Nancy Pelosi is having a hard time with some of her own past words. From Michelle Malkin:
Sure, San Fran Nan’s floundering around begging President Bush to release oil from the strategic oil reserve–anything but drilling any new wells, anywhere, I guess–but back in April 2006 she was blaming that darn Republican congress for these high prices:
With skyrocketing gas prices, it is clear that the American people can no longer afford the Republican Rubber Stamp Congress and its failure to stand up to Republican big oil and gas company cronies. Americans this week are paying $2.91 a gallon on average for regular gasoline – 33 cents higher than last month, and double the price than when President Bush first came to office.
“With record gas prices, record CEO pay packages, and record oil company profits, Speaker Hastert and the Majority Congress continue to give the American people empty rhetoric rather than join Democrats who are working to lower gas prices now.
So coming up on eighteen months of a Democratic majority in both houses, how are we doing? Let’s take a look at those gas prices, using a little chart-making tool at Gasbuddy:
Lookee there. Did she say Congress is responsible for the price of gas? Well, if Fancy Nancy’s going to ladle on the sauce for the goose, let’s spoon a little on the gander.
She’s had eighteen months of Democratic control in both houses to accomplish whatever magic she thought she could pull off. And after eighteen months, the Dems in Congress certainly haven’t made gas prices any better, though at least they have made gas prices have less volatile and more consistent.
House Minority Leader John Boehner isn’t letting her off the hook, either:
“With her call for President Bush to release supplies from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the Speaker is admitting yet again that increasing the supply of oil will help reduce the price of gasoline. I agree that more supply is necessary, and so do my House Republican colleagues who have been arguing for decades in favor of more American energy production. The fact is, the American people expect and deserve far more than what Speaker Pelosi is proposing. House Republicans stand ready to work across the aisle on a real solution to our energy crisis: an ‘all of the above’ plan that increases production of American energy, encourages conservation, and promotes alternative fuels.
“Until the Speaker and her colleagues in the liberal Democratic leadership of Congress unlock our nation’s vast natural energy resources, consumers will continue to see skyrocketing prices at the pump. Gas prices have soared 75 percent on the Democrats’ watch, and the American people are fed up with their endless excuses. Families and small businesses are paying historic prices thanks to more than three decades of Democratic opposition to American energy production – all to protect the interests of their environmental extremist allies. In poll after poll, Americans are saying ‘enough is enough’ and demanding more production of American energy. Today’s proposal by Speaker Pelosi is another acknowledgment that we must do more to increase our energy supply, and House Republicans will continue pushing Democratic leaders to act on real reforms on behalf of the American people.”
YES!!! This is a surefire win issue for the Republicans in November…if they use it. Boehner appears to be doing so. It’s good to see some fight, isn’t it? This is yet another issue where a little bit of historical truth will go a long, long way. If the message gets out, the Democrats are dead to rights on this one. Go get ’em, Boehner!
There’s my two cents.