GAS PRICES HAVE DOUBLED SINCE OBAMA TOOK OFFICE, ISN’T THAT WHAT HE WANTED?
During a Thursday teleprompter reading, Barack Obama shared his (well-founded) belief that Republicans see rising gas prices as a political opportunity and thus, are “licking their chops.”
Although, one wonders why O would anticipate the Republicans licking their chops, since he usually licks his chops as he blames everything on them. Sounds like he thinks they just might have something to lick their chops about, doesn’t it?
He also maintained that the Republicans’ “three-point plan“ to solve the problem of rising gas costs will simply be to “drill” – and drill some more. And the problem with more drilling is what, Mr. President?
“Only in politics, do people root for bad news,” said the Hypocrite-in-Chief, who last year presented a budget to Congress that he not only knew didn’t have a snowball’s change in hell of passing – he didn’t want it to pass – precisely so he could exploit the “bad news” of the “do-nothing Congress” for political purposes. Nice try, O.
“You can bet that, since it’s an election year, they’re already dusting off their three-point plan for two-dollar gas. And 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.”
“Since it’s an election year,” O? You haven’t stopped campaigning for the 2012 election since you ran in the 2008 election – who the hell are you to talk about “election years?”
While the Campaigner-in-Chief is quick with political one-liners on rising gas prices, here’s a look at the reality of Obama’s efforts to drive up the price of energy – as he infamously told us in 2008 he hoped would happen. Buckle your seat belts, America.
Obama has blamed everything from the instability in the Middle East to Republicans for the rising price of oil, but the reality is this: the Obama Regime simply hasn’t focused on reducing our dependence on foreign energy. In fact, he did everything but kiss Brazil on the lips in a failed effort to become its “best customer.”
While the following represent only a small part of the Regime’s overall efforts to stifle new energy production, here’s a look at some of the key data points from the chart:
- February 4, 2009 – Just months after Obama’s Energy Secretary said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” the Regime begins “scrapping leases for oil-shale development” and cancels 77 leases for oil and gas production in Utah. Gas is $1.91 a gallon.
- March 7, 2009 – ABC News says the White House is “closely monitoring” the expedited Solyndra loan project even as it was delaying new American energy production that would help make us less dependent on foreign energy. Gas is $1.94 a gallon.
- June 27, 2009 – Obama urges the Senate to adopt House Democrats’ “cap and trade” national energy tax – the same plan O once admitted would cause electricity rates to “necessarily skyrocket.” Then-Minority Leader Boehner later said the bill “would raise electricity prices, increase gasoline prices, and ship American jobs to countries like China and India.” Gas is $2.50 a gallon.
- January 7, 2010 – The Regime announces new bureaucratic hurdles to American energy production that Secretary Salazar admitted “could add delays to the leasing and drilling process.” Gas is $2.67 a gallon.
- March 31, 2010 – Instead of opening new areas to energy exploration and development, Obama blocks deep-ocean energy production on 60% of America’s Outer Continental Shelf. Gas is $2.80 a gallon.
- December 1, 2010 – Obama re-imposes and expands the moratorium on offshore energy production. Gas is $2.86 a gallon.
- January 2, 2011 – TIME reports that the Obama Regime issued the first in a series of regulations designed to unilaterally impose a national energy tax. Gas is $3.05 a gallon.
- May 5, 2011 – The Regime issues a formal statement opposing House-passed Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act (H.R. 1230), and Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act (H.R. 1229) legislation designed to jumpstart American energy production, address rising gas prices, and help create new jobs. Gas is $3.96 a gallon.
- June 21, 2011 – The Regime opposes the House-passed Jobs & Energy Permitting Act that would unlock an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil and 132 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Gas is $3.65 a gallon.
- November 8, 2011 – The Regime releases a plan for a five-year moratorium on offshore energy production, placing “some of the most promising energy resources in the world off-limits,” according to the House Natural Resources Committee. Gas is $3.42 a gallon.
- January 18, 2012 – Obama rejects the bipartisan Keystone XL pipeline and the more than 20,000 jobs that would come with it. Gas is $3.39 a gallon.
- February 24, 2012 – Average price of gas today: $3.64; Average price of gas when President Bush left office: $1.78.
The next time you hear Barack Obama take a slap at the Republicans for “licking their chops” over the high price of gas, consider it – to quote the man himself – a “political opportunity.”
A political opportunity by the most prolific political opportunist of our lifetime.