John Boehner Showcases Republican Hypocrisy on Gas Prices in Latest Tweet

john-boehner-faceAs we approach possibly the biggest travel holiday of the year, it’s hard not to notice that gas prices are at some of their lowest levels in years. While gas prices vary all across the country, here in Dallas, Texas I recently paid $2.54 per gallon at a local gas station.

In fact, oil prices are down about 21 percent from this time last year (oil prices have been fluctuating between $73-77 for the last few weeks).

I’m curious how these lower oil and gas prices will impact holiday shopping this year. Being that Americans should be saving billions collectively, I would be fairly surprised if overall holiday sales didn’t see some kind of a bump from the savings Americans have been getting at the pump.

Needless to say, lower gas prices are almost always good news for American consumers.

Well, while surfing through Twitter I couldn’t help but notice Speaker of the House John Boehner sent out a tweet bragging about this Thanksgiving’s gas prices being the lowest we’ve seen in years.

Here’s his tweet:

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I couldn’t help but notice nowhere in his tweet did he thank President Obama for these lower gas prices. After all, Republicans and the conservative media are always eager to blame the president when prices are high, so it would only make sense to commend him when prices are low.

I’m kidding. We all know that’s not how any of this works with Republicans. First, a president has very little control over the price of oil as it is sold on the global market at the highest price. Second, we damn sure know Republicans aren’t going to praise President Obama for anything. Though they’ll gladly blame him for pretty much anything, including the oil and gas prices.

In fact, John Boehner did it in March of 2011, in February of 2012 and even took a jab at the president just this past summer where he included rising gas prices cause by Obama’s policies as a reason why Eric Cantor lost his primary.

Yet there Boehner was on Twitter boasting about the lowest gas prices we’ve seen during the Thanksgiving holiday in years – without a single mention of President Obama.

This is how it always works with Republicans when it comes to oil and gas prices. When prices are high, it’s Obama’s fault. When they’re low, it’s in spite of his policies and he has nothing to do with it. Which makes perfect sense – if you’re a mindless sheep who lacks the ability to think for themselves.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • rossbro

    Thank you, Mister President for lower gasoline prices. Now push legislation to force over the road trucks switch to CNG for fuel, and pushing electric generating plants to switch to Nat Gas. THEN gas prices would truly plummet.

    • Wonko The Sane

      No, what you want is for the President to come out vehemently AGAINST natural gas and every other form of alternative energy. That way it will rocket to the top of the Republican agenda. He should also come out strongly in favor of breathing oxygen and against breathing from a scuba tank full of Zyklon-B. That would solve most of the country’s problems. .

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    • Kyle Walker

      What does natural gas being used in electric generating plants have to do with gasoline prices?

  • LMB

    I said the exact same thing! I remember when my Facebook was full of people blaming Obama for high gas prices, but haven’t seen one single “thank you” for the price drop. HYP-O-CRITS!

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  • OpenMinded

    I’m not sure if Boehner is more of an idiot or a hypocrite, but I am sure he is a fairly major part of the problem with America today.

  • Kim Peters

    He’s a total douch! #blueeyeedevil

    • Bruddah Keahi

      Pretty mature. Pretty respectful

      • Jimmybazball

        Kim’s right he is… Plus let’s add the word drunk to douche… 🙂

  • Jim Bean

    How, exactly, did Obama cause the lower gas prices?

    • Jeannie Wood-Ramberg

      I dont think you understand the irony indicated here

    • Jordan Ward

      He didn’t, but he didn’t raise them as some would have liked you to believe.

      • Jim Bean

        He was ‘raising’ them by denying oil and gas permits and leases thus keeping crude supplies lower and the poor in this country financially strained by the high gasoline prices. Then fracking enabled increased production from existing wells which caused a flood of new oil onto the market which drove prices down and pulled Obama’s boot off the neck of the poor.

        The only reason one would disagree with this analysis is because they have an emotional stake in seeing Obama in a certain light regardless of how he actually is.

      • independantvoter

        sorry more oil and gas leases given out under Obama than any other POTUS. should get your facts from a news source.

      • Jim Bean

        No need to be sorry for me. You’re the one that got it wrong. See “Obama’s Drilling Denials” at fact check dot org.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      the same way he “raised” them when U scumbag white trash regressives blamed him for that—
      or,,,,,,,will jimbo claim he never heard or saw rightwingers bemoan Obama over higher prices?

  • FD Brian

    Imagine how cheap gas would have been had we gotten that oil we should have gotten for liberating the people of Iraq.