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$5 Gas Predicted Under Obama -- What, No Pitchforks?
Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2010 | Larry Elders

Posted on 12/29/2010 10:30:35 PM PST by Kaslin

Five dollars per gallon of gas by 2012! A former president of Shell Oil considers this likely. The average price on Christmas Day for a gallon of regular gas reached $3.28 in Los Angeles County, the highest price since October 2008. In one month, the price rose 13 cents, up 35 cents year to year.

Where are the calls to sic Obama's Justice Department on Big Oil to hold the oil companies accountable for "market manipulation"? Why aren't we hunting down the amoral "oil speculators" responsible for repealing the law of supply-and-demand in order to line their pockets?

During President George W. Bush's administration, we constantly heard demands to hold the President accountable for "Big Oil's price gouging." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., just two years ago, knew exactly whom to blame for "skyrocketing" oil prices: "The price of oil is at the doorstep; $4-plus per gallon for oil is attributed to two oilmen in the White House and their protectors in the United States Senate."

In 2007, when the average national price ranged from $2.17 to $3.22, then-Sen. Barack Obama demanded that the Federal Trade Commission investigate Big Oil for "price manipulation." In 2008, presidential candidate Obama urged the Justice Department "to open an investigation into whether energy traders have been engaged in illegal activities that have helped drive up the price of oil and food."

Obama also called for "a windfall profits penalty on oil selling at or over $80 per barrel." As of Christmas 2010, a barrel of oil sold at slightly above $90. What happened to the windfall profits tax?

Yes, back then the average price per gallon was four bucks. But blaming "oilman" Bush for high prices began when the average price was well below today's $3.05 national average.

The average price was $1.72 on March 5, 2003, when CBS News posted a story online with this headline: "Dems Blame Bush For High Oil Prices." It referred to an investigative report by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. Levin blamed Bush's post-9/11 decision to increase the amount of oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve by 40 million barrels in 2002 -- bringing the total to 600 million. Levin said, "We're confident this had a significant impact on the price of oil in 2002." Never mind that the Bush administration called the amount of oil diverted too small to matter.

The average price was $2.80 on April 22, 2006, when USAToday.com posted an article with the headline "Democrats blame Bush for high gas prices": "Consumer gasoline prices continue to soar as the Bush administration places too much emphasis on drilling reserves and not enough on alternative fuels, Democrats said." The article quoted Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who praised Brazil's "energy independence." "In Brazil," Nelson said, "drivers are filling up their cars with ethanol instead of gasoline."

Not exactly, Sen. Nelson.

Brazil may be "energy independent" in that it imports only a small percentage -- 649,000 barrels per day in 2009 -- of the oil it consumes. But that makes Brazil the 19th-highest oil-importing country in the world. Its economy relies heavily on oil that is domestically produced and consumed. Brazil is the seventh-largest consumer of oil in the world and the ninth-largest producer. Its famous -- and heavily government-subsidized -- sugar cane-based ethanol fuel is actually a blend that uses approximately 75 percent gasoline.

As for U.S. ethanol, which is made from corn, Nobel laureate environmentalist Al Gore recently called it a bad deal: "It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for first-generation ethanol. First-generation ethanol, I think, was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small. ... The size, the percentage of corn particularly, which is now being (used for) first-generation ethanol definitely has an impact on food prices. The competition with food prices is real." Why did he once support ethanol? He admitted that he'd wanted to help farmers in Iowa, site of the nation's first caucus, since he "was about to run for president."

The silence over the recent price run-up is yet the latest example of left-wing hypocrisy. It was always about bludgeoning Bush rather than a sincere conviction that Big Oil was cheating. How else to explain the absence of demands for investigations?

America could achieve "energy independence" if producers were allowed to drill in Alaska, the lower 48 and offshore, where substantial amounts of untapped oil remain off-limits. Obama, who currently squanders hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars by "investing" in alternative energy, possesses no more control over the law of supply-and-demand than did "evil" Oilman Bush.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: bush; gasprices; hypocrites; oil
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1 posted on 12/29/2010 10:30:37 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Well, if you don’t have a job and don’t have to go to work, it doesn’t really matter. </s>


2 posted on 12/29/2010 10:35:31 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: The Antiyuppie

True,but what’s it worth to work for gas and taxes and have nothing left after your clock is cleaned if you are a young F&B worker?5.00USD gas prices will destroy the US economy.


3 posted on 12/29/2010 10:43:39 PM PST by taxtruth (Don't end the fed,jail the fed!)
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To: taxtruth

Yes it will. The thought alone makes me sick.


4 posted on 12/29/2010 10:45:36 PM PST by Jacktown
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To: taxtruth

“5.00USD gas prices will destroy the US economy.”

I’m in real estate. We are already there.


5 posted on 12/29/2010 10:50:12 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Kaslin
Here's one thing that couple prevent that from happening: slowing down the price speculators.

Currently, the minimum margin requirements (MMR) for trading in commodities futures is 5%. Raise that to 15% and watch the price of almost every commodity nosedive as much as 25% because even a 10% change will drive the vast majority of speculators out of the market.

6 posted on 12/29/2010 10:51:59 PM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Kaslin

bump


7 posted on 12/29/2010 10:53:06 PM PST by Christian4Bush (One countdown ends, the next begins. Less than 718 days until we vote out the jackass.)
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To: Jacktown

Around here in my Alabama area it is now near or at $3.00. Steady up, up, up every time I go by a gas station near here. One station has actually quit selling. The guy said he is going to go out of business because he is tired of it. He wears himself out going out and changing prices all the time!


8 posted on 12/29/2010 10:53:13 PM PST by RetiredArmy (Read, learn, know: 1 Cor 15: 1-4; THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!)
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To: Kaslin

9 posted on 12/29/2010 10:54:31 PM PST by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: The Antiyuppie

“Well, if you don’t have a job and don’t have to go to work, it doesn’t really matter.”

Well, that’s right.
I have not bought ANY gas since Jan. 2005 ;)


10 posted on 12/29/2010 10:59:36 PM PST by AlexW
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To: Kaslin

The Bas***ds at the EPA closed another mine today. Interesting. Friends tell me that gas wells ahve been closed in Colorado last year.


11 posted on 12/29/2010 11:00:08 PM PST by Chickensoup (Protecting US interests ONLY if US interests move back into the States and give US citizens jobs.)
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To: RetiredArmy

LOL.

Here too. I swear they change the sign twice a day.

My son is suffering the gasoline blues. $5 gas will keep him home. A lot. Help me Lord. :)


12 posted on 12/29/2010 11:00:40 PM PST by Jacktown
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To: Lazlo in PA

“5.00USD gas prices will destroy the US economy.”

Doesn’t matter if the economy is destroyed, as long as the country is ‘fair’. (s)


13 posted on 12/29/2010 11:03:47 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: RetiredArmy

Sales of electronically controlled price signs should be booming.


14 posted on 12/29/2010 11:04:42 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Kaslin
This is 2010. What's a pitchfork? does it come with a usb?

Zero is set to destroy America. How do we set out to destroy him and his czars?

Email, phone calls, peaceful demonstrations do nothing. it's old fashioned. We don't have time to wait for 2012. Too much damage will be done by then. They're terrorizing us and we're just bowing down to them. They don't listen, they don't care.

There has to be an untraditional way we can get them where it hurts. Just to be clear, I'm not suggesting violence.

Prayer changes things, but one must act also in order for God create His miracle.

15 posted on 12/29/2010 11:09:42 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Kaslin

We should hang 100% of this on the Rats.....Set out on them Tea Party and any Republican worth a crap. This is another issue you can not loose, it’s just sitting there for the taking.


16 posted on 12/29/2010 11:11:39 PM PST by The Cajun
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To: RetiredArmy

Gas last week was $3.25. Since the skiing season has begun, I dread driving into town to see the newest price. It’s probably $3.50 now.


17 posted on 12/29/2010 11:14:58 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Kaslin

If it’s $5 gas, I think even Cheney could beat Obama.


18 posted on 12/29/2010 11:23:49 PM PST by americanophile
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To: Kaslin

As of this writing the equivalent cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Greater London is $4.70. France and Germany pay slightly higher, $4.93 per gallon of regular unleaded.

First, Bush will be blamed and Cheney will be vilified.

This Progressive eurocentric Obama administration will then explain that America has long enjoyed the lowest gas prices on the planet at the expense of the rest of the world and that it would only be fair if America paid an appropriate price.

Ahhh yes, the Obama presidency. Its the Jimmy Peanut presidency in slow motion. Zero is shaking up his cabinet just like Peanut Boy did when he sensed the end of his relevancy. Obama has been blaming Americans and America for its troubles. Surely a “malaise” speech is in B. Hussein’s near future. Out went Jimmuh, in went Reagan. Out goes Imam Obama, in goes Sarah Palin. Hey Zero, Yes She Can!


19 posted on 12/29/2010 11:25:44 PM PST by GreatJoeMcCarthy
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To: RetiredArmy

Watch closley when the prices change, or make the biggest jump. Generally on Thursdays. Why? Friday is payday & the driving weekend. Then, Sunday thru Thursday, it starts sliding back until it gets within a nickle of where it was, & it’s time to jump it another twelve cents.


20 posted on 12/29/2010 11:29:21 PM PST by rickb308 (Nothing good ever came from someone yelling Allah Snackbar)
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To: americanophile

In Order for Obama to secure his place as the worst president in history he must top the Jimmy Carter Gas Lines and Hostage Crisis. Under the Carter plan you were allowed to get in the Gas Lines if your tag ended in a certain number on certain days. Inflation was about 20%. Looks like he is really going to try.


21 posted on 12/29/2010 11:31:52 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: Kaslin

I guess Gov. Ed Rendell is right.


22 posted on 12/29/2010 11:33:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body." CS Lewis)
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To: screaminsunshine

Well, he’s already declared the Republicans ‘hostage takers’ so he’s on the right track. He’s giving it his all.


23 posted on 12/29/2010 11:34:41 PM PST by americanophile
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To: americanophile

The marxists do not plan on leaving.


24 posted on 12/29/2010 11:36:47 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: taxtruth
5.00 USD gas prices will destroy the US economy.

However, if you had bought a few hundred shares of OXY or MRO or XOM in the summer, you would have been covered for this price increase by the increase in value of your holdings. = GET SMART, buy stock in the things you need in the economy, and you are rewarded by, or protected from, price increases in the marketplace. Food - get some AG stocks. Dollar - get some gold/silver stocks. Gas/Oil - get some energy stocks. It is easy and smart to protect yourself.

25 posted on 12/29/2010 11:38:24 PM PST by GregoryFul (Obama - Jim Jones redux)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Fine. We’ve done civil war before, we can do it again.


26 posted on 12/29/2010 11:40:43 PM PST by americanophile
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-backroom/2312894/posts


27 posted on 12/29/2010 11:44:04 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body." CS Lewis)
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To: Kaslin
Where are the calls to sic Obama's Justice Department on Big Oil to hold the oil companies accountable for "market manipulation"? Why aren't we hunting down the amoral "oil speculators" responsible for repealing the law of supply-and-demand in order to line their pockets?

Sadly, most Americans lack the passion and cojones to actually take control of their government, boot the politicians' butts out of office and start over.

As poverty and tyranny loom on the horizon, we'd rather sit back and take it, than take a chance we might mess up our hair or break a nail!!

28 posted on 12/29/2010 11:49:01 PM PST by DustyMoment (Go green - recycle Congress in 2012!!)
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To: RayChuang88; All

The big run up to around $140 per barrel started in Jan. 2007 when very large positions in oil were made possible by new instruments. The universities, foundations, and pension funds started buying like crazy. Does anyone know if this situation was ever corrected?

Currently, futures prices on oil are hovering around $90. The futures price during 2012 is currently around $93, and drops back to $92 after that. See link:

http://futures.tradingcharts.com/marketquotes/index.php3?market=CL


29 posted on 12/29/2010 11:58:19 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: GreatJoeMcCarthy
As of this writing the equivalent cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Greater London is $4.70. France and Germany pay slightly higher, $4.93 per gallon of regular unleaded.

Then the gap seems to have closed significantly since the Bush years and it's because the cost of our gas is rising to meet its cost in Europe.

30 posted on 12/30/2010 12:00:40 AM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: gitmo; All

I think that since the Gulf Oil spill disaster, I have noticed less enthusiasm here at FR for Drill Baby Drill. How do people here feel relative to before the spill?


31 posted on 12/30/2010 12:03:02 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: screaminsunshine; All

During the Carter gas crisis, caused by OPEC if I remember rightly, it was necessary to have different numbers go on different days. I lived across from a gas station. The first few days the lines were so long that people ran out of gas before they could buy it. Then it was determined that by having different numbers use different days, the lines would be a lot shorter and quicker. I started making money by selling sandwiches to long waiting drivers. Then with the change to the number system, my little business fizzled. ;-)


32 posted on 12/30/2010 12:10:36 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin
"I started making money by selling sandwiches to long waiting drivers."

The good old days :-). Today that would be soooooo illegal! got a permit?

I remember those long lines. The smell of the exhaust on the waiting lines made me nauseous.

33 posted on 12/30/2010 12:19:56 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

>Prayer changes things, but one must act also in order for God create His miracle.

******************************

yEAH, fast, pray, repent, love, forgive, give, respect and honor all.

repeat, in the name of Jesus.

It’s called a Christian revival. It’s happened in the USA many times, it can happen again.


34 posted on 12/30/2010 12:25:31 AM PST by ROTB (Sans Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia when we finally revolt.)
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To: Kaslin

Patience Larry, wait ‘til it actually gets to $5/gallon.


35 posted on 12/30/2010 12:26:28 AM PST by muleskinner
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
interesting read but isn't it for as a last resort, for when they come for us?

Right now all is worked on paper, passing laws, plans to steal from us. Guns can't stop that.

I must have missed something.

36 posted on 12/30/2010 12:44:30 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Kaslin; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; rabscuttle385; mkjessup; ...

It’s not $5 yet but Republicans better have a strategy to make Democrats own it this time.

Remember in 2006 Schumer out in front of gas stations pointing at the price signs saying that the ‘people’ are suffering due to oil company profits? Pelosi:”We have two oil men in the White House”. Republicans are in a great position to start talking about this (future prices) now so when it happens everyone knows Obama owns it.


37 posted on 12/30/2010 12:50:50 AM PST by sickoflibs ("It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: Kaslin

Pitchfork demonstrations would cost us another $1 per gallon. ;-)


38 posted on 12/30/2010 1:00:35 AM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: Kaslin; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; rabscuttle385; mkjessup; ...
One thing the article ignores is the relationship between the dollar and the price of oil. In the last run-up of oil prices the dollar was being run down as it is now. That time Republicans could not escape blame especially with Bush promoting 'energy independence' bills he signed as the price was going up and the dollar was dropping. In late 2008 as the dollar went back up in value oil prices dropped.

This time Obama must be made to own it, because he does.

39 posted on 12/30/2010 1:05:37 AM PST by sickoflibs ("It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
Then said he to them, But now, he that has a purse, let him take it, and likewise his money: and he that has no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. ~Luke 22:36 Armed people are free. No state can control those who have the machinery and the will to resist, no mob can take their liberty and property. And no 220-pound thug can threaten the well-being or dignity of a 110-pound woman who has two pounds of iron to even things out … People who object to weapons aren't abolishing violence, they're begging for rule by brute force, when the biggest, strongest animals among men were always automatically right. Guns ended that, and a social democracy is a hollow farce without an armed populace to make it work. – L. Neil Smith (from The Probability Broach) "God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.... The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson, in letter to William S. Smith, 1787
40 posted on 12/30/2010 1:06:50 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body." CS Lewis)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
"There has to be an untraditional way we can get them where it hurts."

Avoid buying anything that you don't really need. Become more self-sufficient each month. Learn set up to manufacture something of necessity (mechanical part, electrical part, piece of wool clothing,...). Grow some food. Such actions will contribute well to killing the beast, while it's wounded.


41 posted on 12/30/2010 1:18:03 AM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

BTW, pitchforks are too advanced for me. I’ll be shocking hay by hand in the field (high altitude alpine place). ;-)


42 posted on 12/30/2010 1:21:06 AM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama wants $6/gallon gas. He has said as much. I don’t feel like searching for the YouTube video.


43 posted on 12/30/2010 2:13:18 AM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (We be Fooked.)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

This rise in prices for energy will hit the poor hardest. The people who thought Obama was on their side—better think again. Sarah Palin has her issue now—Drill, Drill, Drill, Mine, Mine, Mine, Dig, Dig, Dig. US oil for USA Cars! Lets not forget Nukes too! Dump the windmill foolishness, and turning corn into gas. We better start thinking USA first and not the UN and some fat, stupid, “scientists” and their global warming scare tactics —Kick the whole lot of them out of their Ivory Towers and let them get real jobs for a change.


44 posted on 12/30/2010 2:14:36 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: The Cajun

Locking up land. Democrats.
Anti drill. Democrats.
Anti refine. Democrats.
Anti gas. Democrats.
Anti mine. Democrats.
Anti nuke. Democrats.
Anti wood burn. Democrats.
Pro gas tax. Democrats.
Anti car/truck. Democrats.

Conclusion?

Bush’s fault. Right wing, pick up driving, gun owning, bible reading bitter clingers.


45 posted on 12/30/2010 2:40:41 AM PST by Leisler (They always lie, and have for so much and for so long, that they no longer know what about.)
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To: Kaslin

The “price” of oil is rising mostly because all the “QE” from the Fed is reducing the value of the dollar. The Dem’s ain’t about to bitch about that.


46 posted on 12/30/2010 3:18:00 AM PST by PogySailor (The ruling class will not go down easily. And neither will their paid hacks.)
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To: Kaslin

I think there is no pitchforks at this time because it is PREDICTED. When and IF it becomes reality, people will speak out against it.


47 posted on 12/30/2010 3:18:25 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Kaslin

I predict free gas cards for the parasite class.


48 posted on 12/30/2010 3:24:28 AM PST by Fresh Wind
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To: Kaslin
It's Bushs' fault.
Hey it's worked before, ZERO will continue blaming Bush until he reaches room temperature.
49 posted on 12/30/2010 4:24:39 AM PST by DeaconRed (I could waltz across Texas with You. . . . . . . . .)
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To: taxtruth

That is what bama wants. Destroy the nation.


50 posted on 12/30/2010 4:32:35 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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