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Unhappy public not sure who to blame for high gas

There are 21 comments on the Boston.com story from Mar 22, 2012, titled Unhappy public not sure who to blame for high gas. In it, Boston.com reports that:

Rosahn Buchanan fills her tank with gas at a station in Arcadia, Calif., Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

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Electric Wizard

Woodbridge, VA

#1 Mar 22, 2012
Blame all of em

Since: Dec 07

Clermont, Florida

#2 Mar 22, 2012
It's all this talk about Iran...are we going to attack? Is Israel going to attack? Are they going to attack first, or retaliate?

And based on that, Wall Street just goes crazy and prices are manipulated. The reason? Greed, and they'll use any reason whatsoever to do it.
Exxon Valdez

United States

#3 Mar 22, 2012
The public can start by looking in the mirror.
goose

Carol Stream, IL

#4 Mar 22, 2012
If this was 5-6 years ago MSM would be crystal clear where the "blame" belonged.

“MAKE AMERICAN GREAT AGAIN!!”

Since: May 11

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#5 Mar 22, 2012
Obama would be a go start!
confused

Lakebay, WA

#6 Mar 22, 2012
the us for the first time since 1949 actually produced more oil then we used and became an exporter of oil. so we produced more then we used yet prices are still going higher and all i hear is that we need to drill more. the price for oil is not set on the us market it is set on the world market.

Since: May 11

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#7 Mar 22, 2012
Retired SOF wrote:
Obama would be a go start!
Remember when gas was over $4.00 a gallon in summer 2008, everyone said it wasn't Bush's fault. Everyone said the president has no control over oil prices.
S-N-A-F-U

Chandler, AZ

#8 Mar 22, 2012
Obama and his complicitors try to oversimplify this gas issue. A root cause for high gas prices is the devalued dollar on the world market caused by 15.4 TRILLION U.S. debt, exceeding our 15 TRILLION gross domestic product, forcing the federal government to borrow approximately 40 cents on every dollar it spends. This causes inflation of all commodities, among which is GAS. Can we avoid noticing higher food prices? <gag>

When Obama came into office, the national average cost of gas was $1.86 a gallon. Today it's $3.76 (avg). He's added a record FIVE TRILLION to the debt, driving up gas prices, along with diminishing your $avings...

All the spin coming from President Maytag won't help his chances when it reaches $5 bucks a gallon this summer. Remember that sign on Harry S. Truman's desk in the oval orifice??....."The Buck Stops Here!!"

Side note----------

And adding fuel to the fire, we have a down-played event by the press and by this WH concerning Obama'a eldest daughter (13 year old!!) taking a SPRING BREAK with a host of her friends to Oaxaca, Mexico with 25 secret service agents in tow. <What!?!> This family has been indeed exposed to the entitlement mentality at an early age, especially when this country is teetering on a financial abyss.....The arogance and couldn't-care-less attitude of this president is disgraceful to say the very least....
S-N-A-F-U

Chandler, AZ

#9 Mar 22, 2012
PayThat CEO wrote:
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Remember when gas was over $4.00 a gallon in summer 2008, everyone said it wasn't Bush's fault. Everyone said the president has no control over oil prices.
You must suffer from a convient loss of memory, no?

<April 26, 2008> "This week Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) delivered the Democratic radio address. Lautenberg placed the blame for the high prices of gasoline and oil firmly at the feet of George W. Bush and the Republican Party.

“This week, the price of oil and gasoline both hit new record highs – almost $120 for a barrel of oil and more than $3.50 a gallon for gas. These out-of-control prices mean that hundreds of thousands of Americans are driving to work and spending too much of their day just earning back the cost of their commute. The American people deserve to know why this happened,” Lautenberg said."

http://www.politicususa.com/Dem-radio-4-26/

Since: May 11

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#10 Mar 22, 2012
Who is to blame? EVERYONE from the industry to the consumer. Politics, Wall Street, environmentalists and everything in between are to blame. The public has been lied to for decades about oil. We've been manipulated because of it. We've been held hostage by it.

No other product is as vital to the economy as oil and it should have been regulated years ago. It should have never been allowed on the futures market. Speculation is probably THE biggest reason for price increases and it keeps the economy in flux all the time.

Taxes are another reason we pay so much. There should be a rule that if gasoline reaches X, then federal and state taxes on it drop to compensate. But noooooo....no one wants to give an inch. Not the governments that tax us and certainly not the industry that screws us.

You can buy your little Prius, but that's a drop in the bucket compared to our country's industrial use of fuels. Planes, trains, trucks must all pass higher costs onto consumers. Property taxes must be adjusted to pay for fire trucks and school buses. Farm tractors use fuel. Businesses depend on it to run their machinery. Higher electricity and heating costs mean companies can't give their employees raises or hire new people.

We end up paying more for every single thing in our lives, yet all we can do is be "unhappy?" How about mad as hell? Isn't it about time we take back our own lives?
gossamer

Roseville, MI

#11 Mar 22, 2012
Oblamebush is letting high gas prices go unchecked.

Since: May 11

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#12 Mar 22, 2012
S-N-A-F-U wrote:
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You must suffer from a convient loss of memory, no?
<April 26, 2008> "This week Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) delivered the Democratic radio address. Lautenberg placed the blame for the high prices of gasoline and oil firmly at the feet of George W. Bush and the Republican Party.
“This week, the price of oil and gasoline both hit new record highs – almost $120 for a barrel of oil and more than $3.50 a gallon for gas. These out-of-control prices mean that hundreds of thousands of Americans are driving to work and spending too much of their day just earning back the cost of their commute. The American people deserve to know why this happened,” Lautenberg said."
http://www.politicususa.com/Dem-radio-4-26/
I didn't say no one tried to blame Bush. What I said was that the responses to that blame were that the president has no control over oil prices.

So, if he didn't back then he certainly doesn't now either.

In other words, for those who are at a disadvantage in reading comprehension - it either IS or IS NOT the president's fault, but be consistant about it and blame none of them or blame all of them.

Since: May 11

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#13 Mar 22, 2012
gossamer wrote:
Oblamebush is letting high gas prices go unchecked.
That's better. I like that. There's enough blame to go around for them all.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#14 Mar 22, 2012
Try looking in the mirror.

"Gee, I'm driving alone in a 10 mpg SUV 50 miles to work each way. I wonder why gas prices are so high....."

“MAKE AMERICAN GREAT AGAIN!!”

Since: May 11

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#17 Mar 22, 2012
PayThat CEO wrote:
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Remember when gas was over $4.00 a gallon in summer 2008, everyone said it wasn't Bush's fault. Everyone said the president has no control over oil prices.
BS THAT WAS ALL YOU HEARD! WHERE WERE YOU? But gas dropped when GW lifted the executive ban on off shore drilling!! Obama is lying when he says there is nothing he can do! YES HE CAN!!!
S-N-A-F-U

Chandler, AZ

#18 Mar 22, 2012
Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (Crossroads GPS) launched a new national TV commercial decrying President Barack Obama's failure to hold down energy prices, even as he seeks what it calls untested and naïve policies.

Crossroads GPS, a grass-roots advocacy group that Republican strategist Karl Rove conceived, is rolling out the $650,000 ad buy on national cable and local broadcast network in three markets where the president is pitching his energy plan this week: Albuquerque, N.M.; Columbus, Ohio; and Las Vegas.

"Instead of delivering practical solutions to make energy more affordable, President Obama is pursuing restrictive and naïve policies that are hurting families at the pump and in their utility bills," said Crossroads GPS President Steven Law. "There are plenty of supply-boosting solutions Obama could adopt immediately, but he remains obsessed with impractical sideshows like algae and Solyndra business schemes."

The commercial, which also is available in a longer form as a Web ad, urges viewers to contact the White House and Congress to advocate a market-driven energy policy.

Obama has taken several aggressive steps to limit energy production, including blocking offshore oil exploration, restricting the development of American oil shale, and personally lobbying against the Keystone XL pipeline, Crossroads GPS says.

Following is the short commercial for TV:

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Rove-Crossroa...
Free is free

Rio Rancho, NM

#19 Mar 22, 2012
Well, let's do what the MSM did when GWB was in: Blame the President!
Dances with Wolves

Baltimore, MD

#20 Mar 22, 2012
WeTheSheeple wrote:
Try looking in the mirror.
"Gee, I'm driving alone in a 10 mpg SUV 50 miles to work each way. I wonder why gas prices are so high....."
Driving to "work"? To pay for one's own bills, including food and gas? Shocking, ain't it?

Personally, I drive my SUV to work, which is less than 10 miles from my home. Why do I drive an SUV? Because it's old and it's paid for and I can't afford a new, fuel efficient vehicle at this time because of the economy. My weekly gas expense is certainly much smaller than a new car payment.

So the next time you point your finger at an SUV driver and "assume" they are being extravagant, you may want to consider the possibility that they can't afford to NOT drive the SUV.
HTS

Englewood, CO

#21 Mar 22, 2012
The left can spin this issue all they want. They can intellectualize ad nauseum. The public will believe that it is the president's fault, and if the prices continue to rise between now and November, Obama will loose by a landslide. Everytime an ignorant liberal or anyone else fills up his tank, he's going to be enraged.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#22 Mar 22, 2012
Dances with Wolves wrote:
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Driving to "work"? To pay for one's own bills, including food and gas? Shocking, ain't it?
Personally, I drive my SUV to work, which is less than 10 miles from my home. Why do I drive an SUV? Because it's old and it's paid for and I can't afford a new, fuel efficient vehicle at this time because of the economy. My weekly gas expense is certainly much smaller than a new car payment.
So the next time you point your finger at an SUV driver and "assume" they are being extravagant, you may want to consider the possibility that they can't afford to NOT drive the SUV.
A good used car which gets 30 mpg will pay for itself in gas savings in about 3 years depending on your current gas mileage.

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