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NYT 2006: Dems Exploit Anger At Gas Prices

From the archives of the New York Times:

Democrats Eager to Exploit Anger Over Gas Prices

By MICHAEL JANOFSKY
April 24, 2006

WASHINGTON, April 20 — Democrats running for Congress are moving quickly to use the most recent surge in oil and gasoline prices to bash Republicans over energy policy, and more broadly, the direction of the country.

With oil prices hitting a high this week and prices at the pump topping $3 a gallon in many places, Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic Senate candidate in Minnesota, is making the issue the centerpiece of her campaign. Ms. Klobuchar says it "is one of the first things people bring up" at her campaign stops.

To varying degrees, Democrats around the country are following a similar script that touches on economic anxiety and populist resentment against oil companies.

"It’s a metaphor for an economy that keeps biting people despite overall good numbers," said Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Mr. Schumer said Democratic candidates in 10 of the 34 Senate races this year had scheduled campaign events this week focusing on gasoline prices.

Officials at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which advises House candidates, said they sent a memorandum to candidates on Thursday offering guidance on using the issue to their advantage. The memorandum includes a "sample statement" that recommends telling voters, "Americans are tired of giving billion-dollar tax subsidies to energy companies and foreign countries while paying record prices at the pump."

Increasing gasoline prices have put Republicans on the defensive at a time when they are counting on the economy to help offset the myriad other problems they face, starting with the Iraq war.

Republicans say they have spent years advocating policies that would reduce the reliance on imported oil, largely by promoting more domestic energy production, and they point to the energy bill that President Bush signed last August as a step in that direction. They said that the law encouraged conservation and greater use of ethanol in gasoline and that it would have done more for domestic oil supplies if Democrats had not fought so hard against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

While Democrats are eagerly laying blame for the situation on the Republicans, they did little to advance energy measures in eight years under President Bill Clinton. Democrats remain split to some degree over how to proceed, but in general favor greater investment in "clean fuel" technologies, more incentives for driving fuel-efficient vehicles and stronger steps toward reducing emissions of greenhouse gases…

Daniel Yankelovich, chairman of Public Agenda, said the survey found that 90 percent of Americans viewed the lack of energy independence as a risk to security, that 88 percent said problems abroad were endangering supplies and increasing prices and that 85 percent believed that the federal government could do something if it tried.

In a similar survey six months earlier, Mr. Yankelovich said, just Iraq generated those levels of concern.

"If Democrats can make an explicit connection that Senator So-and-so could have done more but didn’t, the message will resonate among voters," he said. "This has really become a hot-button issue."

If voter anger stays high, Democrats, as the minority party, stand to benefit most, said Amy Walter, a political analyst for The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan newsletter.

"Angry voters are motivated voters," Ms. Walter said. "If the message in November is one of change, this is helping to make the case for Democrats."

The spotlight on energy also provides environmentalists and liberals generally opportunities to make broader points. Amid a blaze of publicity, former Vice President Al Gore is about to release a documentary about global warming that urges, among other points, more aggressive steps to cut tailpipe emissions…

That would be Al Gore’s Nobel Prize winning documentary, ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’

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8 Responses to “NYT 2006: Dems Exploit Anger At Gas Prices”

  1. finebammer59 says:

    “Democrats Eager to Exploit Anger Over Gas Prices”

    and what has changed in the last five years???

    nothing.

    the president has spent the last few weeks blaming republicans for HIS FAILURE to move forward with the keystone XL pipeline construction.

    which considering the circumstance in the middle east is INCREDIBLY STUPID.

    “While Democrats are eagerly laying blame for the situation on the Republicans, they did little to advance energy measures in eight years under President Bill Clinton. Democrats remain split to some degree over how to proceed, but in general favor greater investment in “clean fuel” technologies, more incentives for driving fuel-efficient vehicles and stronger steps toward reducing emissions of greenhouse gases…”

    nothing’s changed here either. (other than a more significant percentage of the population recognizes the global warming farce for what it is)

    big government went on from here to push the incredibly stupid ethanol program that unnecessarily inflated food prices for questionable (at best) results in the energy marketplace. the fact is that the higher percentage of ethanol in your fuel, the less bang (literally) for the buck you get in your car. if you drive a “pre-owned” vehicle, the “ef15” fuel can actually damage your ride incrementally over time and if you’ve made the mistake of using it in a small engine, (lawn mower or weed wacker) you already know the consequences.

    “Daniel Yankelovich, chairman of Public Agenda, said the survey found that 90 percent of Americans viewed the lack of energy independence as a risk to security, that 88 percent said problems abroad were endangering supplies and increasing prices and that 85 percent believed that the federal government could do something if it tried.”

    this too, has not changed. it should come as a shock to no one the american people’s wisdom and understanding of the situation and yet the continued failure of their government to solve the problem in a practical manner.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      This pResident is the perfect example of teen-thinking writ large.

      By that I mean, like the teen who figures out twenty different excuses for why he didn’t clean the garage, but also thinks up twnety reasons why he should be given the car keys on Saturday night (to include, “it’s not fair”, “It’s my turn” and “you’re just being mean”), Obama comes up with some of the lamest reasoning for why he stops things that would be good policy for American energy needs while expending about 1000 times more ergs on how to do end-runs around congress and the process of law.

      If he spent that much effort on making the US solvent, we’d be in the black, so-to-speak and for a long time to come. Therefore, it is conclusive that he is intentionally destructive, not ignorant or stupid. He is fighting against the tide and wind to steer this ship into perilous waters where he hears the sirens calling him and he seems to think that going any other direction is stupid or insane. Thus is the mind of a megalomaniac. There is no way he would even consider the wrongness of his actions or his position. In one small way I am glad that the limits of the office serve to frustrate him, not that he isn’t doing everything he can to usurp that. The time for his impeachment has come and gone and I am doubly furious with the rest of our government who stand there looking at the floor with their hands in their pockets while John Boehner says, “We’re just a fraction of the great big government…what can we do? Waahhhhhhhh!”

      It’s disgusting.

    • finebammer59 says:

      “it is conclusive that he is intentionally destructive,…..”

      being “intentionally destructive” is………………STUPID.

  2. River0 says:

    Any American adult who is dumb enough to believe the Demonic Party on energy policy deserves the miserable fate in store for him or her. Obama publicly announced in 2006, ’07, and ’08 that he WANTS high energy prices at every level, electric rates, gasoline, coal, and home heating oil. He said in one famous interview, “Energy prices must necessarily rise… the coal industry will be driven out of business….”

    His strategy is designed so Americans will be FORCED into his Utopian plans for ‘green’ energy. It spells POWER for him, his minions, and sycophants.

    This is a global strategy and we’re seeing just how destructive it is. China and India are the big winners, because nobody requires them to get off oil and coal. The EU can no longer generate the growth to pay for their Socialist Utopia, and it’s bankrupt. We’re right behind them.

    This is a recipe for national suicide and enslavement to Big Brother.

  3. wirenut says:

    Ditto! We can, and would end this now. Jobs and cheeper fuel, as well as a growning economy, all stem from our own
    Independance “FROM” Government. Turn us lose Mr. President! Turn the American public free! See what we’ll build next. It will kick Abe’s axe.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    A FAILURE OF BIG GOVERNMENT

    Department of Energy was created in 1977 by Democrat Jimmy Carter due the oil crisis. It was made primarily to find a way to get the United States energy independent from foreign oil. After 34 years, We STILL import 49% of our needs from foreign countries.

    Remember this:
    ►Department of Energy’s budget just for year 2011, is $27 Billion.
    ►16,000 federal employees, 90,000 contractors.
    ►34 years of billion $ budgets.
    ►From start to finish, we built the atomic bomb with today’s equivalent of $24 billion…..in 6 years.

    If anything should be the focus on high gas prices, it should be the governments poor performance, wasting billions, inability to act on the simplest options. Instead of focusing the outrage on gov’t, let’s focus on the oil industry. Are democrats to blame for anything? –ever?

  5. bobdog says:

    It seems about time for Democrats to start calling for a Windfall Profits Tax again.

    Gotta stop them Big Oil price gougers.

  6. GetBackJack says:

    December 2008 –

    Nationwide average (1) gallon unleaded – $1.65

    January 2009, Obama sworn in as President of the United States. Says $8 a gallon would be better for the nation and the environment.

    March 2012 –

    Nationwide average (1) gallon unleaded projected in 30 days to be – $4.02

    That is all

    PS – oh oh oh. Almost forgot. This change in pricing is concurrent with an announcement by the Petroleum Institute that the USA is now a net oil exporter. So, what’s with the prices if we have enough to export?

    Obama destroying the value of the dollar


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