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.
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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,
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.