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Obama Will Make You Pay More at the Pump

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

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“What do you say to people who are losing patience with gas prices at $3 a gallon? And how much of a political price do you think you’re paying for that, right now?” This was a question asked of the president at a press conference in August…of 2006. The president was George W. Bush. In fact, it was a question that was asked in one way or another regularly during the entire eight years of the Bush presidency, regardless of where energy prices stood at that moment.

In May 2004, The New York Times reported that congressional Democrats “were stepping up pressure on the Bush Administration to ease gasoline prices,” when prices were still under $2/gallon. In April 2005, at another press conference, a journalist stated: “Mr. President a majority of Americans disapprove of your handling of social security, gas prices…” In 2006, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) exclaimed: “Since George Bush and Dick Cheney took over as president and vice president, gas prices have doubled…They are too cozy with the oil industry” after she drove one less-than-energy-efficient block to a press conference at a local Exxon station.

In 2008, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “blasted” the president for rising gas prices on his (and her) watch. In July 2008, ABC News asked the president what was his “short term advice for Americans about gas prices?” repeating a nearly identical question asked at a February 2008 press conference. In April 2008, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said gas prices were “the number one issue facing America today.”

You get the point. Yet, at the end of President Bush’s presidency, gas prices were 9% lower than when he took office (adjusted for inflation). So where have these outspoken critics been since Bush left office?

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  • Henry

    Of course Obama want the price to be higher. The higher the price of a gallon of gas the more taxes are collected, thus the government gets a tax increase without any vote from the people! The Government NEVER discloses where that money goes, but I’m sure it wouldn’t take much to figure it out!

    • johnny

      The people who voted for Obama,Odviously, must have had thier heads up their ass………

    • Elaine

      Demand for Obama To Be Impeached

    • Majorwrecks

      Impeachment is a very good point and I think a legal alternantive to what lies ahead for America with a Republican controlled house on the basis of unconstitional activity and non existant congressional approval I beleive we have a chance w must make a stand now and call on elected to make it happen a petition also can be started I think it is our duty and responsiblity to the Constitution our selfs as well as those who serve and the elected Just Ranting here is not going to get it done! (although it is nice to blow a little steam) God Bless America the truth will always prevail it has never failed in all of history

    • The Enemy

      To Majorwrecks: While I would be elated to see Obummer impeached, I don’t think it would be prudent for the 112th Congress to pursue it. There are many destructive issues which the liberal 111th Congress crammed through that need to be dealt with immediately, beginning with Obamacare and including the debt, deficit and jobs. If we can’t get these things corrected, we are going down the tubes! Besides, Clinton was impeached but he still remained the playboy- in-chief.

    • whackajig

      The people who voted for obungle:
      clueless college kids
      socialists
      communists
      dummycraps
      marxists
      union members
      welfare rats
      blacks
      mexicans
      enemies of America
      all the other parasites

      Two Republicans in Oregon did vote for odumdum, but they were drunk and pulled the wrong lever.

    • donel

      I woulden’t say that, my friends make mistakes. especailly my Daughter’s.
      I’m not ashamed of their mistake’s.

    • PrincessPhilly

      I predict they will re elect him again. There are still lots of people that worship him. Where I work everyone worships him and since I don’t I get very nasty treatment from them.

      i get nasty treatment from them. I hope they suffer greatly.

    • Stephen

      They voted for Obama only because he’s black.

    • Stan

      In most cases the government doesn’t tax you for each dollar you spend on gas but on each gallon of gas. So what the high price of gas does is actually to reduce consuption and thus the amount of tax money going to the treasury. Unfortunately the gas price when added to other Obama policies results in Americans having less money thus more poverty thus more dependency thus more thuses.

  • http://ThePatriotUpdate Michael G.

    We may pay more at the pump, but he’ll pay more at the next election.

    • Leo

      Drive 90 miles an hr and freeze a Yank to death

  • Tom SC

    No matter the distance you drive the Govt. don’t care. I don’t know what Congressmen pay for fuel, they certainly get paid well enough to afford it. I remember as a Military man in the early 50s gasoline I bought from Uncle Sam was 11cents a gal. No matter Obama is going to continue to over burden the avg american to keep them home where he can watch them. With high gas prices Soros don’t have to worry about a convergance on DC.

    • Gorrie

      Are you sure of that.

    • Marilyn

      And, the prices are going up in the stores for consumer goods because the diesel fuel is higher. The companies will have to get more for the loads they haul to be able to pay the driver and the fuel plus make a little profit to take care of the maintenance of the trucks.

    • Tom SC

      Marilyn, I’m now retired but I used to be OTR Trucker and I know about the cost of Diesel fuel. We used to tell people, if they don’t like trucks just don’t buy anything brought by truck. They would buy very little and thats what will happen if fuel is allowed to go unchecked. All your retail stores and grocery stores are supplied by trucks. When the trucks stop rolling there will be no merchandise on the shevels.

    • handyman

      Just like the communist countries.

    • http://facebook Que Dub

      OH YEAH , WE’LL PAY MORE AT THE PUMP , AND THEN WE’LL PAY MORE FOR EVRYTHING ELSE WE BUY BECAUSE IT’S ALL TRANSPORTED (DIESEL TRUCKS) FROM CALIFORNIA (CHINA SHIPS UNLOADED THERE) AND MEXICO (PRODUCE)!!

      SO IT’S A DOUBLE BLAST!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Richard Norton

      Tom, you said you didn’t know what the congress pays for gas, well seems like that is just one more of their benifits, FREE gas, they are allowed to fill their cars at the government pumps at the capital, and guess who is paying! WE ARE!

    • The Enemy

      To Tom SC: You are correct, Sir. Higher gas prices will ground many citizens and hamper our ability to move about at our own discretion. Obummer stated during his campaign that he favors $5 per gallon gas, just as he favors the Cap-And-Tax initiative which would cause energy prices to “necessarily skyrocket” (his words). Also, high gas and energy prices would hurt the middle class and poor the worst—the very people who Obummer claims to favor. What a phony this dude is! The sheeple who continue to support him and the rest of the liberals are culpable in the destruction of our Republic!

  • http://yahoo.com tod

    Seems to me that the last time gas was $90. a barrel ,the pump was about $2.25 so why is it over $3.00 now?

    • Joan

      More taxes I’d bet. State and federal.

    • Cameron

      This is hard proof that what goes UP doesn’t necessarily come DOWN! Of course it helps to have politicians involved.

    • Tom SC

      This is a comment for Camaron, What goes up don’t necessarley come down especially when polititans are involved. Do you think if they got behind my paycheck I could afford their fuel prices??

    • TakethePowerBack

      refineries are only working @ 70%-80% of compacity. thats why prices are infalted. they are pigs in the mud and loving every minute of it. FYI

    • Rayman

      Sorry to burst your bubble about evil oil companies but I work in the oil industry and whenever the price of crude oil is high (over $90 now) the refineries profit margin is very low because their raw material price is too high.

    • http://Windows scout

      Mathmatics has now changed…..

  • Joan

    This is just another attempt to control the populace. There is no such thing as global warming. It’s a scam to drive prices higher. And wind farms don’t work, ask T.Boone Pickens. Where are all his wind farms? Solar energy. If you get sufficient sunlight but up north here in the winter there isn’t very much. The regime knows what it is doing and it’s all about power over the people. We shouldn’t take this sitting down. Vote them all out next year.

    • emerutil

      I wish we could do what the Russians did. They threw the Bolsheviks out on their ear when the people finally had enough. We should not have to wait until 2012!

  • Transparency Now

    No surprise here. This is what he always wanted. Its time to cut the regulations and defund the EPA. Perhaps a few others as well. Don’t just sit there… contact your representatives.

    • TaterSalad

      Yes!

    • Gorrie

      Contact them with what?? They do not hear . Deef

    • whackajig

      Contact them with baseball bats. That might get their attention.

  • Larry

    This is what happens when the people that believe they know better than others start thinking they seem to cost the everyone more money and they could be given the facts about how they will cost us a lot more but they continue on the same road to the train wreck. When they are proven wrong they will not admit it even though they have been proven without a doubt they are wrong they will not stop until the train wreck happens and continue to say they were right.

  • Colleen

    Just another way to hurt us peons, the unwashed masses! Obama and his thugs could care less what we pay for anything. It doesn’t affect them, so why should it?

    • Gorrie

      We pay for what they get and what we need

  • real patriot

    Of course, we’ll be paying more at the pump. The big O has shut down most of OUR gulf oil production which was a third of our annual source for oil. I guess his good buddy, Soros, will be charging us a lot more for that one-third deficit. Isn’t that convenient. Get ready for everything to go up!

    • Am2sweet

      It’s not just Obama either. Those special interest groups ‘trying’ to save ‘mother earth’ are against drilling or building more power plants. And Obama is stupid enough to listen to them. Of course I do also believe that Obama and a few others will make money off the deal.

    • Richard Diazr

      The hypocrisy of our politicians knows no bounds. They have been screaming like forever about weaning ourselves from foreign oil, developing fuel efficient cars, and creating fuels to make us independent from the greedy Arabs and what has been accomplished so far? Answer, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.Our gov. just loves to create taxes.

    • Allen

      It seems like everything went up in price since Obama was put in office but i think most of it is the people he self appointed that is causing most of the problems as he knows they are socialist or marxist. I also believe there will not be another presidential election again if he is not removed from office soon.It don’t matter what the republicans want even if they will try to work for we the people because he is going to do what he wants to do no matter how the vote goes.

  • sherry

    thats so he can take another 2 week vacation!!

    • Gorrie

      you pay for tht.

    • Joan

      I think he should take a two year vacation and take all his socialist henchmen with him. They can cause less trouble that way.

    • emerutil

      IN HELL!

    • handyman

      Jail, of course!

  • Katherine

    Obama is an absolute failure. We need to focus on getting our house in order. Defund anything he and his band of criminals tries to shove through Congress the Senate. And, remember…it’s George W. Bush’s fault!

    • Gorrie

      Obama owns the gas prices 100 %

    • http://www.totalaccessofholland.mylightyear.net Daniel Lee Troost

      It’s all Obama,the Democrats and all the Socialist. Lets add the New World Order
      to that. George Soros is the major
      problem to this oil/energy increase. George
      Soros wants to rule the world “666”!!!

  • Bob

    I am so glad the people who voted for Obuma are getting what they voted for. My sympathy is with those who voted intelligently.

    • Gorrie

      Those who voted for Obama do not pay taxes.

    • whackajig

      47% of our workers pay zero federal income tax. Nada, zip, they are parasites who do not contribute to the costs of running this nation. They are, however, the people who elected Komissar Obamavitch.

  • TaterSalad

    More at the pump is in line with Obama’s green agenda he and his loons are pushing. By placing an extension on the oil drilling off the shore(s) creates “less” oil on the market with a large demand and 30 million Chinese cars and growing at a rate of 3 million more each year. Obama wants you to by Saudi Muslim oil and be happy! I choose to express my dissatifaction in 2012 when He becomes unemployed.

    • Gorrie

      He gets 3 years of un-employment checks.

  • James Maxwell

    Obama is a vile liar and corrupt socialist. He stated prior to the election that he would banrupt the power companies by any means necessary. He and his foul minions, Harry and Nancy, worked hard to make it almost impossible for us to be energy independent. While they lifted the drilling blocade they put in effect thru their Tsars rules that effectively block permits for offshore drilling. The sooner he and his minions of Socialist bigorty are removed from office the sooner our nation can begin the recovere form corruption and raism. Obama makes Carter and Clinton look almost respectable.

  • Jeff Hardfman

    Tod is right. I very carefully logged the price of oil per barrel to the pump price on the last go around. Oil was $147 a barrel and the pump price was $3.18. It just goes to show that there is no real correlation, just how bad they want to screw us.

    • Gorrie

      You are correct, I say it is time we the people screwed them to a post.

    • Allen

      Does anyone know how to make a still? There’s your gas.

  • Richard Ferguson

    Pickensplan.com says we can have 40 to 50% lower fuels costs at the pump if we convert our existing cars and the nation’s trucks to run on plentiful liquefied natural gas. We would also get off of importing oil in 7 years and reduce carbon emissions by 29%! Join the Pickens Army, I did.

    • Wild Bill

      T. Boone Pickens of Dallas, at one time lived and operated Mesa Petroleum in Amarillo, Texas. The people who worked for him found him to be a dictator. A scum bag who even cancelled all of his employees news paper subscriptions without their permission when the paper printed something true, but negative about him. He got mad at Amarillo because there was so much resistance to his demands and moved his operation to Dallas. He said Amarillo was nothing but a big truck stop. Most Amarillo people were happy to see him go. If you deal with him, keep your eyes on his hands.

  • mesaman

    Every time I inhale I find myself paying more for the mistakes of “the annointed messiah” aka Nostrobama. The only relief I have, anymore is by showing my appreciation by flatulating in his name.

  • http://robertjavorka@gmail.com RJJ

    The higher OBAMA GAS goes the better he thinks the battery driven cars look. It doesn’t matter that these autos are $Thousands over priced or if the owners will ever reap any savings from them.
    Oboner’s mind set is to create a European One World Economy. Outrageous gas prices will limit auto travel, vacations, air flights, family budgets, business trips and every aspect of living. Higher food prices to pay for increased trucking costs. Just like bankrupt Europe. Oboner’s brainwashing by evil forces is in plain sight.
    He’s taken advantage of the great oil spill. No more drilling for oil in the Gulf or anywhere. Other countries have moved in to take our oil and sell it back to us, adding to the cost. And taxing gas is another way to pay for more spending.
    Our economy’s survival sadly depends on the Obama Media. The new Republican House must take on the media and expose the horns growing in their demon heads. Somehow the media must realize THEIR survival depends on TRUTH.

    • Bobcat

      we have more than enough oil here in our country for more than 100 years, why can’t we use our own oil and thumb our noses at the foreign oil?? and get off the oil dependent kick.

    • whackajig

      We do in fact have ample amounts of unused energy in oil, coal and natural gas. Government rules and regulations make it cost prohibitive to make us self reliant.

    • Joan

      My question is: Where do they think the electricity to charge these wonderful energy-saving cars comes from?????

  • guyb

    The white house will not let us drill for our own oil and keep all the money spent on imported oil because they get there kickbacks(BRIBES) from some of that imported oil. Look,America,we have trillions of barrels of our own oil and yet the white house says we can not drill because some bug or lizard or frog is far more important than the American people. Look up just bakken on any computer. 500 billion barrels of oil and then look up colorado oil shale and anwar and you get the point. If we drilled for our own oil then the middle east muslims could not control us but what is obama? A muslim…. Lets take back our nation…..

    • Bobcat

      who was here first, the oil or the endangered spieces??

    • mesaman

      A big TOUCHE for that Mr Cat. I really think Mr President put too much confidence in the likes of Pelosi, Reid, and Abby Dinnerjacket of Iran. Now we get to take the shaft.

    • whackajig

      If being first is the only criteria which counts, then our only mode of transportation should be “Shanks Mare” ( your own two feet).

      American’s love their various motor vehicles and our nation has the unused reserves in the ground to provide relatively cheap gasoline…………… let’s demand that it be done.

  • Ann

    What a failure obama is…Carter looks terrific now. We pay more for gas while he stops all the oil drilling. He’s doing it deliberately.Why would anyone shut down the gulf oil drilling when it supplies approx.1/3 of our oil.We need to shut down the EPA and start defunding them.
    Ann

    • Bobcat

      not to mention supplying jobs for our people and economy.

  • cheryl jessup

    It’s a matter of supply and demand. When Obama cut of drilling in this country the supply went down along with thousands of jobs. That’s his idea of creating jobs? It took a while but I’m convinced he is trying to destroy this country. Don’t listen to what he says, just watch what he does.

    • Joan

      It was get back time for GWB Dick Cheney and Haliburton. I’d take them now over this radical regime anytime. At least we’d have jobs and oil!!!!

      Vote them all out. NOVEMBER 2011…CHANGE I CAN BELIEVE IN!!!!!

    • Allen

      It’s Nov. 2012 not 2011.

    • whackajig

      Ahhhhh, let’s move it up some and get rid of these frackers now.

    • Joan

      I meant 2011. We’re stuck with this president but not with Congress. Congress is what we have to change by voting them out EVERY YEAR!

  • chuck lockwood

    Thats what I’m talking about!

  • CHUCK

    GAS IS UP BECAUSE OF THE GULF OIL RIG SHUTDOWN. AND NOW WE IMPORT MORE FROM THOSE AMERICAN LOVING MUSLIM COUNTRIES. OR IS IT THAT OBAMA IS IN ON IT WITH BIG OIL??? HAHAHA

    • Joan

      Bobby Jindal has the right idea. Screw Obama and the socialist regime. I’d vote for him in 2012!

    • Stephen

      Bobby Jindal has stated he has no intentions of running for office.

      General Stanley A. McChrystal for President

    • whackajig

      About screwing obungle. Do you not know that blacks have AIDS at a rate ten times that of white folks?

    • Joan

      And kids too!

  • http://Windows scout

    Those dummies in Oregon, Just passed a 6 cent a gallon tax on there gasoline. I guess to pay the attendants who pump it for you. They think the public is too dumb to know how to pump gas.God please save us from this government.

  • TakethePowerBack

    all them in D.C. have tax payer funded gas cards. they haven’t payed for fuel ever.

  • Ron Hob

    If we are not allowed to drill in our own country,that is what will happen. We need to quit buying oil from Olamas pals and start drilling our own oil & gas!! And send Olamma Home to kenya!!

  • Randy131

    If you read the last US National Geographic report, you will find that this government agency admits that the United States has more oil reserves than any other nation on earth. Before the discovery of the oilfield on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, the US, with the Balkan oilfield and the oilfields known to be in the Gulf of Mexico, had a 100 year plus reserve at the rate of usage today, including the estimated historical increases, but with the discovery of that new oilfield, it is estimated that we now have a 200 year plus reserve, which also includes the estimated historical increases. But as this article explains, the government refuses to issue the permits to start retrieving this surplus that is mostly on government owned lands, which would bring gas prices down below a dollar a gallon. People must remember that gasoline taxes are based on a percentage of sale per gallon, therefore, the higher the price per gallon the more tax dollars the government takes in. The government has to pay for Obamacare somehow. Global warming has been proven to be a farce, but the government must keep the American people believing in it to justify raising the prices of energy and thereby their tax revenue, which is based on a percentage of those prices. Wake up America, all the scam artists are not just in the private sector, but the biggest are in our government. As Boone Pickens has exclaimed, the purchase of foreign oil has created the largest peaceful transference of wealth out of one country that has ever happened in the history of the world. This has devalued the dollar, and is one of the main reasons for inflation, besides Unionism, that the United States has seen since the 1960s.

  • Andrew

    It’s the government who’s the enemy and the main stream media that’s in their front pocket playing pocket pool….the government has no intention to make the middle class any better. Obama is hell bent on completing his agenda and at any cost to the American public. The new legislation that just passed that involves the FCC, FDA, EPA and every other dept. out there, involves making our lives harder and to make their live easier and also to take more from us monitarily, Obama has no intention of restoring the oil rigs in the gulf of Mexico…he made his intention very clear during his campaign when he said that under his administration energy prices would necessarily skyrocket. Therefore, we as Americans, need to be more self reliant and not rely so much on government and we have to remember that they work for us, not the other way around….and to the person who mentioned Fox News, they are the only news agency who is fair and balanced, getting both sides of the issues discussed from both side sand not like main stream media who won’t even talk about most issues, but only on those that benefit the left and themselves. Our nation btw is being punished for its failure to acknowledge God and its constant embrace of homosexuality in every facet of life. We have drifted away from God starting in 1963 when the government took out public prayer from schools, then government intrusion into our lives in very incremental steps along the way to where we are today since then, and the
    american public have done nothing about it to stop it. It’s the liberal minded people who have allowed this to happen and who have allowed our nation to become this sespool of debauchery it has become today. We are on our way to becoming just like the european nations that are currently collapsing in on themselves because of extreme selfishness, pride and their exclusionistic views of God in their lives…..without God, we have no life, only chaos and confussion, anger and strife….Happy New Year.

  • Pointdan

    DRILL HERE & DRILL NOW.
    While Obama stops drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, he oks a $2 billion loan to Brazil to help them with oil drilling.
    It’s simply the redistribution of wealth at work.
    Make America weaker & poorer and give OUR money to the rest of the world.
    Better wake up America by Nov 6,2012 . . . .

    • Tom SC

      Pointdan, That Brazillian oil deal was for the benifit of George Soros….

    • emerutil

      Dammit!! It may very well be too late by then!

  • http://Yahoo.com Thomas Martin

    When is the citizens of the united States Of America going to realize that the government is nothing but mobsters taht are voted in to line their pockets with our hard earned tax dollars.

    This barack Hussein Obama’s administration is the worst that ever was, and still imposing more taxes with this gasloene tax.

    Think anyone of these crooked democrat congress men or senators gives a rats ass about what is going on they’re in fat city.

    We the people done a really good job of getting rid of some of these monsters, but there is more we have to do.

    Please write your congress men and senaters to let them know we the people are tired and sick of this wasteful spending and back door dealing in the middle of the night crap. Buying votes with tax payers money is unconstitutional. I say make them quit spending tax dollars for any and all campaigns. The people will contribute to the party of there choice, not have their harn earned tax dollars going to an asshole they don’t support.

  • http://Windows scout

    I need to say something. These freedom of speech sites are leaving us fast. The feds look at them as evil and are shutting them down. No more free speech.

  • G.Soros

    Hope & Change. Hope & Change. Hope & Change.
    &
    Love It.

  • L. Bock

    I’m so sick of the current adminstration, Jimmy, looks like a g ood president compared to this one.

  • Stephen

    People, go back to Dec. ’08. The liberals then stated that they would rather see gas prices go to $15.00 a gallon than see any oil drill for on American soil. Yes, that is a quote! Now go back to the first Gulf War. A representative from the oil industry in 1990 stated on CNN (I watch it) that we will not start pumping oil from TX, OK, etc. “until” the gas prices hit “at least” $5.00 a gallon. When Bush was in office, liberal carry on time and time again about Bush having stock in the oil industry yet when he was quoted saying that he had nothing against drilling, oil price per barrel dropped $20 literally over night. Liberals actually believe that Obama doesn’t own any stock in the oil companies but is doing all that he can to see prices go back to what the were just a few years ago. Who do you think the oil companies are happier with? Yet, liberals don’t believe he owns any stock in them. Really people, who’s kidding whom?

  • http://bellsouth maggie

    THIS MAN IS A FIRST CLASS ASS!!!!! ALL HE THINKS ABOUT IS HIMSELF. HE IS A MWNACE TO OUR COUNTRY, HEIS WORKING WITH GEORGE SOROS WHO IS ALSO RUINING OUR COUNTRY LET’S IMPEACH THIS MAN . HE IS NO ——–GOOD !!!!