30 Dec 2010

The Left’s Hypocrisy over Gas Prices Under Obama vs Bush

I do try to find examples of agreement with those who I diametrically oppose philosophically. It doesn’t happen often with hard core Libertarians, but a post by Larry Elder (found via Booker Rising) on Townhall just caught my eye.

In his book Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America, John Avlon comes up with the term of Bush Derangement syndrome for a list of strange beliefs that the left invented to attack George W. Bush and his administration. Much of this has died down since Obama took office (making way for the rise of Obama derangement syndrome on the right), but there are still signs that it is still alive and well in the minds of lefties everywhere.

Elder points out the hypocrisy of the left assaulting Bush and company for supposedly being behind a nefarious plot to inflate oil prices. Obama even suggested the FTC investigate oil companies to see if price manipulation was going on. But low and behold… when prices rise to the similar levels than they were at when Bush was in office, and estimates say they may rise above five dollars a gallon within two years, the conspiracy theorists on the left are suspiciously quiet.

Eldar hits the nail on the head here:

The silence over the recent price run-up is yet the latest example of left-wing hypocrisy. It was always about bludgeoning Bush rather than a sincere conviction that Big Oil was cheating. How else to explain the absence of demands for investigations?

How else indeed?

He unfortunately then goes over the deep end and says we could achieve energy independence if only we were able to drill in more places around the country, ignoring that oil companies aren’t exploiting all the fields they have available to them and that even if they did, and they drilled everywhere, we’d still be bringing in oil to feed our national appetite, unless a sizable percentage of our cars are replaced by hybrids and electrics in coming years.

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After a few years of blogging on other sites, Solomon launched ‘Rise of the Center’ – the precursor to Uniters.org, leading to a number of interviews and freelance opportunities, most notably covering the 2012 election cycle on WNYC.org – the website for the largest NPR station in the country, in New York City – and reported from the floor of the 2012 Democratic & Republican National Conventions. After a hiatus from politics, the horrific circus of the 2016 election, and more generally increasing extremism and corruption, brought him back to this project.
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After a few years of blogging on other sites, Solomon launched ‘Rise of the Center’ – the precursor to Uniters.org, leading to a number of interviews and freelance opportunities, most notably covering the 2012 election cycle on WNYC.org – the website for the largest NPR station in the country, in New York City – and reported from the floor of the 2012 Democratic & Republican National Conventions. After a hiatus from politics, the horrific circus of the 2016 election, and more generally increasing extremism and corruption, brought him back to this project.

6 thoughts on “The Left’s Hypocrisy over Gas Prices Under Obama vs Bush”

  1. The lefties know that Obama is ill-equipped to run this country and that this country's ills never were entirely W's fault, yet they will not criticize Obama. Nor will they admit that The Left is who opened the door for the mortgage meltdown with the stated income for mortgage loans which just fueled the subprime bubble.

    I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts that they will find a way to blame the high gas prices on Bush. They blame everything on Bush. Even the Dear Leader is still blaming bush. It's sad.

    1. Actually I think many on the left think Obama is capable, they're just pissed he's not liberal enough for them, and many of them do genuinely believe that the republican party is all that is wrong in the universe. The same thing could be said about the right wing and Obama right now.

      I think they may have learned their lesson on Bush, and will probably try to pin stuff on Boehner and company. Doubt it'll work… most people don't believe what either side is saying anymore.

  2. And that's the problem. The volume from both extremes is so high that nobody can hear or believe anything – which is exactly how they want it. If they can get people to turn off and tune out, they will have virtual secrecy to dismantle what's left of our government. Eliminate all regulations. The rich don't have all of the wealth – yet. What's going to happen when the lower 98% are finally pushed to the limit?

    Reasonable people have to find a voice. There are a lot of us in the Center, but we're fragmented and have no real power.

  3. Sorry if this is second re-post. Had trouble with first.

    And that's the problem. The volume from both extremes is so high that nobody can hear or believe anything – which is exactly how they want it. If they can get people to tune out and turn off, they will have virtual secrecy to dismantle what's left of our government. Eliminate all regulations. The rich don't have all of the wealth – yet. What's going to happen when the lower 98% are finally pushed to the limit?

    Reasonable people have to find a voice. There are a lot of us in the Center, but we're fragmented and have no real power.

  4. I don’t see any major hypocrisy in this. The Bush administration left itself open to suspicion by allowing Cheney to have secret meetings with oil company executives in the first month of its tenure. When Biden does that, and hides both the transcripts and the guest list, I’ll suspect the crap out of Obama’s team.

    As one of the people the administration dismisses as a “professional liberal” (they are such radical socialists in the White House) I have plenty to blame Obama for, mostly usurpations of freedom that the Bush team started and that Obama happily continues.

  5. Good point. Clearly the left made a direct connection to oil prices rising and the Bush legacy of being close to big oil. Haliburton and the war in Iraq did little to quell the overt anger on the left. The truth is that neither President can do much about oil prices.

    Except one thing…get us the hell off oil by making HUGE investments in electric vehicles. Take a look at Shai Aggasi’s idea, its revolutionary:

    [broken link has been removed]

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