Tuesday, May 27, 2008

"Pelosi Premium" gasoline

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Virginia’s families are feeling the pinch of rising gas prices and recent talk of $4 a gallon prices are of great concern to me. I believe immediate action needs to be taken to address this issue. Unfortunately, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress have failed to show any meaningful leadership.

Two years ago Nancy Pelosi and Democratic candidates across the country promised the American people that they had a plan to reduce gas prices and it would be their top priority. Yet, since they took control of Congress, gas prices have increased nearly 60%.

On January 4, 2007, when Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker, the national average for a gallon of gas was $2.33. Today, according to AAA, the national average is $3.831 a gallon.

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The only solution Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have come up with is to raise taxes on energy, which they have done four times since coming to power.

They even voted to increase taxes on America’s energy producers while giving Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez and his state run CITGO a tax exemption, even as he threatened to cut off oil supplies to the U.S.

There is a great deal at stake this fall. That’s why I need your help. For the first time in a decade the Democrats in our area are going to run a candidate against me. While I am hopeful that the people of this district will once again send me to Washington to represent them, we cannot take anything for granted. I need your help to make sure I can continue to take a stand for our values in Washington. I hope I can count on your continued support.

Cross-posted at SixtyFour81.com


Anonymous said...

And when George Bush was elected the first time and Nancy WASN'T speaker, gas was averaging $1.66 per gallon.


Anonymous said...

let's see... $1.66 when Bush was elected, $2.33 when Pelosi was sworn in as Speaker. A $67 cent increase in 6 years vs. a $1.74 in 18 months since Pelosi was in charge. Seems that is more telling!

Unknown said...

The Democrats, led by Pelosi, have directly opposed the real commonsense solutions to lowering the price of gas: reduce the gasoline tax and increase our supply of oil by opening up ANWR and the continental shelf to safe development.

One group is acting to encourage Congress to enact these solutions: http://www.gaspriceprotest.com/?g=1

I hope Congressman Goodlatte (my representative in Congress, too) agrees.

Anonymous said...

You've got to do better than, "times are tough, let's blame the speaker of the house." LMAO That's got to be the lamest argument ever. And don't forget that while Congress has a NUMERICALLY Democratic majority, they don't have a working majority to automatically block a Pres. veto.

Ever heard the phrase "the buck stops here"? Bush is still the president...unfortunately.