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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, Romney, and Same Sex Marriage: What On Earth Is Going On?

President Barack Obama’s endorsement of same sex marriage on Wednesday caused confusion, controversy, and anger all over the United States. While Sean Hannity of Fox News said that it “sounds like this president can’t make up his mind very well” and Michelle Malkin, also of Fox, said that Obama is “trying to pander to wealthy, gay donors”¹, ABC News called Obama’s endorsement a “historic political and cultural moment in this country”. All the positive and negative media attention has made it difficult to figure out whether Obama’s move was a good one. Here are a few reasons why Obama didn’t hurt himself in endorsing gay marriage, and why Mitt Romney is in deeper trouble than before.

1) Donations To The Obama Campaign Have Greatly Increased

Though many homosexual voters already supported Obama before his endorsement of same-sex marriage, his announcement has further increased his popularity. According to CBS News, “President Barack Obama has seen an uptick in fundraising since he announced his shift on gay marriage, with some Democratic rainmakers citing renewed interest from gay and lesbian donors who had been urging the president to clarify his stance on the divisive social issue.”² By voicing his support for same-sex marriage, Obama almost guaranteed himself a large portion of the LGBT vote.

2) Though He Hadn’t Officially Endorsed Same Sex Marriage, Obama Was A Longtime Supporter Of Gay Rights

Before his endorsement of Same Sex Marriage, Obama voiced his support for civil unions and repealed the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Most Gay voters still supported him because he was in favor of more rights for them, even if he didn’t want same sex marriage.

3) Romney Bullied A Gay Student While In School

Though he and other conservatives deny it, substantial rumors have circulated that Romney cut off the hair of a crying gay boy while at prep school. Phillip Maxwell, one of Romney’s former classmates, said,”this was bullying supreme”⁴, and several other classmates came forward as well. To “bubble” voters still deciding between Romney and Obama, this incident could persuade them to vote for Obama.

Nobody likes a school bully.

Barack Obama’s decision to support marriage was a correct and timely one. Gay voters will almost certainly vote for him, and borderline voters scared by Mitt Romney’s behavior as an adolescent will also give him their votes. Obama has given himself a bigger advantage going into the fall elections.

 The Fox News Video

I was unable to post the ABC News video. However, it should come up easily when searched on Youtube or Google.

Works Cited

1. Vamburkar, Meenal. “Hannity Panel Blasts Obama’s ‘Flip-Flopping’ On Gay Marriage.” Mediaite.com. Mediaite, LLC, 9 May 2012. Web. 12 May 2012. http://www.mediaite.com/tv/hannity-panel-blasts-obamas-flip-flopping-on-gay-marriage/.

2. “Gay Marriage Shift Gives Obama Fundraising Boost.” CBSNews. CBS Interactive, 11 May 2012. Web. 12 May 2012. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57433121/gay-marriage-shift-gives-obama-fundraising-boost/.

3. Negrin, Matt. “Bullying Story Sidetracks Romney’s Campaign.” ABC News. ABC News Network, 11 May 2012. Web. 12 May 2012. <http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/bullying-story-sidetracks-romneys-campaign/story?id=16327280&gt;.