The Obama Administration Wants To Have It Both Ways On Gas Prices

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A new progress report published by the White House is patting President Obama on the back for an increase in domestic oil production. Now, we can debate about whether or not that increase is attributable to Obama’s policies (it isn’t), but there’s something interesting about the administration making that claim.

While they’re simultaneously touting increased oil production to combat complaints about gas prices (65% of Americans disapprove of the administration’s handling), they’re also arguing that increased oil production doesn’t lower prices.

From Sean Hackbarth:

…the White House produced an infographic explaining gas prices, but they’re too clever by half. A section is titled, “Increased Production Doesn’t Lower Gas Prices” and has some graphs making their argument.

Let me get this straight: The administration prides itself for increased domestic oil and gas production, but implies that more oil doesn’t have anything to do with gas prices, because the biggest factor is the world oil price. They’re both trying to take credit and deflect blame.

Here’s a link to the infographic, with this section mentioned above:

You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • HG

    This is some weapons-grade incompetence.

    • $8194357

      lemmings and useful idiots who blindly walk off the cliff on cue.

      Unfortunatley there “are no teachable moments” for the leftist brain dead zombies..

  • WOOF

    American politicos need to threaten to bomb Iran.
    That does wonders for oil prices.

    • Econwarrior

      Only because Carter handed over the world oil market to OPEC by obstructing domestic production.

    • Jfisher17

      Right, Woof. It’s America’s fault and not Iran’s. How about- Iranian politicos need to stop making nuclear devices that they admit they want to use on Israel. Just because they exist.

      • WOOF

        Nuclear devices?
        Says who?

        Do you really think the Iranians are sucidal ?
        That they are going to attack Israel, a nation with hundreds of nuclear weapons?

        • Roy_Bean

          Of course they’re not suicidal.  If they were suicidal they would be wrapping themselves in explosives and blowing themselves up in the public squares. 

        • Guest

           You really are a moron. Those private tutoring sessions with hanni have really kicked in.

        • Jfisher17

          “Nuclear devices?” Yes, or close to it. “says who?” Well, Israel for one. “Do you think the Iranians are suicidal?” See answer below. Do you think the Iranians go around saying “we want Israel off the map” just for laughs? 

    • mickey_moussaoui

      That’s right, transfer blame for a volitile situation AWAY from Iranian agression. Typical liberal mindset: Blame America first

  • cherz1967

    How can the government openly go after oil producers?  This just sickens me.

  • $8194357

    The left want it both ways on “everything”..

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Just as extending the meaningless bush tax cuts did nothing, so does extracting more oil from our land.

    • Cyn

      “the meaningless bush tax cuts”

      The meaning of the Bush tax cuts will come to light next year when obama lets them expire and everyone is hit with huge tax increases.

      • Econwarrior

        They also resulted in the highest revenue collections ever, before the Pelosi/Reid Congress jacked up spending and regulations.
        Little hanni is completely ignorant on the subject of economics.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        You mean bush’s deficit growing scheme will have to be undone and the true consequences of his poor leadership and ability will reflect on someone else?

        • Cyn

           No, as usual you’re wrong. Maybe if you got away from the talking points, you might have a chance of coming up with an original thought. But feel free to talk about Obama’s deficit scheme and the hole that he keeps digging deeper, and deeper and deeper. But, as you know, everyone should be getting ready for the huge tax increase next year when Obama kills the tax cuts. I’m sure it will be another devasting blow to the economy, as planned.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            So here’s a tough one for you “Cyn”.  If your credit card agency cut your payments temporarily by 10% did you get a rate cut or a raise (that means pay increase for the really idiotic (GOP)?

    • Guest

      “Just as extending the meaningless bush tax cuts did nothing, so does extracting more oil from our land.”

      Thanks for confirming that you, like obama, wants the U.S. dependent on foreign oil.

      You jerkoff.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Thank you for confirming you never could debate in any meaningful or real way.

  • sbark

    so the Messiah has now made basic Supply and Deman a thing of the past…………..

    • Econwarrior

      Actually, the Law of Supply, Demand and Price is always in operation, but liberal politicians distort it to pander to their constituent groups, creating bubbles and crashes.  Right now, they’re causing economic stagnation and unemployment.

      • sbark

        thus my sarcasm……….but then I’m having a big cigar with Jack Daniels right now in my private property which you wouldnt approve of…….of course.

        • Econwarrior

          You’re a legend in your own mind.  I don’t care how you choose to kill yourself, but don’t try to take me with you.  You liberals seem to have trouble understanding that simple aspect of personal responsibility, the cornerstone of individual rights.

          • sbark

            Yup a flaming lib

            Then stay off my private property…..and dont try to tell me what to do with it from some computer in tim-buc-too

            besides…..when I die, I want to be sick,no healthy

      • WOOF

        The destruction of demand.
         $1.84 gas when Bush left office.

        • Econwarrior

          If you weren’t so ignorant, you would know that demand is moderated by price, so you have it backward.  The gas price at the end of 2008 was the result of the lifting of the offshore drilling bans.  When obama renewed them, the price went up again.
          If you can, remember this: anything that is in demand becomes close to infinite when it’s free.  As price increases, demand decreases.  Simple, but beyond the reach of the liberal “mind”.

          • WOOF

            You believe price was moderated to lows by imaginary, future off shore wells?
            Not that the stock market had crashed, Americans  lost half the equity in their homes and 401Ks, Bear Sterns ,AIG, Lehman, Tarp etc.
            January 1, 2009, his last month in office, the nation lost 655,000
            jobs, raising the unemployment rate to 7.8%, the highest level in more
            than 15 years.

            That’s what killed demand and lowered gas prices.

    • $8194357

      Along with the Constituion he swore an oath to uphold and protect while having the excact opposite hatred for it like so many he surrounds himself with….

      In November 1985, the Harvard Law Review published an article by Derrick Bell that was a “classic” in the development of Critical Race Theory. (The article was edited by then-student Elena Kagan,)( and was cited by Prof. Charles Ogletree “in support of her nomination” to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Barack Obama in 2010).
      The article makes clear that Critical Race Theory sees the U.S. Constitution as a form of “original sin”–
      a view later( embraced by Obama as a state legislator, and reflected in his actions and appointments. )

  • mickey_moussaoui

    The most effective way to reduce the cost of gasoline is to remove the ethanol that is mixed with gas. Ethanol only produces 61% of the energy of gasoline and emits more carbon into the air than gasoline. Without it you would travel farther and for less per gallon.

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    The Obamites have been engaging in a scheme to subsidize energy prices with the SS and Medicare funds. The media is mute on this.

  • SigFan

    The rising fuel prices are right in line with the Obama/Chu plan.  Drive gas prices to the unaffordable range and force people to start looking at “green” energy boondoggles in the hopes that they will alleviate the financial burdens being imposed on them – by their own government.  Obama is a fool and a traitor to this country – and those that voted for him and continue to support him are the same.  And the fact that he claims responsibility for the publicly perceived good of increased oil production while denying responsibility for the bad of higher fuel costs is SOP for him.  Of course the fact that he and his sycophants never mention that the increased production is coming from private and state lands that he and his jackboots can’t step on is all the proof anyone should need to recognize what an opportunistic liar he is.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Dump obama so you can afford to drive to work and feed your family

  • HG

    In 2008 the mileage rate deduction for business use of a car was .58 p/gal.  This year it is .55 p/gal.  That amounts to a tax increase for those eligible for the deduction, especially in light of gas prices having more than doubled since 2008.  Just one more sneaky tax increase on the middle class Obama thinks he’s sly enough to get away with.

    http://bradfordtaxinstitute.com/Free_Resources/IRS-Mileage-Rates.xml.aspx

  • HG

    Is it possible that these ridiculous and ignorant statements made regularly by the Obama administration are nothing more than an effort to diffuse and distract from the issues?  Maybe they figure if they can get their opponents to spend their time and energy expressing shock and dismay over the absurdity of this administrations claims, the less will be spent on actions aimed directly at the real problems.

  • HG
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