October 26, 2010

High-Octane Election

Yesterday, filling up at a gas station where 87 octane gas had surged to $3.01 per gallon, we were puzzled. When prices surged under George W. Bush, we heard about it from the media. Their silence on the issue has been surprising.

OK, really, it hasn’t. These are the same guys who’ve been declaring the economy to be in recovery since Barack Obama said “So help me God” and unemployment was 7.6%. But still, we were wondering if gas prices were going to be a factor at all this fall.

Turns out that we can stop wondering.

The Washington Times, admittedly not a part of the dominant left-wing media, released an interesting article today that addressed that very issue. According to data from a very-recent Associated Press poll, 56% of Americans say that gas prices are “very important.” And, indeed, gas prices are doing something extremely unusual.

They never climb after Labor Day. They never climb heading into an election. It’s a function of supply and demand. More motorists drive more miles in more motor vehicles during the summer. Heck, the three big holidays that define summer see our nation’s interstates turn into parking lots. If gas prices are rising now, with demand falling off, they will surge next spring.

We’re not na├»ve enough to suggest that the President of the United States sets gas prices. But his policies do have an impact. And since Day One, this president has made it clear he intended to pursue “green” policies like cap-and-trade and using the government takeover of GM to push the construction of battery-powered cars that are, in the words of Vince Vaughn, gay.

As for us, our pickup truck can’t vote, but we can—and must.

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