WASHINGTON – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential Republican presidential contender, accused the Obama administration Wednesday of favoring a run-up in gas prices to prod consumers to buy more fuel-efficient cars.
Barbour's right, of course -- even if the WH doesn't want to cop to it.
Obama administration officials rejected the charge, saying they view rising gasoline prices as bad for average Americans and the economic recovery.
Oh, they rejected it did they? Of course they did.
Barbour cited 2008 comments from Steven Chu, now Obama's energy secretary, that a gradual increase in gasoline taxes could coax consumers into dumping their gas-guzzlers and finding homes closer to where they work.
Barbour cited who? Chu? Why Chu?
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Chu made his comments before Obama assumed the presidency and has since renounced the notion that high gas prices would benefit the country.
That's fair. Entirely fair. Chu is a meh target for Barbour's charge.
Especially in place of citing The Man himself.
CNBC’s John Harwood: So could the (high) oil prices help us?
Barack Obama: I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to American pocketbooks is not a good thing. But if we take some steps right now to help people make the adjustment, first of all by putting more money in their pockets, but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more rapidly
But to encourage a transition toward alternatives, Obama favors legislation that would make fossil fuel more expensive. Doesn't that mean more pain to come under an Obama presidency? "There is no doubt that in the short term, adapting to this new energy economy is going to carry some costs."
Barbour was right in leveling the charge. And Obama's actions since taking office speak much more loudly than any words Obama or his press secretary may use in an attempt to convince us otherwise.
UPDATE: I see that Greg Pollowitz has this too over at NRO's Planet Gore. As well, he has a previous post that points to this Heritage Foundation piece from Conn Carroll that helps support that last sentence of mine.