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Memo to Liberals: Where’s Your Anger Now?

by D. E. Carson (writer), , April 01, 2011

Credit: Photo courtesy Reuters.
Gasoline prices in Malibu, CA on March 3, 2011

Gasoline is back to $4/gallon but the left is deafeningly silent

Don’t think for one minute that your silence hasn’t been noticed. And don’t you dare think that we don’t remember the summer of 2008 when you liberals were screaming from the rooftops about how it was Bush and Cheney’s faults that gasoline was four bucks a gallon.

“It’s Bush’s fault!” you screamed. “Cheney’s responsible!” you whined. Then there was the crème-de-la-crème: “This liberal is all about socializing…taking over your businesses” courtesy of U.S. Representative Maxinne Waters.

We’re coming up on your guy’s third summer in the White House and we’re suddenly staring at $4/gallon gasoline. Yet liberals are so quiet about it this time that it makes this writer wonder why. Where’s the outrage? Where’re the screams of protest? Where are the e-mails telling Americans what day not to buy gasoline to show those “greedy oil companies who’s really in charge”? Aren’t liberals supposed to be “for the little guy”?

Well, this writer is a “little guy” and so far he hasn’t seen the liberals stand up and start screaming. Why isn’t Representative Waters demanding congressional hearings on the spike in gasoline prices and threatening to socialize the oil industry?

Is it possible that liberals have suddenly realized that the price of gasoline is not actually controlled by the oil industry but by greedy futures speculators on Wall Street? No, that can’t be it because that would imply they were wrong in 2008 about the Bush/Cheney connection to the oil industry and God forbid that liberals admit they were wrong about anything.

Is it possible that liberals have determined that the president has nothing to do with the price of gasoline? Well, not really. The ultra-left wing wackos will never say anything bad about their guy because…well…he’s their guy and he’s part of their plan to move America closer to socialism and the New World Order. They’re glad to learn that the president doesn’t have squat in terms of influence on the price of oil because that means their guy is innocent of any price hikes in gasoline. But it does bring the discussion back to them being wrong about Bush and Cheney in 2008.

Here’s where the discussion really gets muddy in that if it is true that the oil speculators are responsible now as they were back in 2008, then why aren’t the liberals and their guy going after them? Could it be that they are all trying to continue perpetuating the lie that the war in Iraq was about oil? Iraq isn’t exactly America’s #1 oil supplier in the first place. If it were, then once Saddam Hussein was toppled, then gasoline should have dropped in price to fifty cents per gallon! Of course there is the argument that some are making that the turmoil in Libya is responsible for the surge in gas prices. Not true since Libya only produces five percent of the whole world’s supply.

Liberals and their guy were so dead-set on blaming Wall Street for the economy that it is absolutely outside the realm of logic that they are giving oil speculators a pass on this one. Is it because liberals hate America so much that they would rather attack corporations as part of their plan to destroy this nation? Are liberals so ideologically blind that they cannot see where the problems are and hope that they can deflect blame from where it truly belongs to the scapegoats they have created to justify their hate and anger?

It just makes no sense that they are letting this one go when three years ago they couldn’t harp on it enough.

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10 comments on Memo to Liberals: Where’s Your Anger Now?

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on April 01, 2011 at 01:16 pm

theres too much finger pointing, and im not thrilled about the gas prices goin' up all the time...what gives?

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By Paul Wylie on April 01, 2011 at 02:19 pm

As a 'liberal' (oh those commie pinko liberals eh?), I for one have screamed about rising prices, the false equations used by this so called liberal President to calculate annual COLAs, and about every promise that Obama made that he has broken. But to say that only liberals are complacent is a red herring argument my friend. Right wingers are saying literally NOTHING about corporate welfare at the expense of the rest of us. Watch something besides the propoganda channels such as Fox, MSNBC, and CNN....................

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By Lady D on April 01, 2011 at 02:29 pm

Many humans are no longer living the fear/ hate mindset.

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By D. E. Carson on April 01, 2011 at 04:28 pm

Paul: this has nothing to do with Fox, MSNBC or CNN...I get most of my news from the regular news feeds. All I heard three years ago was "It's Bush's fault gas is $4/gallon" and now I hear nothing.

As for "only liberals", I make that comment because they were the ones screaming the loudest. I will add that I have yet to hear Newt Gingrich and his "Drill Here, Drill Now" crowds. I would like to know where they are, but I was more making the point that it was the loud-mouth liberals screaming before and wanting to know where they were now?

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By Caballero_69 on April 02, 2011 at 09:50 am

D. E.,

I liked many things about this article. I have asked myself and others "Where’s the outrage?" many times. I have yet to find a satisfactory general answer.

Therefore, I can only answer for one liberal, myself. My outrage is directed at other targets. Unfortunately, we are living in a target rich environment as far as causes for outrage goes.

My outrage is directed at the politicians I describe as reactionary who have used there 2010 victories to enact an ideological agenda that ranges from crippling unions to defunding NPR, PBS, and Planned Parenthood. Reactionary politicians who want to give tax cuts to the extraordinarily well off and tax breaks to corporations while shifting tax burdens to seniors and low income Americans and cutting vital services at the national, state and local levels. Reactionary politicians who make a spectacle of reading the Constitution and then, display their utter ignorance of the Constitution when they pass a bill [HR1255] as they did on April 1, 2011, to wit "If the House has notreceived a message from the Senate before April 6, 2011, stating that it has passed a measure providing for the appropriations for the departments and agencies of the Government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, the provisions of H.R. 1, as passed by the House on February 19, 2011, are hereby enacted into law."

This is utter nonsense from a Constitutional perspective, but the Republican majority in the House of Representatives passed such a bill anyway. This blatantly contradicts the Constitution the reactionary politicians purport to revere. Furthermore, it is an attempt at a virtual coup d'etat.

Consequently, this liberal has so much to be outraged about, he has little left for rising gasoline prices.

Good thought provoking piece however. I hope you can spare some outrage for the things I mentioned.

Larry aka Caballero_69

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By Caballero_69 on April 02, 2011 at 10:54 am

I am trying to follow comments on this and some other articles. Suddenly, this feature is not working. Is anyone else having this problem?

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By Caballero_69 on April 04, 2011 at 08:00 am

One even greater focus of my outrage is Congressman Paul Ryan and his vicious budget proposal for 2012. This will be introduced on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. He and his henchmen are seeking to eviscerate the government to liberate their wealthy patrons and the corporations from taxation, regulation, and any patriotic commitment to the Republic.

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By Coach Phatty on April 19, 2013 at 09:41 pm

Nice Post!!!

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By John Nelson on April 26, 2013 at 04:25 pm

I’m not sure what the American working-class gain from labeling one another (such as Liberal) and attacking each other. We received a decent public education and we’re rational thinkers. Blaming Liberals for rising gas prices is ridiculous. Blaming a president doesn’t make sense either. Gas prices are not established by the Executive Branch of any one nations government. Please do your civic duty and do some basic research and don’t believe what you hear on the radio or TV. What Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity didn’t tell you is:

The price of oil is set by the Oil Futures Market—A contractual agreement made on the trading floor of world stock markets. Oil prices are global not national. The major entity for setting oil prices rests with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC.) They are: Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. Not the US or Pres. Obama.

Our consumption plays a factor, but only one of many factors. To say that drilling more Alaskan oil or threatening our fresh water aquifers with more pipelines and oil shale development will alter the balance isn’t correct. Alaskan oil is sold on the international market and the price is determined by OPEC and futures markets. To say Liberals are to blame is just ignorance!!

It is also true that the top five major Western oil companies are making record profits while we struggle to pay for a tank of gas. In 2012, the top five made $62Billion. In the US, the Big Five receive $6.6 Million-a-DAY in tax breaks (that’s $2B a year.) The Big Five spend $400,000 a day lobbying U.S. politicians (that’s $146 million dollars) Our Congress is made up of 535 voting members (you do the math). That’s a lot of money and corrupting influence for both Republicans and Democrats who we elected. They spend 146 million to get 2 billion in tax breaks…. A sweet deal for sure…at our expense.

Before you blame your neighbor who doesn’t want an oil pipeline to run through fresh water aquifers or have our landscape scarred for the profits of a very few members of the privileged class, stop and think. Do some independent research. What you can also do is conserve. That may help more than angry diatribes. You can stand-up against influence peddling and tax breaks for corporations that are making money hand over fist and using it to corrupt our political system. Get informed and not from Tea Party radio, the Cato Institute or Fox News. Hold yourself to a higher standard!

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By John Nelson on April 26, 2013 at 04:36 pm

P.S., even if we "socialized" our oil, all that would mean is that most of the profits would come back to our treasury for use in schools, healthcare and infrastructure instead of the pockets of a few fat-cats. We get pennies on the barrel as it is now.... But if you love that system...that's your choice. You don't benefit from it, but believe what you will. The price would still be set by OPEC.

Obama has no intention of socializing our oil supply, He's a capitalist. Such reactionary comments are foolish.

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