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Remember, ‘I Won’t Have to Worry About Putting Gas in My Car’?


The first Morning Jolt of the week examines Rick Santorum’s big win in Louisiana’s Republican primary, how to change a “Righteous Mind,” and then this trip down memory lane…

That Infamous 2008 Quote: ‘I Won’t Have to Worry About Putting Gas in My Car!’

Over at Hot Air, Tina Korbe spotlights some comments from Tim Graham on how the media is discussing the current high gas prices.

It’s no surprise at all, but still worth a comment that the media have a double standard on the issue of gas prices, just as they do on the issue of civility and countless other issues. On “Your World with Neil Cavuto” yesterday, the Media Research Center’s Tim Graham outlined the differences between media coverage of high gas prices under George W. Bush and gas prices under Barack Obama. Bet you can guess which president received more leniency!

This really isn’t a hard or complicated issue to understand. A wide variety of factors contribute to the price of gas. The president doesn’t have control over all of them — but he does have significant control over energy policy in the United States and energy policy is one of the factors that contributes to the price of gas. It makes sense, for example, that if oil and natural gas companies have to pay more in regulatory compliance costs, they will price their products to compensate for the increase in regulatory compliance costs.

Does it make sense to place all the blame for high gas prices on the president? No — but neither does it make sense to excuse him, as though he has nothing to do with them. He should be held accountable for the policies he has put in place. As I’ve written repeatedly, nowhere are the president’s crony capitalistic tendencies more in evidence than in his energy policy. He rewards his preferred providers and punishes his least favorite. Caught in the middle of that is the consumer, who, under luxurious circumstances, surely cares about the environment, but, in tight times, cares most about affordability.

The blogger “Scared Monkeys” takes a trip down memory lane and writes, “The fact of the matter is that the MSM will willfully and purposely lie for President Obama. Is it any wonder why these folks have little to no credibility anymore? The MSM is all in for this President and it has become obvious to most. What was bad for Bush, should also be bad for Obama. However, if the MSM ever took an even keeled approach to reporting the news and the impact of Obama’s policies on “We the People”, his approval rating would be in the 30′s. Instead, they set the bar lower for Obama and change the narrative altogether. I wonder how Peggy Joseph feels these days about her comments she made in 2008 about now that Obama is the President she will not have to worry about putting gas in her car. Peggy, just a reminder for you that gas prices are presently $3.89, they were $1.84 when you made your comments. Hey Peggy, how’s that “Hopey-Changey” Obama will pay for your gas working out for you?”

By the way, my bet is that a large number of folks on the Right remember Peggy Joseph’s comments from 2008, and most on the Left don’t remember seeing that at all (if they ever did). “I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won’t have to worry about my mortgage. If I help him, he’s going to help me.” Conservatives seized upon that anecdote because it confirms our worst suspicions about the voters who prefer Democrats: That they believe at A) the purpose of government is to give them free stuff, to play a national Santa Claus and B) that government actually can and will give them free stuff.

I plugged “I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car” into Google and found 48,700 results.

Not every person who voted for Obama thinks this way, of course. But a sufficient number of Americans do, leaving us wondering how we change these minds.

Tags: Barack Obama , Gas Prices


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