This week’s lib-quote comes from an Associated Press article covering the higher gasoline prices:
In truth, there is not a lot the president and Congress can do in the short term to push down gasoline prices. They are tied to oil prices, which have climbed in recent months, pushed by increased consumption from developing nations in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East and by concerns about supply disruptions in Iran and elsewhere.
Wow, the AP makes reference to global economic forces present in product pricing. That, in itself, is newsworthy.
What is not newsworthy is their habitual duplicity. Four to six years ago, Big Media and Big Government had no difficulty overtly declaring that there is a LOT that Washington can do to push down oil prices and that the source of blame for $3.00 to $4.00 gasoline prices rested squarely on the “two big oil men in the White House.”
2008: “Democrats running for Congress are moving quickly to use the most recent surge in oil and gasoline prices to bash Republicans over energy policy, and more broadly, the direction of the country.” (The New York Times)
2012: “In truth, there is not a lot the president and Congress can do in the short term to push down gasoline prices.” (as cited above)
As a sidebar note, a column published in my local paper the same day as the AP “Americans-don’t-know-who-to-blame-for-high-pump-prices” article expressed the benefits of college educated students moving back into their parent’s homes.
It was true. Almost a year out of college and here I was, living at home and socializing decades above my age group. I shopped for groceries and made dinner every night. I watched "The Daily Show"with my mom and went to a Wilco concert with my dad. I took my grandma to movies nominated for best picture and, for the first (and hopefully only) time in my life, when the Academy Awards rolled around, I'd seen them all. Strangest of all, I was happy... Is it so wrong, I wondered guiltily to myself, to actually like living at home?
Why is college educated Ms. Barbour living with her parents? She answers the question:
It wasn't that I'd given up on starting my own life. Every morning at 7 I dutifully staked out my spot at the kitchen table, sifting through job postings and honing my resume. The optimism with which I began my job search was — to my now appropriately jaded self — staggering. My applications ran the gamut from Green For All to Google. I prided myself on cover letters that used neat little turns of phrase like "excellent and intuitive" and "positive and professional." I checked my Gmail constantly, confident in my ability to make an impression.
I heard back from no one.
She cannot land a job! Now why would a college graduate with obvious skills not be able to land a job? Because we are in, what this administration and their Big Media minions have coined, the “jobless recovery.” In other words, while this administration can push economic numbers out that AP, et. al. doctor up to sound pretty with headlines such as, “Home sales dip but best February in five years,” the Sara Barbours out there cannot find work. Of course, about four to six years ago, moving back into parent’s homes was one of the many horrid consequences of the “Bush-induced” economic collapse.
Yep, not a lot the president and Congress can do about pump prices; great benefits for adults moving back in with parents. Ya’ betcha! Life in the land of left-believe.