What Obama and Romney Have in Common: Love for High Gas Prices

Curiously overlooked, though, is just what a shift this rhetoric is from the approach that Romney took on the issue of gas prices while governor of Massachusetts. Befitting his profile as a moderate Republican who cared about the environment, Governor Romney responded to price spikes by describing them as the natural result of global market pressures and by calling for increases in fuel efficiency—the same approach that he now derides Obama for taking as president.

At moments, Romney went so far as to make high gas prices out to be a welcome reality for the foreseeable future, one that people needed to learn to live with. When lieutenant governor Kerry Healey, a fellow Republican, called for suspending the state’s 23.5 cent gas tax during a price spike in May 2006, Romney rejected the idea, saying it would only further drive up gasoline consumption. “I don’t think that now is the time, and I’m not sure there will be the right time, for us to encourage the use of more gasoline,” Romney said, according to the Quincy Patriot Ledger’s report at the time. “I’m very much in favor of people recognizing that these high gasoline prices are probably here to stay.”

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73 comments on “What Obama and Romney Have in Common: Love for High Gas Prices
  1. guest says:

    That’s all fine for the politicians. I am sure they have expense accounts to cover whatever the fuel costs are in their limos or what other gas hogs they have. One of our local politicians drives a Hummer.

    But take a family who only has one paycheck and the head of the house has to drive an hour to work. He has small or sick children and they are just barely making it from paycheck to paycheck. What happens to them when the gas prices double or triple. Because of the economy, they can’t move closer to where he works without filing for bankruptcy or having his house repossessed that he has paid on for 10 years. Neither can he find a job closer home, because there aren’t any. There is no public transportation, so he is stuck. How will he feed his children and keep the lights on and pay for the house and the car, etc. etc.? He can’t receive assistance because he has a job.

  2. jong says:

    Any surprise.  Romney is a liberal.   For any remaining doubts look at his record in Mass.   Just recently he said that he would not reinstate dont ask dont tell in the military.   He in this is not even a Mormon they hate homosexuals and abortion something that Romney has embraced

    • Crashaxe says:

      Romney  is nothing more than another player on the same team.

      Ron Paul is our only hope!

    • RETIREDMAJOR says:

      It’s amazing that other people know more about our beliefs than we do.  We do not HATE homosexuals.  You’re correct though, we do hate abortion, but not the woman involved.  We try to help them avoid the situation.

  3. Steve F. says:

    I don’t know how much effect a governor can have on gasoline prices. Temporarily suspending a gas tax seems like a shortsighted idea. Romney is saying all the right things now about energy. People love to tear him down for his record in Massachusetts. However, what he achieved there, balanced budgets every year, quadrupling the budget surplus etc. were done in one of the bluest if not the bluest state in the country. Rick Perry got a lot done in Texas but it was a much easier lift. Unfortunately, the incoming president is going to have to deal with a lot of “blue” attitudes. Romney has done it before and done it very well. Santorum and Gingrich are Washington lifers. I don’t think much is going to change with them. Romney also achieved great success in the private sector which neither Santorum nor Gingrich did. Stop tearing down Romney and take a closer look at what he achieved in very challenging circumstances!

  4. Pokerchip30 says:

    wishy washy rummy Romney, no surprise with this liberal democrat in sheeps clothing, just a jr obuma, wouldnt surprise me to see where some of his financial aid is coming from (obuma?) either

  5. Glen Thompson says:

    Why don’t you people just stop it.  All you do is dig, dig, dig.  Anything you can find against Romney for the sole purpose of promoting that crybaby Santorum.  What on earth makes you think Santorum could win a general election.  Why can’t you just face it Romney is obviously the only adult in the room. He certainly isn’t perfect but he is our only hope of taking out Obama. Your false ideology is ruining what little reputation you have left and seriously harming our movement.  With friends like you, who needs enemies!

    • azwayne says:

      Why do insinuate people against romney support santorum?? Most of us want a real CONSERVATIVE. Your blinders don’t allow for a conservative.

  6. jb80538 says:

    Romney won’t be much better than obama as POTUS. He’s not much more than “obama White”

  7. TOO INFORMED says:

    U. S. Oil Discovery- Largest Reserve in the World Stansberry Report Online – 4/20/2006 Hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains, lies the largest untapped oil reserve in the world; more than 2 TRILLION barrels.  On August 8, 2005 President Bush mandated its extraction. In three and a half years of high oil prices none has been extracted. With this mother load of oil why are we dependant of imported oil?

    We have more oil inside our borders, than all the other proven reserves on earth. Here are the official estimates:
    - 8-times as much oil as Saudi Arabia, – 18-times as much oil as Iraq, – 21-times as much oil as Kuwait, – 22-times as much oil as Iran, – 500-times as much oil as Yemen – and it’s all right here in the Western United States.

  8. Mary A says:

    That’s just great; with Romney the frontrunner who doesn’t care how much we have to pay for gas tells us we will be voting for another 0. The only difference, I believe, is that Romney is not out to completely turn our country into socialism. He is not my choice but I will vote against 0.


    Romney is just like OBUMMER with the exception that Romney is Half White & Half Mexican. They are both really progressive Democraps, and will do what it takes to see that the New World Order is implimented.
    Romney is the founder of ObamaCare and has said so many times. If Romney is the GOP candidate for the 2012 election I will put a close pin on my nose when I vote and obviously vote for him over the LFMN OBUMMER who would not even be the president if it weren’t for the MSNM and their cover-up of OBUMMERS past.
    Newt is the only one running that can beat OBUMMER both in the debates and at the polls however the GOP has decided that since he is a 3 timer on the marriage circuit he is not to be trusted when committing to a cause, well that is less of a problem than they think, I’ve been there seen it and done it also so I know how he has ask his lord and savior for forgiveness, for I have done the same.

    Romney, Santorum, and Ron Paul don’t stand a chance against OBUMMER in the debates let alone the election.

    Romney just can’t relate to the common ordinary working stiff, because he has never gotten up every
    morning and commuted to work and done a full days work for a full days pay, he has always been a money grubber, a bottom feeder, out for what’s good for MITT and only MITT and to hell with the peoples lives he destroys in the process as long as he make a profit for MITT, and then hides the money in offshore banks so he won’t have to pay the taxes on that profit.

    OBUMMER is an EVIL LFMN and Romney is an EVIL LFMW, they might as well be brothers.

    M=Muslim or Morman
    N= Nig

    Vote for anybody but OBUMMER or ROMNEY and perhaps we can save this country yet.

    • RETIREDMAJOR says:

      Just what we need, anotther biggoted racist.  Anybody but Obama.  Mitt is a hardworking, honest American who paid every cent he owed in taxes.  He loves his country.  Obamma HATES America.  And where do you get that he’s half white/half Mexican.  Mexican is no more a race than is American.  I’ve seen blond, blue eyed Mexicans.

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  10. Jeffbwillis says:

    It is good for the party leadership to be reminded about Romney’s past quotes and votes. People do change. But often not much. There has been a dogged effort to “cram” Romney down the throats of the Republican base. Disquietly enough, much of the GOP Establishment is contributing to both the Romney and Obama campaigns. They are effectively “hedging” their bets! This is their privilege, of course. But my contention is “should these people be running the party?”

    • azwayne says:

      When we know politicians say what polls tell them to say to get elected, then do what they believe and live when in power , why do we keep expecting something good???? When do we actually try to do something godd and worthwhile.

  11. I can remember gas was 20 cents a gallon and no recession was going on, this country was just over world war ll. You think that Obama is the man for this country. He is nothing but a cheap two bit Chicago hood and had to get his birth certificate, by forgery and his selective service card a forgery. He may not even be a American, if you check on his record, you won’t find anything, because there isn’t any. Come on Americans are we this stupid to back a man like this up. 

    • Crashaxe says:

      I couldn’t have said it better myself, Thanx James,

      • Brad Nova says:

         President Obama was vetted in 1967

        One critical exchange is dated August 21, 1967, from Sam Benson, an officer at the Southwest Immigration and Naturalization Service office in San Pedro, Calif.

        Benson’s query stated, “There is nothing in the file to document the status of the spouse’s son. Please inquire into his citizenship and residence status and determine whether or not he is the applicant’s child within the meaning of Section 101(b)(1)(B) of the Act, who may suffer exceptional hardship within the meaning of Section 212(a).”

        A response to Benson’s inquiry came from one “W.L. Mix” of the central immigration office, who determined Obama was a U.S. citizen.

        Mix replied: “Pursuant to inquiry from central office regarding the status of the applicants’ spouse’s child by a former marriage.”

        “The person in question is a United States citizen by virtue of his birth in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 4, 1961. He is living with the applicants’ spouse in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is considered the applicant’s step-child, within the meaning of Sec. 101(b)(1)(B), of the act, by virtue of the marriage of the applicant to the child’s mother on March 5, 1965.”

        •  According to Obama book, that he went to school in Indonesia. There is no record of Obama any where. His birth certificate and selective service card is forgery. His step father adopted him and move to Indonesia and Obama had to take out an Indonesia citizenship in order to live in Indonesia. At that time Indonesia didn’t have anything like a dual citizenship. Obama had to give up his American citizenship if he ever had . His stay in Chicago is working for a Bill Ayers which he is a terrorist and some of Obama friends are serving time in prison. Where he was born is still a mystery, being that there is no record of him, they are gone.

    • azwayne says:

      Yes , you state what 80% of truthful Americans already KNOW. What is missing is the SOLUTION and WALL street picked ROMNEY is NOT the solution. People really need to give up on the two corrupt parties run by wall street, and NWO, and put a conservative in power. 80% of the country follows liberal propaganda media and don’t know the difference, they just cheer for american idiol.

  12. Crashaxe says:

    Romney  is nothing more than another player on the same team.

    Ron Paul is our only hope!

    • sallyscats says:

       Santorum would do a better job in keeping our country safe. Paul has some really great ideas, but his foreign policies are very scarey!! He wouldn’t keep us safe.

  13. Tom Gll says:

    With obama,you get an atomic bomb destroying or Republic.With Romney,you get a plutonium bomb.I know in my heart that somewhere,there isa great American who could lead us back to becoming the great nation we are.About our oil reserves in the Rockies,an everywhere else in our country,drill it,pump it,refine it and sellit ONLY in the U.S.If any of it is soldto foriegn countries,put a 99% tax on it.It is our natural resources,and it belongs to us,and only us!!!!

  14. Mavin10 says:

    Obama and the ten

    Our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and the ten
    commandments were acknowledged with monuments around DC and in many of the
    States. Yet today we have a President that not only breaks the commandments but
    uses the voice of the President to teach other to do the same. It is written
    “Thou shall not covet any thing that is thy neighbors,” yet Obama uses class
    warfare to encourage the 99% to covet what the 1% has. He even wants the 99% to
    vote to steal from the 1% thru higher taxes, even though it is written “Thou
    shall not steal.” It is also written “Thou shall not bear false witness” yet
    Obama feels no shame in telling the nation that his Obamacare will not fund
    abortions. He then tries to shame a congressman that said he lied. A year
    after passing Obamacare we learn what is in the bill. He informs those that
    still value life that they will have to provide free birth control pills and
    morning after pills free to all. And it is written “Thou shall not commit
    adultery,” yet Obama wants a nation that is not only free to commit adultery
    but also free from the effects of the sin. Obama wants sex education in our
    schools, not educating our children by telling them that they should not commit
    adultery but that they can commit adultery and how to keep from having a baby
    caused by committing adultery. And if the free contraceptives do not work, they
    will teach mothers to be where they can go to get the child within killed. And
    yet it is written “Thou shall not kill.” Obama wants all mothers to have the
    right to kill the child within them and he also has voted to have a new born
    baby killed if that was the wish of the mother and the doctor failed to kill the
    baby before it was born. Obama tells the nation that when his two daughters get
    older and decide to commit adultery, he wants them to have free contraceptives
    and morning after pills to prevent an unwanted child and if the pills fail he
    wants them to be able to choose to kill the baby so that they will not be
    burdened with an unwanted child. It is a sad state of affairs when we have a
    nation where most, like Obama, claim to be a Christian, do not even try to keep
    the commandments. It is also very sad that a few things that Obama says rings
    true, like “we are no longer a Christian nation.”

    •  We can still see this in this country, we are a god fearing country and they are trying to change the way we think. I can remember when the world look up to the United States, now they come running with their hand out and then split on us. Come Americans, let’s get our respect back, get tough and take our country back. Our country may be a little down, but not lost, we can still get it back, just give the American fighting, which we have shown in the past.

  15. democratsarefools says:

    And Santorum said yesterday that Rom and Obama are similar. And he was derided for it. Thanks for the example Vision.