Will $4 a Gallon Gas Do the Trick?

I keep hearing people insist that Obama will win re-election in a cake walk. Frankly, I don’t believe it. According to the polls in September, 2008, he would have lost to John McCain, who ran as lousy a presidential campaign as Bob Dole and Michael Dukakis. So what has Obama done since then that would give him an edge in 2012? ObamaCare? Cash for Clunkers? Fast and Furious? Solyndra? A $16 trillion dollar deficit? Nixing the Keystone pipeline that would have brought us thousands of jobs and oil from a friendly source? Turning the likes of Van Jones, Valerie Jarrett, Jacob Lew and Kathleen Sebilius, into czars? Kowtowing to the Saudis, George Soros and the unions?

He demands civility from conservatives and then keeps his yap shut when the likes of Maxine Waters, Henry Waxman, Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, vilify and demonize not only political opponents like John Boehner and Eric Cantor, but Republicans in general and Tea Party patriots specifically.

It has been apparent for months that Obama, who ran as a man who would unite all of us, intends to drop the camouflage this time around and run a presidential campaign that divides Americans by race, religion and income. The question that comes to mind is why, with a Republican House and what is expected to be a Republican Senate, Obama even seeks a second term. Can it be that he and Michelle are so enamored of the presidential perks of free travel, paid vacations to exotic locales, galas with celebrities at the White House and never having to stand in line to shoot a round of golf, that nothing else counts?

There is also the matter of being in the spotlight. Some people just can’t get enough of it. Although most of us would weary of being the focus of so much attention, being constantly eyeballed by the media, the public and the Secret Service, there are certain strange creatures who crave it the way normal human beings crave oxygen.

If the cost of gasoline is what it takes for voters to wake up and smell the fire and brimstone emanating from the Oval Office, I can only hope that the price keeps rising through Election Day.

Speaking of those in the public eye, what is it that makes so many people lose all sense of perspective when it comes to the death of a celebrity? Over the past 15 years, we’ve seen millions of seemingly normal people take leave of their senses simply because Lady Di, Michael Jackson and now Whitney Houston, have died. Why is it that we make so much of the passing of a one-time English royal; an entertainer who managed to give plastic surgery almost as bad a name as pedophilia; and a singer who destroyed her life with alcohol and cocaine? What is it in our collective DNA that inflates their passing to such an enormous degree?

Why, when we barely notice the death of medical researchers who cure our most dreaded diseases; of writers and composers whose creativity revives our culture; of military warriors who sacrifice their lives to ensure our liberty; do we carry on like those poor souls in North Korea who are severely disciplined if their public grieving doesn’t quite hit the mark?

For that matter, why does Governor Chris Christie order the lowering of flags throughout New Jersey just because Whitney Houston happened to have been born in Newark? I mean, if you lower it for a drug addict, how will you not lower it when people such as Buzz Aldrin, Andrew Napolitano, Shaquille O’Neal, John Travolta, Sam Alito, Bill Parcells, Bruce Springsteen, Eva Marie Saint, Michael Douglas, Al Leiter, Jerry Lewis, Meryl Streep, Joe Thiesmann, Frankie Valli, Joe Pantoliano, Bebe Neuwirth, Bret Baier, Jason Alexander, Joe Pesci and Antonin Scalia, eventually cast off their mortal coil? And what about Nathan Lane, Martha MacCullum and even Pia Zadora?

And if Whitney Houston deserves such recognition, what about Barney Frank? I mean, you and I might regard him as a national embarrassment, but when he retires at the end of his current term, in order, I assume, to devote more time to perfecting his Elmer Fudd impression, he will have spent 32 long years in Congress.

Believe me, I know how utterly preposterous honoring Rep. Frank sounds to most people.

Still, if Governor Christie isn’t going to have any standards for such state tributes beyond the ability to carry a tune while stoned out of one’s gourd, I’d suggest he consider just leaving the flag at half-mast.

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  • BurtPrelutsky

    patriotbelle: I hope so, too.  I’m sure it will come as a great relief when Romney can focus on his actual opponent in November and stop having to deal with the GOP gnats that refuse to take a repeated NO for an answer.


  • patriotbelle

    I sure hope Romney reads your column, Burt. He can surely get some pointers here that are obious and clear enough for the masses to understand the truth about the corrupt Obama administration. Just keep the reminders comin!!

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Wil: If you didn’t hear Republicans complaining about $4-a-gallon gas when Bush was in the White House, it’s either because you’re deaf or, more likely, never hang out with or listen to Republicans.   However, it was below $2-a-gallon when Bush left office.  To his credit, candidate Obama said that once he took office, his energy policy guaranteed that prices would skyrocket.  That is one promise he kept.


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

    Gas tripled in price during the time Mr.
    Bush was in office. Oddly, I don’t hear any Republicans complaining about
    tripling gas prices when they last occupied the White House.

  • BurtPrelutsky

    bill q:  Sorry, I mistyped.   That should have been “I don’t know that anyone on the Right…” not “…what anyone on the Right…”  The problem is that the media has done a great job of ridiculing people who actually think what the Constitution says about presidential candidates has any relevance.  On the other hand, it would be front page news every day if Obama were a Republican.  Which leads me to wonder why wealthy conservatives never invest in newspapers or TV stations.

    Regards, Burt

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Drew: I commend your dedication, but I think that anyone who has paid attention to Obama over the past three years has come to the same conclusion as you…and managed to spare himself some really boring reading material.

    bill q: I don’t know what anyone on the Right has allowed himself to be silenced by those who scream “birther” if you even question why Obama has kept all of his documents, including college applications, transcripts and passport, locked up in a tomb.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D7PBZ3RBZ42BSOI52XBTJEJFY4 bill q

    beck and oreilly refuse to report that professional law enforcement personnel have investigated obamas birth certificate and selectivede service records and found both to be fraudulent……its almost like they are protecting him…..weird huh?

  • Drew Page

    You ask, “Will $4.00/gallon gas do the trick?”  It’s too late to ask that, but maybe $5.00 or $6.00 a gallon will.   It’s a shame that this motivation will outrank Obama’s strategy of ‘class warfare’, his three-year failures to restore employment, present a realistic budget, lower the national debt, address illegal immigration, or keep his promises of bipartisanship and transparency during his administration. 

    since retiring two years ago, I have had a lot of opportunity to catch up on my reading.  I have read the Cloward & Piven strategy; Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals; and Barack Obama’s Dream From My Father  and The Audacity of Hope.    I am convinced by Mr. Obama’s actions that he shares the goals laid out in the Cloward & Piven strategy.  His motivations for adopting these goals can be found in his two books and his methods of achieving his goals can be found in Rules for Radicals.

    The percentage of Americans willing to read these books to understand Mr. Obama’s goals, motivations and methods is probably equivalent to the percentage the Cubs have of winning the World Series.  But for those who want to understand, the material is there to be read. 

  • BurtPrelutsky

    beniyyar:  You have to give Obama credit, though.  When he says something really stupid, he sticks to his guns.

    Twin130: The media isn’t as all-powerful as you think.  Otherwise, the Republicans wouldn’t have won all those elections since November, 2008.  Heck, in spite of Obama’s non-stop campaigning in 2010, the GOP took control of the House, won back six seats in the Senate, won gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey and even won Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts.  If it weren’t for the fact that these days at least 40% of the population will vote for any presidential candidate with a (D) after his name, I would venture that Obama would do about as well in November as Alf Landon and Walter Mondale.


  • Brhurdle

    Mr. Prelutsky, while I agree totally with you logic regarding the record of the Obama Administration, I think that evaluation is not shared by the media which greatly influences the opinions of much of the US. I watch the “Democrat Strategists” on Fox News and it’s amazing how they can use tortured logic to turn certain disaster into magnificent victory. Alan Colmes and Bob Beckel are very skilled at spinning unmitigated failure into shining examples of triumph. Given a predisdposition to look for positives, all it takes to convince the public of the success of the Obama Administration is a biased MSM. But you may be right regarding $4.00 gasoline – the MSM cannot spin away the pain that causes most US families.

  • Twin130

    He has the media in his pocket, so it is non-stop pro-Obama all the time.  A Republican candidate could not possibly afford to buy advertising to compete with the amount of positive press Obama gets.  I actually heard on the radio the other day, when the new unemployment numbers came out:  “Great news.  The unemployment rate is holding steady at 8.3 percent”.   Huh?

  • beniyyar

    Five bucks a gallon will sink Obama.  But what will really do the trick is Obama himself.  Obama has stated publicly that there is nothing that anyone, not even Barack Obama,  can do to bring down gasoline prices.  But then Obama goes on to say that even if he could bring them down, he wouldn’t lift a finger to do it.
    This is not just bad leadership, this is wrong leadership, and even Obama’s stooges are beginning to have second thoughts about their demi god, every time they go to fill up their car.

    • martah11

       You mean Obama can bring down the Seas, but not the price of gas, but then he won’t even if he could. – Gimme time to digest that. —-Where are the Tums…..?

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Nancye: I, too, find it astonishing that over 40% of Americans are ready and eager to re-elected Obama. It’s very scary because it means that even if Obama loses in November, those people will still be around, teaching our kids, reporting the “news,” overturning our elections from the bench, etc., etc.


  • Nancye


    I don’t need to list Obama’s transgressions since you’ve already done it. But I find it hard to believe that there are people out there still stupid enough to vote for him in November. However, I suppose they are the ones who watch the main stream media – uhhh – the biased main stream media, that is.

    *If the cost of gasoline is what it takes for voters to wake up and smell the fire and brimstone emanating from the Oval Office, I can only hope that the price keeps rising through Election Day.*

    Oh so, maybe there’s hope and change in the air. Hope that there will be a change in who lives in OUR White House after November.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Glen: Everything about Obama reeks of desperation. I think he agrees with me that he’s not going to win in November. I just hope that Romney’s Secret Service detail is paying close attention.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    DOOM: I wouldn’t count on the prices magically lowering in October, although if they lower at any point between now and then, the media will give him credit for it. After all, they already give him credit for the sun’s rising in the east and setting in the west.


  • Glen Stambaugh

    To me, Obama’s most desperate reelection tactic was trying to cut a deal with Isreal to delay any attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities until after he’s “safely” reelected. I hope they time it just before November and hang him out to dry for having abused our relationship. Otherwise, Doom may be right about gas prices.

    • Drew Page

      Glen  —  I don’t think we have seen his most desparate act yet.   Whatever it is, I am sure it will exceed his proposed deal with Isreal, to stall any attack on Iran until after the election.    Perhaps his most vile act of deception since taking office has been shoving Obamacare down the throats of the majority of Americans.   As the details of the 2,400 page Obamacare legislation unfold, the real details and costs will not be reflected until – you guessed it – after the election.    

      If you have been watching the DOW Jones lately, it has rebounded back to 13, 200+.   The more money the Fed keeps printing, the higher the DOW rises.  I suspect Obama  will order a massive increase in the printing of currency in the Fall, driving the DOW even higher.  It will cause oil prices to rise as well as other commodities bringing on wide spread inflation, the hidden tax that will severly affect retirees living on fixed incomes.  Of course this won’t occur until – yep – after the election.  At that time Obama will blame the greedy oil companies, Wall Street and the banks for it. 

  • DOOM161

    Don’t worry. Gas prices will magically lower in October. And even though right now the President has no control over gas prices, the media will give him credit for it.