President Obama Does Not Set Gasoline Prices.
When you waste your time listening to some Right Wing know-little; know nothings one of the things you will hear a lot is how President Obama is somehow miraculously directly responsible for rising gasoline prices in The United States.
Worse than that, some of the more extreme of the Rightie Myth-Manipulators even go so far as to accuse the President of “Causing” the price of gas to rise at the pump!
My response to that? “Horse Droppings!”
One of my favorite Right Wing “I can’t stand President Obama” lines goes something like this: “Before Obama became President, the price of gas at the pump was $1.86 and now it is over $3.00.
Well folks . . . guess what?
When I was a young man of about 25, the price of a gallon of milk was about 99-cents (It is now over $3 a gallon), a hamburger sandwich at a local restaurant was 99-cents (It is now over $5) and when I was a mere kid you could get a candy bar ( a big one) for a nickel and the most expensive admission to the local movie theater was 25-cents.
Gas prices are not set by the President no matter what the Right-Tilted want you to believe!
Did you know the price of a gallon of gasoline cost an average of $3.40 during the administration of President Woodrow Wilson in 1913-1921?
Gas was about $2.80 under Republican President Herbert Hoover ( The Depression President . . . a Republican to boot) and it dropped to $2.51 by the time Democrat Harry Truman assumed office?
Republican Ronald Reagan managed to see gas prices rise to $2.49 in 1981-89 but Democrat Bill Clinton saw it fall to $1.70 a gallon in 1993-2001.
Right Wing Twists And Turns:
Did you know that in 2008 at the end of George W. Bush’s last term in office the price of gasoline in this country was $3.96 a gallon and that the price under President Obama’s Administration in 2012 had dropped to $3.85?
Are you beginning to see how the Obama Haters try to twist things to make it look like The President is the marshmallow in the outhouse here . . . . . and on virtually everything else too?
They fabricate . . . they manipulate . . . they twist . . . they lie . . . anything to make a point that never had a chance of being made in the first place!
And do you know what their response usually is when somebody catches them in their lies?
Their response is something that usually resembles a vitriolic rant about how damned stupid or ignorant ( or worse) whoever exposes their fantasies is. Their defense is to simply attack whoever exposes their lies!
It ain’t the President, folks . . . it is the speculators on Wall Street and the law of supply and demand!
If you want some truth about the Right Wing lie that Obama is the culprit when it comes to your gas prices rising at the pump you really need to read : – – – (An article about gas prices and why they do what they do.)
And for the sake of your mental health and peace of mind, may I also suggest that you avoid spending too much time on those Rightie Media Sites where it seems they use “Hating The President and The Democrats” as their chief means of personal libidinous gratification?
It was just a suggestion, folks . . . let no one accuse me of trying to stifle anyone’s First Amendment Rights here.
I love the First Amendment but it does have a drawback or two . . . maybe . . . maybe not . . . The First Amendment seems to me to have absolutely no objection to people spouting all the lies they want to spout along with whatever smattering of truth might sneak into the mix along the way.
Radical Righties often blame the President for such things as rising gas prices when he is, in all reality, innocent as the new-born lamb in the matter.
Wall Street? Yes!
Supply and Demand? Yes!
The President? Not possible in our “Free” Economy.
Posted by John at 8:57 AM
Photo Credits: The illustration of the fuel guage above is a Public Domain Image from PIXABAY. As of the date I posted the image on this blog . . . date of 9/2/2014 . . . the image was being offered for use under Public Domain License.