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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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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.
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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.
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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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V8power
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:17:07 PM

This is far from the only issue they can raise with Obama.
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danlanman
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:16:27 PM

more politics
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danreino
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:16:03 PM

Feb 2001: $.87 per gallon, Feb 2006: $1.49 per gallon, Feb 2011: $3.59 per gallon. Is this a trend; or just the beginning ?
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gj35
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:14:19 PM

They will have to do something. The Dems will only take credit if the prices drop
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9C1
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:11:10 PM

Gas prices are controlled by big oil and the speculators -- not by either party except for those politicians who support big oil.
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methaneman
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:09:52 PM

The system needs fixing. Who ever fixes the system properly will be the one getting the votes.
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rx7racerca
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:08:01 PM

toadNY - actually, Bush did NOT lift "the ban" on offshore drilling (there isn't one, although large areas - most of the East and West coasts and Florida waters are off-limits)- it was still in place and Obama had announced large parts of those bans would be lifted in March 2010, just before the BP spill put the brakes on that. Bush did suggest lifting the offshore drilling bans in July 2008, but never acted on it - in part, because within weeks oil prices had already fallen dramatically, as they continued to well into 2009.

Bush did release part of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (as has Obama once, in coordination with other nations), about 2 weeks prior to oil prices peaking in 2008. However, in neither case was there significant market change directly in response - remember, in '08, prices initially continued to rise. Instead, it was the implosion of global finance markets, already underway over a year, that put oil prices into a death spiral. Neither president can take much credit, or much blame for prices at the pump.

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.
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Two words! Dick Chaney!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:02:22 PM

ok
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dlemma
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:00:52 PM

Oh my goodness - are there still gasbuddies out there who drink the Obama kool-ad? Republicans inflicting damage? Like stomping on the Constitution like Obama? heysailor is drinking the kool aid BIG time.
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MauiTom
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 8:00:26 PM

lekanv Amen, Like a old friend of mine used to say "do your homework first" but most on this forum just shoot off there mouth without checking the facts first.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:58:07 PM

All the republicans care about is getting back in power so they can finish wrecking the Government in order to discredit it. The damage they inflict on the nation while "governing" is acceptable to them because, in their world of alternate reality created by FOXNews, the end justifies the means.
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JENNYHK
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:56:50 PM

The GOP should not waste their time with this one. Obummer is doing a great job proving to all that voted for him what idiots they were.
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JOE1744MO
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:56:41 PM

Obama is just setting the U.S. up to be taken over by his middle eastern brothers.
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toadNY
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:53:36 PM

Remember in 2008 Bush lifted the band on off shore drilling an oil dropped from $147.00 a barrel to $33.00 a barrel! So don't say the president can't control the price of oil!
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ericbcire
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:52:36 PM

If prices continue to rise, the economy will fall and the GOP won't need to attack Obama in order to oust him.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:50:14 PM

OBAMA HAS MADE MAJOR ERRORS IN ALL ASPECTS OF HIS OFFICE
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:49:46 PM

I agree with Lekanv.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:48:27 PM

I am quite surprised at some of the authors on this forum, it apperas like decorum and civility are not two of the qualities these folks are used to. When you are confronted with facts, you result to inflammatory comments and insult; see dollarwatcher from comrade Boehner's country for example, who refused to hold representatives from that part of the country responsible for all the economic woes they brought on the people of that region and America as a whole.He'll rather blame President Obama for all the industrial jobs that the GOP helped to flee the region, sometimes standing bye and doing nothing to encourage corporations to stay, and in some instances as we have found out through hearings in the US congress, they actually engineered the relocation of some of these companies overseas, to avoid paying taxes and due compensation to their employees. To show you how simplistic and naive some of these characters are,see dollarwatcher's comment on an important isssue as energy independence. All this person was able to come up with in response to presentation of facts is "Hey lekany, take a breath and get a life".What a shame that this is where we are as a nation, people wanting to discuss issues of national importance without doing the slightest due diligence, in termes of educating themselves. No wonder the people that are elected to represent us take us for granted, God help America!

[Edited by: lekanv at 2/19/2012 8:49:42 PM EST]
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gknee09
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:48:05 PM

gas prices have always been higher with a democratic president in office
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:47:36 PM

go for it get him out
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bevmill
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:47:30 PM

Does it matter, OPEC controls the gas prices by limiting the output of oil.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:46:25 PM

The smallest of obummers errors.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:42:27 PM

does it really matter
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car253
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:41:37 PM

Obama can be attacked on many issues, he has been a dismal failure as president.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:39:28 PM

maybe that will get the idiots off the contrception issue.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:36:20 PM

I agree with cmsense, however our legislators don't do much either.
Good, I hope Obama and his hatchet men are concerned. The sooner we get him out of there the better off we will all be.
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tc316
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:35:50 PM

Maybe they should do something about the prices. Wait a minute it is easier to blame someone else.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:35:17 PM

Sure
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yeehaw1073
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:32:22 PM

The President only has so much control over these things. How will they manage when they are in control and prices keep rising?
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:29:58 PM

they should fight amongst the republican fools
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cmsense
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:29:44 PM

Call your Congressional Representatives,TELL THEM to END BIG OIL subsidies, and ENACT LEGISLATION to force speculators to take deliveries on their oil future activity.Your see stabilization of crude prices in short order.The last time Congress started to murmur about speculators,all the sudden crude prices stabilized and speculators toned down this crap.These sacks of monkey excrement are back at it again.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:29:33 PM

Robert Gibbs (Obama's former press secretary and current polital advisor) recently said that Obama is looking into ways to increase oil production.
Ha! Ha! Ha!
Way too late.
Besides, Obama has a record of saying one thing and doing another.

The man cannot be trusted!! He's primarily just an angry man.

It's all about re-election - and then watch out, if he gets re-elected. He won't care about what happens to the price of gasoline. He will cripple this country because he thinks we deserve to be crippled.
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Chris46
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:27:05 PM

Obama has some of the highest paid mouthpieces working for him. He will dodge this issue just like other issues.
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76chevy
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:24:25 PM

I am sorry, was it the Republicans that said "energy prices will fundamentaly skyrocket"?!?!
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nobodyMO
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:21:48 PM

Someone needs to.
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laurita2012
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:20:42 PM

it is just another excuse from Republicans and Democrats, those lobbyists have some of the Congress and Senate in their backpocket. the oil companies should be penalized everytime ths price goes up everday,oneday is 3.35 the next its 3.45 the economy is still out of control.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:19:57 PM

is there no end to the money going in his pocket?
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:17:25 PM

We need to stop all subsidies on ethanol, hybrids and electric and put a tax on them to help pay for the roads.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:16:22 PM

I agree with most of what everyone says.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:15:07 PM

You would think the GOP would be a little more careful about choosing their battle lines what with jumping up and down on the birth control issue and pooping all over themselves with it.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:13:20 PM

Not again...
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confetti
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:10:53 PM

I find it hard to believe that many people are buying Obama's claim now that he has no control over gas prices. He stated his intention to do whatever he could to increase the price of gas, as a roundabout way to encourage Americans to choose greener cars. So was he lying then, or is he lying now? Either way, he's a liar.

A recent gasbuddy article said that the EPA -- which takes direction from Obama -- is getting ready to enact new regulations in the next month or two that will add another 20-30 cents or so to the cost of a gallon of gas.

If the government waived even some of the taxes and fees it collects, the price we pay for gas would fall dramatically. I do think Obama has a great deal of control over gas prices, and he wants them high. I think he's lying now, rather than when he admitted this before.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:10:05 PM

Good grief
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:09:59 PM

The Republicans raised the price of gas here in Columbus back in April of 2001 from $0.95 a gallon to where it is now. Before the Republicans throws stones they had better look back to who started the high cost of the gas. Both parties bad mouth each other and both carry the same blame. Bush started the gas prices to go up and Obama is keeping them there. Neither side is looking out for the American people.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:09:23 PM

Oil and gas companies own the Republicans and most of the Democrats, so not much here. Just move along and you will be happier.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:05:17 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 7:05:06 PM

This can be an issue, but not the biggest issue, against Obama.

GTH
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