Monday, July 14, 2008

Twiddling Thumbs on Gas Prices

From Freedomswatch: "It's now been two years since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Americans that Democrats had a commonsense solution to high gas prices. Average price per gallon when Democrats took control of Congress? $2.32. Now, as the price of gas reaches another record high of $4.11 per gallon (a 77% increase in the last two years!)"

6 comments:

Robert said...

The Democrats have done an awful lot to keep the ball in play, but not solve the problem. So far, the socialist solution to the problem (as advocated by the Democrats) has only driven the prices higher. As long as the electorate will accept their excuses, they'll get away with things. That being said, in a recent poll they received only a 9% approval rating (the lowest in history).

This could have been a bang up year for the Republicans, but they're too busy hiding from their own shadows. I suppose when you have your nominee bashing your own party, you're not going to get far.

Kevin said...

I think it's a little unfair to blame the current Democratic Congress for the rising gas prices when in fact we should be placing blame with the Democratic state and federal leadership over the last 20+ years for doing nothing to safely leverage our own natural resources which would have protected American jobs and reduced the power of nations who support terrorists and/or oppose our nation.

Dennis said...

Kevin I agree with you...the blame falls on both parties. But given the current Democratic Congress's campaign promises to do something about gas prices, I think the dramatic rise in gas prices since they came to power is quite significant!

Brent said...

"But given the current Democratic Congress's campaign promises to do something about gas prices, I think the dramatic rise in gas prices since they came to power is quite significant!"

During the 2000 campaign, Gov. Bush stated: "What I think the president ought to do [when gas prices spike] is he ought to get on the phone with the OPEC cartel and say we expect you to open your spigots…And the president of the United States must jawbone OPEC members to lower the price."

The price of gas on election day 2000? $1.53.

Dennis said...

Brent,

You're absolutely right. It was ignorant of Gov. Bush to think that by "jawboning" or negotiating with OPEC we could ensure lower oil prices.

I think Kevin is absolutly right too. What we neeeded--and what both parties have been negligent in doing--is to develop our own resources: off shore oil, Alaska oil, nuclear power, coal, wind and alternate fuel cars.

But politicians were too concerned about being elected and most Americans didn't even think it was an issue until the gas prices started to pinch their own pocketbooks.

Robert said...

I'll point out that Bush at least tried that. So far, all the Democrats have done is jump from one demon to another accusing them of manipulating prices instead of actually taking action.