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- May 17, 2011

As Americans Struggle To Cope With High Gas Prices, Democrats Engage In Pointless Political Theater 

OBAMA’S FAILURE TO LEAD IS CAUSING “FINANCIAL HARDSHIP” FOR AMERICANS, SLOWING NEEDED ECONOMIC GROWTH

USA Today/ Gallup Poll: 70% Of Americans Say High Gas Prices Are Causing “Financial Hardship For Their Families.” “As gas prices hover near $4 a gallon, nearly seven in 10 Americans say the high cost of fuel is causing financial hardship for their families, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.” (Gary Strauss, “7 In 10 Americans Say High Gas Prices Hurt,” USA Today, 5/16/11)

  • USA Today/ Gallup Poll: “For 21%, The Impact Is So Dramatic They Say Their Standard Of Living Is Jeopardized.” (Gary Strauss, “7 In 10 Americans Say High Gas Prices Hurt,” USA Today, 5/16/11)

If Gas Prices Hit $4.50, Americans Will Go Into “Retail Shock Mode” Where There Are Major Cut Backs On Everything Except Essentials. "‘My biggest worry is if gas prices hit $4.50 and $5, I think you are going to put America into literally a retail shock mode where consumers are going to start cutting back on everything other than household essentials,’ Beemer said." (Dhanya Skariachan, “Americans Buy Less Food As Gas Prices Rise: Survey,” Reuters5/12/11)

USA Today/ Gallup Poll: Consumers Expect Gas Prices To Peak At $4.50 A Gallon. “The poll found widespread pessimism that gas prices will stop rising. Just 9% say they believe prices have peaked for the year, while 27% say they expect prices will jump 75 cents or more. Average price where consumers say prices will peak: $4.50 a gallon.” (Gary Strauss, “7 In 10 Americans Say High Gas Prices Hurt,” USA Today, 5/16/11)

  • USA Today/ Gallup Poll: “More Than Half Say They Have Made Major Changes To Compensate For The Higher Prices, Ranging From Shorter Trips To Cutting Back On Vacation Travel.” (Gary Strauss, “7 In 10 Americans Say High Gas Prices Hurt,” USA Today, 5/16/11)

42 Percent Of Americans Are Cutting Back On Groceries To Pay For Gas. “U.S. shoppers are also increasingly cutting back on grocery spending as they spend more at the pump. More than 42 percent of the 1,000 surveyed said they curtailed spending in the grocery aisles of retailers.” (Dhanya Skariachan, “Americans Buy Less Food As Gas Prices Rise: Survey,” Reuters5/12/11)

  • “‘When You Got Numbers Like That, That's Not Good For The Economy,’ Beemer Said.” (Dhanya Skariachan, “Americans Buy Less Food As Gas Prices Rise: Survey,” Reuters5/12/11)

AS AMERICANS STRUGGLE, DEMOCRATS ARE ENGAGED IN POLITICAL THEATER 

Democrats Will Spend Four Hours Debating A Bill That They Know Won’t Pass… 

Democrats Will Bring A Bill To The Senate Floor That Has Little Chance Of Passage But “Democrats Are Hoping They Can Score Political Points During The Four-Hour Debate.” “The bill faces major hurdles to passage in the Senate – two previous attempts to cut oil industry tax breaks failed in the chamber. But Democrats are hoping they can score some political points during the four-hour debate on the bill Tuesday amid soaring oil industry profits and $4 a gallon gas.” (Andrew Restuccia, “Senate To Vote On Bills Repealing Oil Tax Breaks, Expanding Offshore Drilling,” The Hill, 5/17/11)

  • DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Called On Raising Energy Taxes As “The First Step That We Need To Take To Start To Try To Bring Down Energy Costs.” WASSERMAN-SHULTZ: “Bottom the line is that we are still giving ridiculous, unacceptable subsidies to oil companies. … That’s the first step that we need to take to start to try to bring our energy costs down.” (Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” 5/6/11) 

… And They Admit Won’t Lower Gas Prices 

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Said That The Democrats Attempt To Raise Energy Taxes “Will Not Reduce Gasoline Prices One Penny.” LANDRIEU: “But I would just like to add my strong voice to urging my colleagues to read this bill, to look at it, and understand the inherent unfairness in it, the lack of significant deficit reduction, and the fact that it will not, although it is being touted as, it will not reduce gasoline prices by one penny.” (Sen. Mary Landrieu, Remarks On The U.S. Senate Floor, Washington D.C., 5/11/11)

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) Called On Fellow Democrats To “Stop The Headline Grabbing And Get Serious About Energy Security.” SEN. BEGICH: “Sadly, some of my colleagues in this body are not much better. Instead of addressing the problem with specific solutions, they are going for headlines by dragging energy company executives before committees or proposing that roadblock incentives for increased domestic energy production, some of which have been on the books for decade. Let's stop the headline grabbing and get serious about the energy security.” (Sen. Mark Begich, Remarks On The U.S. Senate Floor, Washington D.C., 5/11/11) 

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY): “This Was Never Intended To Talk About Lowering Prices.” (CNN’s “The Situation Room,” 5/11/11)

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV): “So This Is A Question Of Fairness And A Question Of Priorities. Certainly A Question Of Economics. But It Is Not A Question Of Gas Prices.” (Sen. Harry Reid, Remarks On The U.S. Senate Floor, Washington D.C., 5/16/11)

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT): “You Know, This Is Not Going To Change The Price At The Gasoline Pump. That’s Not The Issue.  I Don’t See That As An Issue At All. The Issue I See Is Who Shares.” (U.S. Senate, Remarks During Senate Finance Committee Hearing, 5/12/11)

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI): “Nearly Every Independent Analyst And Even Some From The Oil Industry Itself Tells Us That This Proposal Will Not Alter The Economic Fundamentals That Determine Gasoline Prices.” (Sen. Carl Levin, Remarks On The U.S. Senate Floor, Washington D.C., 5/16/11)


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