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    This morning while driving to work down SR 60 in Vero Beach, Florida I was pleasantly surprised to see two gas stations selling fuel for $2.98 a gallon!  I swung into one of them and filled my tank while wondering:  "I wonder what those same Republican toads who blamed President Obama for spiking gas prices are saying now that prices are way down?"  

      When I got to the office, one of the first things I did was check Congressman Allen Webb's web site.  When gas price were going through the roof, he had a ticker on his homepage tracking how high prices were getting and used that chart as a means of attacking the President's "failed" economic policies.  

     Well, not suprisingly, "poof!" that ticker has disappeared from West's web site.  Not sure when it got yanked, but it's gone today.  Interestingly enough, there's nothing there replacing it that highlights falling gas prices or how that relates to President Obama's masterful economic skills.

     After all, according to an article posted to the Voice of America's web site on April 17, 2012 President Barack Obama called for a government “crackdown” on manipulation of oil markets.  He asked Congress Tuesday to approve a $52-million plan to expand the government's regulation of oil trading and stiffen penalties against market manipulation.

     “We can't afford a situation where speculators artificially manipulate markets by buying up oil, creating the perception of a shortage, and driving prices higher, only to flip the oil for a quick profit. We can't afford the situation where some speculators can reap millions (of dollars in profits), while millions of American families get the short end of the stick. That's not the way the market should work.”

     Gotta love his intellect and effort, but who knows if the President's action had a true impact?  I'd like to think maybe it did, but who really knows?

     Of course, most economists and reasonable people don't believe the President's actions have that much of an impact on gas prices. There are just too many volatile, unrelated factors that he has no control over.  However, if the Republicans want to put all of the blame on him when prices go up, they should give him all of the credit when prices go down.  Then again, I really don't know of any reasonable Republicans anywhere these days?

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  •  $3.09 in South Central KY (4+ / 0-)
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    mumtaznepal, MKSinSA, bkamr, FloridaSNMOM

    Saturday- We very well might see it drop below $3.00 here in the next couple of weeks.

    Intellect and romance triumph over brute force and cynicism

    by Hill Jill on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 07:34:40 AM PDT

    •  Almost there in NKY, too. I am making a (2+ / 0-)
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      point of smiling and talking about how great that is ... and how glad I am that, "Obama is doing a good job on this issue for us, now!"  

      LOL Hey, if they were blaming him for high prices around, here, a few months ago, then they get to eat their ignorance when the worm turns.  

      Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

      by bkamr on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 08:11:52 AM PDT

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  •  It would be refreshing if (6+ / 0-)

    the "liberal" media would ask Romney about this since he was the finger pointer in chief when it came to gas prices.

    The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

    by Pirogue on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 07:35:48 AM PDT

  •  Well, I'm a reasonable Republican (5+ / 0-)
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    and of course Obama doesn't deserve any credit for the decline in gas prices.  But it's also quite clear that he didn't deserve any blame for the "high" gas prices.

    In an ideal world we would have two sane parties and, assured of the knowledge that oil is finite and will therefore have a peak in production at some point, we would work together to "properly" price oil so that we can make the switch to alternative sources of energy in a timely fashion with as little pain as possible.  We don't quite live in that world do we?

    We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

    by theotherside on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 07:53:15 AM PDT

    •  Nope. And with characters like the Kochs pouring (0+ / 0-)

      money into dark PACs run by characters like Rove, we could very well end up with characterless characters like Romney as the POTUS.  

      That's the kind of world we live in.  

      Wish we had more reasonable Republicans like yourself to debate, compromise and move forward with.  :)

      Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

      by bkamr on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 08:15:10 AM PDT

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    •  I stand corrected, but... (1+ / 0-)
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      even you have to admit you're in the minority as a reasonable Republican.  Your post is on the mark.  Not sure very many of your comrades are likewise capable or even willing to do anything other than blame everything bad on President Obama.

      •  You are quite right (2+ / 0-)
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        and that is why, while still registered as a Republican, I will not be supporting "my" party for the foreseeable future.

        We have real problems and while I may not necessarily agree with the Dems' solutions, you guys at least acknowledge the problems and attempt to come up with a solution.  My side is off in this bizarre alternative reality that is created by our own epistemic closure.

        It's really sad and on top of that having one "insane" party is just plain bad for our country.

        We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

        by theotherside on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 09:53:57 AM PDT

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  •  I agree: the President does not cause prices to go (0+ / 0-)

    up or down. If he really did then prices would not go to almost $5 a gallon but he cannot really do the opposite either.  It is a fiction used by Obama haters.

  •  On the West Coast of FL (1+ / 0-)
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    I saw plenty of $2.94 prices between Pinellas ans Citrus counties yesterday.

    Yeah, in a hyper-charged election year I don't expect any republican politicians to eat crow about this.  And I really don't think the president can do a whole lot short term to affect energy prices.

    Now, I get from some of my right leaning friends "why did you bash Bush in the past?"  Well, long term, I feel that our national energy policy does make a difference, and the Bush administration did squat on that front.

    If more republicans would have the view of "theotherside" upthread, maybe we'd have been further along with alternative energies by now.  It's been nearly 4 decades since the OPEC oil embargos introduced the concept of "energy crisis".

    •  Wow! $294? Makes you wonder... (1+ / 0-)
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      how low can these prices go?

    •  Yeah, but you're forgetting two key points... (1+ / 0-)
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      1) Oil companies practically own the Republican party, all that money can make seemingly reasonable, logical Republicans do crazy things, like double down on oil instead of diversifying our energy sources.

      2) I can count the number of reasonable, logical Republicans in our government on one hand.  I don't know if all the money and corruption made them crazy or if they were always insane, but there is something seriously unstable and scary about most Republicans in power right now.

      As for the Bush vs. Obama argument, the right will always try to make that false equivalency comparison.  The huge difference is that Bush was a raving idiot, he desecrated the Constitution, blew up the budget, misled the entire country into not one, but two meaningless, unnecessary wars, and to boot, at least Dems in congress then still believed in bipartisanship.  They didn't fillibuster every bill, they wouldn't be disowned from the party for agreeing with a Republican bill nor were they being controlled by a group of terrorists (tea-party) or living by an oath made up from a 10 year old (Grover Norquist).

      So, yeah, it's a little bit different.  Republicans now would be disowned from the party if they ever agree with anything Obama says.  If Obama says it's Monday, the entire Republican party would declare that it's Tuesday and try to brainwash people into believing them.

      Facts are liberally bias

      by SuzieQ4624 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 09:54:34 AM PDT

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  •  Yep..... (2+ / 0-)
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    No talky talk anymore from Republican politicians or on FOX about gas prices.  So was all Obama's fault a few weeks ago.

    Now it's crickets.  

    •  It's also been crickets on the economy.... (2+ / 0-)
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      in some states.  Like Florida and Ohio, where the Romney campaign actually asked the Republican Govenors to downplay the economic recovery they've had.

      It's almost like the Republicans think they can brainwash people and continue using fear mongering about the economy to convince people that things really are that bad.

      In most swing states now, the unemployment rate is below the national average, but instead of the state government rejoicing about the recovery and bragging about it, they're hiding from it.  God forbid Obama gets credit for anything that he's actually accomplished.

      (I think they realize that if people knew all the things Obama has accomplished in the past 3 years, people would actually like him - GASP!!  THE HORROR!!!)

      Facts are liberally bias

      by SuzieQ4624 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 09:44:18 AM PDT

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  •  It has dropped to around 3.15 in Ohio (3+ / 0-)
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    which is about 70 cents cheaper than it was a month ago, which is a pretty big deal.

    But in general, anything going wrong in this country, regardless of the actual cause, means Obama's a failure.

    And anything improving must have some other explanation than Obama is succeeded in making a positive change.

    God forbid he try to take credit for anything, the GOP has a collective shit fit about him "playing politics" or "spiking the football", whatever the hell that means.

    That's not to say that Obama deserves all the credit for gas prices dropping, but he has put in work to (like the crackdown on oil price speculation) so he at least deserves some credit - whether the GOP will give it to him is a separate issue.

    Facts are liberally bias

    by SuzieQ4624 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 09:37:07 AM PDT

  •  lately I have (2+ / 0-)
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    been thanking the president out loud when I pump gas.  It's just being snarky, but it drove me crazy whenever I heard repubs blaming Obama.

    Also, this has to sink the right wing theory that all we have to do is drill our way to oil energy independence.  I don't have any hard numbers for it, but I am sure that when oil prices drop, domestic production slows in response.  A lot of domestic production isn't profitable when oil prices fall below a given price point.  There will be wells idle until the price goes up and no incentive to go out and develop more until this price goes back up.  We can't be self sufficient and have low oil prices as they pull each other in opposite directions.

  •  In central Indiana today... (0+ / 0-)

    I paid 2.949 for regular.

    "Detective, if ignorance was a drug, you'd be high all the time." Sam Tyler, 'Life on Mars'

    by Kokomo for Obama on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 11:09:20 AM PDT

    •  I used to visit Kokomo back in the 80s... (0+ / 0-)

      when I was based at Ft. Harrison in Indianapolis.  Had a real nice girlfriend there back in the day.  I remember taking her to a Prince concert at the old Market Square Arena in Indy.  Her dad retired from the Air Force right there at Grissom AFB and I bet her family is still there.  I lost track of her and wonder sometimes what happened to Wanda.  I guess it's possible she's back there with her family...but I'm married now, so better move on...  :)  Anyway, glad to hear gas prices are falling in good ol' Kokomo!

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