Republicans Promise Low Gas Prices. Do they Control the Price of Oil?
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Republicans Promise Low Gas Prices. Do they Control the Price of Oil?

Elfers : FL : USA | Mar 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM PDT
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What Republicans are promising

If you listen to Republicans on the campaign trail they are having a blast with the fact that gas prices are so high. Americans have to pay high prices every time they come to the gas pump, and for obvious reasons they are mad. The Republicans are quick to blame Obama for this unfortunate situation that is affecting a middle class that is already struggling to stay afloat. So perhaps they figured, “let’s blame Obama for their suffering and maybe out of anger they will pick us!”

If you look at the signs that are being used by the ailing campaign of Newt Gingrich, you will see that he is advertising that he can deliver $2.50 per gallon gas prices to our country. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are also going around the country claiming to be able to bring down gas prices. They sound almost convincing if it wasn’t for the fact that we know the truth behind campaign promises. However, part of me wonders, is that possible?

Republicans are connected to oil

I know that campaign promises are soon forgotten the moment most candidates get elected. So my assessment in terms of the possibility of $2.50 a gallon prices will not be clouded by what a desperate candidate may say to get elected. Nonetheless, one thing that makes me wonder if there is some truth to these promises is the fact that Republicans are well connected with the oil companies.

We know for a fact that Republicans have gone out of their way to protect and make sure that Big Oil is well taken care of. For example, Republicans hate the Environmental Protection Agency because they want to give Big Oil the ability to drill without consideration for the environment. Remember that when the BP oil disaster destroyed the gulf coast, oil state Republican congressman Joe Barton was essentially demanding that BP be left off the hook for causing all that damage. This wasn’t surprising since Republicans will do anything for Big Oil.

We also know that while Republicans have put every subsidy that pertains to the poor and middle class on the chopping block as the nation attempts to deal with high deficits, they have opposed any attempts to eliminate all the unnecessary subsidies that they have legislated for Big Oil. So we can see from their actions that the loyalty of Republicans is with Big Oil and not with the average American.

If Obama could control oil prices

President Obama on the other hand does not enjoy the behind closed door connection with Big Oil that the Republicans do. After all, if he was well connected with Big Oil he would be seeking to remove regulations from the EPA. If he was well connected with Big Oil he would be making sure that they could line their pockets with more money by promoting Big Oil subsidies as Republicans do. Heck, if he had an inside track to Big Oil, not only would he be promising $2.50 a gallon gas prices, but instead we would be paying $1.50 a gallon!

Let’s face it. If president Obama had control of the prices that Big Oil enjoy, he would make sure that those prices would be a lot lower so that he could win the election! However, he does not control Big Oil, and I dare say, Big Oil does not like him. He is cutting on their huge profits as far as they are concerned, and if they could influence the outcome of the 2012 election, they would certainly make sure that a friendly Republican would win for them.

Are Republicans responsible for high gas prices?

Come to think of it, maybe there is something to the Republicans claiming to be able to lower gas prices. Maybe Big Oil is somehow increasing gas prices in order to make people mad. Perhaps they are increasing the prices now, and in exchange for less regulation and political favors (such as the Keystone pipeline) they will lower the prices later. That is a possibility isn’t?

Yet, if they are doing that, they are doing it at the cost of the American consumer. If in fact, Big Oil companies are raising gas prices, our pain and suffering is being caused by the Republicans! So then, Republicans are favoring Big Oil over the American people! That means they are putting our national security at risk in order to protect Big Oil! No way! Would they do that?

I really hope that they wouldn’t do that. I rather believe that a president is not able to control gas prices, and that the Republicans claims to bring $2.50 a gallon gas prices are just campaign lies. I mean, we know that most candidates lie and we have grown accustomed to broken campaign promises. However, if there was a connection between the Republicans and high gas prices, that would be terrible. This would confirm that they are for Big Oil and for the wealthy, and that they could careless for the middle class.

So what do you think? Are Republican candidates not telling the truth when they claim they can bring down gas prices? Are they so connected with oil companies that they can control the price of gas? If they are lying do they care about the middle class? If they are telling the truth do they care about the middle class? What do you think?

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum Santorum holds up a piece of oil as he stands onstage with his wife Karen and his daughter Elizabeth at his Michigan primary night rally in Grand Rapids
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum Santorum holds up a piece of oil as he stands onstage with his wife Karen and his daughter Elizabeth at his Michigan primary night rally in Grand Rapids
Abad Perez is based in Elfers, Florida, United States of America, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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