I believe it was around 2011. Gasoline prices were spiking.
Republicans were aghast at the fuel prices. They couldn’t understand why the president at the time, Democrat Barack Obama, wasn’t doing something about it.
I don’t know what the president can do, short of imposing some sort of price control. That’s been tried. It didn’t work in the 1970s.
So now the price of motor vehicle fuel is climbing steadily. I thought we had a “surplus” of fossil fuels, given that we were using more alternative energy sources, driving more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Oh, no. I guess that was a mirage. Right?
The national average price of a gallon of gasoline is up about 12 cents during the past two weeks.
Hey, where’s the outrage now? Why aren’t we yammering at Obama’s successor, Donald J. Trump?
The president cannot do anything now any more than any president can limit the price of a market-driving commodity.
But … the silence is rather deafening this time.