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Obama Blames Koch Bro For High Gas Prices

From The Hill:

Kochs: ‘Disturbing behavior’ from Obama camp looks to limit free speech

By Jonathan Easley – 02/25/12

Conservative activists and oil magnates Charles and David Koch slammed the Obama campaign for what they called “disturbing behavior” that is “at odds” with “the constitutional right to free speech.”

The allegations were made in an open letter written by Phillip Ellender, president of public affairs for the Koch Companies, in response to a fundraising letter from Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, in which Messina accused the Kochs of bankrolling “Tea Party extremism” and profiting from “jacking up prices at the pump.”

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The letter took a less nuanced position against the Obama campaign claim that the Koch brothers were responsible for rising prices at the gas pump, an issue the president’s rivals have tried to pin on him in recent weeks.

“It is false that our business model is to make millions by jacking up prices at the pump,” the letter reads in part. “We own no gasoline stations and the part of our business you allude to, oil and gas refining, actually lowers the price of gasoline by increasing supply. Either you simply misunderstand the way commodities markets work or you are misleading your supporters and the rest of the American people.”

It is a little hard to believe that the Obama campaign would mislead the American people.

Ellender closed the letter by saying that the campaign’s attack on the Kochs, as private citizens who disagree with the president’s policies, is anathema to “the way a free society should operate.”

But perfectly in line with the way that the Obama administration operates.

“That is why it is troubling to see a national political campaign apparently target individual citizens and private companies for some perceived political advantage,” the letter said. “I also hope the President will reflect on how the approach the campaign is using is at odds with our national values and the constitutional right to free speech.”

All of which is either hopelessly naive, or the heaviest of sarcasm. We are not sure which.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, February 27th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obama Blames Koch Bro For High Gas Prices”

  1. GetBackJack

    Well, to be fair, this bed was on fire when Obama got to Office, thanks to the Democratic Party, environmentalists and whoever the hell it is who manipulates oil production …. for the past 40 years. (I’m looking at yo, Saudi appeasers)

    Obama has just chosen to enflame, enrage and take advantage of this ongoing disaster and make it worse for his own gain.

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    “Obama has just chosen to enflame, enrage and take advantage of this ongoing disaster and make it worse for his own gain.

    Seems to me that there was another political lightweight who did something like this in the 1930’s. They told me about him in school…wait, don’t tell me…..starts with “H”….. had a party called the brown turds….or brown stains or something….Used to get up at the podium and scream his lungs out about the Jooooooooooos and the rich business owners and stuff like that. Charlie Chaplin mustache….greasy hair….hm….

    I’ll think of it in a minute.

  3. BigOil

    Those Koch brothers are more devious than we could have imagined. They are somoehow able to control the price of gasoline despite operating only about 3% of the refining capacity in the US. Good thing the regime has them on their enemies list.

  4. JohnMG

    …..”All of which is either hopelessly naive, or the heaviest of sarcasm. We are not sure which……”

    I’ll take “heaviest of sarcasm” for $1000, Alex!


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