Remember it wasn't Bush's fault either

@gewcew23 (8011)
United States
May 4, 2011 5:02pm CST
As the temperature is going up so to is the price of gas and as long as I can remember it has always worked out that way. Another thing that always happens at this exact same time, blame the President for the price of gas. Of course there will be the lesser boogiemen like the environmentalist and the speculators but the President is the boogiest of all boogiemen when it comes to the price the you pay at the pump. Add fuel to the fire, we are living in a time when we have a President who is opposed by a segment of the population who gets outraged by anything this man does. These are the people who run around telling you that Social Security is bankrupt yet they got all outraged when President Obama didn't give SS recipients a cost of living increase. Not only was it unfair to blame Obama for SS recipients not getting a cost of living increase so to is it unfair to blame him for the ever increasing price of fuel. Let us remember a few years ago the average price of gas was over four dollars a gallon and who was President, George W. Bush. The reason for the price then is the same reason now, the extinction of cheap crude oil. Even if we try drill here drill now, those drillers would depend upon current fuel prices to fund drilling operations. So the high price of gas is here to stay, stop blaming other people and learn to live with it.
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@matersfish (6311)
• United States
4 May 11
Learn to live with it? For me personally, that's a hellz to the no! What else should I learn to live with? Outrageous food prices? Exponentially higher energy prices? Higher property taxes? For me, it's not only gas. Gas is just the last straw. EVERYTHING is going up... except for what I earn, of course. That's going the opposite direction. So learn to live with it? Heck no! I don't rightly care if it's "unfair" to blame the President or not. If he can't take the criticisms, I'm sure someone's ready to step in and fill his shoes. Maybe he's not the biggest reason it's going up. But he doesn't seem to be doing too much to bring it down either. There are plenty of things he and his administration could do to bring some prices down, like simply not having energy producers living in constant fear of uberhikes due to his pre-Presidency promise, or opening up water for farming in CA and stopping with this strange micromanagment of farming, or, and this is for politicians in general, stop trying to milk every single penny to pay for stuff and just spend less. When people are criticized, they know the masses are disgruntled. This hurts their odds of staying in power. This forces people to act where they otherwise wouldn't. People, NEVER LEARN TO LIVE WITH IT! I got your back!
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
4 May 11
Well if you want to live in a fantasy world where gas is cheap you better start inventing it because it doesn't exist in this current world. Sometimes you got to accept reality and learn to live with it.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
5 May 11
"Well if you want to live in a fantasy world where gas is cheap you better start inventing it because it doesn't exist in this current world." It exists in countries with lots of oil and the guts to drill for it. Go ahead and see what it costs to fill up in Saudi Arabia or Venezuela. Granted, I'm not about to move to those places based solely on gas prices.
• United States
5 May 11
Well, you can learn to live with it. I won't knock that. Learn to live with it all. Me, I never will. It's not a dream or "fantasy." It's not like low prices are akin to the utopian dream of hand-holding harmony some politicians chase through wealth redistrubtion and social justice and alienation. Lower prices are something we had before. It's not a fantasy. The prices continuing to go up on everything--I wasn't only speaking of oil--is the larger issue. Why is it a fantasy world to demand from politicians, especially America's President, that things need to get back a little closer to normal instead of accepting every increase as normal? That's not something I'm willing to do, to simply "live with it," all to give the President a pass. Kudos for snuffin' out bin Laden. Good job on a 1% increase in employment in 3 years. Glad you quickly realized that anti-terror policies are more important than crying about human rights to look good for the UN or some other sissy somewhere. But I won't make excuses for you, Mr. President. So it's not only your fault? Enough blame to go around? So what? You wanted the job. Now do it.
@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
4 May 11
Yeah, actually it was Bush's fault. Just like it is President Obama's fault now. They were the President. Frankly, it is way past time people stop trying to keep President Obama in training pants. He is the President ULTIMATELY it is his responsibility whether it is his fault or not. The buck stops at the top. This criticism isn't any different from any other criticism that Presidents have faced.
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@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
4 May 11
I'm not sure who is to blame for the high gas prices. I know it sure does hurt our family financial means though. We don't complain but we sure have a hard time affording it.
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• United States
4 May 11
Complain away! It's high time more people started, I say. I'll start it out... BOOOO!
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
4 May 11
Oh give them time they will blame him if for it.
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@dragon54u (31556)
• United States
5 May 11
I don't blame this president exclusively, I blame them all for the past 50 years. We have resources to supply us with oil for hundreds of years, yet we are not allowed to make use of them. We have geniuses who have come up with designs for natural-gas powered cars--we have enough natural gas here to power the entire world for centuries--but they cannot get funded because the oil magnates have the power to defeat them, kill them or otherwise stifle legislation that would bring the idea to fruition. I don't blame the prez for the price of gas but I will blame him for not allowing us to tap our own resources, as I have blamed presidents before him.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 May 11
Actually it is the environmentalists's fault who considered animals moe important then people. They were the ones responsible for closing off oil wells in America, complaining that such a such a fish was in danger, etc. so they forced the Presidents to shut down offshore drilling. Now if President Bush had said that they should open up drilling in America, they would have said no way.But Obama went along with them since he is for Alternative energy and high gas prices, etc. And I doubt if he changed his mind and said "all right we need to drill domestically so open up those wells," that the environmentalists would agree. -- unless he became dictator of America and decided to line them against the wall and shoot them if they did not obey. So now IK heard and saw on TV, that Exon is getting oil from Canada where I live. And it gets really cold here in the winter. Buy the way, saying it does not matter is the worse thing to do. Most CAnadians are like that, too complacent. The only way to get things done is to complain . Nice to know that you are independently wealthy, have all our family living near by, and have no desire to travel, by the way.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 May 11
sorry, mistake in last part. Meant to say "have all your family living near by, "etc.
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
6 May 11
He doesn't seem to care if Brazil has enviromental problems. Or is 'mother earth' only living in America? I guess it's ok if the Brazilians breath carbon dioxide.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
6 May 11
It is ironic that he wants Brazil to produce oil for the States, but he does not like to open the wells domestically. Yes and we in Canada want to keep our own oil as well. Maybe Obama is planning to bankrupt America, make America into a third rate country.
@anniepa (27216)
• United States
6 May 11
There will always be a sizable number of people who will blame whomever the President is at any given time for just about EVERYTHING; that's just the way it is, I guess! However, with THIS President it seems to be even more pronounced than usual. You could take almost every single issue President Obama has had to address at any level and say, "He's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't!" Regarding the subject at hand, the price of gas, if he were to try to take some hard action about it he'd be accused of micromanagement or trying to take over business. As it is, he's still being blamed for the moratorium on off-shore drilling in the Gulf although permits have been being issued again for several months; of course, there are those who are angry at the President for THAT as well. Also, when people complain about the moratorium they seriously seem to have forgotten the reason WHY that had to happen. Of course, they also don't understand that if the Gulf was so full of oil rigs you couldn't see anything else that still wouldn't guarantee us lower gas prices now or for many years to come. Ironically, gas is expected to drop in price within "days instead of weeks", or so I heard on the radio yesterday; does that mean we'll see people here THANKING President Obama...lol? You're so right about the Social Security COLAs but trying to explain that that also wasn't Obama's fault is like talking to the wall. Those who want to blame him for everything will do just that - blame him for everything! Annie
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
7 May 11
Since the bulk of your response is targeted to make those who question the president, here's a quote from a fellow Democrat (in my opinion the last GREAT Democrat) Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed -- and no republic can survive John F. Kennedy IMHO, Pres. Obama seems to have issues with being disagreed with and he's encouraged his supporters and media to make light of any thing that casts doubt on him and his policies. I have to keep reminding his supporters that this is STILL America where debate and critisism of our elected officials is a freedom we've enjoyed for over 200 years. I am offended that Obama and his followers try to make it sound unpatriotic and unAmerican and even racist to disagree. Though you did not do that here, you are following the same mind set. You must remember, if they can shut conservatives up with slurs and lies and innuendos, they can do so to ALL of us.
@anniepa (27216)
• United States
13 May 11
Deb, I'm not trying to shut anyone up and I've never said nobody should disagree with this or any President. Surely you HAVE to admit there are some people for whom President Obama couldn't possibly ever do anything right even if he did exactly what they wanted done. It's the case for every President but I think the intense hatred is quite a bit more apparent with this one. Anyway, did you read the first sentence in my response? There always are people who will blame whomever is President for everything and many who have no idea what power he actually has and doesn't have. Gewcew, thanks so much for the BR. Annie
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
5 May 11
I think it's just an inevitablity and it's silly to keep looking for a scapegoat. Better to learn to adapt. Awhile back I read an incredible book called "$20 a Gallon" that discusses the changes that will occur as the price of oil rises. The author thinks the changes will probably begin when gas hits $4 a gallon (NOW) because that's the point where it will sink in that fuel are destined to rise and there is no stopping that rise. The book's most interesting premise is that although the changes will alter our way of life, they are not all bad and if we can roll with the punches, we'll be okay and in a lot of ways better off.
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
6 May 11
Have you already forgotten that we DID stop that rise back in 2008. At the end of Bush's term prices were actually LOWER than when he took office in 2001 by about 20 cents a gallon even though in the summer of 2008 they were well above $4.00 a gallon.
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
5 May 11
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us. William O. Douglas Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear. Harry S Truman In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed -- and no republic can survive John F. Kennedy What you need is sustained outrage...there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority. Molly Ivins You do not become a "dissident" just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career. You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. It begins as an attempt to do your work well, and ends with being branded an enemy of society. Vaclav Havel It may well be that our means are fairly limited and our possibilities restricted when it comes to applying pressure on our government. But is this a reason to do nothing? Despair is nor an answer. Neither is resignation. Resignation only leads to indifference, which is not merely a sin but a punishment Elie Wiesel If I must be quiet and accept my lot to be a good American, it is time to die. Debra K. Carey
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
5 May 11
Well I was quite clear back in 2008 that gas prices weren't simply Bush's fault and obviously they're not Obama's right now. Both presidents can certainly be accused of actions that helped contribute, but so can congress, and the EPA. The thing that stuns me most (well, not really) are all those people that were screaming it WAS Bush's fault. They were viscous about it insisting that he was lining his pockets with high gas prices. Those people have been eerily silent since gas prices have skyrocketed under Obama.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
5 May 11
When gas went to $4.00 a gallon under President Bush he approved more drilling and lifted bans on drilling. Within months gas was down to $1.68. Since President Obama took office gas has been steadily increasing while he has prevented drilling and denied permits to oil companies to drill where they were told they could. To me he and his administration have done everything to cut fossil fuel use and force Americans to go green even if it destroys our economy and country. He has no clue how to build the economy or create jobs.
• United States
5 May 11
Of course it's unfair to blame one individual person for our horrible country's economy. It's our own damn fault. High demand, high prices, and the foreigners we buy oil from know this, and use it to their advantage.