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How Much is the Obama Gas Price Increase Costing You?

US Senate Candidate George Allen has a new site to calculate the money you are spending on a fill up now as opposed to when Barack Obama took office. The website is Too Much at the Pump and it is a nifty little applet to see how much more a tank of gas costs you today.

Interesting, but I think there is more to the story.

According to various sources around the internet, Americans drive an average of 16 miles to work – each way.

According to the Department of Transportation, the average car gets 22.4 miles per gallon. SUV’s average 18 MPG, but we will only consider the average car. If you drive an SUV, it is even worse.

On a 16 mile one-way commute, the average driver, at 22.4 MPG, will use 371.4 gallons of gas every year going to and from work. And if you are married, and your spouse works and commutes in a separate car, the gallons double to 748.8 gallons per year for your family.

This is only for commuting and earning money.

When Barack Obama took over in 2009 gas cost an average of $1.85 per gallon. Now that average cost is $3.87 per gallon!

So let’s break that down into numbers we can all relate to. How much more are we spending on gas?

This table shows the details.

20092012Difference
Cost per Gallon$1.85$3.87$2.02
Cost per Year$1,385.28$2,897.86+1,512.58
Cost per Month$115.44$241.49+126.05
Cost per Week$26.64$55.73$29.09
Cost per Day$3.89$8.13$4.24

This tells the story of what Obama has allowed to happen to gas prices.

Now let’s look at some ways you can offset these increased costs. Because we all know that in the Obama economy you are lucky to have a job, let alone ask for a raise. So we must cut somewhere else.

At $1,512.58 per year, you and your spouse could give up vacations from now on.

At $126.05 per month, you and your spouse could do without your cell phone and cable TV.

At $4.24 per day extra, you and your spouse could skip lunch every other day.

If Obama wasn’t president and someone with a sound energy policy was in charge, you could have bought a 55 inch Toshiba flat screen TV from Best Buy instead of pouring your TV right into the gas tank the past year.

You could have put that money into a college savings plan for your children. Or a retirement plan for your self.

Obama has said that there is no “silver bullet”. Democrats say the president is not to blame and can do nothing about the price of gasoline.

Nancy Pelosi blames Wall Street:

“Wall Street profiteering, not oil shortages, is the cause of the price spike,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Republicans have chosen to protect the interests of Wall Street speculators and oil companies instead of the interests of working Americans by obstructing the agencies with the responsibility of enforcing consumer protection laws.”

One after another, Democrats line up to blame anybody but Obama for the high prices. They seem to particularly blame the nameless and faceless “speculators” for high oil prices, high food prices and anything else that they can’t blame on Republicans.

But when George W. Bush was president, who did the Democrats blame? Apparently a Republican President has powers that Democratic Presidents simply don’t have when it comes to gas prices.

Here is what Nancy Peloisi had to say when prices went up under Bush:

 

That “failed” energy policy!

Shame on Bush.

But that was before Obama pumped billions and billions of taxpayer dollars into Green Energy Companies like Solyndra and many others that failed and poured taxpayer treasure into electric cars like the Chevy Volt that not only caught on fire,

 

 

but the Obama Administration hid the problem  and now the beloved Liberalmobile has shut down production.

And Obama has shut down offshore drilling and permitting, caved to radical “greenies” and stopped the Keystone XL Pipeline and even shut down coal plants.

And Obama claims to have an “All of the Above” energy strategy as his energy secretary Chu was for $8 “European” gas prices before he was against them.

But I will go along with blaming “speculators” for the oil prices. On that, I can agree with the left.

But the speculators are only responding to the policies that tend to set the prices. When Bush decided to push drilling, the logic says that the price will go down. So speculators placed their bets on prices falling, and like a self fulfilling prophecy, prices dropped.

So, when Obama wants to push green energy and at the same time destroy oil, natural gas and coal energy to cause the price to rise in the hope that green energy will finally be seen as a viable alternative, speculators fulfill this self fulfilling prophecy as well.

Obama wants the price of carbon based energy to rise to to make it competitive with “green” energy. We all get that.

The logical way to make green energy acceptable is to make it affordable compared to the alternatives. There are two ways to do this. Create green products that cost the same as carbon based products, or drive up the price of the carbon based competition.

Progressives like Obama like instant gratification. They are the “I want it now” crowd that is incapable of using logic and reason to get where they want to go. And their impatience is always their downfall.

They wanted Healthcare and they wanted it now. As a result, they crammed through an ugly monstrosity that is extremely unpopular and unaffordable. It fails to use logic and common sense and uses force and mandates to achieve the goal – which we all know is Government Provided, Single Payer Universal Coverage. And even though the things people will like, such as no limits, free stuff and no preexisting conditions were front loaded, it is still unpopular. And it has driven up costs and will eventually force Insurance Companies to close and Employers to decide against providing coverage. We all see what is happening.

And the energy policy follows the same mold. In fact, every things this Administration does uses the same cookie-cutter mold to destroy what they don’t like and force things they like upon the public. It is all about eliminating choices.

And they pretend to be pro-choice.

Prices for health coverage went up and Obama blames others. Prices for oil, gas and all forms of energy rise, and he is not to blame.

How high will the price of gas go? $10? $20? More?

Yes. It will go up so high that we will all be forced to move into high density communities, subject ourselves to complete and total government control because we have no choices, and learn to enjoy the new reality.

And when Obama said “Yes we can!” you didn’t understand what he thinks he can do, did you?

If you want cheaper gas, the only answer is to tell Obama in November “No you can’t”.

Or just “Hell No!”

Because if you think gas, healthcare and food is expensive now, just wait until Obama finishes his second term. We will long for the days of $5 gas and cheap food. It will only get worse.

Far worse.


About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

22 Responses to “How Much is the Obama Gas Price Increase Costing You?”

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  2. GetReal says:

    Why must you always attach "Obama" to things that you don't like. How about looking at OPEC, the oil companies and speculators for the real price of gas? Read on… Obama is not mentioned —>

    As of February 2012 the cost of crude oil accounted for 72% of the cost of a gallon of gasoline in the United State while refining accounted for just 12%. Taxes and distribution/marketing accounted for 11% and 5% respectively.

    Crude oil is the greatest contributing factor when it comes to the price of gasoline. OPEC or the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has a great deal to do with the price of gasoline. The speculation of oil commodities can also affect the gasoline market.

    Refining is the second major factor that contributes to gasoline prices.
    Taxes are the next biggest contributor to gasoline prices at around 12 percent.
    Distribution and marketing makes up the remaining 5 percent respectfully.
    Aside from this breakdown, many other factors affect gasoline prices. Demand is a huge one: Extreme weather, war or natural disaster in areas where oil is produced, legislation by several states for cleaner burning fuel also affects prices of gasoline.

    • Tom White says:

      Speculators respond to Obama's anti-oil policies by speculating that if we stop drilling, stop pipelines like Keystone XL and tax all forms of carbon based energy, the price of oil will go up. And they are correct. The president of the United States has enormous power of influence and has failed to lead on oil, and almost any other front except the special interests of his fringe elements. All of the factors you mentioned have one thing in common – they have remained essentially unchanged in the last decade. All account for the base price of gasoline. But they have remained the same while prices have doubled. The only thing hthat has changed is the leadership and policies of America. And Obama is directly responsible for the increase.

  3. jimmy says:

    LOL your hate is our is what makes us stronger, keep up the good work

  4. jimmy says:

    Lol your days are over, its our time. everthing thing you have done to us will be be return to you 10 folds. the hand writting is on the wall and you know it. its the reason you have so much fear.

    • Tom White says:

      The trends are against you. You had a chance and blew it. And for your information, an Obama victory in November will cause so much damage and destruction to America that the Democrats will not have any type of majority for 40 years. Progressives ALWAYS fail. It’s what they do.

      What happened to the Republicans in 2006 happened to the Democrats in 2010. What happened to the Republicans in 2008 is going to happen to the Dems in 2012.

      The ObamaCare ruling today just solidified the support for Romney. Obama can’t even raise enough money to do the opening ceremony for the convention at the Charlotte stadium. Your party is as broke as the country.

      Romney and the Republicans are doing fine.

      Unions have been neutered, and the Democrat base is unmotivated. And the ObalaCare ruling just put most of them back to sleep.

      You haven’t been doing this very long, have you?

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