August 31, 2014 by David K. Sutton
Labor Day 2014: U.S. Average Retail Price Of Gasoline
This year, the day before Labor Day (2014), the national average price of gasoline is $3.43 per gallon. Last Labor Day (2013) it was $3.59. You have to go back four years to 2010 to find Labor Day gas prices as low as they are now. You have to go back even further to find the all-time high national average price for gasoline. That would be during President Bush’s last year in office and during the economic meltdown. The all-time high national average price for gasoline (non-inflation adjusted) was $4.11 per gallon on July 7, 2008.
Oh yeah, and before I forget, all of this information deserves a sarcastic “Thanks Obama!” Although, deserved only perceptively by those accustomed to regularly digging a hole in the sand and inserting their head. Because there are people among us who regularly blame President Obama for rising gas prices, but do not offer the reciprocal when prices fall. And also because there are some people among us who cite the low price of gasoline in the fall of 2008, you know, after the economy cratered on Bush’s watch, and compare that to the price of gas at any point during Obama’s presidency. They conveniently leave out that the all-time high for gasoline was just a few short months earlier in July 2008, an all-time high that has not been matched in the 5+ years that Obama has been president. They also conveniently leave out that the low price for gas in the fall of 2008 was because the economy, well, sucked.
Now, of course, this makes for some really stupid political bickering, because presidents don’t control the price of gas, but I point all of this out make it clear that Obama haters waved bye-bye to facts and reality the moment he became the Democratic candidate for president in 2008.
And here you were thinking this was going to be a friendly blog post intended to inform you of the current price of gas, as if you couldn’t gather this information yourself after sneaking a peak while driving by the corner gas station, even after being beaten over the head with a tack hammer.