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:
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.
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