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Liberals Continue to Flip-Flop on High Gas Prices



When that evil oil tycoon and robber baron George W. Bush was in office and gas prices went up it was all the rage for Democrat’s in congress & a complicit media to place the blame squarely on the presidents shoulders… today, with the “anointed won” in the Oval we here nary a peep from either.

From our own NiceDeb

Hypocrisy on and by the left is nothing new, in fact, it’s a constant like death & taxes but glaring hypocrisy on display by the media and the utter lack of engagement by Democrat Senators and Congress-Critters on the issue of high gas prices is entering the realm of über-ridiculousness.

Today Accuracy in Media highlighted the media’s part in a piece called CNN 2008: High gas prices = BUSH!!! | CNN 2011: High gas prices = no easy answers

A blog at today begins as follows:

President Barack Obama confronted two political realities this week:
– Rising gas prices are bad for a politician’s poll numbers
– There is almost nothing a politician can do about it, at least in the short run.

Read the article here and see for yourself how CNN defends President Obama’s actions regarding oil prices. CNN showcases Obama’s recent rhetoric about gas prices, while conveniently neglecting to fact check any of President Obama’s claims (as CNN did when covering President Bush’s gas price rhetoric in past years).

Throughout the article, President Obama is depicted as an everyman who is just as concerned about gas prices as you are—and just as helpless as you are, too. There are “no easy answers,” the blog entry concludes, immediately after quoting President Obama’s complaint that such things as natural disasters and pirates were “not in [his] campaign platform.” “Add gas prices to the list,” CNN adds.

The blog entry is strange, given CNN’s past with holding Republican presidents accountable for fuel price spikes.

The post goes on to feature articles CNN ran in 2008, Two oil men’ to blame for high gas prices, Pelosi says and Bush: Congress standing between Americans and offshore oil where “CNN  states: “What the president should do immediately to lower gas prices, Pelosi said, is release oil from the 700 million barrels in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.” There is no mention of the “political reality” that apparently, no politician can make a difference regarding American gas prices.”

In 2007 Pelosi blasted Bush when gas prices rose above $3 per gallon…

House Speaker Pelosi criticizes rising gas prices and announces committee hearings and other actions meant to show voters that Democrats aren’t just standing there but doing SOMETHING about high gas prices.

Here’s a video from 2008 where Pelosi promised that Democrats had a solution for lowering gas prices…

…What happened to that?

Is there any wonder why Networks Link Bush to ‘Skyrocketing’ Gas Prices 15 Times More Than Obama?

Here’s candidate Obama Apr 25, 2008 from theblogprof:

Back in April 2008, Obama decries higher gas prices:

Unfortunately, once elected, he went right to war with oil, so vehemently that a federal judgefounf Obama in contempt for usurping the US Constitution: Shocker: Judge holds Obama regime in contempt over illegal drilling ban. That coupled with Obama’s incompetence at any semblance of foreign policy is setting up a nightmare scenario for oil prices that will hurt our economy. Gas is already above $4 a gallon in California and most expect that threshold to be breached across the nation this summer. Here’s how things have been going since Democrats took total control of Congress and the executive branch:

Looks like Larry Elder was right, once again, when he wrote in Dec. 2010 $5 gas! What, no pitchforks?

Five dollars per gallon of gas by 2012! A former president of Shell Oil considers this likely. The average price on Christmas Day for a gallon of regular gas reached $3.28 in Los Angeles County, the highest price since October 2008. In one month, the price rose 13 cents, up 35 cents year to year.

Where are the calls to sic Obama’s Justice Department on Big Oil to hold the oil companies accountable for “market manipulation”? Why aren’t we hunting down the amoral “oil speculators” responsible for repealing the law of supply-and-demand in order to line their pockets?

During President George W. Bush’s administration, we constantly heard demands to hold the president accountable for “Big Oil’s price gouging.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., just two years ago, knew exactly whom to blame for “skyrocketing” oil prices: “The price of oil is at the doorstep; $4-plus per gallon for oil is attributed to two oilmen in the White House and their protectors in the United States Senate.”

In 2007, when the average national price ranged from $2.17 to $3.22, then-Sen. Barack Obama demanded that the Federal Trade Commission investigate Big Oil for “price manipulation.” In 2008, presidential candidate Obama urged the Justice Department “to open an investigation into whether energy traders have been engaged in illegal activities that have helped drive up the price of oil and food.”

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Obama also called for “a windfall-profits penalty on oil selling at or over $80 per barrel.” As of Christmas 2010, a barrel of oil sold at slightly above $90. What happened to the windfall-profits tax?

Yes, back then the average price per gallon was four bucks. But blaming “oilman” Bush for high prices began when the average price was well below today’s $3.05 national average.

The average price was $1.72 on March 5, 2003, when CBS News posted a story online with this headline: “Dems Blame Bush For High Oil Prices.” It referred to an investigative report by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. Levin blamed Bush’s post-9/11 decision to increase the amount of oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve by 40 million barrels in 2002 – bringing the total to 600 million. Levin said, “We’re confident this had a significant impact on the price of oil in 2002.” Never mind that the Bush administration called the amount of oil diverted too small to matter.

The average price was $2.80 on April 22, 2006, when posted an article with the headline “Democrats blame Bush for high gas prices”: “Consumer gasoline prices continue to soar as the Bush administration places too much emphasis on drilling reserves and not enough on alternative fuels, Democrats said.” The article quoted Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who praised Brazil’s “energy independence.” “In Brazil,” Nelson said, “drivers are filling up their cars with ethanol instead of gasoline.”


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