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Obama Has 20 Point Lead on Lowering Gas Prices

By Jon Cohen
Nearly eight in 10 Americans now call rising gas prices a financial burden, with those from lower income households particularly apt to feel the pinch.

Pump prices also appear to have a growing influence on behavior: more than half of all respondents in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll report cutting down on driving as a result. Fifty-five percent said they have reduced their time on the road, a 13-point increase from a month ago.

The percentage calling soaring gas prices a financial burden has also spiked higher over that period, to 77 percent, including a majority for the first time in polls back to 2000, 51 percent, calling gas prices a "serious" burden.

The Energy Department today reported another new high in the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded, $4.08, up 29 cents over the past month. (The price is up $1.07 a gallon over this time a year ago.)

Six percent in the new poll call gas and energy prices the single most important issue in the presidential election now underway. In February, under 1 percent highlighted the issue as tops. Asked which candidate they trust to deal with the situation, 50 percent said Barack Obama and 30 percent said John McCain. Eleven percent said neither presumptive nominee is better on gas prices.

But there is little partisanship on assessments of the problem: As an issue, gas an energy costs are up across the spectrum, and big majorities of Democrats, independents and Republicans alike find gas prices to be a financial burden. And the percentages perceiving the situation as a severe strain is up significantly among all three groups.
A larger dividing line is income.

More than three-quarters of those with annual family incomes under $35,000 call increasing gasoline costs a serious financial burden, more than double the proportion of those with incomes $75,000 or higher to say so. Those with lower incomes are also more likely to say they have cut back, but more than four in 10 drivers across income categories said they have reduced their time on the road as pump prices continue their steep ascent.

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Posted by: 2ilvaou504 | June 19, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

If we could by a magic wand bring gas/oil prices even down to last year's level it would make a big difference. However, that is not going to happen. We have to, as a nation, (please excuse me for saying this) actually use our brains to elect a president and congress that will act for us. If you're upset every time you go to the gas pump, then for heaven's sake don't just rail about it, do something about it. What, you ask? Well, for starters if you really want change (again, I hate to break this to you) the Republicans (read:John McCain) is not the answer. Okay, I see the smoke, calm down! But I really meant what I said. Let's use logic here: the past eight years have been a disaster, who's been in charge? The Republicans, right? They've been in charge of it all, there's no one else to blame. So a clear-headed, thoughtful person is going to vote for? A Republican, and get more of the same? Nope, they are going to finally use their heads and put in a Democrat, that's what!

Posted by: Debbie Lackowitz | June 18, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

EXACTLY, Roy. Why do we not have that technology here? Go ahead, say it: because of the big oil companies and their intimate connection with Bush and Cheney.

Posted by: Joe Namath | June 18, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

Hey, I thought it might be a good idea to buy a compressed air vehicle so I looked on the Internet to see if any were for sale. I could not find one. I am not sure I would import one from India. There are a few start up companies where you can submit ideas for vehicles with compressed air engines. I like the idea and would buy one and use it if/when they offer them and I can afford to buy one. Otherwise I am reluctantly going to spend the $40/$50 to fill my gas tank and drive to work every week. It is the only way I can make ends meet now. It sure would be nice to have a tank of gas back at $15-$20 every week or a
$3 fill up on a compressed air vehicle as they claim. Until then I am not holding my breath (more compressed air).
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Posted by: Roy | June 18, 2008 3:57 AM | Report abuse

"How can any one believe lower gas prices will come from anything other than providing more gasoline to the world supply."

Easy: reduce demand by providing alternative viable clean energy sources. Maybe you should have a look around at what the rest of the world is doing. For instance, India has cars that run on compressed air.

The only people who are attempting to punish us is the big oil companies who are trying to prevent prosperity that might eat into their record profits.

You are a dimwit, Mr Casey!

Posted by: Joe Namath | June 18, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

How can any one believe lower gas prices will come from anything other than providing more gasoline to the world supply. Coal can be converted to gasoline, diesel and all of the by-products we get from oil. This technology exists now and has been used by someone since the Nazi's did it during WWII. The emmissions from coal to liquid are sequestered as part of the process. All that has to be done to the emmissions is to compress it and pump the CO2 into a storage well. Cost $55 a barrel plus $5 to sequester the CO2--$60 a barrel. With the will of the people and Congress these plants can be built in a year or two at the most. So why are we not talking about coal. Because this is not about providing lower costing energy. It is about accepting the secular religion of environmentalism; which is seeking to gain control over the energy policy of the USA so as to retard our prosperity and punish us for being prosperous. Unfortunately we have no one running for President who is not bought and paid for by the environmental lobby. The special interest that we have to root out of today's politics are the environmentalist, trial lawyers, and unions.

Posted by: Richard T Casey | June 17, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

How can any one believe lower gas prices will come from anything other than providing more gasoline to the world supply. Coal can be converted to gasoline, diesel and all of the by-products we get from oil. This technology exists now and has been used by someone since the Nazi's did it during WWII. The emmissions from coal to liquid are sequestered as part of the process. All that has to be done to the emmissions is to compress it and pump the CO2 into a storage well. Cost $55 a barrel plus $5 to sequester the CO2--$60 a barrel. With the will of the people and Congress these plants can be built in a year or two at the most. So why are we not talking about coal. Because this is not about providing lower costing energy. It is about accepting the secular religion of environmentalism; which is seeking to gain control over the energy policy of the USA so as to retard our prosperity and punish us for being prosperous. Unfortunately we have no one running for President who is not bought and paid for by the environmental lobby. The special interest that we have to root out of today's politics are the environmentalist, trial lawyers, and unions.

Posted by: Richard T Casey | June 17, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Bush didn't deregulate oil-speculation. Pres. Clinton, the 106th Congress, Enron, some of the top securities financial markets, lobbyists, about $130 million in campaign contributions and the debacle of the 2000 election are responsible. The bill that took the "Cop Off The Beat" was signed into law Dec 2000. Bush wasn't president yet.

Congress seems more intent on investigating and blaming, rather than fixing what they did to this country. There is a report that was done in June 2006 where it was acknowledge that speculation and the removal of the safeguards were at the base of the problems. Nothing was done over the next two years, until now. They are "again" investigating it.

The name of the report is "The Role of Market Speculation in Rising Oil & Gas Prices: A Need To Put the Cop Back On the Beat" Staff Report, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations United States Senate June 27 2006

I just love that committee name "Permanent"

I wonder who the person, on the NPR program, was that is trying to push that one on Bush. Wonder if he was with the EIA at the time this was actually done...trying to deflect association, maybe?

Posted by: jen | June 17, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Changing regulation is easier said than done. The democrats do have majority in the house, but they don't have 60 votes in the senate to change a regulation, and don't have 67 votes to overrule the foot-down by the Monarch.

So, send 60 democrats to the senate if you really want a change. You won't need 67 to overule your own President.

Posted by: Kishor Gala | June 17, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

REALITY CHECK

The math isn't fuzzy...go to the EIA website and gather the numbers for yourself...then you can do it. It really is hard to refute the numbers.

You obviously don't know how the House and Senate operate. Try reading the Daily Record for a couple of days.

As to the dramatic rise in gas since Jan 08, in Dec 07 the House and Senate passed the Energy bill. Wonder why speculation shot up? Because there are provisions in there that effectively took any increased oil development in this country off the table.

Speculators saw that and the games began.

As to the Supremes, I would hardly say they are a conservative majority. If they were they would stick to deciding cases based on law...not politics or making laws.

As to calling people names, who have a different point of view than you...that's the fastest way to cut off any conversation.

Posted by: jen | June 17, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the former head of the Energy Information Administration gave an interview on NPR News yesterday and said that the run up in oil prices was caused by the fact that the Bush Administration "de-regulated" oil speculation. Bush did so because his good friends at Enron asked him to do it. The remedy is to put back in place the decades-old regulations, which were a proven and effective deterrent to fight against the fraud that is occurring today. The oil speculators could not hide behind their "firewall" and jack up the price without being exposed.

Why not try something nonpartisan and put the regulations back in place. This is something that could be done by Congress before the summer is over. The only ones that would be hurt by this are the speculators perpetrating this fraud upon the American economy.

Posted by: jamaka11 | June 17, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

To the nitwit who submitted his fuzzy math regarding the average increase of a gallon of gasoline since 2001:
You contend that, "since the Democrats have been in control" (17 months), gas has increased $1.30/gal/yr vs. just a $0.13/gal/yr increase during Republican control. This is a typical Republican non sequitur, not a reasoned argument. The nitwit assumes that we agree on the premise, namely that the Democrats have been "in control" of something for 17 months. What would they have been in control of? The Congress? It is true that, in 2007, the Democrats gained a slim majority for the first time since 1995. But it takes both chambers of Congress to pass a law, and certainly no one can contend that Joe Liberman's vote can be counted on the Democratic side of the aisle. So, voila! The Republicans actually control the agenda, because they can stop legislation (which they have done repeatedly) in both the Senate, and through Presidential veto (and signing statements). Do the Democrats control the Supreme Court? Or the Presidency? The last time I checked, the President was ignoring any law he didn't like, the Republicans have appointed a majority of the Supreme Court, and they have been in charge of energy policy and held the Presidency for the past 7 years. The price of gasoline is not completely George Bush's fault, to be sure--the situation is far more complex than that. But, to contend that the reason gasoline has increased in price dramatically is directly the result of Democrats winning a few seats in the House of Representatives 17 months ago is absurd. But it makes sense (in a twisted way) for Republicans to promulgate absurd arguments regarding energy--because if they ever told the truth, not even their mothers would vote for them.

Posted by: Reality Check | June 17, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Look what has happened to our country in the past eight years. How is it working for you? How could anyone with three brain cells want more of the same by voting for McSame?

Posted by: Bill | June 17, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Obviously people prefer Obama over McCain to resolve energy problems. McCain's campaign is crawling with Big Oil lobbyists like Charlie Black and Randy Schneurman.

John McCain - NOPE

Does anyone really think that oilman George W. Bush would give his endorsement to someone who won't carry on the work of the Bush/Saud dynasty?

Posted by: Mark @ News Corpse | June 17, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

This poll only proves that too many Americans are not interested in in-depth information, just sound bites and headlines. The Democrats have done a good job of shifting blame from their policies to the oil companies.

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Posted by: Ken Moyes | June 17, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Look at the following scenario: Obama withdraws from Iraq in 160 days. Iran fills the vacuum and neutralises Iraq. It then threatens Saudi Arabia. Oil supplies from the Middle East dry up. Then watch the price rise at the pump. Obama has no coherent foreign policy.

Posted by: john | June 17, 2008 12:29 PM
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Dear John,

And what if we don't at the scenario? What if Iran does not neutralize Iraq Overnight? What if the world does not sit by when Iran attacks Iraq? What if Iran never makes to Saudi Arabia? What if oil supplies do not dry up? What if the oil prices still go up?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 17, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I guess I would like to see the problem "exasperated." :-) ["Exacerbate" is the word, dear one] But perhaps an exasperated problem would leave us. These problems must get awfully weary of us electing our presidents on the basis of personality, appearance, and money. If all of us were to vote on issues instead, we might get ourselves some good presidents.

Posted by: Synchro | June 17, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Look at the following scenario: Obama withdraws from Iraq in 160 days. Iran fills the vacuum and neutralises Iraq. It then threatens Saudi Arabia. Oil supplies from the Middle East dry up. Then watch the price rise at the pump. Obama has no coherent foreign policy.

Posted by: john | June 17, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Some people on here are good at shouting and spouting but a bit slow on the uptake. As one comment said, there is no easy way out of eight years of mis-management (a specialty of the Republicans it seems: Nixon: war debt, Reagan: more debt, Bush: dig it deeper and deeper).

The possible answers are many small changes: tax on roadhogs, windfall taxes on speculators and the oil-i-gopoly, prevention from banks draining the economy into off-shore trusts, investment into alternative energy and fuel-efficiency etc.
Oil will not come down, however for the simple reason that it costs more and more to extract, refine and transport.

Obama is a realistic candidate and knows better than to make such simplistic false promises as the George Bush we'll start a war and grab some more of "our" oil gambit. It will take a lot of change to remake America and it's time to help bring about that change now.

Chris Brown in Hamburg

Posted by: Chris Brown | June 17, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Actually Obama said the high gas prices were good, he just wished they had gone up at a slower rate.

The Democrats campaigned on a "commonsense" plan to lower gas prices. Here are the numbers and the math for those of you who don't want to do it.

The numbers come from the Engery Information Administration, so they are real.

1/01 gas was $1.45 12/06 gas was $2.24 the increase in gas was $0.79. for 72 months. Divide that by 72 and then multiply it by 12 and you get an average yearly increase of $0.13 per year.

Today the average price of gas is $4.08, minus the $2.24 and you get $1.84 in 17 months of Democratic control. Divide by 17 and multiply by 12 months and you get a whooping $1.299 per gallon average year increase.

In Jan 08 the national average was $3.04, in 5.5 months we have gone up $1.04

Oh yeah...we need Democrats with "commonsense" plans to lower gas prices....NOT!

Posted by: jen | June 17, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Withdraw from Iraq in 160 days. That's a heckuva formula for lowering fuel prices. Of course, Obama is lying to you on this one, but his supporters love it.

"Whisper more sweet nothings, Obama"

Posted by: Ed | June 17, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

"The Dim-o-crats have proposed higher gas prices (taxed to make higher). Just like it is in Europe where the price about twice of what it is here. LOOK OUT FOR $10/gallon here in the next 4 years if Obama is Prez."

Posted by: Curly

If your powers of prognostication are so good, what do you care? You should have won several lotteries already. Moron.

Posted by: edwcorey | June 17, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I have a plan for reducing gas prices. Drive smaller more fuel-efficient cars, drive less, drive slower, ride a bike, ride a scooter. If you use less, it will cost you less. This is what I am doing, and its working. Now if you live farther away from your job - car pool, use public transportation. It's about personal choices. The dependence on the government to solve all of our problems is our downfall. Obama's true brilliance will be in how he gets us to accept those choices that will make us more energy independent.

Posted by: David | June 17, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

After reading these posts it's clear. Fox has succeeded - the dumbing down of america has been a success. I have never seen such empty hatefueled rhetoric from the right. Baseless smears of Obamas character. I hear very little defense of mccain - but an overabundance of juvenile unsubstantiated smears of Obama. I hate to think that these idiots are voting - last time they elected a guy they'd like to have a beer with. Now we've got another C- student who got where he is because of his fathers position - just like GWB. For a real change of pace, this country needs to elect the smart guy, not the one they want to have a beer with. To those angry republicans - support your candidate with factual info and quit the bull crap - grow up.

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Anyone naieve enough to believe that any president can lower the price of gasoline without totally eliminating demand for oil from all the other countries is a dreamer. The world has far too many people and the demand is not going to lessen.. only get worse. The president does not regulate the price of gasoline.. including the president of Exxon-Mobil.. The world is now flat and the oil flows to the highest bidder. Any candidate that talks about controlling the price of oil is a liar.

Posted by: uffdaron | June 17, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Jane Wells | June 17, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

OH I JUST LOVE IT WHEN OBAMA, THE BIG MOUTH TALKS LIKE HE KNOWS HOW TO FIX OUR PROBLEMS. OF COURSE, HE REALLY DOES NOT SAY HOW, WHERE OR IF HE HAS ANY INKLING OF WHAT TO DO .

WHAT EVER HAPPENED WITH SOUTH DAKOTA AND THEIR STATEMENT THAT THEY WERE GOING TO PRODUCE CRUDE OIL????

NEITHER ONE OF THESE FAST TALKING READERS OF SCRIPT WRITERS KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT OUR ECONOMIC PROBLEMS AND HOW TO SOLVE THEM.

GORE PROVED HIMSELF ANOTHER IDIOT AND PUTS HIS HURT FEELINGS AND EGO BEFORE THE NATION AND THE PEOPLE! HILLARY HAS MORE BRAINS IN HER LITTLE FINGER THAN GORE HAS IN HIS BIG FAT BODY AND IS A NO BRAINER, JUST A CRY BABY AT HEART!

Posted by: LYNN PARKER | June 17, 2008 8:07 AM | Report abuse

So how exactly is Obama going to help gas prices? He is against extra drilling and has not proposed alternative energy methods. He only wants to tax the oil companies- who will in turn pass that cost down to the consumers. Drilling now is much less damaging to the environment and if other countries can drill off our shores- why cant we? what about the huge oil supply in Colorado that we cant touch? If you think the cost of gas is hurting now, wait until you have to give the government more money in taxes.

Posted by: amused | June 17, 2008 5:46 AM | Report abuse

Actually they are telling the truth. Demand is down I guess due to the price. Asking them to flood the market with oil to drive down the price. They are not going to do something that would results in them making less money an more them any other business. All your ideas sound good but would that many many years to do. maybe not even in our life time. I worked on a Nuclear plant. It took ten years to build and from concept to being on line about 17 years total. We have screwed up and may not have an easy way out.

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Gas price are high now because of Wall Street. The Saudis have said that they are pumping enough OIL to satisfy all of there customers demands. It is the people from Wall Street who are speculating on OIL that is causing it to go higher. Now, who do you think will crack down on the speculators? As for alternative energy, we should have started doing it in the 80's when we had a problem. Time to get serious and move away from Oil as much as we can. Corn is not the answer, it is worse on the environment, although Democrats and Republicans will not admit it because of the American farmer. Sugar Is the answer when it comes to bio fuels. Nuclear Power is also needed. If we can send a ship to Mars, why not get rid of our Nuclear waste in space. Oh sorry . .that is political incorrect.

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Posted by: Anonymous | June 17, 2008 4:01 AM | Report abuse

He also talked about hydrogen cars and going to Mars. We should have known he was nuts then.

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"I will direct $5 billion for research on alternative fuels."
Bush said that at first state of the union speech.

Liar. We are eight years behind the eight ball.


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Posted by: va | June 17, 2008 2:31 AM | Report abuse

Oh please. Obama has offered no plausible plan to reduce the price of gas let alone done ANYTHING to show us he is up to this relatively small task. Dull, blind faith in the truest sense of the word.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 17, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Gas price are high now because of Wall Street. The Saudis have said that they are pumping enough OIL to satisfy all of there customers demands. It is the people from Wall Street who are speculating on OIL that is causing it to go higher. Now, who do you think will crack down on the speculators? As for alternative energy, we should have started doing it in the 80's when we had a problem. Time to get serious and move away from Oil as much as we can. Corn is not the answer, it is worse on the environment, although Democrats and Republicans will not admit it because of the American farmer. Sugar Is the answer when it comes to bio fuels. Nuclear Power is also needed. If we can send a ship to Mars, why not get rid of our Nuclear waste in space. Oh sorry . .that is political incorrect.

Posted by: Flying Eagel | June 17, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Bush lies to USA
"I will direct $5 billion for research on alternative fuels."
Bush said that at first state of the union speech.

Liar. We are eight years behind the eight ball.


Posted by: bruce Becker | June 17, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

The off shore oil driller solution wont do anything for five years.

If we stop allowing any cars not getting 30 MPG to be driven in the USA, that would solve the price crisis in five minutes.
Price is driven by demand. Oh you say you just bought a truck that gets 14 miles to the gallon. You are the cause of the problem. We can drill for oil off the New Jersey shore and if you still buy trucks that get 10-15 MPG and "muscle" cars that have 400 HP, no amount of drilling will matter.
The adolescents have to give up their style points, and buy small cars and trucks.

Posted by: bruce Becker | June 17, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Bush said oil would go down to $20 a barrel after he took over the Middle east. It was at $35 a barrel when he came in. Now its $135.
Brilliant.

Also, remember: he claimed that Iraqi oil would reimburse us for the war expenses. For that lie, he and his VP Halliburton buddy should have to forego their federal retirements back into the US treasury.

Posted by: bruce Becker | June 17, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Which one are WE dad?

The person who writes claiming Obama will "raise our taxes" must be among the lucky few making $250K a year. Yes, they will pay more social security tax, and yes, their lower tax rate given to them by Bush, will be taken back. The rest of us will actually have lower taxes and the poorest 10 million among us, wont pay any taxes at all. Those poorest ten million are below the poverty level, according to the Bush way of accounting, so it seems the reasonable thing to do, rather than give a tax break to millionaires, as is presently the case. Bush's complete failure resulted in the dollar being worth fifty cents now, compared to when he took office, and that's a tax on retirees.


Posted by: bruce Becker | June 17, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey right wingers who spread paranoid fear mongering across blogosphere. Answer this question. Why do you sheepishly follow around a guy who has NO CHIN?? Come take a closer look next time you watch Fox (like in about 5 minutes or so) and tell me with honesty that Sean Hannity has A CHIN. Because if you do you know you're lyin! You people worship a guy with NO CHIN! Whats up with that?!?!???

Posted by: Facts over Fiction | June 17, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

I get lobotomies whenever I look in the mirror and get, really, really scared. Now I'm really, really mad! Are you people listening to me?!? I've got some serious stuff to say.

Posted by: Facts over Fiction | June 17, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

How could 50% say that Obama will solve the gas problem? He has neither presented any solution nor has he shown any inclination in problem solving. He is a dialogue kind of guy, who response to every problem is a dialogue e.g. race and illegal immigrants. He is very good though in entertaining people with very preachy speeches. (Is it possible that since church attendance is down that they just miss their preacher?)

Posted by: CP Cook | June 17, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

The Republican arguments this year are actually a subtle nod to Shakespeare:

"A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Posted by: drossless | June 17, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice the irony of someone labeling himself "sickofspin" posting an all-caps link to WWW.HANNITY.COM?

Too many late nights alone with a beer and the boob box . . .

Posted by: drossless | June 17, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Oshama is more like it. He has been given a free pass by the media in this election. How can we elect someone who has enough experience to fill the head of a pin? He wants to raise our taxes, sell out to the despots of the world and play hoops at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Posted by: Realist2008 | June 16, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Reasons not to Vote for MEGA-BAM (OBAMA)

1. He hates America but "acts" patriotic. (52 Sundays x 20 Years = 1,040 Anti-American Sermons.)

This tells me you are as ignorant as you are naive. You have based your opinion based on the media hype that has been over hyped and over played to do exactly what you are doing, forming a mis-guided opinion about a situation you never experienced. If you have not been in the pews of the church listening to every one of the sermons that Obama listened to, then you can't make a judgment bases on what you heard second hand.

2. There has only been 1 Black U.S. Governor until last year. The 1st had a 4 year term, the 2nd just started.

And what does that have to do with Obama? He's a US Senator, you are mixing apples and oranges and this further proves your ignorance.

3. There has NEVER been a Black U.S. Multi-Billionaire in the history of America. The U.S.A. is a Multi-Trillion Dollar Country (Business) and Oprah is the best African American Businessman in America.

Again, what does this have to do with Obama? And by the way, there may not be any multi-billionaire African Americans, but there are tons of Multi-Millionaires. But in the grand scheme of things, when you make your billions from the exploitation of a group of people, does it really matter? I mean think about all the wealthy Southern American Old Money Families that owe their wealth due to slavery. It's pretty easy to make more money when you don't have to pay the people doing all the work. BTW you need to google Madam C.J. Walker and also The Black Wall Street while you on your so called quest for knowledge.

4. He wants to pull out of Iraq. We can't! Why because we'll be attacked far worse than 9/11. Did America forget about 9/11?
No one in those towers wanted to die either! We have to suck it up.

Umm he wants to pull out of a war that was initiated based on a pack of lies. The original mission was to go into Afghanistan after the Taliban. Then it became about WMDs in IRAQ next it's IRAN is won't give up it's nukes. All the while, the war profiteers are raking in the dough from all the war activity. FOr every bullet fired, bomb dropped, tank deployed and solider meal served Halaburtion, Blackwater, US Steel, and a host of other companies are making money hand over fist. In the process because of the unrest, we here in the states are paying more for gas then we ever have even when you take into account the adjustment for inflation from the 70's oil crises.

5. Obama has no original change. All of his change is copied and then he "changes" the wording.

Honestly, what politician has ever truly brought a new idea with them to the government. It's always been a rehash of old ideas with a new twist on them to fit the current mood of the country.

6. He hates America! He's a DECEPTICON! Wake up Generation "Z"~! Get it, yes Generation Z, the last letter in the English Alphabet! WAKE UP!

This is just a rehash of you point number one.

7. MCCAIN

Before you think I'm a racist, please for America's sake; GOOGLE for Black Multi-Billionaires! Their first Billionaire was in 2001, and Oprah Winfrey has the most money of any Black in America! The 2 Rice, Sugar, Flour Dealers in Africa don't count!

GOOGLE for Black Governors! Governors are mini-presidents, they need to have many more before they can be president!

After the Race Card has been played over and over again. I decided to actually look.
This is why Obama does not want race an issue. Blacks have missed 2 big steps, especially achieving Multi-Billionaire status in the LAND OF OPPORTUNITY~!

Another rehash of a previous point. And the interesting thing to me is these points have nothing to do with running for the President of the United States.

We need to have Marvel do the Transformer Comics Over! Take Megatron out and "change" it to Megabam!

Wow is all can say, if I didn't know better I would think you are like 12 or something.

Posted by: Not a Pawn to ObamaCon | June 16, 2008 9:48 PM

Posted by: Facts Over Fiction | June 16, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

If there was any "hate harboring" it was by Obama himself! He listened and followed words of HATE for 20 YEARS and that is EXACTLY why we are NOT voting for him!

Posted by: DEM TO IND | June 16, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

POST:
Gas prices are up. No Obama won't have a magic button but neither will he exasperate the problem.

Comment:
This is a funny posting. In the first lines you basically admit you, nor he (obama) has any idea on how to fix the problem. but you defend the guy. Now i'm confused. I recommend you and obama read a basic economics book. (i'm not trying to be rude, but it's obvious you like the guy and will defend him even though he brings absolutely nothing to the table but higher taxes?!?!? I'm confused on how this helps.)

POST:
Why do so many of you harbor such hate for Senator Obama?? Or do you hate yourselves so much that you have to project your self-hate on someone else, in your case the good Senator? Your ugly, demeaning, name-calling posts actually say a whole heck of a lot more about YOU than they say about Senator Obama. One day when you finally grow up, you will come to realize how unjust and slander-laden you have been.

Answer:
all this slander solves nothing. so, what isyour solution? is it raising taxes? do we drill? please explain and stop defending obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 16, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

The Glass-Steagall Act has nothing to do with crude oil or fuel taxes or pricing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass-Stegall_Act

It might have prevented the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subprime_mortgage_crisis

The subprime mortgage crisis was caused by greedy, stupid people, convinced that they should try to buy more "house" than they can pay for.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 16, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

So many arguments, so little reason.

Gas prices are up. No Obama won't have a magic button but neither will he exasperate the problem. Maybe people are correlating a protracted war in the middle east (where oil comes from) and high gas prices. Maybe they're guessing that unregulated market speculation is accounting for over a third of the price of oil. I can't say.

I can say this though, if the American Auto Industry was held to higher standards, maybe Ford or GM would have 51% of hybrid market instead of Toyota. Opinions of hybrids aside, they're up 27% in sales while SUVs & trucks are down 24%.

And, wtf, Obama appointed? He ran more contest then McCain, while Huckabee was pushed out of the race. Or if this is about caucus states not counting, Hillary should of prepared for them.


I could list all day people. Obama might not have all the answers, but this isn't the same John McCain from 2000. We vote the lesser of two evils, luckily it seems to be a much easier choice this year.

Also,
Not a Pawn
If you're gonna be racist, leave comics out of it. There's enough bad stigma with them already

Posted by: Weee Comments! | June 16, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Deka,I respectfully disagree. The return of the Glass-Stegall Act will not change market demand for oil. Developing nations will continue to need increasing amounts of oil as their economies grow. Emerging technologies are moving along at a steady pace but that doesn't help today,and burning up our food crops for fuel is the idea of a fool. Until the technologies mature that will end our dependence on oil,we need to explore,drill,and refine what we have in our own nation instead of refusing to use those resources.

Posted by: no emotion just facts | June 16, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Why do so many of you harbor such hate for Senator Obama?? Or do you hate yourselves so much that you have to project your self-hate on someone else, in your case the good Senator? Your ugly, demeaning, name-calling posts actually say a whole heck of a lot more about YOU than they say about Senator Obama. One day when you finally grow up, you will come to realize how unjust and slander-laden you have been.

Posted by: NinaK | June 16, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

DRILL HERE. DRILL NOW. PAY LESS.

Posted by: Patriot | June 16, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Vote Libertarian! Barr is the answer!

Posted by: Capitalist | June 16, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain is going to fix the economy like he did when he went into Iraq and said it was safe to walk down the street. After closing down the block and blocking it off with tanks and helicopters and having the Americans believe that Iraq was stable. McCain can be trusted as far as you can throw him. And at one time I like him because he differed from Bush policies.

Posted by: some1whocares | June 16, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

ragnar, COULDN'T HAVE BEEN STATED ANY BETTER.

LETS ALL HAVE A VOICE:
DRILL HERE. DRILL NOW. PAY LESS.

WWW.HANNITY.COM

JOIN THE PETITION NOW.

Long term: we need alternative energy. but we need gas in our tanks now.

Posted by: sickofspin | June 16, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

To all our conservative friends who say Obama can't do anything to control gas prices I give you the Glass-Stegall Act. What is that you say? Well that was the original law that banned speculation from certain markets and banned banks from merging with other institutions like insurance companies in 1933(See. Great Depression). Since the repeal of Glass-Stegall our economy has been on a roller coaster ride about to enter a new depression. Please note, Bill Clinton signed the repeal of Glass-Stegall.

It's simple, bring back Glass-Stegall and eliminate about %40 of the cost of a barrel of oil. Oh, and break up these banks, like Citigroup.

Your tax boogie man is not going to work this year.

Posted by: Deka | June 16, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

What is Sen. Obama's plan to lower gas prices? Will he increase domestic exploration? No. Will he increase domestic drilling? No. Will he support building more refineries? No. So what policy does Sen. Obama have to lower gas prices? Higher taxes on oil companies. Fine.

How will increasing the cost of the production of a gallon of gas on the producer of that gallon of gas LOWER the price of a gallon of gas to the consumer?

How will refusing to use our domestic oil resources,thereby FORCING us to import more foreign oil,LOWER the price of a gallon of fuel to the consumer?

Sen. Obama is insisting we travel the same road we've traveled before with Jimmy Carter. It didn't work with Carter. It will not work with Sen. Obama. I don't need Jimmy Carter's second term to know how this is going to turn out.

Posted by: no emotions just facts | June 16, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

1.The core greens in the demopcrat party are responsible for 80$'s of the 135 per barrell oil -no nuclear plants, no coal gasification,no DRILLING, no refineries, and ETHANOL(thanks dems in congress)

2.what the greens call renewable only accounts for 7% of our current energy supply AND FOODSTOCK is not the place to go , ie ETHANOL

3.CHINA has moved 300,000,000 people,ie the total population of the USA out of outhouses and off of foot/bicycle tranpotation in THE PAST 10 YEARS! THEY ALL NOW CONSUME ENRGY and want 2 meals a day not one and their favoirte PROTEIN is pork which takes 4lbs of grain to finish off 1lb of PORK(andwe are putting it in our gas tanks-and NOW THEY ARE DRILLING FOR OIL 75 mmiles off our coast
4.THE SINO/MUSLIM ALIGNMENT, ie the current economic war we are in does not give a tinkers damn about your soccer trophies, self esteem awards, empowerment, multi-culturalism, or diversity-IE THEY BEHAVE LIKE AMERCIANS DID UNTIL we ushered in the 1960's and 1070's imbecilic decline in our country.
5.OBAMA represents what our real PROBLEM IS-FISCAL MADNESS of the 12.7 TRILLION DOLLAR FDR BOONDOGLE (our social security system) and the 85.9 TRILLION DOLLAR BOONDOGGLE of LBJ(letting GOVT into our MEDICALinfrastructure) --THESE UNFUNDED LIAIBLIITES are the REAL ISSUE.
6. any 12 year old can GOOGLE-TRY:
A.) BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY AND MARXISM
B.) THE WEATHERMEN AND MARXISM
7.By deciding we no longer wish to be an EGALITARIAN MERITOCRACY the 'compassionate conservatives' has placated the left to the point that it is almost inescapablethat our nation will be part of the homogenization of mankind and the MORE that will be driven by the ascendancy of BRAZIL, RUSSIA, INDIA ,AND CHINA will go to their people not a bunch of touchy feely emasculated wimpy Americans.

8.A RHESUS monkey could have run our country from 1992 to 2000 based on the ECONOMIC LEGACY of REAGAN/BUSH1 ,ie the halving of our tax rates and the PEACE DIVIDEND accrued from the demise of that system that OBAMA wants to emmulate-Thank ROBERT RUBIN for holding the CLINTON'S IN CHECK....
9.IRAQ is about LOGISITCS MORE THAN IT IS OIL and that is a major reason we have MORE MILITARY ASSETS DEPLOYED on the PACIFIC RIM than we do the MID-EAST --IRAQ gives us a left and right flank agaisnt the rise of the PERSIOAN empire driven by Mahdi-ism and with israel gives us a right/left flank as regards SYRIA.

it is always fun to read sites where most have liberal arts degrees especially when you come from the world of FUTURES TRADING-

Posted by: ragnar | June 16, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

As far as Obama vs McCain the primarys proved who the better candidate was.

Obama received over 17million votes while McCain is still at 9million to this point. Not to Mention Clinton also received 17million votes as well. So 35 million votes to 9million.

I think this November election will be a complete Democratic landslide. Thx in part to the 8 joyous years under Dubbya Bush.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 16, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but neither candidate seems very likely to help with prices at the pump. Obama's taxing of the Oil Companies' profits will only make things worse. You can't tax more oil out of the ground and the oil companies will just pass the added costs on to the consumer.

Posted by: Poughkeepsie-R | June 16, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

What our Presidents & our Presidential hopefuls need is our support. The greatest natural resource America has is our resolve to support & not criticize their ideals. This oil crunch is going to help America & Americans, life is better when you need to tighten your belt a little.

Posted by: David Canton Ohio | June 16, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

People like "thebob.bob" puzzle me.

"We could start drilling and ruin the marine environment (already stressed to near collapse) and maybe in 5-10 years get a few more years of fossil fuels OR we start NOW to find alternatives"

ANWR has sufficient oil to supply the US with 5% of it's energy needs for anywhere between 12 to 32 years. The Rocky Mountain Shale deposits contains more oil than three times that of Saudi Arabia and would be enough to power the US for the next 110 years supposing technology does not progress beyond today's level. Lastly, the Alberta Oil Sands has enough oil to power the world for at least a century. You honestly call that a "few more years"?

"Ask yourselves, who's been calling for conservation and energy alternatives for years and who has dismissed and hampered efforts to find them? It hasn't been The Republican Party has it? Great bunch of forward thinkers, eh?"

Forward thinkers, eh Bob? Tell me Bob, who was demanding that the US abandon nuclear power Bob? Who in the late 70's and 80's was preventing any new nuclear power plants from being built Bob? I'll answer for you Bob. It was the tree-huggers. And while we stopped building those edifices of clean, long-term, free energy we strapped on the shackles of Middle Eastern oil dependency.

So tell you what Bob. Next time you get so aggravated with oil prices, go thank your local tree-hugger.

You blame the Republicans and yet the most vocal against nuclear reactor proliferation was the left. How many nuclear plants have gone critical Bob? Chernobyl? That was 1986 dude. 22 years ago. Name another nuclear reactor disaster? Three Mile Island? Not a single rad released. It was nothing.

Now, try thinking about oil disasters? Probably the first one that comes to mind is the Exxon Valdez but that one was piddly. It only released some 37,000 tons of crude.

How about the tanker Urquiola? In 1976 it dumped 100,000 tons of crude oil in Spain. Between 1979 and 1980 the Ixtoc I oil well in the Gulf of Mexico released almost 500K tons of crude. Still want more? During the Gulf War of 1991 Saddam ordered oil from refineries and tankers spilled to prevent a US Marine landing. Overall about 1.5MM tons of crude were released into the Persian Gulf. The slick reached a maximum size of 101 by 42 miles and was 5 inches thick. It equaled over 27 Exxon Valdez sized spills.

So tell me Bob, who's really to blame for the lack of cheap, reliable, sustainable and dependency free energy?

Posted by: Keith | June 16, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan!

Posted by: Capitalist | June 16, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse


REALLY????????????? LMAO, REALLY A 4 point Bump OMG Wow are you really fooling yourself!

KERRY had 14 point Bump after becoming The "Nominee"

Unlike Obama being Appointed the Nominee.

The real Nominee REAGAN 17 point Bump!!!

Posted by: GET A CLUE | June 16, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

In Europe right now the lowest price for gasoline is $6.94/gal in Slovenia and the highest price for diesel is $10.13/gal in Norway. When Obama becomes President and the windfall profits tax is passed and implemented, we the citizens of the US will be forced to pay the tax increased fuel prices the europeans pay now. The President of the US cannot make the price go down, but new taxes on fuel will guarantee that the price will go up.

Posted by: PennyPincher | June 16, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

WE just need a real leader not a crook........Build more reactors, Put people to work building charging stations.Go electric,Recycle oil use synthetic oil,in combo with solar, and wind. LED light bulbs are here already...........fossil fuel will not go down until there is less need for it.we need to lead to get our creditability back that bush and chumly lost

Posted by: scooter | June 16, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

McCain is clueless when it comes to understanding the economy. His defeat is inevitable.

Posted by: democrat | June 16, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I generally do not pay attention to gas prices, but my family is feeling it at the pump. Rising gas prices are affecting many areas of the economy, so it will be a major issue during this presidential election unless the price comes down for some unforeseen reason.

This is one of the many reasons that McCain will lose the November election.

Posted by: It's the Economy, Stupid | June 16, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the 21st Century, folks! No matter who gets elected, $150 per barrel will become a permanent low. Say goodbye to $3.50/gal; that is now a thing of the past. McCain is the only presidential candidate who has even a sliver of a chance of keeping gas price dollar amounts in the single digits. Speaking of which, everyone should be questioning when gas stations will start replacing their gas price signs with new ones which support four-digit readings or start pricing by the quart instead of the gallon?

Posted by: Joe | June 16, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

obama is fast now get out the suit so tax the top 5 oil company,s .Better fill up now latter there might not be any oil company,s that want to pay you tax bill.It's really funny no one talk's about the debt each one of you owe.The national debt went up 1,000,000 dollars today same on Tuesday.Wit mr tax as president none will have a job. On to next war,i sure we can spend are way out debt. The next president might be someone we don't want because we owe money. Next time meet some one who agaist drilling for more oil,building a refining plant,or any thing about increasing the supply,ask them to buy some gas.I sure we going to see $5.00 or more for gas,and we all going to broke.And with dressed up monkey as are leader calling for change.

Posted by: wayne | June 16, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

To Not a Pawn to ObamaCon re your June 16, 2008 9:48 PM post. You are one sick dude. You are not racist? Well then maybe you are a fanatic instead.

Posted by: Paul Stewart | June 16, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Communists

Posted by: Communists | June 16, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

After reading this, I'm not surprised that America is in such terrible shape.

Posted by: Plus | June 16, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Reasons not to Vote for MEGA-BAM (OBAMA)

1. He hates America but "acts" patriotic. (52 Sundays x 20 Years = 1,040 Anti-American Sermons.)

2. There has only been 1 Black U.S. Governor until last year. The 1st had a 4 year term, the 2nd just started.

3. There has NEVER been a Black U.S. Multi-Billionaire in the history of America. The U.S.A. is a Multi-Trillion Dollar Country (Business) and Oprah is the best African American Businessman in America.

4. He wants to pull out of Iraq. We can't! Why because we'll be attacked far worse than 9/11. Did America forget about 9/11?
No one in those towers wanted to die either! We have to suck it up.

5. Obama has no original change. All of his change is copied and then he "changes" the wording.

6. He hates America! He's a DECEPTICON! Wake up Generation "Z"~! Get it, yes Generation Z, the last letter in the English Alphabet! WAKE UP!

7. MCCAIN

Before you think I'm a racist, please for America's sake; GOOGLE for Black Multi-Billionaires! Their first Billionaire was in 2001, and Oprah Winfrey has the most money of any Black in America! The 2 Rice, Sugar, Flour Dealers in Africa don't count!

GOOGLE for Black Governors! Governors are mini-presidents, they need to have many more before they can be president!

After the Race Card has been played over and over again. I decided to actually look.
This is why Obama does not want race an issue. Blacks have missed 2 big steps, especially achieving Multi-Billionaire status in the LAND OF OPPORTUNITY~!

We need to have Marvel do the Transformer Comics Over! Take Megatron out and "change" it to Megabam!

Posted by: Not a Pawn to ObamaCon | June 16, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

What kind of a stupid poll is this. Pl get areal job!!

Posted by: ft | June 16, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: sifsil | June 16, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I hope he keep damn promise after he becames a president.

Posted by: Stupid dude | June 16, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Dear SelfishGene:

Well said on the deregulation and "dark trading" that has gone on since 2000. The previous commodities trading regulation was working. The prices have been prone to instability to the bad side for consumers. This market works well only with rules in place. The speculators in the investment banks use low interest rates in place to bail them out from the housing bubble they created to create an oil bubble and damage the economy again. Then they will demand bail-outs. Again. This is not working well at all.

Posted by: The Moderate | June 16, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama Has 20 Point Lead on Lowering Gas Prices
WHAT A JOKE!!!! LMAO

Posted by: GET A CLUE | June 16, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

This proves that american people do NOT pay attention to a candidates policies and only listen to the rhetoric.

Obama supports the windfall profit tax. This will increase the price of gas. Period.

Posted by: gmcc | June 16, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Clinton started a new political movement PUMA!

Barack Obama 47%
43% John McCain

HA HA HA LOL, Where is Obama Double Digit lead????

Obama was supposed to have after being appointed the Nominee.

Posted by: Obama The Big Joke!! | June 16, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Mr Obama has delivered one message of real substance since this campaign began. His message on Fathers Day to take responsibility. As for bringing down the gas prices as President. Dream on.

Posted by: headbones | June 16, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

In Re: President having control over the price of Gasoline....
Doesn't the executive have the Secretary of the Treasury reporting to it? And hasn't that same Secretary worked hand in hand with the Chairman of the Fed to set Monetary policy in this country for that last 7 years?

Doesn't the executive also have duties as Commander and Chief?

Absolutely the President has control over the price of gasoline!

Posted by: Robert | June 16, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Now Obama can lower the price of crude oil. Oh boy! who are these people. I guess if they believe he can end all wars, save the planet from global warming, cure AIDS, make education free in this country for university students, give everyone a job that pays 100K or more, I guess lowering the price of oil is kids play.

Posted by: coolrepublica | June 16, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

The Dim-o-crats have proposed higher gas prices (taxed to make higher). Just like it is in Europe where the price about twice of what it is here. LOOK OUT FOR $10/gallon here in the next 4 years if Obama is Prez.

Posted by: Curly | June 16, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Actually the President does have a significant effect on gas prices. It is now known that a special loop hole law created to benefit ENRON by its Texas friends in power in the year 2000 (White House and Congress) is directly responsible for some of the widespread speculation that is causing the current price spikes. This is not to say that prices will go back to $25 a barrel, it will go back to below $100 a barrel.

Another example of how special interests are robbing the common folk with the consent of the crooks in Washington. We need someone who will not sell out to the special interests.

Posted by: SelfishGene | June 16, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Reposted: People fail to realize that the end to the energy crisis is not that hard. It just takes time and redirection of resources. If Bush had gone down this path with even a pittance of the money wasted in Iraq and if he was not in the pocket of the oilmen and the car companies, he would be a hero today. Instead, well... you know....

Obama will simply do what is right. Redirect resources in the short and long term to the right places. This whole energy crisis is not a free enterprise thing.... OPEC is not a private enterprise. The price is being set by an alien oligarchy and US policy is "free enterprise". Idiotic really but that seems par for this administration's course. To solve this will take the will of the American people and her government's attention to this as a high priority issue.

No oil company, alien government, or car company is going to willfully give away an easy route to profit. Nor are they going to pay for increased mileage and reduced pollution when it is not obliged to do it. This will only change through incentives for the right behavior and penalties for the wrong behavior. And, a goal of increasing mileage by only 10, 20 or 30% is not even near enough. Mileage needs to be doubled and then tripled and more. And on top of that other methods of power need to be deployed. This is much easier than going to the moon. The technology is there and the risks are much less and rewards much greater.

I believe Obama will get it right and right from the beginning. It will take at least 5 years to see the light at the end of the tunnel and 10 to reach some of the rays of sunlight from doing it.

Posted by: Paul Stewart | June 16, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Alternative energies and resources are a start. To all the people that blatently state that Obama can't and does not have the ability to lower gas prices; atleast he is supporting and throwing out ideas that may help solve the gas price crisis. Negative thoughts and not contributing any solutions is NOT HELPING. We as a nation need to come together and justly start making ourselves independent from oil so that later we do not put ourselves in a politcal and economic choke hold!

Posted by: compromise | June 16, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Good to see that the American voter retains his firm ignorance of reality.

How is Obama going to control gas prices? By raising taxes on the gas companies?

The fact is that the President has little or no control over what happens to the economy.

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the people you want to focus on."

-- Old Democratic Proverb

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Posted by: Josh Geller | June 16, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

The idea that an American president will have any significant effect on the price of oil/gasoline is ridiculous. I know we like to think that we control everything in the world, but with increasing demand worldwide and tightening supply (due to a long period of minimal exploration activity--caused in large part by LOW crude prices), only a minimal effect by a new administration is even theoretically possible. Also, the idea that "5 to 10 years" of fossil fuel is all that we will use is unreasonable. Ever heard of plastic? Or rubber? Toothpaste? Cosmetics? All of these things are petroleum-based. Any by the way...none of them can be made from corn, wind, or the sun.

Posted by: Chuck | June 16, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

People fail to realize that the end to the energy crisis is not that hard. It just takes time and redirection of resources. If Bush had gone down this path with even a pittance of the money wasted in Iraq and if we was not in the pocket of the oilmen and the car companies, he would be a hero today. Instead, well... you know....

Obama will simply do what is right. Redirect resources in the short and long term to the right places. This whole energy crisis is not a free enterprise thing.... OPEC is not a private enterprise. The price is being set by an alien oligarchy and US policy is "free enterprise". Idiotic. To solve this will take the will of the American people and her full government attention.

I believe Obama will get it right and right from the beginning. It will take at least 5 years to see the light at the end of the tunnel and 10 to reach some of the rays of sunlight from doing it.

Posted by: Paul Stewart | June 16, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

How pathetic. How can a group of reasonably intelligent women continue to act and sound like a group of girl scouts.
Hillary lost. that right she lost and as any sound minded person knows, a vote for john mccain is another vote for george bush. if that's not enough of a reason
to wake up and not continue to pout and finally become an independent thinker and vote for the person, any person that will not co-sign the bush administration.

Posted by: DEBORAH R. | June 16, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama. Can you say empty suit?

Posted by: Bob | June 16, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I am sure that as soon as Obama is sworne in he will ask for a bill to be signed into law like the space bill and alternate fuel wil be invented or what ever . I heard today that Honda will be making fuel cell cars soon .

Posted by: arnold | June 16, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

You morons can't understand why people think Obama represents a better chance for lower energy costs?

It is because we are all certain that McSame has represents no chance, none, zero. He is now wholly owned by the oilmen of the RNC.

Any questions?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 16, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Quite a startling figure. And this is with McCain favoring new U.S. drilling. Shows that voters are ready for new and substantial cures for this energy crisis: We can't drill ourselves out of this.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | June 16, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

New Obama senior advisor Patti Solis and her husband's $192,500.00 compensation package from his tax exempt entity filed from their home address

www.webofdeception.com

Posted by: Robert Lewis | June 16, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain's going to let Big Oil off the hook. Barack Obama's going to crack down. Ending the war will lower gas prices and restore our reputation in the international community.

Posted by: Steve Charb | June 16, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

obama has no plan to help anyone only some mystical some time in the future BS ,someday etc far beyond the breakdown of society. The lower income types are out stealing gas everynight with their little syphon pumps from the dollar store,hopefully from each other but from you with your cow parked in the driveway and no locking cap.

Posted by: mcnertny | June 16, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

And any ideas of how Sen. Obama would do it?

Or is it just his tried and true 'Change' speech?

Or was it the 'Hope' speech? I get them confused.

Posted by: ??? | June 16, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Ditto

Posted by: cd2008 | June 16, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Those voters will be sadly disappointed with an Obama administration on this point. Exactly how do they expect him to lower the price of petroleum?

Funny stuff.

Posted by: Ed | June 16, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

We could start drilling and ruin the marine environment (already stressed to near collapse) and maybe in 5-10 years get a few more years of fossil fuels OR we start NOW to find alternatives. Ask yourselves, who's been calling for conservation and energy alternatives for years and who has dismissed and hampered efforts to find them? It hasn't been The Republican Party has it? Great bunch of forward thinkers, eh?

Posted by: thebob.bob | June 16, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

LOL! :-D

Yeah, I'd even have to agree, that the Dimocrat Candidate, WOULD be able to get the Dimocrat Congress, to FINALLY allow a refinery to be built!

But isn't that conceding to BLACK-MAIL! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 16, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

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