Americans Need an Obama Payroll Holiday to Afford an Obama Tank of Gas
It will be disappointing if the 2012 election merely boils down to the prices at the gas pump. Much preferable for the friends of liberty and limited government would be a mass voter repudiation of ObamaCare, the Obama administration assault on religious liberty, Obama class warfare, and Obama's gangster stimulus plan.
But if the average voter is not concerned with losing liberty, she is surely concerned about her pocketbook. Hence, a promising tactic with this type of voter (that is to say, most voters) is zeroing in on how exactly an Obama presidency is costing Americans in dollars and cents.
And the Senate Republican Communications Center has today released a masterful write-up which does just that. First, let us recall the big fuss Obama made about his puny payroll tax holiday, which was supposed to make all the difference in the world for Americans struggling to make ends meet:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: "We asked folks to tell what it was like - what it would be like if they lost $40 out of every one of their paychecks - because we wanted to make sure that people understood this is not just an abstract argument, this is concrete. This makes a difference in the lives of folks all across the country in very important ways… It would be $40 less for groceries to feed your kids; it would be $40 less for the medications you depend on; $40 less to cover bills and the rent; $40 less to take care of an elder parent, or to donate to a church or a charity." (President Obama, Remarks, 2/14/12)
OBAMA: "… $40 can make all the difference in the world." (President Obama, Weekly Address, 2/11/12)
OBAMA: "People can't afford losing $40 ... Not right now." (President Obama, Remarks, 1/25/12)
Next, let us consider how much gas prices have risen since Obama assumed office.
For a typical 20 gallon tank like the Toyota Sienna or Dodge Grand Caravan, it now costs an extra $38.80 to fill up at the pump.
$3.77 per gallon:average price of gas nationwide.("National Unleaded Average," AAA, 3/5/12)
$1.83 per gallon:average price of gas was when President Obama was inaugurated. ("Weekly U.S. Regular Conventional Retail Gasoline Prices," U.S. Energy Information Administration, Accessed 2/16/12)
But the most important piece of the equation to emphasize: higher gas prices are completely intentional. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal prior to his appointment as energy secretary, Steven Chu laid out his course of action: "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," he said.
And the price of gasoline in Europe? In France, $8.27/gal; in Germany, $8.26; in Italy, $9.03; in the UK, $8.30.
An Obama presidency means we have a government which takes great pleasure in seeing to it that it costs the plebs more money just to get from point A to point B.