Congressional Leadership – Out Of Touch On Gas Prices

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24 thoughts on “Congressional Leadership – Out Of Touch On Gas Prices

  1. No reason for the members of Congress to be “in touch” with the ridiculous gas prices. They are driven everywhere in chauffeur-driven limos, and really couldn’t care less. They do not care one solitary damn about the public. They care about one thing and one thing only. REELECTION!

  2. Sure, our Republic is going to be saved if gas prices fall from $2.56/gal to $2.38/gal, for a mere 3 months.

    Face it: that will make no difference whatsoever. It will save the average American about $1.60/wk, or $6/mth.

    We’re going to turn this situation around on $6/mth.

    Wake up, people. Gas is not going to get any cheaper, whether there is a small program over the summer or not.

    This is a (very) fundamental problem. It requires a fundamental answer. Not the little uncourageous pandering we see here.

  3. David, the pandering appears to be on the part of those voted in to take America in “A New Direction.”

    Where is that New Direction?

    If you haven’t noticed, since they gained power in 2006, the economy, gas prices, food prices, you name it, has gotten much worse.

    Their answer? Raise taxes.

  4. Powerful Video Victoria
    but here’s one equally as good right here in Oregon
    Titled John McCain vs. Barack Obama on Gas taxes. Enjoy

    PS: You should put this Video
    on with the Nancy Peloski Video.
    They go hand in hand.

  5. Mr. Waters

    You are so right.. the Democrats have been claiming they will lower prices on everything since 2006.. and the opposite has happened.. they blaim the Republicans but spending has increased and many of the democratic representatives have proposed new taxes on everything.

    Hillary claimed in September that if she was elected.. gas prices would lower because OPEC would know she would not deal with them… in a Public Statement.. OPEC minstors made the statement that they would simply wait for the US Oil companies to pay them for the oil and ignore the president.

    Welcome to Fantasy Island folks.. the liberals will raise your taxes and give you less.. all for change.

  6. Our Republic will be helped if gas prices fall from $3.49 to $2.38 which is where they are coupled with your lowest figure. That’s $8.88 a week or $35.52 a month which is abnout 6x your claimed figure. Gas will get cheaper, moreoever, if more of it is put to market which means booting the government out of the oil business. THAT is the fundamental solution.

  7. Keith,
    I agree we should boot the government out of the oil business.
    We should stop subsidizing the product, and make the companies pay for the national defense of the resource, and stop any tax subsidies.

    Then let the price fluctuate based on market forces.
    I suspect the price would go up (but I am sure you don’t agree, and we will never know for sure anyway.)

    I am guessing that you were NOT (and are not) in favor of releasing any of the national reserves, to keep the supply to the consumer high. That would be another thing we are in agreement on.

  8. I’m sure you know that that’s not what I meant, Eileen, but congrats on cleverness.

    Oil is one of those things that the government doesn’t need to subsidize because the government doesn’t pay for a red cent of the exploration, extraction, transportation, processing, and other various elements of making gasoline. It DOES, however, severely curtail the ability of oil companies to drive costs down by building better refinaries, implementing standardization in gasoline formulas, researching alternative sources, and extracting more oil. The free market, freed of the government’s meddling, would decrease the cost of gasoline fairly dramatically once the oil companies get moving.

    As I’m sure you know, I oppose making corporations pay for something that the government, as explicitly stated in the Constitution, has the sole responsibility for. The Constitution explicitly states that the government must provide for the national defense; it has no right or power to force others to do so.

    As to the final thing, you guess right. It would do no good and is a symbolic and wholly foolish policy.

  9. Keith,
    But the Government DOES have the right and power to TAX Corporations to cover such costs.
    It does have the power to control the level of tax breaks being given.

    But since Oil is so critical to both a stable economy and national defense, it could be harmful to national security to adopt a pure market model for the resource.

    Using military forces to prevent the destruction of this resource is not purely for the sake of protecting the Oil companies business (as many who claim it is a war for oil would like people to believe).
    As I think about it,
    it gets way more complicated than I am even capable of modeling in my head (and I don’t do well when unknowns enter the model).

  10. I see. So, by the act of not extorting money from oil companies, the government is giving money to them. I don’t know quite how to respond to that without sounding unkind.

    Why would it be harmful to national security to adopt a pure market model? With a pure market model, with the govenrment regulations out of the picture, more oil would be produced and more oil products would be produced more cheaply. The pure market model would eventually dictate alternatives to augment gasoline including the coal-derivative mixes that the military has begun to feed their jets and vehicles that cuts fuel costs from $100 a barrel to $45.

    Finally! Someone resembling a liberal who acknowledges the stupidity of the “war for oil” accusation!

  11. One additional thing I learned today by listening to Mark Levin.

    All These Congressmen, Senators and Representatives alike, get their cars and their lease payments paid for, along with the gasoline those cars use, by the government. Meaning – we pay for their transportation.

    Is it any wonder that they don’t give one solitary damn about the price of fuel when their fuel cost are being paid for by us?

    If they were to have to pay these costs out of their pockets, they might be a bit more receptive to our plight.

    Or not!

  12. funny, if you look at price graphs for the last three years, you will see oil and gas prices doubling from 2004-2007, THEN it was just the market… Now, somehow, its the democrats fault, Isnt it just the market? We love the market as conservatives. Funny how the fake conservatives on here try to make conservatives look bad by being so stupid

  13. If that’s your problem, cnskate, why are you talking? Yes, the market mechanism reflects the regulations put on it by the government that effectively restrict supply. But there’s the key: the government (Democrats/liberals) put the regulations and policies in place that yield the elevated prices. In effect, they interfered with the market, resulting in the current situation.

    Note to Klatu: I hope you can tell the difference between me and this fellow now.

  14. Keith: Ya well you’ve been a good boy lately. Keep up the good work.

    PS: CNS – Protecting the Democrats again are we? The Party that hates OIL and Loves High Gas Prices. But lets keep putting that “CORN” into our Tanks.

  15. Klatu, unless you’re planning to start feeding me doggie biscuits and rubbing my tummy, I’m not a “good boy”. I’m a MAN in all of my mildly-overweight wimpy nerdy four-eyed glory.

  16. Keith — Whatever. But what does your post above have to do with Lowering Gas Prices. The Dems have always been against Oil & Gas and Nancy Peloski, and Barack Obama are cheering every penny increase daily and Loving it. They say they need more $$$$$ for Roads and Bridges,but they have $$$$$$ for that and are just needlessly spending it on Light Rail, Bike Paths, NOW BIKE BRIDGES, and oh yes Child care for ODOT Workers (REMEMBER This ONE FOLKS IN THE LATE 90’S) etc.
    Notice CNSKATE blames “the Market”,
    he’s wrong.

  17. He’s not wrong, just incapable of seeing the real problem. Yes, the market dictates high gas prices. No, it doesn’t do so without significant “help” from a the nanny state.

  18. so where was this Democrat regulation when oil prices went from 40-80 dollars, try reading this Klatu, if you can read it, I am sure you really dont understand economics, including trade deficits, budget deficits and basket currencies…..The Paradox of Plenty: Oil Booms and Petro-states

  19. The GOVERNMENT was still around even if the Democrats weren’t in control of its levers of power. Your question betrays an inability to read what’s written.

  20. http://www.cnbc.com/id/24484100, Klatu, this should be simple enough for you, I dont really expect you to understand commodity and futures trading as well as I do, frankly, the high oil prices are working in my favor for my investment portfolio, I am making more than I am losing on oil being 120 dollars a barrel. Get with the market people. Thats what real conservatives do, they work with the free market. We dont sit around and whine when we cant get it to work for us.

  21. http://www.cnbc.com/id/24484100, Klatu, this should be simple enough for you, I dont really expect you to understand commodity and futures trading as well as I do, frankly, the high oil prices are working in my favor for my investment portfolio, I am making more than I am losing on oil being 120 dollars a barrel. Get with the market people. Thats what real conservatives do, they work with the free market. We dont sit around and whine when we cant get it to work for us.

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