Republicans See an Easy Target With Gasoline Prices Up

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) –  With the long weekend and the 4th of July, millions of Americans are hitting the road, and Republicans are “turning to another tried-and-true tradition: blaming the president for high gasoline prices.”

Right now, it’s $3.12 for one gallon of gasoline, which is almost $1 more than last year at this time when everyone was staying home because of the pandemic. AAA has been predicting that 44 million people will be traveling this weekend, and, of course, Republicans are saying that President Biden is to blame for the high prices at the pump.

Members of the GOP are blaming Biden not only for gasoline prices, but also for inflation. They don’t, of course, mention jobs and wages that “are delivering strong gains for U.S. Workers as they emerge from the pandemic.”

Ronna McDaniel, the chairman for the Republican National Committee, said, “People are paying more at the grocery store, at the gas pump, and when buying everyday goods. Rising prices under Biden are a hidden tax paid by every American.”

Senator John Barrasso (R-N.D.) said, “Is it any wonder we’re seeing surging fuel prices and inflation?”

Opposition parties always love to blame the fuel prices on the president in office. Republicans unsuccessfully tried to do this to Barack Obama a decade ago during a recovering economy. The Republicans pointed at “Biden’s ambitious climate change plans, his pause on leases for new oil wells on federal lands, and his cancellation of the permits for the Keystone XL pipeline.” However, none of these steps had any impact on the prices that the motorists’ paid at the pump.

Experts always proclaim that the president and the White House do not have much to do with “short-term moves in gasoline prices.” The rise in gasoline prices normally is a factor of oil prices that have risen globally or refinery operations in the U.S. This year, of course, we have to looks at the increase of demands from drivers as they take to the road after being locked down for over a year.

Kevin Book, managing director at advisory firm ClearView Energy, said, “The Biden administration’s strictures on federal lands production have no direct connection to today’s pump prices, but in messaging, a president who is restricting oil production renders himself vulnerable to criticism anyway.”

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