The Campaign Spot

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Hey, Whatever Happened to the $500 Checks for Gas Obama Promised?


Oh, by the way, gas prices are averaging $3.70 per gallon again, which is what we were paying in May. That’s up thirty-five cents per gallon since July 1.

Hey, remember this unrealistic promise from the Obama campaign back in 2008?

Barack Obama and Joe Biden will require oil companies to take a reasonable share of their record‐breaking windfall profits and use it to provide direct relief worth $500 for an individual and $1,000 for a married couple.  The relief would be delivered as quickly as possible to help families cope with the rising price of gasoline, food and other necessities. The rebates would be fully paid for with five years of a windfall profits tax on record oil company profits.

Where’s our $500 check, man?

You know who’s probably feeling disappointed when she fills up her car?

“It was the most memorable time of my life. It was a touching moment because I never thought this day would ever happen. I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage. You know, if I help him, he’s gonna help me.”

Tags: Barack Obama , Gas Prices


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