Warning: the following is my opinion. While everything I write here is to a lesser or greater degree a reflection of my opinion, this post falls into the “greater degree” category :-)
I believe Barack Obama is the only person with a strong political voice with the courage to tell the truth and a lot to lose by doing so. Republicans and Democrats all have stood on their bully pulpits and pronounced their “solution” to high fuel prices. There’s only one I saw who had the common sense to realize that people could understand a slightly more nuanced view of the cause of high fuel prices. I don’t agree with all of Obama’s policies relating to energy, to be sure, but when it comes to common sense and honesty, this guy’s got it.
Before you watch the ad I have copied below, please be sure you read all the other responses from our elected and want-to-be elected representatives. If you don’t come away feeling as though we need Obama’s kind of honesty and courage in our White House this fall, I encourage you to help me understand what I am missing.
The last several days have been simply infuriating. Yes, oil prices have hit new highs and gas prices are expected to reach $4.00 per gallon this summer. Yes, this is hitting a great number of people very, very hard, and yes when people cannot heat their houses, or get to work we need to start taking actions.
But what actions?
- McCain: Gas Tax Cut
- Hillary Clinton: Gas Tax Holiday
- Nancy Pelosi: Oil Cartel Price Fixing
- Harry Reid: Reduce Strategic Petroleum Reserve
- George Bush: It’s All The Demoncrats, er Democratses Faults
- George Bush Bonus: Drill For More Oil In Alaska cuz that’ll really help
One lone voice says something a little more reasonable. Obama says cutting the gas tax will save you about $30, or 1/2 a tank of gas. (And in his 30 second ad doesn’t mention it would also increase demand, send the wrong signal to consumers, and tend to increase the already volatile markets). Instead he says we need to take real actions.
(For the record, I don’t agree with his position on price gouging by major oil companies — they are just making record profits because they have a product everyone wants more of). Trust me, I share no love for ExxonMobil or any of the others, but only because they are failing to act responsibility with all their profits by investing in alternative energy).
Please: let’s have common sense like Obama seems to have.
The problem isn’t that gas prices are too high — that’s merely a symptom. We have to fix the real problems.
Let’s see if we can focus on those real problems and elect someone who doesn’t just want to make you feel better until your vote is cast.