As 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:
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.