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GOP sees chance to attack Obama on rising gas prices

MSNBC -- Rising gasoline prices, trumpeted in foot-tall numbers on street corners across the country, are causing concern among advisers to President Obama that a budding sense of economic optimism could be undermined just as he heads into the general election.

White House officials are preparing for Republicans to use consumer angst about the cost of oil and gas to condemn his energy programs and buttress their argument that his economic policies are not working.

In a closed-door meeting last week, Speaker John A. Boehner instructed fellow Republicans to embrace the gas-pump anger they find among their constituents when they return to their districts for the Presidents’ Day recess.

“This debate is a debate we want to have,” Mr. Boehner told his conference on Wednesday, ...


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Submitted Feb 19, 2012 By: BurntOrange
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jetlagAK
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:31:07 PM

Just add this to the mountain of failed barackanomics. Record unemployment, bailouts, foreclosures, bureaucracy, spending, bankruptcies, regulation, government waste, government policy, government employees, private and corporate welfare. It needs to stop. Vote him out!
RitaVespa
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:29:34 PM

We are still in recession. High gas prices isn't helping the recovery
PAborn54
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:27:47 PM

Let's lay the blame where it belongs - on every politician in DC. Its time they started doing what they were elected to do - work for the good of the people instead of working on how to screw the people.
firemunkee
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:23:45 PM

interesting
Kaiyne
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:21:58 PM

I think that the oil companies and speculators are the ones to blame.
livedream
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:20:58 PM

What's new? Partisan politics prevents rationality, as usual....

Neither side is willing to reign in the out-of-control speculation on Wall Street -- Bickering and finger-pointing takes precedence....Shameful!!
NemoIL
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:17:52 PM

Obama has done it to himself.
straz
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:16:01 PM

A chuckle, especially the republican supports that can't spell.
mcellius
Veteran Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:15:43 PM

Obama could do much about this: how about authorizing drilling again in the Gulf, and allowing the Keystone Pipeline? Oh, I know, everyone will say the usual: "It won't have a short-term effect." But that isn't right, as much of the gas prices are in futures. Besides, if we never do anything because "it won't have a short-term effect," we'll end up ... well, right where we are now. Having done nothing, not willing to do anything, sitting and watching as the prices rise.
Pointtx
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:14:26 PM

It's always blamed on the sitting president, and each party thinks they're so original when they do so.
kymechanic
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:12:25 PM

You Democrats would have blamed it on Bush in a hart beat!
camaro_man
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:12:24 PM

boo hoo
Rockwoodband
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:10:50 PM

Gas prices? How about the economy, unemployment, border security, immigration or his fake birth certificate. This is not the first issue that plagues Obama, and certainly not the only thing to slam Obama with leading up to the elections.
knot2swift
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:10:35 PM

Just to stupid. Under Bush, America would have been paying $5 a Gallon already.
Goatroper
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:10:24 PM

Hey you know and I know that BHO can't control the gas prices...but he's handy, and we DO need someone to blame.
PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:09:03 PM

Come on! Obama has no power over gas prices. As a conservative Republican I would not go there. The little people will see right through us as trying to tie something to Obama that he has no power to fix. It would be like trying to blame him for solar flares..
TonyPSU
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:08:10 PM

My guess is at least $5 this summer
ratones1
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:07:19 PM

oooooooook...
abcdMA
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:05:22 PM

gas prices at inauguration day 2009--$1.59, average price at election day $4.++
Goatroper
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:04:47 PM

"I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you."
EmperorsFinest
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:04:47 PM

Everyone points the finger at each other instead of working together to find a solution.
pjslyfox
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:01:44 PM

Bend over, it is going to be a long year.
mobil1MN
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:57:11 PM

oh go ahead blame bush. its only been 3 1/2 years since he's been in office. I'm sure some idiot will blame him.
Yankee829
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:54:53 PM

ok
Tucker1961
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:52:38 PM

pooh
FlyNFool
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:51:58 PM

Can't blame Bush anymore.
mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:49:44 PM

As if a Republican President could do better.
fuelconscious
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:48:08 PM

This is the good chance to attack both parties.
FrankTA2
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:46:27 PM

The republicans are in the pockets of BIG OIL.
JCS319
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:44:38 PM

Like the GOP needs an excuse to attack Obama.
bcok
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:42:53 PM

Shoot the scammers and lower the prices.
themaninthehat
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:39:48 PM

@DrLyon isn't fooled.
herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:39:30 PM

The President sets oil prices? I thought the market did.
DEG
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:38:37 PM

Both parties have presided over rising gas prices. However, every action that Obama has taken with respect to energy has been to cause gas prices to go up.
DrLyon
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:38:28 PM

Interesting, Republican business raises the price of gas....
So Republicans can blame it on a Democrat... Oh well...

rpr77
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:34:51 PM

Ok
jdc17327
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:34:15 PM

it is all a bunch of BS! They are all greedy liars!
cimilluca1
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:33:45 PM

They now see a chance?
milespergallon
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:32:19 PM

This does not make sense. Ever since he was nominated there has been enough to make it implausible to even make dog catcher. The only thing keeping him is the media.
darkknight1
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:32:17 PM

Didn't Obama use high gas prices in his election campaign of 2008?
bigsranch
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:31:49 PM

Obama will push prices artificially lower a few months before the election.
Steady325
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:31:40 PM

ok
skyking19
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:30:10 PM

Timing is everything.
SparkieMi
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:29:43 PM

The only thing that will get their attention is money... The pump price
needs to be reduced to a reasonable price like $1.00 to $1.50 per gallon. There needs to be a sure charge on every gallon of exported oil to reflect their outrages increases in pump prices. Eliminate the oil subsidizes and
lobbyists to begin with...
Red7002011
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:28:05 PM

Really!
eswi
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:23:38 PM

OK
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:23:21 PM

Blue48...

Let's talk about economic recovery!

Lets see just in the last few weeks we have had better-than-expected job growth, lower unemployment rates across the US, the housing market continues to improve, a surging stock market (when was the Dow near 13,000 in your memory) and a payroll tax deal that will put more money in the pockets of millions of Americans.

Let's talk about what the President could do!

> Nationalize the Oil & Gas companies, set gas prices each morning over breakfast you would love.
> Shield oil companies from paying their fair share of taxes, thus protecting their profits, handouts and subsidies every year. (Oh wait, that is what the Republicans want!)
> Invade and eliminate the turmoil in the Middle East.
> Invade, take over the nuclear program so as to eliminate tensions with Iran.
>Pay off all the European debt.
>Magically control the earthquake and tsunami which happened in Japan.

Bottom line...we live in a global economy. Conditions around the world and the price of the dollar are what dictates the price of oil. To open up some of the Oil & Gas reserves we have, is dubious at best; as we are selling Oil overseas at a nice profit since we have lots of it! Oil prices here at home follow global oil prices... it's that simple.

If both Dems AND Repubs really want to "rock" the boat and "prove" that they are not in the pockets of big oil, end the unnecessary subsidies that benefit NO ONE but the oil companies and apply that money toward paying down the debt.

RIGHT NOW. Funny how the GOP bulls eye on President Obama keeps moving; It's the Economy...oops, it's the jobs...oops, the President has done nothing about terrorism...oops, it's rampant welfare...oops, it's Equal Rights...oops, it's Women's Health and contraceptives...oops, Oh Wait!!! Let's go after him about gas prices! YES!!!YES!!! (Speaker Boehner sneering..."We just won't say WE have our hands in the oil pot.")

To quote rx7racerca who nailed it...

"Opening up offshore drilling can contribute to greater oil self-sufficiency for the US, but will not make a significant difference in prices - the potential growth in supply is a drop in the bucket against world demand that is outstripping supply - and since it is a global market, US consumers pay world prices, whether the oil is domestic or imported."

Peace......wisdom.... think for yourself.....


[Edited by: LetemEatCake at 2/19/2012 9:30:45 PM EST]
AKmailman
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:23:02 PM

the latest uptick is nothing - prices have risen
over 90% since Husein took (literally) office
my2002m
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:22:38 PM

He has done nothing to promote domestic production.
blueeye
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:19:47 PM

Just watch the stock market and you will see what is going on when the market go up so does the price of gas and home heating oil and then it hit the food prices in the stores.
rx7racerca
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:18:08 PM

dlemma: in what ways has Obama been stomping on the Constitution?

Surely, it must occur to you that if the President were violating the Constitution, it would be seized upon as grounds for impeachment, and immediately taken up endlessly by the GOP, drumming the way to the Supreme Court as fast as their lawyers could march? Just as surely, for example, as if there were ever any substance to the birther arguments that the GOP would have made damn sure Obama was turfed before the ballot.

Just because you saw something on the Internet doesn't make it so.
Taurus1
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:18:00 PM

The GOP doesn't need any reason; if it's not their way, it's wrong.
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