He starts, though, with a bit of a mathematical sleight of hand. Honestly, we'd be disappointed in him if he hadn't.
His first two paragraphs:
In the six years between President Bush's inauguration in 2001 and the Democrats' assumption of control of Congress in 2007, the price of gasoline rose an average of 14 cents a year. Since the Democrats took over Congress, the price of gas has doubled, the inflation monster has reawakened and the recession wolf is sniffing at our door.I want yinz to notice something. Our Jack is sneaky. Look how he anticipates the counter argument with a fancy schmancy "Post hoc, ergo propter hoc." His pointing out of a counter argument in order to refute it before it's raised is called , I believe, "Procatalepsis." Look it up.
I know. Post hoc, ergo propter hoc (after, therefore because of) was the first logical fallacy they taught back when logic was taught in school. It may merely be coincidence that things went to hell in a hand basket since the Democrats took over.
So what's the sneaky? His use of it covers up the number switch he pulls in the first paragraph. Go read it again - see if you can see what's up.
The red flag is his mixture of two different math devices - he's adding in one place, multiplying in another. Be honest, you're thinking that gas prices rose steadily, $.14 per gallon per year, until those nasty Democrats took over Congress, aren't you? Then you're thinking that the price doubled in the time since then. You think that because Jack Kelly wants you to think that.
He's painted you into a corner.
Let's, however, look at the numbers. Here's the government's own data. I don't know if Jack was using this exact chart, so his numbers may differ slightly from those presented here. But in any case, there can't be that much of a difference.
For instance, the last datum show gas at $4.10/gallon. When the Democrats (those lousy Democrats) took over the Congress, the price was $2.36. Not exactly doubling. More like one and three quartering. The price, though, has more than doubled since Bush took the oath of office the second time, in 2005 - but don't expect Jack to say that.
January 2001, when dubya first took the Oath of Office, gas sold for $1.48.7/gallon. By January 2006, when those lousy nasty Democrats took over Congress it was up to $2.36/gallon a rise of about $.87. And as anyone with a calculator knows, $.87 rise/gallon divided by 6 years equals about $.14 rise/gallon per year.
Pretty close to Jack's numbers. But take a closer look at the data. Does it rise consistently?
No, it doesn't.
It rises until the middle of 2001 where it hits a high of $1.73 and then slides down over the next few months. There's even a twenty cent drop right after September 2001 (I wonder what happened in that month?). By the end of 2001 the price is down to $1.12, $.45 cents or so lower than when dubya first
It seems that the price of gas rose back up to the $1.40s and then stayed there until the beginning of 2003. It jumped to $1.73 by March 2003 (Gee, what happened that month?) and stayed between $1.72 and $1.52.
It was never that low again.
Bottom line - look at them numbers. The price of gas has risen more or less consistently since the occupation of Iraq. Of course it's risen since the Democrats took over Congress - the occupation is still on going.
The fact that they haven't stopped it (or dubya) only adds to their lousy dismal poll numbers.
Hey, weren't we promised cheap gas once Saddam was disarmed?
After the mathematical sleight of hand, Jack rattles off the usual suspects of Republican blame on oil prices. Dems stopped "us" drilling in ANWR, off the Outer Continental Shelf and the Green River Formation in Colorado.
Haven't we covered some of this before?
Sigh - reading his post, you'd think that if it weren't for those lousy nasty stinkin Democrats "we" could just move some oil men into Colorado and start drilling. Not so. And what is this "Green River Formation" anyway? If you go to the EIA (it's labelled "Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government") and search for "Green River Formation" you'll find this:
The Green River Formation, a group of basins in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah, hold the largest know oil shale deposits in the world. Colorado’s oil shale deposits, concentrated in the Piceance Basin in the western part of the State, hold an estimated 1 trillion barrels of oil—as much oil as the entire world’s proven oil reserves. Although this natural resource holds tremendous promise, oil shale development remains speculative and faces several major obstacles involving technological feasibility, economic viability, resource ownership, and environmental considerations. Pilot oil shale projects have been undertaken in the area, but the construction of commercial oil shale production facilities in Colorado is not permitted prior to 2010, pending the implementation of the U.S. Department of Interior’s oil shale leasing program.So it isn't just the lousy nasty stinkin Democrats who are keeping "us" from all that oil, huh?
Jack doesn't mention any obstacle the government's own pages mention. Isn't that interesting?
Notice that last part. It looks as though the Department of the Interior's "oil shale leasing program" is already in place.
We've already covered ANWR and OCS drilling here.
If you missed it, your loss.