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Published: Wednesday, June 27 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

Don't hold you breath waiting. The victory in November will be that much sweeter knowing how much it fills sore-losers with frustration (yes, Mitt would likely have gas down to $2.00/gal in his first 30 days, right?).

President Obama is absolutely deserving of another term! What a great man and a great leader to continue fixing what 8 years of Bush did to our country!

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

How can Obama claim credit for falling gas prices when he has fought to stop oil production on public lands in America? He has actively lobbied against EVERYTHING that makes drilling possible. He has fought to keep the Keystone pipeline from being built.

He has "lent" $2,000,000,000 to his close associate, George Soros, to explore drilling off the coast of Brazil, even as he refused to let American companies drill in the Gulf of Mexico. His ban on American drilling did not stop other countries from drilling.

Obama is no friend to oil. He has publicly stated that the price should be $5.00 per gallon. His only reservation is that he thought that it would take a little longer to reach that price.

No, Obama will get no praise for falling prices. He did not cause the price drop. He deserves our contempt for HIS open contempt towards OUR need for oil so that we can get to work and products can get to market.

Tulip
West Jordan, UT

I don't know Roland...do your own homework. Does he deserve credit or not? What do you care what Republicans think? Dig deep, find the truth. If Obama's policies are causing the decline you have nothing to fear. Republicans are not the reason for anyone's intellectual laziness.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

So Mike why did prices fall? Could it be that the President has little to nothing to do with current pump prices, and Republicans were "just playing politics" (I don't remember if you had anything to say at the time)?

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "Are they going to give him credit now that prices are falling?"

Sure -- I'll give him the credit.

As we now know, the current increased in supply is the result of an under-the-table deal to overproduce that Obama made during his visit to the Saudis. As part of his re-election strategy.

Now, the real questions -- why didn't he do it sooner? And how long after the election will the deal last?

And, most importantly, why is he fighting EVERY plan that would make us less dependent on his buddies, the Saudis?

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

So...I guess what Mike is saying is, it only works one way like the republican party bosses tell him. Blame Obama for everything give him credit for nothing, facts be darned.

By the way I don't think Obama brought the price down, but I was never foolish enough to believe he drove the price up either. It's an international market and America Doesn't have enough oil to drive prices down if we could magically get it all tomorrow.

SEY
Sandy, UT

Hold the phone! What happened to the most dreaded word in a Keynesian's vocabulary: DEFLATION?

One of the primary reasons the Federal Reserve was created was to stabilize prices. What are they going to do about falling fuel prices? The horror! In fact, they announced not long ago that they intended to help prices rise at a 2-3% annual rate. Think of all the jobs that could be lost with falling fuel prices. If they let fuel prices fall, what's next? Talk about hypocrisy!

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

The only reason oil prices are falling is because of the failing economy reducing demand for oil. So, yes, Obama must get credit! On the other hand, he told us drilling for more oil (increasing the supply) would not drive down oil prices! So we see once again, that Obama has no clue about economics, none, zilch, nada!

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Roland,

Of course not. But then, I think that Presidents have little influence one way or the other on oil prices.

So I give him little credit (or blame).

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Roland,
Of course BO is responsible for falling gas prices. Gas prices are falling because BO pushed the economy back into the dumps, reducing demand.

Esquire
Springville, UT

How true. If Republican critics want to blame him for all things bad, but they should also credit him with all things good. But I don't expect honesty and integrity from the GOP.

SEY
Sandy, UT

The question shouldn't be who gets credit for falling fuel prices, it should be who gets the blame. Falling fuel prices means we won't be able to compete with imported oil prices. Thousands of oil workers could lose their jobs! Isn't that our most pressing concern in this economy? Do we really want to lose more jobs to cheap foreign labor?

Wasn't Al Gore on the right track when he supported the Kyoto Protocol that would raise the price of fossil fuel use? Didn't he also advocate taxing gasoline so that it would approach prices found in Europe? Isn't that what we really need?

Someone must do something about this! Call your congresscritters!

Bifftacular
Spanish Fork, Ut

Roland, your letter's premise assumes that oil prices are falling and will stay down. I'm laughing at that notion as I write this. Have you looked at the historical prices of gasoline in the past few years? It has been a steady incline with multiple and temporary ups and downs in the meantime. This decline is temporary. Do you want to know why? A) Obama is doing everything he possibly can to get reelected, B) Obama never has been and never will be a friend of the oil industry. So gas prices have come down a few cents the past few days - big whoop. Look at the overall increase since Obama took office. If Obama gets reelected in Nov and gas prices continue to drop and permanently stay down, I'll buy your first tank of gas.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

No. Gasoline prices are set by the monopoly according to their own agenda.

jsf
Centerville, UT

Roland did he and his supporters take credit for the prises going up? No they argued it was out of his control. No blame no credit.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Just to be clear, I don't think the President did anything to drive prices up, nor did he do anything to get them lower. I also didn't blame Bush when prices went over $4.00 a gallon. It's just that "Obama is to blame for high gas prices" has been constant GOP refrain over the past few months. Letter writers don't compose the headlines to their letters, the DNews does.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT
So...I guess what Mike is saying is, it only works one way like the republican party bosses tell him. Blame Obama for everything give him credit for nothing, facts be darned.

By the way I don't think Obama brought the price down, but I was never foolish enough to believe he drove the price up either. It's an international market and America Doesn't have enough oil to drive prices down if we could magically get it all tomorrow.

7:53 a.m. June 27, 2012

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Agreed.
and well said; Happy Valley Heretic

Political agenda - right Mike?

Roland Kayser

Another great letter....

I didn't blame Bush for the high price of gas last round either.
Just for the Wars he started and the Gas guzzling SUVs that Detroit built that nearly ruined destroyed them as well.

Shows the one-sided analysis of facts and reality and the hypocrasy used by the GOP for politcal gain.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Repubs never let facts get in the way of their opinions.

They have merely been playing games for the past 4 years. They act as if there was no President between Clinton and Obama. Every problem that we face is the direct result of Obama. Repubs blame him for everything while on the other hand never give him credit.

This gas price thing is just another example of that. A few months ago, repubs blamed him for the high gas prices. Now that they're lower, credit is no where to be found.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

@LDS Liberal:

"I didn't blame Bush for the high price of gas last round either.
Just for the Wars he started and the Gas guzzling SUVs that Detroit built that nearly ruined destroyed them as well."

Blame Bush for the wars. Not for the SUVs, that was a loophole that the Clinton administration put in to keep union jobs with the UAW. They allowed SUVs to be defined as trucks so they were not counted in the car company average fuel economy per vehicle. Big cars - big profits and that kept the UAW strong. US daily oil consumption was trending down through the 1970's and 1980's as the economy became more fuel efficient. When it got the 1990's, it remained constant because of SUVs.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

@Ultrabob:

"No. Gasoline prices are set by the monopoly according to their own agenda."

Ultrabob: what monopoly are you talking about? Enlighten us.

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