Grist: Nobody Can Deliver Cheaper Gas Unless Economy Tanks

Cheap Gas! - photo by Lane Pearman

With appropriate snark, Grist’s Christopher Mims explains why nobody can deliver cheaper gas. That is, unless the economy tanks.

“Unless the world economy crashes or intercessory prayer starts working, no one on the planet has the power to significantly lower the price of gasoline at the pump. Especially not Newt Gingrich.”

People are either stupid, ignorant, or both if they believe the President of the United States has unlimited power. Gas prices, while affected by speculation, are primarily driven by supply and demand.

Republicans are disingenuous when they point to the price of gas now (well above $3, on its way to $4) compared to when Obama took office (below $2). The economy is much improved now compared to 3 years ago, when we were in the middle of a deep recession. Republicans conveniently forget where gas prices were (higher than now) in the summer of 2008. Who was president then?

Republicans rely on ignorance to get away with this nonsense.


photo by Lane Pearman via Flickr

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  • What I don’t understand is why more people do not get this. The rhetoric from the debate tonight gave me a screeching headache, so at the moment I have zero tolerance for stupidity.

  • I hear ya. I can’t bring myself to watch any of these debates. It would serve no purpose because I would be yelling at the TV for two hours. Instead I watch and read the day after recaps and yell at my computer screen. 🙂