Obama: Don’t like gas prices? Just buy a new car! [Reader Post]

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The man who made clear that he wanted gas prices to be higher has made good on his promises.

Gas prices have doubled under Barack Obama. The pain visited by the higher prices will not be felt only at the pump. It will felt in many areas.

1. Transportation of Goods – While rising gas prices often lead to higher prices for a gas tank of fuel, the cost of oil is built into the price of anything. Oranges, for example, may travel several hundred or even thousands of miles from Florida. All that travel time means burning fuel, and later higher costs for oranges, even though oranges aren’t directly tied to oil. So, basically everything rises in cost after oil does.

2. Export Economies – These higher oil costs often mean economic softening in areas that are dependent on foreign purchases of goods. Take, for example, China and Vietnam which each produce a large amount of consumer products for export to the United States. Due to the distance these goods have to travel, they become more costly in foreign markets against local competitors with lower exposure to oil. Thus, exports usually decline.

3. Consumer Spending – Higher gas prices mean that shoppers are either 1) valuing more the small amount of extra money they have to spend or 2) seeing a general decline in the amount of money they can afford to spend.

4. Rising Derivative Costs – Oil may help us get from A to B in the form of gasoline, but it is also very important in making plastics and polymers, two very important materials that are used in just about everything. Higher prices for oil means higher prices for plastic and ultimately higher prices for transporting the plastics from one place to another.

And of course, home heating oil.

Barack Obama’s answer to the high cost of home heating oil?

Just buy a new car!

Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.

“If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know,” Obama said laughingly. “You might want to think about a trade-in.”

When an audience member commented that he had a family of ten kids, Obama replied:

“Well, you definitely need a hybrid van then.”


Except, where is one to get a hybrid van? Let’s start with mini-vans.

How about a Toyota Sienna hybrid? Not available. Gas mileage: 19/24

How about a Nissan Quest hybrid? Not available. Gas mileage 19/24

How about a Ford Flex hybrid? Nope. Gas mileage 17/24

How about an E-series For van or wagon? Nope. Gas mileage 13/17

Now let’s go to Obama Motors.

How about a Town and Country hybrid? Nope. Gas mileage 17/25

(Chrysler did at one time have the Aspen hybrid. Cost: $45,000)

Buick Enclave? No hybrid. Gas mileage 14/24

Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid? YES! Mileage 20/23
(Cost: starts at $51,000. There is no Suburban hybrid.)

Edmunds shows 5 hybrid vehicles in the $15-25,000 range; Honda Civic hybrid, Honda CRZ, Honda Insight Toyota Prius and Smartfortwo.

None will hold ten kids unless they’re really tiny kids. Obama’s flippant answer provided no solution to the dilemma his high gas prices create. There are no hybrid vans. Perhaps Obama was referring to new Chevrolet Unicorn hybrid.

The other alternative offered by Obama is go to coal-fired (i.e. electric) vehicles.

Whoops! That’s going to cost you a small fortune as well since Obama intends to make your electric bills skyrocket!

Obama has ordered government agencies to buy “eco-friendly” vehicles. And what of Obama’s limos? Obama’s limousines are exempt from the new “green” rules. He exempted them.

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) — While President Obama has ordered U.S. agencies to buy eco-friendly vehicles, many Secret Service vehicles and Obama’s limo are exempt, a spokesman said.

You need not worry about the impact of gas prices on Back Obama. He’s worth at least $5 million and will be far more wealthy once he leaves the Presidency. So none of this willl hurt him one bit!

Finally, to show you he isn’t out of touch, Obama claimed that he remembered what it was like to pump gas.


That’s total crap. I pumped gas for eight years. I think what Obama meant to say is that he pimped gas for eight years.

There, now that make sense.

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61 Responses to “Obama: Don’t like gas prices? Just buy a new car! [Reader Post]”

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    Getting into this conversation a bit late due to computer problems.

    @Larry: You said:

    Since US domestic oil drilling has actually increased since Obama took office, to a greater extent than US consumption, kindly explain how Obama’s policies have led to a doubling in the world’s oil prices, realizing that US produced oil is always sold at world oil prices.

    Um, hold on there, Larry. You are wrong on this one.

    From Human Events:

    Obama has shut down, shut off, and canceled more oil drilling than any President since Carter.

    After the BP oil spill last year, Obama shut down all offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, idling 78,000 jobs and cutting off billions of dollars of tax revenue to state and local governments in the Gulf Coast region.
    Record drilling under Obama?

    Domestic oil production increased until the BP spill because of Bush’s pro-drilling policy. In 2011, the Energy Information Administration estimates, the U.S. has seen a decline in production of 220,000 barrels a day, and it projects a reduction of 150 million barrels in 2012 from the Gulf.

    Two per cent of the world’s oil?

    The figure comes from an Energy Information Administration estimate of world proven reserves already being drilled. The 2% statement ignores federal estimates of likely reserves in the U.S. (placed off limits by Obama) that total more than three times Saudi Arabia’s reserves.

    Oil companies sitting on existing leases?

    If oil companies are not drilling on federal leases for which they have already paid a fortune, it’s because exploratory wells have not hit oil, or because they have and it has taken years to get a federal permit for production wells.

    Obama’s proposed tax on leases “where they aren’t producing a thing” would tax companies for not using a lease the feds have not yet allowed them to use. – Source

    @Greg: You said:

    BTW, in the middle of GWB’s final year in office the average U.S. price for regular gas reached $4.12 per gallon. The price suddenly and rather mysteriously declined again shortly before the election. I guess we’ve forgotten all about that.

    Yes, the prices did fall. Right after Bush lifted the ban on drilling in the Gulf.

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    What a jack ass.

    Obviously, this jack ass does not have to transport kids in the mandatory car seats. These car seats do not fit in the “smart cars”.

    Obviously, this jack ass is not 6’7″ or taller.

    Obviously, this jack ass does not have to sell a car or trade it in to get another one, and possibly lose money while doing that.

    Obviously, this jack ass does not need to drive a truck with his/her tools and/or trailer a boat or equipment. He does not work on a farm

    Obviously, this jack ass did not grow up in America or ever hold a job or he would understand that we need to drive the car that we have (and may be paying on) to get to work.

    Obviously, this jack ass does not understand the “working class.”

    Obviously, this jack ass does not understand that the USA is spread out. We do not live cheek to jowl like Europeans.

    I am glad that The Donald hired a private investigators to find the birth certificate of this jack ass. The Donald will probably discover that this jack ass grew up on another planet.

    In Maryland our gas prices just shot up .11$ per gallon because we are required to use “oxygenated” gas from April through October. A rousing round of applause to our legislature.

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    In Maryland our gas prices just shot up .11$ per gallon because we are required to use “oxygenated” gas from April through October. A rousing round of applause to our legislature.

    We have the same thing here in California. We have the most expensive gas in the USA, because of all the anti-smog regulations. We also have the toughest emissions inspection regimes. I’ve got to pay a couple of hundred extra bucks a year on tune ups and new oxygen sensors and what not to pass my smog tests. But you know what, when I first moved here (from Rockville/Bethesda, Maryland) in 1979, the air was filthy — particularly in the summer. Now the air is usually at least halfway decent. Official measurements confirm what is obvious to the senses. All those lib Dem environmental regulations have paid off handsomely. I doubt seriously whether our friendly neighborhood GOPers would go back to the bad old air days for the sake of saving even hundreds of dollars per year.

    When I lived Rockville, circa 1977-79, the air in the summer was — even then — pretty bad on some days. I imagine that there is a darned good reason for switching to the oxygenated gasoline and that most Marylanders are happy to pay a little extra at the pump, for the sake of their lungs.

    – Larry Weisenthal/Huntington Beach, CA

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    Dink Newcomb


    But you know what, when I first moved here (from Rockville/Bethesda, Maryland) in 1979, the air was filthy – particularly in the summer

    Hey Larry– I remember being in LA in 1971 while thumbing around not long after I got out of the Navy. I was somewhere in the big building part of the city, standing on a sidwalk, looking up road as it receded along a long slowly rising slope. Never did get to see the top of that hill due to a VERY pronounced greenish smog that hid everything after a while. Later that night, somewhere that I was crashing, I saw on TV a report about the resultant smog alert. As I recall, they said that the pollutants combined in the atmosphere to make a soup with a high level of HydroChloric Acid which casued the strong green tint. I had never lived anywhere and I have never been anywhere since that had conditions near as bad. I believe (in large part to NOAAs conclusions) that the average temp of the world is indeed rising and I would suspect that saying that here will give me a worse rep than a serial necrophile. I have not been sold however on the causes of it but see the various ever increasing energy consumption/byproduct discharge to be alarming at the least. When I discuss this issue with conservatives, I always relate the green air day I saw in LA and how people were identically set against automobile pollution devices with no agenda to convert them. I ALWAYS get a snort of derision in reply as people use their disdain for Al Gore to justify their blindness. Incidentally, I came to this site following a link to that european professor giving his lecture on his theories on Global Warming and I watched the whole thing. But it still did not convince me that the causes are what he claims either.

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    Nan G

    Larry, no one in CA has the least desire to go back to the days when you couldn’t see the mountains from Pasadena (for outsiders, Pasadena is right up against the mountains!).

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    Gas prices are NOT rising due to uncertain fuel markets or a lack of domestic production. They are rising because the dollar is falling against foreign currencies, the world economy is unstable and futures traders are pouring TONS of speculative money into oil futures. In other words, oil is going sky-high for much the same reason gold and silver are at historic highs. Would an increase in US domestic production affect this market? Not likely – in either the short or long term. You want to get gas prices back down, eliminate all those pesky pro democracy movements in the Middle East (yes, I am being sarcastic) and get the economy firing again so that investors look elsewhere. Or you can continue to make mountains out of molehills about Obama’s poor choice of words (or his birthplace…or his wife’s anti-obesity campaign…or his religion…)

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    Absolutely true about the devaluation of the dollar, James. No arguments from me. Since most of the world is still trading with the dollar as the reserve currency, a devalued dollar means high prices per barrel and serious inflation. The only thing that can bring the dollar back up is not about to be done… reducing the debt with austerity measures and reining in the Fed Reserve for excessive printing and low rates. After scanning the pathetic offerings of budgets from Obama, Ryan and the debt commission, I fear we are on a track that no one wishes to reverse for political fall out.

    Which reminds me, I must get to finishing that second post on the Financial Terrorism report…. all about Phase III… the destruction of the dollar and the loss of reserve currency status. Bone chilling….

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