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Calm Down, Everyone! The President Really Doesn’t Have Much To Do With Gas Prices

Don’t worry-he’s not out to get us.

Since the time when President Barack Obama took office in 2008, the average price of gas in the United States has risen from about $1.86/gal to $3.37/gal (gasbuddy.com). This very large increase has forced Americans to cut back on shopping trips and taken money out of their pockets. Republican politicians have been quick to blame the increase in price on President Obama, and many Americans, desperate for an answer, have decided to agree.

If only the price of gas were so simple. In reality, the world’s demand for oil, and its international price (over which Obama has a minute amount of control), play a role in how much Americans pay at the pump. More close to home, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has also affected the price of gas.

The extreme growth of China and other developing countries has generated a large demand for crude oil, the material from which gasoline is made; because there is not an unlimited supply of oil, the price rises (Green). Basically, Americans aren’t the only people who want gas; there are many other people all over the world who need it. Because the demand for the limited supply is high, the price rises.

The purchase of crude oil is sort of like buying an apartment in New York versus in Detroit. Not many people want to live in Detroit, so there are vacant apartments available for a low price. Many people wish to live in New York; therefore, there are not many vacant apartments, and those that are for rent are priced very high.

After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, United States oil drilling slowed significantly in the Gulf of Mexico due to a moratorium placed upon drilling by the Obama administration (Green). When it was lifted, a significant amount of revenue was lost. Though this contributed slightly to the rise in the international price of oil, the environmental trade-off was well worth it.

Though he did briefly stop U.S. drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama doesn’t really influence the cost of gas. International supply and demand is the main reason why the cost fluctuates so much.

It should perhaps be noted that Obama isn’t the only president who has seen a rise in price of gas during his presidency. During George W. Bush’s second term, the cost rose from $1.86/gal at the beginning, and reached a high of $4.12 in the summer of 2008!

Gasbuddy.com, Huffingtonpost.com, and American.com were used as sources for this article. Please contact me for full citation information.

 

Obama Shouldn’t Worry About The Votes He Can’t Get

On the front page of May fourth’s New York Times, an article titled “4 Years Later, Race Is Still Issue for Some Voters” brought attention to the many Americans who have qualms about voting for Barack Obama because of his race.

In 2008, this was an issue- many Democrats voted for third-party candidates or didn’t vote at all because they felt they couldn’t trust a black man in office¹. However, Obama won the election based on the values he supported and the agendas he constructed. American voters trusted him to lead the country through two difficult wars and a financial crisis. So why should his campaign strategy  be any different this year?

There are many more Americans who care about a responsible president than ones who only care whether he is white and Christian. Obama’s campaign should play to these voters, not the racist, bigoted ones. If President Obama continues to discuss his basic principles, his good actions in office, and his plans for a second term, he will gain far more supporters than if he produces his birth certificate again and desperately tries to prove his Christianity.

Wiston Churchill, the famous British leader, once said, “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

Barack Obama should abide by this saying. Though many racist, misinformed Americans won’t give him their vote, he will win because of the votes of the Americans who know what he truly stands for.

WORKS CITED

1. “4 Years Later, Race Is Still Issue for Some Voters.” New York Times. The New York Times Company, 3 May 2012. Web. 5 May 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/04/us/politics/4-years-later-race-is-still-issue-for-some-voters.html&gt;.