Walking — or in many cases driving — one block to protest gas prices, senators gather at a Capitol Hill gas station. Charles Schumer, center, offers a thumbs down. He is with Minority Leader Richard Durbin and Barbara Boxer. (By Alex Wong — Getty Images)
Gas prices have gone above $3 a gallon again, and that means it’s time for another round of congressional finger-pointing.
“Since George Bush and Dick Cheney took over as president and vice president, gas prices have doubled!” charged Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), standing at an Exxon station on Capitol Hill where regular unleaded hit $3.10. “They are too cozy with the oil industry.”
Yes, that is the same Capitol Hill Exxon station in the 2006 photo above with today’s prices here below (just photographed from the opposite side of the sign). The average gas price the week of President Obama’s inauguration – Jan. 26, 2009 – was $1.84 / gallon. So, where is Sen. Boxer now that “Since Barrack Obama and Joe Biden took over as president and vice president, gas prices have more than doubled” ??? Even if you go by the 2006 prices that these senators were so outraged by, this is still a 39% increase over that.
(H/T Susan Valentine for sending me the link to the 2006 story and photo.)