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Pelosi’s petro pickle

As the Democrats were poised to take the helm in the 2006 elections, Nancy Pelosi wrote the following in a press-release addressing the nation’s energy woes:

Democrats have a common-sense plan to help bring down skyrocketing gas prices by cracking down on price-gouging; rolling back the billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, tax breaks and royalty relief given to big oil and gas companies; and increasing production of alternative fuels.

Now two years after revealing her “common sense” solution, Pelosi is passing the buck — four of them at last count:

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wrapped up her San Francisco holiday weekend Monday with a blast at President Bush. The topic — the price of oil. Gasoline has more than doubled since the Bush administration took office she says.

San Francisco’s Meals on Wheels turns out more than 1,300 meals a day to seniors. But now there has been a dramatic rise in expenses.

“Our costs have gone up 40 percent, but even more so, the indirect costs of driving food costs is really taking a big hit on us. Almost a nine percent increase in food costs in just one year,” says Ashley McCumber of Meals on Wheels.

McCumber joined Speaker Pelosi Monday to dramatize the tough times businesses are having because of fuel costs. The speaker blames what she labels the Bush-Cheney big oil agenda, using graphics to point out gasoline prices have more than doubled in the Bush administration.

This is a scam of the greatest magnitude,” says Speaker Pelosi.

Truer words have never spilled forth from her botox lips. In fact, that last statement would look great hanging over the door of DNC headquarters.

What Nancy failed to mention in her fancy presentation is that the biggest surge at the pump occurred after her Democrats assumed control of congress. Here’s a little fancy chart of our own:

pelosi_premium

Yes, things are certainly looking up… vertical even.  Maybe this is part of the reason Pelosi’s Congress has now set a new precedent according to the pollsters at Rasmussen:

The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits for the first time in Rasmussen Reports tracking history. This month, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Most voters (52%) say Congress is doing a poor job, which ties the record high in that dubious category

Congrats! Definitely breaking bold new ground here. For nostalgia sake, let us hearken back to the inspiring speech Pelosi gave in January 2007 after being elected as Speaker:

The election of 2006 was a call to change — not merely to change the control of Congress, but for a new direction for our country.

And we have indeed taken a new direction… hope you folks brought your parachutes.

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