir)Rational

May 1st, 2012
8:42 am

Butch – And if that doesn’t happen? But if it does, can we at least agree that the liberals have to nominate a better class of candidate?

That Black Guy who is a "con" and a Vet. STOP SPITTING ON ME!!!!!

May 1st, 2012
8:44 am

Oops, ” het 78, doesn’t effect one way or another).”
Should be “hwy 78, doesn’t effect me one way or another)

Joel Edge

May 1st, 2012
8:45 am

Panicking about November, Jay? You might want hope gas prices drop more than 12 cents before then.

larry

May 1st, 2012
8:45 am

Most white working Americans………

Speaking as a white working American, i am not voting for Mr. Romney

I dont want to relive 2008 again. And my 401K doesnt want to either.

Common Sense

May 1st, 2012
8:46 am

‘In the news conference, Obama said: “I said that I’d go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him and I did.’

What’s all this “I” stuff?

The only thing Obama goes after is fundraisers and golf events.

He has had 124 fundraisers, more than all presidents since Nixon combined.

Is he working for himself, or the American people?

larry

May 1st, 2012
8:47 am

Hey, ” Let’s do the time warp again”.

I just went back in time while some people went into the future.

kayaker 71

May 1st, 2012
8:48 am

And so we are to believe that $3.50/gallon is the new norm and that “8.2%” unemployment is a number we can live with. Noticed the price of goods lately? Everything from lima beans to truck tires has gone through the roof because of gas prices. The average family is paying way too much of their earned income for essentials made worse by high gasoline prices. On top of that, next January will be the biggest tax hike in American history unless Romney gets elected. Good economic policy? Most white working Americans, the segment that Bozo and Axelrod has written off would say no. The rest of you seemingly don’t care, as long as Bozo gets 4 more years. This is insane.

Mick

May 1st, 2012
8:48 am

mighty

Also, did you notice that when bp had their “little” oil spil gas went down to $2.50? Everybody was mad about the black stuff oozing into the gulf and the oil companies had some mercy on us. Now they are right back to where they always are, yanking our chain whenever they feel like it…

JamVet

May 1st, 2012
8:48 am

Surely, the fact that the gas prices have begun to fall and are now 12 cents a gallon cheaper than they were a year ago has nothing to do with that phenomenon, right?

When American workers, consumers, taxpayers, shareholders, families and communities win, it is because The Regressive Party is losing.

And when we in the Middle Class lose, it is because the GOP wins.

American lives and futures are in much more danger because of the neocons than all of the terrorists in the world combined.

Butch Cassidy

May 1st, 2012
8:51 am

(ir)Rational – “Butch – And if that doesn’t happen? But if it does, can we at least agree that the liberals have to nominate a better class of candidate?”

I’ll say that both sides need to step up their game when it comes to candidate selection. I mean really, how long can a country survive when the person running it falls into the “well, it’s best we could do” category?

kayaker 71

May 1st, 2012
8:51 am

Is anyone else having trouble posting on this blog today?

larry

May 1st, 2012
8:54 am

The time is out of whack.

Don Abernethy

May 1st, 2012
8:54 am

It still costs me $40 to $50 to fill up my car. I have seen no change in driving habits .Most everyone still drives 15-20 mph over the speed limit. So the recent small drop in prices has not changed anything. Oil companies continue to make huge profits.

barking frog

May 1st, 2012
8:54 am

Not an issue if the Prez
has no effect on gas
prices.

(ir)Rational

May 1st, 2012
8:55 am

Butch – I’ve been wondering that since I started voting. Haven’t really been happy with any of my choices for any office.

jarvis

May 1st, 2012
8:55 am

US oil production has little effect (if any) on oil prices. I mean this totally as a Conservative…there is NOTHING our government can do about global commodity.

Jay

May 1st, 2012
8:55 am

Thank you, Jarvis.

bookman parrot

May 1st, 2012
8:56 am

Jay,
You forget that BHO’s energy czar stated they would like gas to be priced more like European prices.
You also forget that if a Republican was in office with gas prices this high, you would be calling for their head on a platter. Your hypocracy is epic.

ByteMe - Political thug

May 1st, 2012
8:58 am

As it has always been:

The cure for high gas prices is high gas prices.

People learn to adjust their behavior and substitute two trips to the grocery store after dinner during the week with one on the way home from work. Demand falls, price falls.

Also, the refineries are now stocking summer gas blend, whereas a few weeks ago, a bunch of them were offline converting over to the summer blend, lowering available supply.

Simple economics. Not attributable to either Party… so far.

TaxPayer

May 1st, 2012
8:58 am

Quit trying to stir the pot, Jay. You know the Republicans will just start accusing you of being opinionated.

jarvis

May 1st, 2012
8:58 am

“Oil companies continue to make huge profits”. So they shouldn’t? They should sell their product at a discounted rate to Americans for less than they could charge non-Americans? Is that right? That’s the way a free market works?

I’m sure their shareholders would love that.

MiltonMan

May 1st, 2012
8:58 am

Many, many factors contribute to the price of oil – new technologies, political stability in the Middle East, speculators, etc., etc. that the president, any president, has very little control over.

ByteMe - Political thug

May 1st, 2012
8:59 am

if a Republican was in office with gas prices this high, you would be calling for their head on a platter

Strawman argument. Pathetic.

Normal Free, Plain and Simple

May 1st, 2012
8:59 am

Joseph

May 1st, 2012
8:27 am

No, I think of how the oil companies screw us at the pump and screw us with our tax dollars going to them in subsidies instead of something more useful

JamVet

May 1st, 2012
8:59 am

You can almost smell the neocon desperation in the air growing every day.

And already the absurdity levels are amazing. Think what they will be by the first week in November.

Notice this huge ramping up of the already massive McCarthy movement in the lunatic fringe.

By the end of the day, there will literally be dozens of posts here that refer to other Americans as socialists, Communists and Marxists.

THIS is the level of insanity that now predominates in the ideologically mad, far right wing.

Welcome to 1952 – Republican style!

Butch Cassidy

May 1st, 2012
8:59 am

jarvis – “US oil production has little effect (if any) on oil prices. I mean this totally as a Conservative…there is NOTHING our government can do about global commodity.”

Careful jarvis, you’re about to lose your GOP secret decoder ring. You’ll find that if you take a position opposite the party faithful, you are automatically considered a “pathetic liberal” that needs to get a job. Just giving you a heads up. :)

Jay

May 1st, 2012
9:00 am

You also forget that if a Republican was in office with gas prices this high, you would be calling for their head on a platter. Your hypocracy is epic.

No, Parrot, I would not. I have never blamed presidents or politicians for gas prices. If you can document otherwise — http://www.google.com — I’m sure a lot of folks here would be glad to see it.

I’m confident that you cannot, that in fact you are just making up stuff off the top of your head to make yourself feel better, regardless of whether it’s factual.

Doggone/GA

May 1st, 2012
9:00 am

“So they shouldn’t? They should sell their product at a discounted rate ”

Ever heard the term “price gouging”?

The Snark

May 1st, 2012
9:00 am

Not to worry, Jay, the Republican noise machine will find something else to make noise about.

In the immortal words of Steve Earle’s song “Snake Oil”:

“If you ain’t impressed yet, just tell me what you wanna hear.”

MiltonMan

May 1st, 2012
9:00 am

“Quit trying to stir the pot, Jay. You know the Republicans will just start accusing you of being opinionated.”

Nope. “We” already know this – no accusation required.

Brosephus™

May 1st, 2012
9:00 am

Well, I see most every deflection module has been applied. I saw the price of gas when Bush left office mentioned, without te reason for the massive drop in price. I see somebody mentioned the private land production vs the federal land production. I haven’t seen anybody mention that the increase is because of permits issued by Bush’s administration, but I am not hanging around in this brain drain long enough to hear it.

Regardless to what Jay posts, you can almost predict what will be said in response. Many of you are nothing more than an electronic version of Pavlov’s dog. Y’all have fun with this as my flight simulator is calling my name. Flying simulation is more fun than reading the same arguments over and over again.

JB

May 1st, 2012
9:01 am

Gas prices are just ONE problem with this President. Just watch his campaign as it kicks off…..And his ads won’t be about him…..Just the GOP and Romney…..I could write them now for them….We don’t want to go back to the guys that caused all this yadda yadda yadda……All crap. I would say the policy ( Dems) of giving anyone who could put breath on a mirror a mortgage would be a good source to trace the problems with the housing problems would be a good start. Trust me, that wasn’t the GOP.

(ir)Rational

May 1st, 2012
9:01 am

jarvis – While true, that doesn’t really affect popular opinion. You might be surprised how many people don’t realize that there is a global market. I mean, how many times were we told that we invaded and took over Iraq for a guaranteed supply of oil to only come here? How many times were we told that it was the president’s fault, by the news, during Bush’s administration? I’m not saying these perceptions are correct, in fact I would argue against them if I meet that level of stupid in the world, but a few people being educated doesn’t change the perceptions of the dumb masses. People here like to pretend that it is only conservatives that engage in that level of dumb, but they seemingly have shorter memories than they those same people of having. Just saying.

jarvis

May 1st, 2012
9:02 am

@Doggone/GA….yes I have. And apparently I am the one of the two of us that understands the term.

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign))

May 1st, 2012
9:04 am

You forgot “Muslim”, Jay! Marxist Kenyan Muslim

Biased Much?

May 1st, 2012
9:04 am

Jay, you failed to mention that Obama posed next to a pipeline on one of his many taxpayer funded campaign, I mean business, trips. Did you not think that the Comrade would use the American people’s misery that he created as a photo op.

(ir)Rational

May 1st, 2012
9:04 am

Doggone – Ever found any evidence that it is being done on a large scale? Sure, you’ll see individual stations doing it occasionally, but that isn’t the norm, and the state does a pretty good job of punishing them for it.

Jefferson

May 1st, 2012
9:05 am

Gas goes up and down, but nobody stops buying it except the bent and broke.

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign)

May 1st, 2012
9:05 am

I would say the policy ( Dems) of giving anyone who could put breath on a mirror a mortgage

lie much?

Butch Cassidy

May 1st, 2012
9:05 am

JB – “I would say the policy ( Dems) of giving anyone who could put breath on a mirror a mortgage would be a good source to trace the problems with the housing problems would be a good start.”

Really, and what policy was that? It’s not he CRA, and the Glass – Steagall Act was repealed with bi-partisan support. So please, tell us what this mythical policy was that forced banks to make loans to people that couldn’t pay them back and then bundle said loans into derivitives and sell them on the open market?

Normal Free, Plain and Simple

May 1st, 2012
9:06 am

JB

May 1st, 2012
9:01 am

Gas prices are not a Presidential problem. Remember that and you are one step closer to being out of the “GOP Zone”…..

Doggone/GA

May 1st, 2012
9:09 am

“Ever found any evidence that it is being done on a large scale?”

It’s my opinion. And has been for quite a while now, that price gouging has been happening globally since prices in the US went above $2.00 a gallon.

jarvis

May 1st, 2012
9:09 am

Does the term “pi$$ing in the ocean” mean anything to those blaming the government for not producing more? You’re talking about increasing US production from a teaspoon to a tablespoon if global oil production was a gallon. Sorry folks….we can’t make a difference.

That and the other side of the coin…just because it’s drilled here, doesn’t mean it’s sold here. The global demand will continue to fluctuate,and if prices of a barrel go down by more than let’s say…OPEC….would like for them to, they will just offset the US increase in production by cutting their own production.

JamVet

May 1st, 2012
9:09 am

The right wing has given up on having any intelligent discourse over these matters.

The biggest American petrochemical companies in the world – Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and BP – often pay NOTHING in federal income tax. For years on end. Even after making a fourth-quarter record of $137 BILLION in profits while producing less oil than they did the previous year.

But hey! Because they are struggling so terribly, let’s give them even MORE tax breaks!

Casino capitalists and speculators – who already brought this country to it’s knees once – drive up oil futures by significant margins. And they too pay nothing on their profits.

But to the semi-literate yokels in Stickville Georgia, it is the Marxist Obama who is to blame.

Gawd help us all…

JamVet

May 1st, 2012
9:10 am

Great job parrot.

Open mouth WIDE.

Insert feet.

Moderate Line

May 1st, 2012
9:12 am

Moderate Line

May 1st, 2012
9:12 am

Democrats in 2006 were more inclined to blame Bush for high gas prices than Republicans are to blame Obama now, perhaps because there’s more loyalty to Obama among Democrats than there was loyalty to Bush in the GOP at that point.

Seventy-three percent of Democrats thought Bush could do something to reduce gas prices, while only 33 percent think Obama could — a 40-point shift.

By contrast, 47 percent of Republicans thought Bush could help bring gas prices down, compared to the 65 percent who think Obama could — only an 18 point shift.

Independents are also more likely to give Obama the benefit of the doubt — 53 percent say he could do something about gas prices, compared to the 66 percent who thought Bush could.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/a-double-standard-on-gas-prices/2012/03/29/gIQAVMHRjS_blog.html

JamVet

May 1st, 2012
9:13 am

Trust me, that wasn’t the GOP.

Trust YOU?

You’ve got to be ________ me.

How many Republican bankers in Georgia ALONE bankrupt their operations taking care of their Republican builder buddies?

Are you related to Rip Van Winkle?

(ir)Rational

May 1st, 2012
9:13 am

Doggone – Oh, so it is just an opinion that you masquerade as a fact. Got it. Maybe I should give that a try sometime…hmmm, Atlanta flooded so badly in 2009 because the democrat mayor blocked the rivers and creeks to try and run all the republicans out.