I’ve written a few articles comparing gasoline prices between Bush and Obama. Frankly, it is amazing how much bogus quibbling I’ve received in my comments from liberals.
What liberals ultimately want to do is take the very worst of Bush’s second term gas prices (which occurred while and BECAUSE Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate and refused to allow Bush to enact the policies that he ultimately pursued by executive order which LOWERED gas prices) and then compare them to some arbitrary Obama period.
We can’t compare Obama’s second term to Bush’s second term because Obama hasn’t HAD a second term yet. And I guarantee you that if Obama GETS a second term, gas prices will be SKY HIGH. Why do I say that? Two reasons. One, Barack Obama is the “Under my plan, energy prices will necessarily skyrocket” president. Barack Obama is the president who has literally said he WANTED gas prices to go up as long as the increase was gradual so he wouldn’t get blamed. Barack Obama is the president who appointed an Energy Secretary who is literally on the record saying he wanted to see U.S. gas prices at $9-$10 a gallon. Which is to say that Obama is a radical environmentalist ideologue who believes gasoline is evil and wants to force Americans to use a more expensive “green” alternative. And two, because Iran is by all accounts at the threshold of attaining nuclear weapons because Obama has abjectly failed to deal with this crisis that the Democrats once blatantly mocked Bush for warning us about. That means that either we (and Israel) do nothing and Iran becomes a nuclear weaponized power and is free to shut down the Strait of Hormuz and drive up international oil prices at will with impunity, or else Israel – hopefully with the aid of the United States – will attack Iran to destroy its nuclear capability. Either way, I guarantee you we will be seeing gas prices skyrocketing during what would be an Obama second term.
I believe that if Obama is reelected, we will see gas prices go up to the $9 to $10 a gallon that Obama’s handpicked energy secretary is on the record desiring. Obama’s philosophy (with its expression borrowed from his former chief of staff) is “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Which is to say that in a second Obama term when he is not burdened by an election and “has more flexibility” and is free to follow his heart, his heart will lead him to “motivate” you to buy green energy vehicles no matter how much more they cost and no matter how much the government has to subsidize said green energy because he will make it too painful for you to keep pumping gas in your car.
We can’t know how much gas will cost during a second term, but we CAN look at how much it has cost his FIRST term. And it’s been a pretty penny.
Democrats want to demonize gas prices under Bush. Well, let’s look at gas prices under Bush and then compare them to gas prices under Obama. Let’s compare all eight years of Bush to Obama’s first four years.
With the aid of the following two official government sites: one which provides a yearly average gas price up to the year 2010 and the other which provides monthly gas prices by which one can calculate a similar average annual price for 2011 and 2012, I came up with the following chart:
George Bush’s average annual gas prices
2001 – $1.61
2002 – $1.47
2003 – $1.69
2004 – $1.94
2005 – $2.30
2006 – $2.51
2007 – $2.64
2008 – $3.01
Average price for gas over Bush’s eight years = $2.14/gal
Barack Obama’s average annual gas prices
2009 – $2.14
2010 – $2.52
2011 – $3.57
2012 – $3.72 (through August)
Average price for gas over Obama’s four years to date = $2.99/gal
And there you have it. Barack Obama costs you at least 85 cents a gallon more than Bush did. If you only consider Bush’s first four years of gasoline prices the way we’re only calculating Obama’s first four years, Bush’s average gas price was$1.68 a gallon – which is a $1.31 more per gallon that the $2.99 Obama has averaged so far his first term compared to Bush’s first term. And you aint seen nothing yet until you are fool enough to reelect him so he can go wild on your gas (that was a deliberate pun, btw).
Notice that in Obama’s first year the price averaged what Bush averaged throughout his entire presidency. And then it went up, UP, UP. That is because George Bush brought gasoline prices down to $1.85 a gallon the day that Barack Obama took office.
When liberals demonize Bush for high gas prices, they attack him for the prices that went nuts in July of 2008. George Bush finally had enough of the hard-core Democrat obstructionism which they had used since taking over both the House and the Senate in 2006 and finally issued an executive order. As I document, oil prices dropped by $9.26 cents AS BUSH WAS SPEAKING when he issued that order ending the federal moratorium on offshore drilling. From that day on, gas prices took a precipitous plunge for the rest of his presidency and did not go up again until Obama began undermining Bush’s policies.
If you want to blame somebody for why we’re not lowering our gas prices by expanding our massive oil resources or building new refineries to expand our capacity (we haven’t been able to build one for 35 years due to massively expensive EPA restrictions and regulatory hurdles!!!), find a Democrat and punch him in the nose.
Obama made the American people a promise. He said he would not increase taxes on the middle class. What Obama has done with gasoline is a huge tax on the American middle class. And ObamaCare will be a giant tax on the middle class, that is now a confirmed fact by the Supreme Court ruling which justified ObamaCare ONLY if it was a “TAX.” Unless we vote his ass out this November.