When I think back to the Carter years during the 1970′s â€œgas shortagesâ€ I still cringe a bit. During that time I was an impressionable youth, wondering what would become of the world as the â€œbrighter mindsâ€ cautioned the little people that fuel was in short supply.
Waiting in line to buy gas at the â€œfilling stationsâ€ became a common occurrence. I have very clear memories of sitting in the family station wagon, wondering what would be next.
Then President Reagan was elected and mysteriously the gas shortages, high gas prices, and inflation just seemed to go away. By the time I graduated college and had my own car, I was filling up the tank for $ .99 a gallon.
But now under Obama the cycle seems to be occurring all over again, except this time the high price of gas isnâ€™t necessarily caused by a â€œgas shortage.â€
For all you Fox News critics out there, please ignore this suggestion! The rest of you who have curious, open, objective minds, consider at least watching the video on the following link. (It takes a few seconds to pop up.)
One of the best (and easy to understand) analysis of why gas prices are going up is presented by Glenn Beck at:
Basically, along with the obvious supply and demand argument, Glenn explains how the Fed printing money causes gas and commodity prices to skyrocket.
However, Barack Obama, in his never-ending attempt to blame someone else, is now convincing the “little people” (that would be you and me, regardless of whether you voted for him or not) that it is the evil oil companiesâ€™ and speculatorsâ€™ fault that prices are going up. Obama fails to acknowledge any connection to how his energy or economic policies affect the price of oil.
So while President Obama talks a convincing talk — very much like he did on the campaign trial — his candy coated speech reminds me too much of the story â€œHow the Grinch Stole Christmasâ€ when the Grinch describes why heâ€™s taking Cindy Lou Whoâ€™s Christmas tree.
And itâ€™s easy to fool people into believing anything you want them to. Data, graphs, estimates, analysisâ€¦you can find almost anything you want that will support any argument you want to present. Just surfing around the web, I ran across an analysis with this paragraph:
“Campbell’s 1991 book is more illuminating, and damning, since he provides detailed production tables for most countries, including 32 non-Middle East, non-FSU producing countries which account for 36.8 mb/d in 1996. The aggregate error by 1996 is 7.9 mb/d, or 21.5% of production in those countries, as Table 1 shows. Twenty-four of the forecasts are too low, and eight are too high. An examination of the particular countries’ errors is instructive about their nature.”
Yaâ€¦so the â€œbrighter mindsâ€ definitely have an advantage on this subject. Depending on whoâ€™s in charge, they can pretty much get us to believe almost anything they want us to believe.
So enter in Obama and an excerpt of his recent speech:
â€œThe goal is simple. When I was elected to this office, America imported 11 million barrels of oil a day. Through these and other steps, by a little more than a decade from now, we will have cut that by one third. And by doing so, we’re going to make our economy less vulnerable to wild swings in oil prices. We’re going to use cleaner sources of energy that don’t imperil our climate. And we’re going to spark new products and businesses all over the country by tapping America’s greatest renewable resource: our ingenuity.â€
You are getting very sleepy nowâ€¦. (O.kâ€¦I just added that.)
Thank you for explaining that to us Mr. President. â€œThe goal is simpleâ€ little Cindy Lou Who!
Who doesnâ€™t want more fuel efficient cars and trucks and clean, energy efficient alternative fuels?
Iâ€™m just not convinced that this administration is going about it in a manner that doesnâ€™t leave us â€œlittle peopleâ€ carrying the bulk of the financial load for an inefficient and potentially nonexistent payback.
Did anyone notice that in his speech President Obama claims that, â€œby a little more than a decade from now, we will have cut that (the 11 million barrels of oil a day) by one third.â€
Did you catch that? â€œCUT BY 1/3 !!!!â€
Here, Iâ€™ll interpret that sentence for you: Cancel that gas-guzzling car trip to Mount Rushmore, or to the Grand Canyon, or to Yellowstone Park, or to the cabin up north, or anywhere else that you were planning on taking the kids this summer.
Obama is indeed â€œfundamentally changingâ€ America. Try explaining that to your kids this summer!
So, in conclusion, Iâ€™ll leave you with this excerpt from the April 2011 â€œThe Limbaugh Letter.â€
SWEATING TO THE OBAMAS
Just call him the â€œFitness Czar.â€
That would be Cornell McClellan, trainer to the Obamas, who commutes from Chicago to perfect Barryâ€™s biceps.
According to the New York Times, McClellan flies to Washington to work out with the first couple for at least an hour each day, two to four times a week. (As for Moochedlle, one word: refund.)
According to The Washington Examiner, the trips translate to 50,000 pounds of carbon emissions. To pamper the guy who recently told us all to reduce co2 and other greenhouse gas emissions by 13 percent by 2010.
Whether vacationing in Rio, eating ribs, while preaching the virtues of tofu, or flying a personal trainer, itâ€™s just more evidence that cutbacks are for the little people.