Obama said in 2007:
“It is important for us to send some price signals to change behavior”
“It’s not going to be painless”
He said one of the goals of his Cap and Trade was to ensure no one could build a coal powered plant, or if they did, it would bankrupt them.
Now, we’re all going bankrupt on rising gas prices:
Gasoline prices are up again by double digits in all areas around the country compared to the week before. The national gasoline average is $.77 above the price this time last year.
77 cents in a year! And rising.
That’s changing behavior for you.
All the while Obama smiles down on all the little people from the Oval Office and he does nothing to help stabilize and/or lower the price of gas. Why? Well, we already know the answer to that.
“Send some price signals to change behavior.”
The liberals like Tom Friedman are loving it…in fact calling for the price to stay at 4 dollars a gallon. If it ever goes below that price? Raise taxes: (2:30 minute mark)
Gasoline is almost four dollars a gallon. We know that’s a red line where people really start to change their behavior. At a minimum, I’d be talking about a tax that basically says we’re going to keep it at four dollars a gallon. If it goes below, well true it up. If it goes above that we’re not going to touch it. May be say, we’re not going to implement it until 2012. So you signal people it’s going– be coming. You don’t change the– you don’t harm the economy today but you get people to change their behavior.
Oh, Friedman is sly about it.
It’s about not being dependent on the Middle East you see. If we change our behavior we wouldn’t be so beholden to them.
I know another way we wouldn’t be beholden to them.
DRILL OUR OWN FREAKING OIL!
We have a huge amount of oil in our own damn country but its liberals like Friedman and Obama that won’t let us get to it because in a Socialists wormy mind it is the role of government to fix prices as a measure of controlling consumer behavior.
Welcome to Obama’s America.
Connecting Bush, Not Obama to High Prices: As gas prices rose in 2008, network reporters mentioned President Bush in 15 times as many stories, than they brought up President Obama in a similar period in 2011.