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Obama: Republicans Playing Politics with Spiking Gas Prices

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By Doug Powers  •  February 23, 2012 04:25 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Today in Florida, President Obama addressed gas prices that are getting so high they can almost see the top of Nancy Pelosi’s unfavorable rating. Obama’s speech hit on many of the predictable points, and from what I’ve read so far it boiled down to two things: We can’t drill our way to lower gas prices, and if we try to kick-start enough Solyndras eventually some of them might get off the ground before the country goes bankrupt.

From The Hill:

President Obama railed against Republicans on Thursday for “licking their chops” and using a spike in gas prices as a political opportunity.

Appearing at the University of Miami in a high profile speech on energy, Obama aimed to deflect the criticism his administration has received for failed energy policies and higher gas prices.

Obama sought to telegraph a message that he is doing all he can to improve energy policy while accusing Republicans of politicizing the issue.

“Only in politics do people greet bad news so enthusiastically,” Obama said before a crowd of students, according to his prepared remarks.

“You pay more and they’re licking their chops? And you can bet since it’s an election year, they’re already dusting off their three-point plans for $2 gas. I’ll save you the suspense: step one is drill, step two is drill, and step three is keep drilling.

Playing politics with high gas prices in an election year? Now who would do a thing like that?

Returning to our current gas price spike, Obama Spokesman Jay Carney also reminded everybody this week that it was the GOP who denied the Keystone project. Always against the construction of oil pipelines — that’s how Republicans roll.

Earlier today, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz offered the same:

“The Republican field, like Mitt Romney, thinks that we just need to remain tethered and dependent on foreign oil because all they would do is more and more drilling, which is a very shortsighted approach and it would do nothing to prevent people who are struggling to put $80 into their gas tanks to be able to make sure that that’s more affordable,” Wasserman Schultz said on MSNBC.

“And that is another example of how they are economically out of touch,” she said.

Keep in mind the statement about who is economically out of touch is coming from someone who thinks that sinking billions of dollars worth of taxpayer subsidies into a “green” car that is only affordable to buyers who earn an average of $170,000 a year (not to mention huge corporations with ties to the administration) is economically in touch.

In the coming weeks and months, as we’re told that the key to energy independence is to “invest” billions more into clean energy projects and assorted “green” sinkholes, remember that our debt per capita has now surpassed that of Greece:

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That would have bought a lot of gas.

Don’t worry though… Obama says he’s got five more years to work on a fix. Plenty of time.

**Written by Doug Powers

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