As someone who works in Washington, DC in an office with a view of the White House, it’s hard to avoid politics. (Every day I watch the Vice President’s motorcade scream down Connecticut Avenue as it travels from the Navel Observatory to the White House and back again.) And during a presidential election year, things really get crazy. And that brings me to the cost of a gallon of gas.
Recently we paid $3.95 per gallon. Boy did that leave a mark. The high cost of gas has not gone unnoticed by certain politicians seeking a certain political office located at a certain address on Pennsylvania Avenue. That’s right, Republican presidential candidates have been blaming the Obama Administration for the high cost of gas. How unoriginal.
Yesterday, Obama took a shot at these knuckleheads:
“Every time prices start to go up, especially in an election year, politicians dust off their three point plans for $2 gas,” Obama said. “I guess this year they decided we’re going to make it $2.50.”
“They head down to the gas station. They make sure a few cameras are following them. And then they start acting like we’ve got a magic wand, and we will give you cheap gas forever — if you just elect us. Every time. Been the same script for 30 years. It’s like a bad re-run,” he said.
He was specifically taking aim at Gingrich, who promised to lower gas to $2.50 a gallon. Such a promise is stupid on so many levels. The fact is, the president can’t control the price of gas, at least not in the short term. Certainly energy policy will affect the price of all forms of energy in the long term.
But for you conservatives out there, I have a bonus quote. Guess who said this four years ago when running for the White House:
Here in Ohio, you’re paying nearly $3.70 a gallon for gas — 2 1/2 times what it cost when President Bush took office.
That’s right, it was then Senator Obama (Source: The Washington Post).
I’ve lived in Washington for 20 years, and here’s how it works. When it comes to the economy, the president gets both credit and blame he deserves, and credit and blame he doesn’t deserve. I guess Obama recognized this when he was running for office four years ago. Of course, he also promised to cut our deficit in half. And this just goes to show we shouldn’t believe pie crust promises (easily made, easily broken) any politician makes.
Instead, here are some links to articles that can actually help you save some dough at the pump: