Debunked: President Obama’s Misleading Energy Production Talking Point
With gas prices soaring on his watch, President Obama is eager to deflect attention from his record of blocking American energy production that would help address the pain at the pump and create jobs. As part of this strategy, the president is trying to take credit for an increase in domestic oil production – a claim he repeated this afternoon in Florida. It’s a nice talking point, but a highly misleading one.
Often quick to assign blame, the White House is stingy about sharing credit. Take the president’s new budget, in which more than half of the proposed savings comes from the Budget Control Act and spending cuts the president opposed for months. In both cases, the administration is trying to take credit when it shouldn’t, distract from the size and scope of the problem at hand, and give itself a pass on coming up with much-needed solutions.
“Rising gas prices drain economic confidence fast,” The Washington Post notes, “as most Americans feel pinched as soon as they fill up their next tank.” Americans deserve the truth about our energy challenges, and solutions that square with reality. That’s why Republicans unveiled the American Energy Initiative last year, and passed several bills to expand domestic energy production as part of the Plan for America’s Job Creators. Learn more at http://jobs.GOP.gov.