Freshmen Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) – tasked with delivering the weekly party message – ticked off the administration’s initiatives that he contended will exacerbate the problem, instead of alleviate it.
Obama has “called for raising energy taxes, which the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service says would actually lead to higher prices. He’s asked the Attorney General to ‘reconstitute’ an oil speculation task force that has never reported its work to the public. He quietly pushed members of Congress to prevent construction of the Keystone pipeline – despite overwhelming support for the project and the jobs that it would create – and his lobbying may have made the difference in the vote,” Gardner charged.
Under mounting criticism and facing falling poll numbers, Obama addressed the issue in a speech Thursday on his “all-of-the-above” energy policies – a term borrowed from Republicans, who made it popular in the summer of 2008.
Gardner accused the president of failing to follow-through on policies that would bring down the price of gasoline.
Republicans launched a preemptive strike last week against rumored plans by the White House to tap the country’s emergency oil reserves.
Releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a 696-million-barrel stockpile stored on the Gulf Coast, is a ploy to score political points amid gas prices that are nearing a national average of $4 per gallon, Republicans argued.
“The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is for emergencies – not political disasters,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said in a statement Thursday.
Both articles being at The Hill seems to indicate that the President being attacked for not doing anything about gas prices and warned not to do anything about gas prices at the same time is completely logical in every way. If he doesn’t do anything, he hates America. If he does anything, it’s a deeply cynical ploy to get re-elected. Either way, It’s Good News For Conservatives(tm) if you accept the framing, which of course our wonderful liberal media will. Horse race and all that.
Job creation? Boring and soooooo 2011. The election was always about gas prices, you know.