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Sun Apr 15, 2012, 10:14 PM

I'm calling for a new federal bill that would give the President the power to set gasoline prices

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I mean, since the Republicans keep saying Obama is responsible for high gas prices, why don't we codify it and make him actually responsible for gas prices? The law would be very simple:
"Gasoline prices in the United States will be set at the sole discretion of the President, with no oversight from anybody."

So then the President could actually guarantee that gasoline would cost $2.50 a gallon, or 3 cents a gallon, or 15 dollars a gallon -- whatever he feels like. Simple.

The discussions of such a proposal in Congress and the media could be most enlightening. We might even see some reporting about the real reasons for high gasoline prices.

I know, I know -- but I can dream, can't I?

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Reply I'm calling for a new federal bill that would give the President the power to set gasoline prices (Original post)
klook Apr 2012 OP
banned from Kos Apr 2012 #1
jp11 Apr 2012 #2
Rosco T. Apr 2012 #3
klook Apr 2012 #4
Rosco T. Apr 2012 #5
klook Apr 2012 #8
RC Apr 2012 #12
anti-alec Apr 2012 #6
klook Apr 2012 #10
YellowRubberDuckie Apr 2012 #14
Skidmore Apr 2012 #17
Spider Jerusalem Apr 2012 #7
gateley Apr 2012 #9
klook Apr 2012 #11
LoTechGuru Apr 2012 #13
Motown_Johnny Apr 2012 #15
muriel_volestrangler Apr 2012 #18
Motown_Johnny Apr 2012 #19
klook Apr 2012 #16

Response to klook (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 10:17 PM

1. Clever - use Nixon's Wage and Price Controls of 1973 as justification to them.

 

ITS A REPUBLICAN IDEA!

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 10:19 PM

2. How dare you person!

In a time when people are forced I say, forced, to gaze in horror at the price of something they use almost every day as they drive around in the cars millions of other people can't afford to own how dare you suggest people get informed about what causes the prices!

Worse how dare ANYONE consider the fact that the price of gasoline is such a small percentage of what people actually have to pay out of pocket, that is just madness I say, madness!

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 10:29 PM

3. He could technically do it right now by executive order... two words...

"National Security"

the economic stability of the United States is at risk, that's a matter of National Security,

Q.E.D.

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Response to Rosco T. (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 10:37 PM

4. And the fact that he doesn't just proves

that he's a big-government socialist who hates America!

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Response to klook (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 10:55 PM

5. Or it proves he's not a dictator...

sheesh!

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Response to Rosco T. (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 11:13 PM

8. Um, didn't think I needed the sarcasm tag (n/t)

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Response to klook (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 12:09 AM

12. Always, always us the sarcasm tag.

 

Especially if Obama is mentioned. DU has a large population of sarcasm/irony impaired.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 10:57 PM

6. Actually that's the wrong move.

 

Ban oil speculation from the trade market. Release 300 bbl's of SPR fuel, sell it at 1.99 - and if the fatcat a-holes won't take a loss, then nationalize the oil companies, the refineries, and everything else.

I'd rather have a Department of Energy, Oil Section, to determine what our supplies are like and how much fuel should be.

State can add their own taxes to help pay for their roads and infrastructure.

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Response to anti-alec (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 11:20 PM

10. The point is not to actually try to make the President the Gas Price Czar!

The point is to draw attention to how ludicrous it is for the Republicans to blame Obama for high gas prices.

...Similar to how a proposed state bill requiring Viagra buyers to get a prostate exam first draws attention to how ludicrous it is for the government to probe the vaginas of women who want to control their reproductive health and future.

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Response to anti-alec (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:51 AM

14. Why isn't it nationalized anyway?

They are resources in the Earth which belongs to all of us. Maybe this is just my Native American sensibilities coming out here, but honestly, it's like rain. You can't OWN The rain, but according to some people you can and collecting rain water is illegal in some states. This is absurd of course. So, why aren't the resources in, on and under our nation a commodity that belongs to all of us? IT is just stupid that people use it for profit.

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Response to YellowRubberDuckie (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 09:26 AM

17. Well it's kind of difficult to nationalize a resource that isn't found in abundance under

our soil in this hemisphere.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 10:59 PM

7. Except it's not actually possible to do that

unless you propose heavily subsidising it. The US imports more than half the oil it uses; world market prices will determine the pump price for fuel, like it or not.

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Response to Spider Jerusalem (Reply #7)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 11:17 PM

9. He should just say "I'm going to take control of the oil prices." And the Republicans would cry

"you have nothing to do with the cost of oil!" Oops.

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Response to gateley (Reply #9)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 11:21 PM

11. LOL, you get my drift - thanks. (n/t)

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Response to klook (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 06:59 AM

13. And the stupidest thread of the day goes to...

 

You!

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Response to LoTechGuru (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:55 AM

15. actually it is pretty smart since all the (R)s would vote against it

 


It shines a light on what liars they are

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Response to Motown_Johnny (Reply #15)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:47 AM

18. They would scream 'communist', and that's all they'd have to do

and they'd get massive publicity and support. They wouldn't have any light shone on their claims at all. They'd just repeat, time after time, "see, I told ya, he's a deep red commie!"

You seem under the impression that a silly publicity stunt by Democrats would result in a sober reflection on what Republicans have been saying. Of course it wouldn't. What country have you been living in?

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #18)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 05:46 PM

19. Except that Pres. Obama can speak out against it too

 

as well as any (D) not in a safe district.

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Response to LoTechGuru (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 09:06 AM

16. Oh my gosh, I am thoroughly chastised!

Thanks for your insightful reply!!

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