Obama Senior Advisor Won’t Answer ‘Are We Better Off Than We Were Four Years Ago?’

September 2, 2012 at 10:13 am (Chris Wallace, David Axelrod, Gas Prices, Median Income, Mitt Romney, National Debt, President Obama, Unemployment)

David Axelrod made an appearance on Fox News this morning with Chris Wallace, and went above and beyond the call of duty in trying to spin his way out of answering a serious question.

Wallace asked, “David, can you honestly say that the average American is better off today than they were four years ago?”

Watch as Axelrod dances around the question…

At one point he claims, “we are in a different place” and then goes on to rail against Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican National Convention.  We most certainly are in a different place, and it’s far worse economically than anyone could have predicted when Obama took office.

Wallace rightly points out that he’s asking Axelrod about Obama’s record, not Romney’s, and asks the question a second time.  He avoids it once again, despite being provided this helpful, yet damning graphic…

The question is rhetorical.  The answer is of course, no – the American people clearly aren’t better off than they were four years ago.  
Was that so hard?

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Romney Outlines Plan For Energy Independence

August 23, 2012 at 5:00 am (Economy, Energy, Energy Independence, Gas Prices, Middle Class, Mitt Romney, New Mexico, Resources, Superpower)

During a visit to Watson Truck & Supply in Hobbs, New Mexico, Mitt Romney will present a crucial component of his Plan for a Stronger Middle Class: a comprehensive energy strategy to achieve North American energy independence by 2020 and establish America as an energy superpower in the 21st century.

From analysts at Citigroup and Raymond James, to experts at think tanks like the Manhattan Institute, to scholars at the Harvard Kennedy School, there is a growing consensus that energy independence can become a reality. The widespread benefits of embracing the development of America’s natural resources will be felt across the nation and spur the economic recovery that Americans are still waiting for.
The Romney Agenda:
·         Federal Lands: Empower States To Control Onshore Energy Development
·         Offshore Areas: Open Offshore Areas For Energy Development
·         North America: Pursue a North American Energy Partnership
·         Resource Evaluation: Ensure Accurate Assessment Of Energy Resources
·         Regulatory Reform: Restore Transparency And Fairness To Permitting And Regulation
·         Innovation: Facilitate Private-Sector-Led Development Of New Energy Technologies
The Results:
·         More than three million new jobs, including over one million in manufacturing
·         An economic resurgence adding more than $500 billion to GDP
·         A stronger dollar and a reduced trade deficit
·         More than $1 trillion in revenue for federal, state, and local governments
·         Lower energy prices for job creators and middle-class families
·         National security strengthened by freedom from dependence on foreign energy supplies
The Romney campaign released a white paper demonstrating the potential to achieve energy independence by 2020, highlighting the extraordinary benefits for the middle class that would accompany such an achievement, and detailing the policies he will pursue in support of this agenda.

Energy Policy White Paper 8.23

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Ten Years Ago Democrats Blocked Drilling in ANWR Because It Would Take 10 Years to See Results

April 19, 2012 at 11:03 am (Alaska, ANWR, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Gas Prices)

Way to be forward thinking there…  But, but, the environment!  Polar bears!  Caribou!

Via Gateway Pundit:

Ten years ago, Senate Democrats blocked energy production in a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). At the time, they claimed that ANWR should be off limits because the oil would take 10 years to reach the market. Ten years later, ANWR remains closed, gas prices have skyrocketed, and Democrats continue to block additional energy production.

Meanwhile, gas prices have soared under Obama:

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Video – Energy Secretary Gives Himself an ‘A’ in Handling of Gas Prices

March 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm (Al Gore, Darrell Issa, Department of Energy, Europe, Gas Prices, Gasoline, Republicans, Steven Chu)

I’d sure hate to see what gas prices would be like if he got science grades like, say, an Al Gore or something.

From Congressman Issa:

Secretary of Energy Chu said today that he had earned an A for controlling the price of gas at the pump.  At a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today, Secretary Chu had the following exchange with Chairman Issa:

“In controlling the cost of gasoline at the pump, do you give yourself an A-?” – Rep. Issa

“Well, the tools we have at our disposal are limited, but I would say I would give myself a little higher – in that since I became Secretary of Energy, I’ve been doing everything I can to get long-term solutions.” – Secretary Chu

Echoing the sentiments of consumers, Chairman Issa said in his hearing statement, that the “Obama DOE was DOA when it came to delivering affordable energy to consumers.”

Issa noted that the price of gasoline today was nearly $4.00—double its average in 2009.

Why Republicans are surprised by this is beyond me.  This is a man who in 2008 said the following:

Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels of Europe.”

So of course he’d give himself an A.  The only thing surprising here is that he didn’t gloat about a ‘mission accomplished.’

Also note that Steven Chu works for the President, a man who wanted higher gas prices.

Remember that every time you’re paying $50, $60, $70 a pop at the gas station – this was the administration’s plan from the get go.  Why?  So you could drive cars with solar panels on the roof.
 

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Shocking Photo That Could Alter the 2012 Election!

March 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm (2012 Election, 9-9-9, Economy, Election, Gas Prices, President Obama)

Brace yourselves Obamabots… This could be the one picture that brings down the entire Presidency!

And it’s within walking distance of the White House.

Via the Weekly Standard:

Of course, that’s actually better than his newly proposed 9-9-9 plan.
From Doug Ross:
Remember, he wanted higher gas prices, he just wishes it didn’t happen so quickly.  Like, prior to the election quickly.

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Sarah Palin Rips President on Something He Rarely Discusses – Real Issues

March 13, 2012 at 7:42 am (Debt Crisis, Economy, Fast and Furious, Gas Prices, Healthcare, Liberals, President Obama, Sarah Palin)

What does it say when the woman that libs like to portray as incompetent, can easily poke holes in the administration’s talking points and consistently rip him a new one?  It says there is a dolt in the conversation, but their name isn’t Sarah.

Sarah speaks:

The far Left continues to believe American voters are not smart enough to grasp the diversionary tactics it employs to distract us from the issues our President just doesn’t want to talk about – issues that affect us all every day and must be addressed.

Exhibit A in these diversionary tactics is an absurd new attack ad President Obama has released taking my comments out of context. I’m not running for any office, but I’m more than happy to accept the dubious honor of being Barack Obama’s “enemy of the week” if that includes the opportunity to debate him on the issues Americans are actually concerned about. (Remember when I said you don’t need a title to make a difference?) 

Just off the top of my head, a few of these concerning issues include: a debt crisis that has us hurtling towards a Greek-style collapse, entitlement programs going bankrupt, a credit downgrade for the first time in our history, a government takeover of the health care industry that makes care more expensive and puts a rationing panel of faceless bureaucrats between you and your doctor (aka a “death panel”), $4 and $5 gas at the pump exacerbated by an anti-drilling agenda that rejects good paying energy sector jobs and makes us more dependent on dangerous foreign regimes, a war in Afghanistan that seems unfocused and unending, a global presidential apology tour that’s made us look feeble and ridiculous, a housing market in the tank, the longest streak of high unemployment since World War II, private-sector job creators and industry strangled by burdensome regulations and an out-of-control Obama EPA, an attack on the Constitutional protection of religious liberty, an attack on private industry in right-to-work states, crony capitalism run amok in an administration in bed with their favored cronies to the detriment of genuine free market capitalism, green energy pay-to-play kickbacks to Obama campaign donors, and a Justice Department still stonewalling on a bungled operation that armed violent Mexican drug lords and led to the deaths of hundreds of innocent people.

Read the rest here… 

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VIDEO – Gas Prices Rise 10 Cents During Live News Broadcast

February 23, 2012 at 11:55 am (ABC News, Cecilia Vega, Diane sawyer, Economy, Gas Prices, Pain, Pump)

Before

Gas prices have been sky-rocketing as of late, but this is a little ridiculous…

Via ABC News:
The headlines of major newspapers and TV networks this week have been dominated by rising gas prices.  
Drivers across the country have shared their stories on the cost – with many already paying more than $4 a gallon at the pump.  There have even been reports of gas prices rising at a rate of 10 to 15 cents in a matter of hours. 
After

… 

The swiftness at which those gas prices continue to climb was crystal clear Wednesday night during the broadcast of ABC News’ “World News with Diane Sawyer.” 
As ABC News’ Cecilia Vega introduced her piece on high gas prices, the sign at the downtown Los Angeles gas station behind her showed the price of regular gas at $4.99 a gallon.   However when the piece concluded nearly two minutes later the price of regular gas had jumped 10 cents to $5.09 a gallon.

Watch the video below:

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Flashback (Video): Obama WANTS Higher Gas Prices

February 21, 2012 at 8:58 am (Economy, Gas Prices, Gasoline, Keystone, oil, Poor, President Obama, Rick Santorum)

Just a friendly reminder when you’re shelling out $4/gallon today, and probably $5/gallon during the summer – This is what President Obama wanted.  He wanted a gradual increase in gas prices, and he has been successful.  This statement was made in 2008.

So next time the President blames somebody for taking money out of your paycheck, remember that his policies are one of the biggest reasons that despite payroll tax cuts, the administrations fundamental changes in standard of living are making this country poorer.

Meanwhile, Rick Santorum is making the obvious rather clear. Via UPI:

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was in Ohio Monday alleging Obama’s “radical environmentalist policies” helped push gasoline prices to near record highs and threatened to derail the economic recovery.

There’s a “lack of real scientific evidence” about global warming, Santorum asserted. “Phony studies” on climate change are not “not climate science but political science.”

Santorum said Obama’s disapproval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline system from Canada to the Gulf Coast, and alleged White House foreign-policy mismanagement in the Middle East and Persian Gulf, were also pushing oil prices upward.

This will be a huge political issue when the election rolls around.  It is one of the most tangible economic killers to the average American.  When it turns your stomach to go to the gas station nearly every other day, remember – this is what Obama wanted.

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