Mad As Hell About Prices at the Pumps!

American’s are “Mad As Hell” about prices at the pumps and the GOP is getting nervous.

As consumers feel pain at the pump, record high gas prices are registering as a political problem with congressional Republicans.

At a town hall meeting this week, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) wanted to talk about Social Security and Medicare, but the session quickly turned to gas prices.

When Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) toured a Veterans Affairs clinic Wednesday, the first question put to her was: “What are you going to do about the high price of gasoline?”

And a growing number of GOP officials worry that, as the party in power, Republicans will pay their own high price — at the ballot box. They are scrambling to find ways to respond.

“People are mad as hell,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said.

When Congress returns from its month-long recess after Labor Day, gas prices will be among the top items on the agenda. The Senate is expected to hold a hearing examining the causes of the price increase and the corporate oil barons may be summoned to testify. Democrats have been spotlighting fuel prices and this has not played well for Republicans in the polls.

Polls show that the public blames politicians — after oil companies and foreign oilproducing countries — for the high prices. A Harris Poll released Wednesday found that Americans ranked gas prices among the top five issues for the government to address.

Angling for a way to quell the angst of economy weary consumers, Republicans have called on spinmeister, Frank Luntz. Luntz suggested that “Republicans should argue more effectively to the public that the recently passed energy bill would eventually bring down prices by increasing supply.”

“If Republicans explain that the legislation takes time to have an impact, they’re inoculated” from the political risk of sustained high prices, Luntz said. “The only way Democrats can get an advantage on gas prices is to show that their policies would bring them down. It is not enough to blame Republicans; you need a solution.”

Frankly, I think Americans are beyond believing this sort of rhetoric from Republicans… the pork laden Energy Bill only benefits the corporate oil and energy barons. Americans are hungery for some real solutions now… Bring on the Democrats with a real plan!

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3 Responses to Mad As Hell About Prices at the Pumps!

  1. cali dem says:

    Now is the time. During the 70s, President Carter was blamed for gas shortages and high prices at the pumps.

    It’s time to declare a gas crisis and put pressure on the White House to do something about it.

  2. Cali Dem

    I agree. I remember the gas lines of the 70’s. I have a feeling all hell is going to break lose in Congress when they return, on many levels.

  3. Nick says:

    What’s even better for the Democrats is that some blame can be placed at the feet of the GOP. Carter was blamed for the rise in gas, but he didn’t do anything to cause it. In fact, Carter’s energy legislation (in particular legislation that increased fuel efficiency standards) was a big reason why rises in gas prices hasn’t triggered gas lines or double digit inflation since the 1970s.
    Carter’s energy policies helped this country greatly in the long term. Unfortunately for Carter, in the short term inflation was already in the economy even before Carter took office, and when inflation reached double digits in 1979 there was really only way to bring down inflation and making sure it stayed down: Throw interest rates through the roof. This is why Carter–NOT Ronald Reagan— appointed Paul Volcker as Fed Chairman. Carter knew that Volcker was gonna do what he did, Volcker had been advocating tight money for months if not years.
    In the case of Bush, not only has Bush had a longer time than Carter to deal with the crisis in the short term, but even the steps he’s taken won’t do anything to solve our long term energy problems. Carter could at least say the he had asked the American people for sacrifice and that there were long term benefits to his policies. It’s hard to see Bush being able to prove any long term benefits of his energy policies, and hte first president to cut taxes for the wealthy during wartime is in NO position to ask the American people for short-term sacrifice for long term gain.