Editor's note: This article was co-authored by Lee Habeeb and Dan Weber. Lee is Vice President of Content for Salem Radio Network. Dan is the Founder of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
Gas prices have spiked 37% since October of last year, according to AAA, and in some states, average prices have passed the $4 per gallon. That spike hits the constituents that President Obama purports to care about the most - our most vulnerable Americans.
High gas prices hit seniors and the poor the hardest. And they hit seniors and the poor who live in rural areas even harder.
What is AARP’s response? And anti-poverty groups? Silence. And don’t hold your breath waiting for any protests from liberal organizations like those to call for more drilling.
What has President Obama’s message been? More drilling? No! Even though financial experts say that just an announcement alone that America is dramatically expanding its drilling would bring down the price of oil and stop the speculators from gouging the public.
A moratorium on gasoline taxes by the federal and state governments? No! The federal government collects 18 cents per gallon. Some states collect more. Wisconsin collects 33 cents per gallon, NY 32 cents per gallon, and Pennsylvania 28. That kind of moratorium would really help Americans, rich and poor. Young and old.
President Obama has gone the Marie Antoinette route. “Let them eat cake!” Stop driving those SUV’s, and start buying smaller cars. Stop drilling, and start plugging in those electric cars.
In an exchange at a Town Hall meeting in Fairness Hills, PA a few weeks ago, a man in the audience who admitted to driving an SUV asked President Obama about gasoline prices. In what sounded like sarcasm he replied:
If you're complaining about the price of gas and you're only getting eight miles a gallon, (Laughter) you may have a big family, but it's probably not that big. How many you have? Ten kids, you say? Ten kids? (Laughter.) Well, you definitely need a hybrid van then. (Laughter.)
Anyone reading that must wonder, “What’s so funny, Mr. President?” Do you think the average American can afford to trade in their car and buy a new one? Do you know why some folks need SUV’s? Do you think the gas crisis is caused by Americans driving gas guzzling SUV’s? Don’t you know America’s #1 seller is the Ford Escape, and it gets 28 MPG, not 8?