You’re giving me gas

May 30, 2008


I don’t understand why Democrats are complaining about high gas prices. Here’s Harry Reid  from two years ago:

For years, Democrats have been fighting to get tough on Big Oil and protect Americans from being exploited when they fuel their cars,” said Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. “Unfortunately, for years Republicans have been more interested in protecting oil companies’ profits than the American people’s pockets. Now that gas prices are skyrocketing and Americans are struggling just to fill their gas tanks, Congress must act to ease the burden.

and Nancy Pelosi’s take on it last month(second verse same as the first):

In recent months, the price of oil has continued to skyrocket – reaching $120 per barrel. American families feel the pinch of rising oil prices everywhere from the gas pump to the kitchen table and need relief. The New Direction Congress has been working on behalf of America’s families and businesses to lower energy costs for the American consumer, increase energy independence, enhance our national security, and reduce global warming.

Don’t. Get. It. Ease the burden? Need relief? With the increase in the price of gas, Democrats are achieving three of their long stated policy goals: increased use of public transportation, increased car fuel efficiency and subsequently lower green house gas emissions.

But all those successes aren’t good enough for some. They still want cheap gas. Hence, this brilliant plan:

With oil companies exploiting the American people to rake in record profits, Congress should give the president authority to put a cap on gas prices, U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey said Thursday.

Hinchey plans to introduce legislation in the next two weeks that would give President Bush the authority to control the cost of gas. He would like to see the president cap gas prices at their March 2006 level — $2.49 per gallon

Duh. Why didn’t someone think of that before. Oh I forgot, someone did. And that worked out so well.

Which is worse: our “addiction” to oil or our politicians’ addiction to pandering?

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8 Responses to “You’re giving me gas”

  1. superdave524 Says:

    I kinda been waiting for this topic to come up. No doubt: a lot of good can come from the lots of bad that’s happening now. Christians believe that Jesus’ execution allowed God’s salvation to reach beyond his initial chosen people to everyone who wants it, but that doesn’t make Judas a good guy. Allowing gas to rise to the price levels they have in most of the world will probably ultimately help us, but it is going to really hurt a lot of people for a long time first. Example? Public transportation. Other than a bit of public transportation in Charleston, we have next to none in the Lowcountry of SC. Subdivisions are miles away from most services, so people drive everywhere. Have to. Poorer people in rural areas already can’t afford to drive much, and higher gas prices means a lot of them lose their jobs, making them poorer still. Good for my business in criminal defense. Not so good for society as a whole. Eventually, the net result might be more public transportation, but that will be probably years- and lots of wrecked lives- from now.

  2. John in IL Says:

    Like these wrecked lives?

    in the 24 years since a landmark law to conserve fuel, big cars have shrunk to less-safe sizes and small cars have poured onto roads. As a result, 46,000 people have died in crashes they would have survived in bigger, heavier cars, according to USA TODAY’s analysis of crash data since 1975, when the Energy Policy and Conservation Act was passed. The law and the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards it imposed have improved fuel efficiency. The average of passenger vehicles on U.S. roads is 20 miles per gallon vs. 14 mpg in 1975.

    But the cost has been roughly 7,700 deaths for every mile per gallon gained, the analysis shows.

  3. superdave524 Says:

    So, how do you feel about motorcycle helmet laws?

  4. John in IL Says:

    Not sure what that has to do with the price of gas but I’ll bite. On the plus side they do more good than harm, unlike CAFE standards. On the down side, they restrict freedom of choice.

    But then I would never choose to ride a motorcycle because they are inherently more dangerous than riding in a car, helmet or not. If the government is so concerned about safety, maybe they should ban motorcycles altogether(and swimming pools and cigarettes and sky diving and hamburgers and unsafe sex).

  5. superdave524 Says:

    That’s really it, isn’t it? We can say the same, to a more limited extent, about drug laws, too. Opium used to be legal. People’d go to opium dens, get high, and sleep it off. Saw something on the History Channel where they opined that marijuana was made illegal as an immigration control law, because, at the time, pretty much only mexican immigrants were smoking it, and it was a tool to deport them. It was really never about public safey (according to the History Channel show). I guess the point is that there is a lot of room for reasonable people to differ on where to draw the line between individual good/choice and collective good.

  6. John in IL Says:

    there is a lot of room for reasonable people to differ on where to draw the line between individual good/choice and collective good.

    I think you missed my point. I’ll always pick freedom of choice over saintly bureaucrats deciding what is best for me. Your History Channel story is a perfect example (I love the History Channel).


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