Friday, March 9, 2012

Politicians Talking About Quick Fixes For Rising Gas Prices

Via Ed at Hot Air, here's Obama on gas prices:

Now, here’s the thing, though — this is not the first time we’ve seen gas prices spike. It’s been happening for years. Every year, about this time, gas starts spiking up, and everybody starts wondering, how high is it going to go? And every year, politicians start talking when gas prices go up. They get out on the campaign trail — and you and I both know there are no quick fixes to this problem — but listening to them, you’d think there were.

Obama's right about politicians getting out on the campaign trail talking about quick fixes. Like this guy in 2008:

Barack Obama will require oil companies to take a reasonable share of their record-breaking windfall profits and use it to provide direct relief worth $500 for an individual and $1,000 for a married couple. The relief would be delivered as quickly as possible to help families cope with the rising price of gasoline, food and other necessities.

So Obama was promising quick fixes in 2008. And what a fix -- because raising the taxes of oil companies would never, ever result in them raising their prices or anything, with Obama unilaterally repealing the Law of Unintended Consequences and all. Of course Obama was in that quick fix, promise-making mood when he was campaigning for office but not actually responsible for anything. And now that he is the one responsible, he's telling us there are no quick fixes.

Four years later and here we are with President Obama telling us what a cynicial, typical politician Candidate Obama was in 2008.

Why, I don't think Obama ever meant one word of what he said in 2008 on the campaign trail.

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