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April 17, 2012 - Jim Anderson
I’m not trying to suggest that I’m typical, but if you’re a politician or pundit and you try to score points by pointing out that gasoline prices have more than doubled since President Obama took office, I’ll shrug you off as a huckster.

Your statement is true, of course. The average national price for a gallon of gas was about $1.84 when Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

But this is also true: In July 2008, when George Bush was president, gasoline prices soared to a record $4.11.

A few months later, with Bush still in office, the economy nearly collapsed and gas prices plummeted.

I’m willing to listen to any sensible argument about energy policy.

But if the phrase, “gas prices have more than doubled since Obama took office” is in your arsenal, you’re not being sensible.



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