Friday, September 15, 2006

When Gas Prices Rose, Conservatives Chastised Liberals. Now That Gas Prices Are Dropping ... Conservatives Are Chastising Liberals?

Over the past few days, one of the conservative radio talking points has been to lambaste liberals with regard to falling gasoline prices.

Sean Hannity the other day said that liberals and the media owe President Bush an apology for questioning his leadership when gas prices were on the rise, and should give Bush credit for the recent price drop -- about 22 cents/gallon on average over the past two weeks.

Meanwhile, radio clown Mark Levin ranted last night about how liberals don't understand the laws of supply and demand. Supply is up, he said, and prices have dropped. He then made fun of "Schmucky Schumer" (Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and demanded that Schumer apologize to the American people for questioning earlier this year whether Big Oil was artificially hiking prices.

I found this all very amusing.

It always amazes me when conservative talkers rant on about how un-American the left (and on occasion, parts of the right) is for asking questions. For example, Bill O'Reilly last year suggested that there's a fine line between dissent and treason, and offered that, conveniently, all the hosts at Air America Radio were guilty of the latter and should be arrested immediately.

But with regard to gasoline, the current ranting falls somewhere between amusing and amazing because its the polar opposite of the conservative talking points of five months ago -- when Schumer dared to ask the Federal Trade Commission to look into gas pricing.

Back in April, conservative columnist and Fox News Channel "All-Star" Charles Krauthammer wrote this to explain the sudden rise in gas prices:

KRAUTHAMMER: Demand is up. China has come from nowhere to pass Japan as the number No. 2 oil consumer in the world. China and India -- between them home to eight times the U.S. population -- are industrializing and gobbling huge amounts of energy.

Over the spring and summer, Americans heard a lot about the sudden and previously unnoticed mass demand from China and India. Why were gas prices skyrocketing toward $3/gallon? Demand from China and India was outpacing supply.

"The world has never faced a problem like this,'' Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) told Bloomberg News last month -- just before prices began to drop.

So what happened to all those Chinese and Indians? Did Ken Mehlman mail fliers asking them to all garage their cars until, say, the November election?

Even with gas prices dropping, the media keeps touting growing demand from India and China. Either the media has it wrong, or conservatives -- who aren't talking about India and China demand now -- used some misdirection this spring.

With misdirection, of course, conservatives can simultaneously chastise those who ask questions ... without providing any answers.


Anonymous ForFuxakes said...

OK...I give BushCo 100% credit for the drop in gas prices
And I do not understand why every right thinking liberal/progressive/democratic candidate does not do the same! I mean that! Just in time for the elections...gas prices come down!

11:12 AM  
Anonymous flamin lib said...

Why are futures down?

Transportation is the leading consumer of petroleum. Near 80% of oil is consumed moving stuff around.

The leading trade-in at auto dealerships is an SUV. The Auto manufacturers who made bundle pushing these things are hurting--Ford and Chevy both emphasized these vehicles and now are paying the price.

The demand for Gasoline will remain lower than predicted for a long time--that's one reason oil companies aren't eager to build new refineries.

True, the price of crude is down but I think that too has to do with supply and demand. Demand is down which is why supply is up.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous ForFuxakes said...

I really hope that was a sarcastic post

If you really believe that Supply/Demand crap...then you need to get out of your house once in a while and see that just as many cars are on the roads now as have been for the past 12 months...

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Crunchy Frog said...

But of course Bill Clinton was to blame when gas was $1.45 a gallon. Pretty much if it happens under Republicans it's supply and demand, if it happens under Democrats, it's Democrats fault. (Sometimes it's even Democrats fault if it happens under Republicans, like 9/11.)

Yes, I'm very grateful that I'm only paying $2.80 a gallon now. I think I'm going to vote straight ticket Republican over it.

I don't know how people can listen to that crap without going insane.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Parche said...

its a gas

Here, we will raise gas prices to $3 gallon, then drop them a little and all be hero's for that little price drop.............makes a lot of conservative right wing sense....

11:52 AM  
Anonymous flamin lib said...

Nope, not sarcastic. I do get out--quite a lot actually.

It is a fact that the largest number of trade-ins are low milage SUVs. Both Ford and Chevy are paying for their marketing efforts.

It is a fact that an EXXON memo said they expected a decrease in demand for gasoline as prices increased so they planned no new refineries.

It is a fact that the public is driving as many cars, but not as far and many are more effecient (see the trade-in remark above).

As a personal note, I traded an SUV @ 12 mpg (needed for a business that failed) for a Nissan Sentra @ 35 mpg. I also traded a Lincoln Mark VIII for a Buick LeSaber (smallest sedan Buick makes). What an Effing mistake there! The Buick is 2000 pounds lighter, has 30% less horsepower and performance but gets 10% less milage! Mark VIII got 28.8 freeway and Buick gets 26.

If Al Gore won -- er, I mean if George didn't get appointed -- in 2000 we'd have the CAFE standards we need.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

Everone has to realize that the repuks have to rant and rave to just to hear themselves talk. Repuks are living today under the spell of mob rule, follow their leaders Bush, Chaney,Rove,make believe right-wing radio nuts and fake christian preachers gone amuck Their only policy is to be against anybody that does not bow down to them or agree with them and to spread fear among themselves. If a non-repuke were to publish a paper as to why the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the repuks would rant and rave about how stupid they are and how ridiculous it is to look at this scientifically. Repuks live in an upside down world and envy those that live in the reality world.Since they have been sheep for so long, it is hard to change.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous silverweb said...

Like the lower prices now aren't machinations?

Could the BigGovt/BigOil alliance possibly be more obvious??

5:19 PM  
Anonymous bluestateguy said...

Not so fast

We have a long way to go before we back down to Clinton era gas prices. In addition, they should apologize to him for screaming bloody murder when gas prices went up to a $1.60.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous HypnoToad said...

What did Bush do now that he didn't/couldn't the last several years?

5:20 PM  
Anonymous CAG said...

So when it goes up to 2.80 two months from now, 2.50 4 months from now 2.90 six months from now, 2.60 9 months from now, 3.10 12 months from now, etc, etc, will chickenhawk hannity please provide us a roadmap for who to blame/who to praise with each vacillation??

5:21 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

One of the greatest support of "terrorism" is our dependence upon foreigh oil. Our hugh demand of oil and its products via our living standard of conspicious consumption and our love for wars causes evermore dependence upon oil from those countries that hate our guts and would not shed a tear if we were to crumble. The big oil companies seem to show only concern about hugh profits rather than providing solutions to making us less dependant upon fossil fuels that would actually do more to making us safer. Republicans are big supporters of BIG OIL and BIG OIL returns the favor in donations. See the vicious cycle of "Tit for Tat".

Now, who can say who is the biggest supporter of "Terrorist". No doubt in my mind it is the Republicans!!

4:40 PM  

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