High gas prices

Posted at 12:29pm on Jun. 30, 2008 "A Plague That Does Not Discriminate By Economic Class, Race Or Age"

By haystack



[image courtesy Red Planet Cartoons]



Such has our fuel price crisis been described by AP reporter Alan Fram:

[S]oaring fuel prices are inflicting pain throughout the U.S. Nine in 10 expecting the ballooning costs to squeeze them financially over the next half-year, an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll released Monday says.

Nearly half think that hardship will be serious. To cope, most are driving less, easing off the air conditioning and heating at home and cutting corners elsewhere. Half are curtailing vacation plans; nearly as many are considering buying cars that burn less gas.

As the price has spiraled upward so, too, has the public's ire.

Reid and Pelosi don't care. Whatever liberties and freedoms to move about the country we might otherwise enjoy, were we able to actually afford to GET there, are slowly being taken away from us by the inaction of our elected officials. BOTH Houses of the "do nothing" Congress blew off any energy legislation to help us get through the summer...THEY are on vacation now, and we can't afford to join them. Instead, we look out our windows at cars we can't refuel and worry about how we're going to get back and forth to work so we can keep supporting these losers through ever-increasing taxes.

Nearly 70% of us are travelling less or not at all, in large part because the national average price for a gallon of gasoline climbed to $4.086, and "Gas prices have risen 2.9% in the last month and are almost 38% higher than where they were a year ago." Waddya think jumpin' genius Joe Klein over at Time says we ought to be doing?

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Posted at 5:00pm on Jun. 18, 2008 Democrat Strategy For America: "Slow Bleed 'Em"...One Useless Bill At A Time

By haystack

Man, talk about fiddling while Rome burns...guess what the House is taking up today for Legislative consideration? Can anyone help me understand how, exactly, honoring the life of Tim Russert, or allocating land in Montana for a cemetery, or fussing over the treatment of non-human primates helps us all stop BLEEDING from the current crisis on fuel prices? No? Yeah, me either...

Minority Whip Blunt asks the question "So Why Hasn’t Congress Acted to Lower Gas Prices?" and all I can come up with is they've been too busy on (as he calls them) "a few other higher priorities." For example:

Of the 244 laws that the Democrat Congress has enacted (thru June 6, 2008):

- 92 (38%) were to name government buildings or lands;

- 39 (16%) were to extend existing laws or make technical corrections to existing laws;

- of the remaining bills enacted into law, 87 (35%) were so uncontroversial that they passed either without a recorded vote in the House or with fewer than 10 votes in opposition.

But, heck-who am I to bellyache? At least the Democrat House gave us “Frank Sinatra Day,” “National Train Day,” “National Plumbing Industry Week,” and “National Passport Month” according to a recent Blunt presser. Feel all warm and fuzzy yet? No? There's more-"the Democrat House has been so busy naming months for various causes that they have now named 51 months...27 more than are actually on the calendar for a two year Congress."

Well done, Nance...well done. For the rest of us who are drowning in gas price-hell, give a peek at what President Bush said today about this nation's energy crisis:

For many Americans, there is no more pressing concern than the price of gasoline. Truckers and farmers and small business owners have been hit especially hard. Every American who drives to work, purchases food, or ships a product has felt the effect. And families across our country are looking to Washington for a response.

Still with me? Good...at least somebody in Washington understands the living hell we're being made to endure...

Let's go below the fold for MORE of what the "No Policy" Democrat policy is doing to America, m'kay?..

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Posted at 11:04am on Jun. 17, 2008 We've got people seeing $4.30 or so/gallon for gas, now.

This is such a *fun* graphic, we'd thought that we'd use it again.

By Moe Lane

[image via House Minority Whip regularly updated]

Nothing wrong with haystack's post, of course. Anyway: guess what? The problem's not going away, and you can't blame this one on the GOP. We like to drill for oil, remember? We like refineries. We probably all have little altars in our basements to the Great Dread God Krood. So talk to the Democrats.

And in keep this in mind: they're not sitting on oil production so that you can feel better about yourself. They're sitting on oil production so that they can feel better about you.

Moe Lane

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Posted at 12:11pm on Jun. 16, 2008 Dear Democrats: Why Does The Saudi King Know What To Do About Gas Prices, And You Don't?

By haystack

[image via House Minority Whip regularly updated]

King Abdullah seems to GET IT about how to deal with the crisis at the pumps...while our friends in the majority on the Hill continue to have no freaking clue. From The Independent:

Next month, the Saudis will be pumping an extra half-a-million barrels of oil a day compared to last month, bringing total Saudi production to 9.7 million barrels a day, their highest ever level. But the world's biggest oil exporters are coupling the increase with an appeal to western Europe to cut fuel taxes to lower the price of petrol to consumers.

You hear that Democrats?

Cut the freaking taxes and increase the freaking production. It's just not that hard, kids.

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