May 25, 2012 by David K. Sutton
Remember When Republicans Said Rising Gas Prices Were Obama’s Fault?
Gas prices have fallen for seven straight weeks. Heading into Memorial Day weekend gas prices are lower than they were a year ago.
Remember just a few short months ago when Republicans, especially Republican presidential candidates, were blaming President Obama for high gas prices? In fact, some of them, including Newt Gingrich, accused Obama of wanting higher gas prices so that he could push his agenda of alternative energy. Did they actually believe that a sitting president looking to be reelected would intentionally raise gas prices (if he had such power)?
Obama definitely doesn’t want higher gas prices, but you can call me guilty on that charge. I think the only way we make a big move away from petroleum-based energy to renewable energy sources is for there to be too much financial pain not to make the move. But that’s a topic for another article.
So, if Obama was responsible for rising gas prices as Republicans said, now that the price of gas is falling, will Republicans applaud Obama’s efforts? Of course I ask that question facetiously. The President of the United States has little power to control the price of gasoline. Anyone who tells you otherwise is hopelessly uninformed, lying for political gain, or both.