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Jun
11

‘is president obama intentionally raising gas prices?’

Stephen Stromberg (Washington Post): On Face the Nation Sunday, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour … made a series of assertions about President Obama’s record on energy that suggests he was confused about it, intentionally misleading, or both.

Barbour argued that the president is purposely raising the price of energy …. an incredulous Bob Schieffer pressed the governor – does he really think that he can blame the president for those figures, and claim that it was all intentional?

Barbour doubled down, saying that Obama once favored a cap-and-trade program that would have mainly raised electricity prices. Yes, electricity prices, not gas prices. Different goods, different markets. Also, the Democrats’ cap-and-trade program never passed. It’s not policy. So it couldn’t be pushing any energy prices up at all, on electricity or gas.

Barbour went on to cite some of the Obama administration’s regulatory efforts, presumably those at the Environmental Protection Agency, that might affect energy prices. But they, too, are mainly aimed at the electricity and industrial sectors, not oil, and many of the EPA’s most controversial regulatory efforts haven’t come into force yet, either….

…A savvy player such as Barbour sees that high gas prices are a political weakness for the president, even though they aren’t Obama’s doing. It’s not surprising he would try to exploit that opening, even if it means losing at the logical consistency game.

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11 Responses to “‘is president obama intentionally raising gas prices?’”


  1. 2 Proud of Obama
    June 6, 2011 at 9:44 am

    So glad you posted this, Chips. This is the stupid meme they are trying to push. Why in the world would the President deliberately raise gas prices when this might threaten his re-election chances? It makes no sense and shows these rethugs will tell any lie to see if they can get away with it. And stupid Shieffer should have asked Barbour that question. What idiocy.

  2. 3 lisalovesobama
    June 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Is this tool for real? Barbour needs to focus on putting down the pork, losing some weight and checking his cholesterol. I thought once the turd wasn’t running (figuratively that is, wouldn’t want him to keel over from a heart attack) we’d stop hearing from him. 🙄

  3. 4 StR
    June 6, 2011 at 10:13 am

    There was a recent poll where something like 70% didn’t blame President Obama (and you can bet that other 30% are the usual poll dead enders).

  4. 5 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

    ANYONE WHO HAS ANY BRAINS…KNOWS THAT FOREIGN INTERESTS WANT TO BREAK OUR ECONOMY…LOOK TO THEM…NOT THE WHITE HOUSE!

  5. 6 Dorothy Rissman
    June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Barbour is a pile of steaming doodoo. I am nearing the scream level. Diamond, Hog Barbour, etc. Nothing will get done or happen over the next year.

  6. 7 theo67
    June 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    What confuses me is that they have to know that gas prices will likely rise the next time a Republican is in charge, and they remove all regulatory controls and kill any semblance of trying to wean America off of its addiction to oil. What will they say then, after they’ve proudly declared that the President of the United States somehow controls gas prices on the global market?

    Secondly – so, this is what all the “no-runners” are going to do? Throw pot shots from the side lines to try and trip up the President and confuse voters? What cowards! Why don’t they get in the ring, and fight fair?

    • 8 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      June 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      UNFORTUNATELY THEO…WE’RE NOT DEALING WITH MATURE OR UNSELFISH ADULTS HERE! SOMEBODY PASS THE BIBBBBS AND HIGHCHAIRS!..:)

  7. 9 Kasai
    June 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    THE POWER OF TWEETER

    I mentioned this on BDW blog., regarding the used of Tweeter, I follow the President and BWD, and sometimes re-tweet regarding any negative stuff I hear.

    If we all follow each other, and respond to any negatives of the Media or politicians at the same time….The impact of Tweeter can be powerful, Notice how our newscaster are always giving their Tweet accts…and ask you for your input…Well there you have it, imagine if we tweeted AC360, Maddow, all at once while they were reporting….LOL I could just imagine their reaction.

    My Tweeter account is @Kahsai

    Are are Fired Up and Ready To Tweet!!!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden/2012

  8. 10 anniebella
    June 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Barbour is another one of those bold face liars from the Republican Party.

    • 11 Sue in Minnesota
      June 7, 2011 at 2:10 am

      In addition to being a Republican, and we recognize they love their lies, I believe Barbour is a racist.


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