That would be the price of gasoline these days. I don’t know about where you live, but I do know I went away for a week, and came back with the gas prices higher than when I left. We are closing in on $3 a gallon here.

The Washington Examiner had an editorial on this very issue, “Obama’s $5 A Gallon Gas Just Ahead.” The editorial reminded readers of one of Obama’s statements ignored by his supporters, though not by those of us who had our eyes wide open, and our ears, too. And that was this:

Most politicians play word games to cast themselves in the most favorable light, so perhaps it’s understandable that few people took it seriously when President Obama unaccountably said during his 2008 presidential campaign that energy prices would “necessarily skyrocket” under his program.

With gas steadily approaching $4 per gallon and projected by federal Energy Information Administration experts to hit $5 in 2012, it’s time to accept Obama at his word. The costs of heating and cooling our homes and offices, keeping gas in the cars and trucks that get us to work and the grocery store, and generating the electricity that keeps our laptops humming are heading skyward because Obama thinks that’s what is best for us. It’s a classic illustration of liberals using government to do to us what we would never do to ourselves. [snip]


Remember that pithy little statement by Obama? It should have cost him a few states, including Pennsylvania, but for reasons beyond me, it didn’t. Anyway, this is what Obama said about “Cap And Trade” back in the day:

Again, don’t know about where you live, but I can tell you, our electric costs have been on the rise since Obama took office, and I fear it will only get worse.

When prices escalate for products like gas, it necessarily changes how people live, what they can do, and where they drive. We are comfortable financially, but when prices were high not that long ago, it did change where we drove, how often I went to see my horse, Jordan (which is one of the highlights of my week), or up into Charleston, or any number of places. I just spent $38 filling up my tank on Thursday, and I still had between 1/4 – 1/2 of a tank left (I drive a Sienna, which gets decent gas mileage). When gas goes up like this, it means, for some people, the difference between being able to drive to work or not.

So what has Obama done to affect gas prices? This:

[snip] Here are just some of the ways Obama has constricted U.S. energy exploration and development, thereby forcing prices upward and making America more dependent on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and other costly, unreliable foreign oil sources who bear this country ill will:

»?Reimposed bans on oil and natural gas drilling in America’s outer continental shelf that were previously reversed by a Democratic-led Congress and a Republican president. Experts estimate there are at least 130 billion barrels of oil and trillions of feet of natural gas to be harvested from these areas, but Obama won’t allow it.

»?Even before the cause of the Deepwater Horizon disaster was known, Obama imposed a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico that cost thousands of jobs and effectively ended drilling in both deep and shallow waters there. Although officially lifted, slow-walking federal bureaucrats have yet to approve new permits and are busily issuing costly new requirements that are certain to stifle most, if not all, drilling in the Gulf for years to come. A third of America’s oil production comes from wells in the Gulf.

»?Reversed a Bush administration decision that opened millions of acres of public lands in the western parts of the nation to careful oil and natural gas exploration and development, then invented an entirely new classification that puts those and millions more acres not previously covered off limits.

»?Appointed an energy secretary — Steven Chu — who said in December 2008 that Americans should pay the same prices as Europeans for gas. Gas in Europe then averaged around $8 per gallon.

Maybe now people will believe that Obama meant exactly what he said in 2008 about making us pay much more for energy. If they don’t, they surely will in coming months. (Click HERE to read the rest.)

Maybe. One can only hope, though the blinders and earplugs seem to be in plenty for too many.

So, what are things like where you are? Are gas or other energy prices affecting your daily lives? Feel free to talk about this, or anything else going on (reading the Constitution in the House? Repealing Obamacare? Pelosi claiming that NOW House Democrats will focus on jobs though they did blessed little to address that issue while controlling all three houses? Obama calling the Eagles owner to thank him for giving Michael Vick, the dog torturer, a second chance?).

And TGIF…

  • BIINKY

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2653625/posts

    Today, in the wake of the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (which left 5 confirmed dead and over a dozen seriously injured, including the Congresswoman herself), the Leftist media tried desperately to pin this attack on the Tea Party movement and conservatives.
    In reality, the would-be assassin was 22 year old Jared Lee Loughner, a confirmed Leftist who was upset Congresswoman Giffords opposed Nancy Pelosi and the Left’s open borders agenda.
    What are other instances where the Leftist media attempted to pin some terrible event on the Tea Party or conservatives in general, where it turned out the atrocities were committed either by Leftist Democrats or Muslims?
    We can think of a three others right off the top of our heads:
    (1) NYC Times Square car bomb attempt: where Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Leftist media attempted to blame the Tea Party, but it was a Muslim who was responsible for attempting to detonate a car filled with makeshift explosives bent on murdering scores of people in Times Square.
    (2) February 2010 IRS plane attack: where the Leftist media tried to claim the Tea Party was involved in an attack on an Austin, Texas IRS facility; turns out the pilot was a Democrat.
    (3) Ft. Hood attack: where the Leftist media tried to claim the Tea Party was responsible for murders on an Army base; turns out it was a Muslim who shouted “Admiral Akbar!” at the top of his lungs while opening fire on his fellow soldiers.
    Can you cite other instances where the Leftist media has tried its best to pin something on Tea Party members when in the end it turns out Muslims or Leftists were actually responsible?
    MUCH MORE HERE
    http://hillbuzz.org/

     
     
     

  • BIINKY

    One year I drove 90 miles to work and back (180 mile round trip).  It made for a long day and am glad I’m retired now.

  • BIINKY

    We need to put pressure on our Representatives to put a stop to our geing governed by regulations and Executive Orders.  The FEC wants do regulate the radio stations, make sure they have diversity.  Mike Copps is the name of the CEO in charge of that if I remember correctly.

  • BIINKY

    @Creeper  Where do you visit in KY?  I might run into you in Walmart somewhere.    😎

  • BIINKY

    Where do you visit in KY?  I might run into you in Walmart somewhere.   😎

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    I saw the other day that BCBS was going to majorly hike up ins. costs in CA.  Yikes…

    Seattlegonz mentioned Rep. Giffords – my thoughts and prayers are with her, her family, her staff members who were shot, and those who were murdered.  What a horrible, tragic event.  To try and blame this on any one politician is obscene – the responsibility lies solely with the deranged young man who took it upon himself to open fire on a crowd.

  • bunnygirl4thecritters@gmail.com

    I’m also in Californina and gas just went up to $3.69!
    Also my Blue Shield (so called) health insurance…got notice of my 3rd freaking rate hike since last July! Damn you George Obama…damn you!

  • seattlegonz

    No, the media brought up the connection and the foolish left are continuing to blather about it…posting blogs with links from june 2010. Obama said he’d bring a gun to a fight…does that mean anything here.

    It’s ridiculous, and I think criminal, to  try and link this attack to Palin. Disgusting.

  • CentralMass
  • CentralMass

    I wasn’t implying  a connection with any indvidual promoting this, rather the symbolisim of cross hairs on a map with links to candidates.  However, I didn’t bring up the topic..

  • seattlegonz

    There’s more likely to be a connection between Obama and Gifford’s shooting. But, the point is that absolutely nothing was known and to make political hay out of this while the tragedy is unfolding is despicable.

  • CentralMass

    Is it a stretch that there might be a connection?