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AP: Nobody Blames Obama For Gas Prices

From the always dependable Associated Press:

Unhappy public not sure who to blame for high gas

March 22, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Families canceling vacations. Fishermen watching their profits burn up along with their boats’ gasoline. Drivers buying only a few gallons of gas at a time because they can’t afford to fill the tank.

From all corners of the country, Americans are irritated these days by record-high fuel prices that have soared above $4 a gallon in some states and could top $5 by summer. And the cost is becoming a political issue just as the presidential campaign kicks into high gear.

Some blame President Barack Obama. Some just cite "the government," while others believe it’s the work of big, greedy oil companies. No matter who is responsible, almost everyone seems to want the government to do something, even if people aren’t sure what, exactly, it should or can do

Chris Kaufman, who spends $120 a week on gas to travel the 60 miles between his two jobs, at the University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls and at a hotel in Vermillion, S.D., blames the price spike on threats from Iran to cut off oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz

Blames Iranians.

Still, he believes the president has little control over gas prices, adding that it is commodities traders who really dictate prices.

Trucker Cory Nissen of Ruther Glen, Va., agrees.

"The president is nothing but a fall guy," Nissen said as he took a break from his rig at a stop in Wilton, N.Y., earlier this week…

Two people don’t blame Obama. They blame commodities traders.

In truth, there is not a lot the president and Congress can do in the short term to push down gasoline prices. They are tied to oil prices, which have climbed in recent months, pushed by increased consumption from developing nations in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East and by concerns about supply disruptions in Iran and elsewhere…

The AP absolves Obama (and Congress). Something they never did when Bush was President. And, as Bush proves, they are not telling the truth with Obama. Since Bush did lower the price of gas by allowing more domestic drilling.

Among the things the government can do to bring prices down is reduce gasoline taxes or push to get more fuel-efficient cars on the road. The first new fuel standards since 1990 are just now going into effect, and the U.S. auto fleet is now more efficient than ever

So how come the price of gas is still going up?

In New York City, some cab drivers say the high cost of gas is prompting them to race through the streets of Manhattan even more recklessly than usual to pick up more passengers during a shift.

"When the gas is up, the money you make is going down," said Less Sylla, who paid $4.17 a gallon earlier this week. "You see a lot of drivers, they’re driving, boom-boom-boom, because the lease is too high and it’s working on their minds. So that’s why they go like that, and it causes a lot of accidents."

Sylla, who said he will vote for Obama, blames greedy oil companies

Another person who blames the greedy oil companies and not Obama.

Milton Walker Jr., whose Louisiana tour company takes vacationers on boat rides through the alligator-infested swamps, said he raised prices last year because of the increased cost of fuel and will do it again if gas hits $5 a gallon. He blames the Federal Reserve, saying it hasn’t kept inflation in check.

"I don’t think it matters who’s president," he said.

What a coincidence. The AP found another person who does not blame Obama. He blames the Federal Reserve.

Shrimpers in Louisiana and lobstermen in Maine complain that high fuel prices are cutting into their profits. Craig Rogers, who burns through 50 gallons of gas a day tending his lobster traps along Maine’s rocky coast, blames commodities traders, though he questions whether politicians are doing enough. He said politicians are too well off to really grasp what ordinary people are going through.

"They can say they feel for us, they can say they understand us, but when you have that kind of money, there’s no way you can truly understand what we’re feeling," he said…

So the AP finally found a person who was willing to "question" where "politicians" are doing enough.

This is what passes for journalism in the United States Of Obama.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “AP: Nobody Blames Obama For Gas Prices”

  1. untrainable says:

    If gas prices are pushed by increased consumption from developing nations in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East and by concerns about supply disruptions in Iran and elsewhere…, and increasing supply (drill baby drill) wouldn’t have any effect on gas prices (per the boy king himself) explain to me how new fuel standards and exploding electric cars affect Asian fuel comsumption levels, or middle east nutjob power plays?

    More windmills… that’ll make those evil Asians stop using so much oil.
    More exploding cars… then the Iranians can just wait for our own cars to kill us in our sleep.

    Then all will be right with the world. [gag]

  2. tranquil.night says:

    They are really setting Spike up to be the great hero. Either upward pressure on oil is going to stabilize for a while, or it won’t and the regime will take light, short-term action closer to the election, like releasing strategic reserves.

    Regardless, just wait. They say there’s nothing he can do? Just wait. The moment we settle in at a new normal at 3.50-4/gal for a bit (the psychological threshhold), it’ll be Gutsy Call alone who managed it.

  3. P. Aaron says:

    We’d get better info from a local HS newspaper.

  4. wirenut says:

    This suit ran and said, We need to pay more for energy. His own words. Put more Eco-crats in office and we have what is called, today. Just wait for the next four. Sorry folk’s, I don’t speak in grovel very well.
    This de-horn has amassed the biggest anti-American force since Stalin. No hope, just change.

  5. wirenut says:

    OH! For those of you not from my neck of the woods. De-horn is a colloquialism for “No Balls”! Think steer, no bull.

  6. canary says:

    Gas is so high, AP reporters barely made it to gas stations and did article at the pumps, because they couldn’t afford to drive anywhere. Otherwise, AP would have taken time to do some leg work in research, and speaking to experts.

    Hasn’t Obama said the high cost is to discourage people from buying and keeping a reserve appealing to the rich liberals and stars.

    Now Obama is specifically blaming it on Iran so people want the sanctions lifted.

    A rich movie start talking for everyday Americans about the “Road we’ve traveled” is a hoot.

    Prices raised over night on everything once Obama came into office saying we were doomed.

  7. MZmaj7 says:

    It is true that Iran, traders, and the Fed all have a significant effect on oil prices. But that certainly doesn’t mean “there is not a lot the president and Congress can do in the short term to push down gasoline prices.” That is a lie, because the branches control the supply of US oil.

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