Friday, February 24, 2012

Gas Prices, Obama and O’Reilly

It’s getting harder and harder to watch The Factor with Bill O’Reilly. When he’s not using his show to sell his books, he’s taken up constantly castigating oil companies for the rising price of gasoline, and shouting down anyone who tries to explain the facts of the energy situation.

This is a complicated subject. In no other industry is the complex mathematical process known as linear programming used more in management decision-making.

But, two basic facts stand out: 1. Obama’s environmental policies have curtailed exploration and drilling here, and 2. Obama’s spending policies have so cheapened the international value of the American dollar that it buys less oil.

Gasoline Prices and Dollar Prices

By Joseph Svetlic February 24, 2012 American Thinker (excerpt)

“It's not that gasoline is more expensive; it's just that your dollars are worth less. But neither the media nor the political establishment wants you to realize the real reason Americans are experiencing pain at the pump.

Surging gasoline prices are back in the news, and President Obama shows his concern for Americans by doing what he does best. He gave a speech. Happy now?

Of course the grumpy old conservative naysayers place blame on the Obama administration for the surging prices! They point to the administration's denial of the Keystone pipeline and additional supply of Canadian oil sands as illustrative of an anti-energy policy that tries to dictate against the free market that we are all to drive flammable 40-mile/charge Chevy Volts. They point to Obama's own Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, who believes that "[s]omehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe."

They point out that President Obama doesn't in fact have a problem with high gas prices; he just prefers a "gradual adjustment." (Is four years long enough?) They point to the reaction of Speaker Pelosi in May 2007 when the average national gas price was only $3.05/gallon, calling it the Bush administration's "failure" and accusing the Bush administration of years of policies favoring "Big Oil." They point to the price of gasoline on January 20, 2009 being a bargain at $1.83/gallon, now having basically doubled and headed much higher. Effective talking points all….

The dollars that you have in your pocket are pieces of paper that hold value only because they are "backed by a gun." The "gun" being the United States Government and the Federal Reserve. The dollars that you have in your pocket are "fiat money" (the term "fiat" is Latin for "let it be done"), not backed by anything of actual value since August 15, 1971. Cash is just paper. Call them Bernanke Bucks.

What "stores" value, if not the "let it be done" Bernanke Bucks that are "backed by a gun"? Precious metals, of course. Traditionally hedges against inflation because they are always worth something. They are valuable by themselves, without the gun.

They are real, hard money, as opposed to fiat currency. They possess qualities that have been valued by humans ever since we started pulling them from the ground long ago. Therefore, there will always be a market for them. They have "objective value." So let's talk about the price of gas compared to something of actual objective value: precious metals.

If you pulled up to a 7-11 station on January 20, 2009 and all you had was silver American Eagles in your pocket, how many ounces of silver would you have paid per gallon? On that very day, silver was trading at around $11.47 per ounce. The average price of a gallon of gasoline was around $1.83 per gallon....

So to purchase 10 gallons of gas for your Toyota Prius (alas, there was no such thing as a Chevy Volt at the time) would've cost you 1.6 ounces of silver.

Fast-forward to today. If you pulled up to a 7-11 station today in your flammable Chevy Volt, things would be different. As of this writing, silver is trading at $34.190 per ounce. As of this writing, the average price gasoline is $3.545 per gallon....

A 10-gallon fill-up for your Chevy Volt today would cost you an ounce of silver, or a single silver American Eagle coin. That's down from 1.6 ounces of silver for the same 10-gallon fill-up in January 2009....

Alternatively, the Obamedia could credibly claim that gas prices are even a little cheaper compared to gold. Working out the same formula with gold, you would fork over 0.002133 ounces of gold (at $858/ounce) in January 2009, while you would pay 0.002018 ounces of gold (at $1756.40) today. See?! Gas is even 5.4% cheaper today when compared to gold. High gas prices? What are you talking about, rubes?

In all seriousness, what do these numbers mean for what you are paying at the pump?

Here we have the main point of this piece, so let's go throat-clearing in red:

It is not that the price of gas is more expensive; it is that your dollars are worth less .

This is evident to anyone with a modem, a calculator, and a basic knowledge of economics. Even more obvious to anyone who has read Rand. The "destroyers" described by d'Anconia are destroying the fiat dollar. They are the Federal Reserve led by Bernanke, who has enabled the Obama administration's spending spree to the tune of over $5 trillion in debt for a single term through artificially low interest rates and "quantitative easing" (i.e., monetizing the debt). The same person, Bernanke, has testified under oath that the Federal Reserve "will not monetize the debt." Yet it is obvious that that is exactly what has happened. It ought not surprise anyone with a knowledge of history that the present Obama-Bernanke fiscal-monetary course is exactly opposite the policies of President Reagan and Federal Reserve Chairman Volcker in the early 1980s, with predictably very different results. So we now have inflation coupled with low economic growth, or stagflation.

Welcome back, Carter. ” American Thinker

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At 7:52 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

I don't buy this explanation. I'm with Bill O'Reilly and Lew Dobbs on this one.
Every single year right around spring time, the oil companies pull this crap on us. Then the price goes down for some unknown reason. Obama loves this gasoline price hike because it satisfies his "Green Agenda."
I'm happy that Bill O is talking about this because the other Obama throne sniffing talking heads on the other channels aren't even saying a word.
I've been Tweeting my opposition to these gas prices all week long and frankly, I feel like a lone voice in the wilderness.
I want to know where Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and little "Chuckie" Schumer are right now on these gasoline price hikes. They were pretty vocal on this subject back when Bush was in office. Where are they now? Hummmm, I can only hear crickets!

I don't even watch the GOP debates. They're ridicules to watch and listen to. Who the heck wants to listen to,-- "I'm more conservative than he is," and the stupid questions that the Liberal moderators are throwing out there that have absolutely nothing to do with the economy and how bad things are today under this useless President who has done nothing for this country since he took office.
What they ought to be doing is turning their questions around on them as Newt Gingrich has been doing, and talk about the things that can be changed right now.

From what I understand about these gasoline prices, there are way too many blends of gasoline that go to certain areas of our nation and if they could eliminate them altogether, it would be a big savings in money. I know they won't do that and I don't see Obama getting these oil execs together and laying down the law to them because he couldn't care less what you I have to pay at the pumps, or what effect this is going to have on everything including food prices.
Instead, he and his wife are going to continue to hop on Air Force #1 on one of their many whims and fly to Chigago or NY for a pizza on your dime. If you look closely, you may even see Michell's $400.00 sneakers that she's grown accustomed to wearing.

At 8:35 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Joe, Perhaps you have forgotten the reason for the first OPEC oil embargo in 1973. Gold had been held at $32 per ounce from 1933 to 1972 when Nixon allowed gold to float and be bought by Americans. Gold rapidly went to $100. The Arabs felt cheated because they sold oil for dollars and then bought gold. Oil was $2.30 per barrel before the embargo. When the gold-dollar-oil relationship was resumed, the Arabs were happy and they ended the embargo.

At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

The only thing I can remember from 1973 and 1974 was having to wait in long gas lines to fuel up and it was all because of Nixen's oil embargo. I remember some jerk who ran a Chevron Station in Mansfield who was selling gasoline by appointment only. Today, there's a Dunkin Donuts where his gas station used to stand and he's pushing up daisies in the town cemetery.
I was watching the Factor last night and Jesse watters was interviewing some young people in some place in CA. Very few of them seemed to be attuned to what's going on, while others were completely ignorant. One guy looked and acted like he was spaced out on drugs.
It just seems mind boggling that some of these individuals will vote for Obama again. These people are either stupid or they're suckers for punishment.
What is really scary is the fact that these people vote, and this is what we're up against in this country.

The Liberal elite news media keeps lying to the folks about Obama because they know that they won't get through to the savvy people, but they know that they're lies can convince these pea brains in the Jesse Watters interview. These are the ones they are aiming for in their effort to help Obama get relected. We can only hope that they will stay home on election day or that we can outnumber them at the voting booth.

We all need to sound off. It's really immaterial how or why we got in this predicament. It's not going to change how we go about getting out of it.
The fact remains that we have local representatives and Federal Government reps who need to hear from us on this issue. We need to put pressure on them. The best way to do that is to sound off like Bill O and Fox & Friends have been doing. I applaud them. At least someone is in our corner because it sure ain't our "Commander in Cheat", Barack Obama.


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