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Nancy Pelosi on the Price of Gas in Her Own Words

Posted by Ryan on June 27, 2008

Here’s a quote from San Fran Nan on the issue of high gas prices back in the summer of 2006:

“With skyrocketing gas prices, it is clear that the American people can no longer afford the Republican rubber-stamp Congress and its failure to stand up to the Republican big oil and gas company cronies….

Democrats have a common-sense plan to help bring down skyrocketing gas prices by cracking down on price gouging, rolling back the billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, tax breaks and royalty relief given to big oil and gas companies, and increasing production of alternative fuels.”

That was when gas was at $2.91 a gallon.  Well, gas is currently at $4.08 just 18 months into the Democrat control of Congress.  There are many reasons why gas is high, the price of oil being one reason, but in the world of American politics, one takes credit when times are good, but also gets blamed when times are bad.

So, where are the Republicans hammering the Dems on this broken campaign pledge?  Not only do Republicans have a definite edge on the drilling solution, but using the Dems own words against them would help to unify the RNC’s voice nationally on this issue:  “Can we afford another Democrat Congress?” and so forth.  The press isn’t going to call the Dems out on this issue so we have to do it — this is finally an issue that the Republicans poll better than Dems this year!


2 Responses to “Nancy Pelosi on the Price of Gas in Her Own Words”

  1. rightonoz said

    We have a left wing government that was ‘going to take a stick to the oil producers’ who attended the oil conference and said NOTHING!

    They have introduced a Fuel Watch system where gas stations have to give advance notice of prices during the week. Most commentary is that it will only push prices higher.

    No government can have any real impact on oil prices (unless you’re the Saudi’s). Any left wing politician who claims otherwise is having a wank (playing with themselves) as we say down here.

  2. Chris said


    In reading your comments, there are some similarties between the US and Australia on the oil issue (in NJ, gas stations are only allowed to change prices once a day and on the toll roads, once a week, left wing blame of the oil companies, etc), but the government actually can have an impact on oil prices through policy. In the US, we have oil reserves that can potentially make us energy independent at least through the year 2030. However, we are not allowed to tap them (ANWR, offshore, and shale in the Midwest and the Rockies). This is a result of an unholy alliance with the environmental movement and the Democrat Party (also a few Republicans). Many on the left would be abhorred by what I think, but they fail to mention that many on my side (including me) support simultaneous drilling and also R&D to perfect alternative sources of energy.

    Frankly, Democrats and Liberals are happy about the sharp price increase over here. This is all part of their plan to get government more in our lives. Having visited Europe on a few occassions, I have observed that there is a greater reliance on mass transit than over here in the US. This is what liberals want over here! Government providing the means of transportation…(Stalin always talked about how HE built the Moscow Metro). Until the infrastructure can be built (through higher taxes), they can promote legislation that will force us to drive “more fuel efficient cars,” which, in all cases, are smaller than SUV’s and less safe (There’s a greater chance you’re likely dead or serverly injured in a serious accident driving a Prius than driving a Jeep). Who knows…if they had their way, they’d probably outlaw the sale of SUVs. Mind you, I’m not necessarily mocking those who use mass transit or those who choose to drive a Prius, but I don’t like the fact that the government is going to make it more difficult to choose the type of vehicle I wish to own or how I decide to get into or around NYC.

    The left in the US also wish to blame the oil companies and in doing so, they are not coming up with any solutions. Newt Gingrich has started the movement Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less and it has picked up steam. Ryan is correct in that if the Republicans can unite on this issue, they will be successful.

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