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Tag: gas prices

May
26th

PAY: Liberals show irrationality on minimum wage

Why is it that our friends on the left seem to understand economic realities on some things, yet forget about them on others?

They realize that if you make a resource more expensive we will use less of it. They have wisely raised the price of cigarettes. Fewer of us are now smoking. Through their regulations, they have raised the price of gasoline. Many have moved to alternative fuels. Obamacare has raised the price of Cadillac-plan medical policies, and fewer of us are getting them.

Liberals also know that if they can make a resource cheaper, we will use more

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March
5th

GAS: We suffer from manipulation economics

Re: “There are reasons gas got so pricey” (TNT, 3-4).

I read this article with great interest and thought, here we go again!

Although the price of oil has remained steady, the price of gasoline has shot up once again in recent days. So what happens next? Well, the public will complain and Congress will investigate and later find price manipulation. Then, as the oil companies make a fortune, they will later agree to pay a government settlement of less than 10 to 20 percent of the profits they reaped.

But the kicker is they will never admit guilt, and when the conditions

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Jan.
12th

GAS: Government wants to take away our raise

Since the price of gas has gone down by close to $2 a gallon, every Washington citizen on average has received a raise of $250 a month. Does this make the government happy? Yes, but not because we have more money; it’s because they want to increase the gas tax to take away this raise.

Our governor wants a carbon tax that will be passed on to U.S. citizens in the form of higher prices on gas. He wants to the green governor at the expense of taking the “green” out of our pockets.

I know $250 a month is nothing

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Oct.
24th

ELECTION: Is this what TNT is endorsing?

Re: “With sobered expectations, Obama for president” (editorial, 10-24).

Is this what The News Tribune endorses for America?

• An unemployment rate of nearly 8 percent today, when we were promised the rate would fall to 5 percent with the $800 billion-plus stimulus?

• A doubling of gas prices?

• $6 trillion added to the national debt?

• An increase of food stamp usage from 32 million to 46 million users?

• A nearly $4,000 decrease in median income for the middle class?

• A 2,700-page health care law with over 1,300 waivers given to Democratic allies and patrons?

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Oct.
10th

DEFICIT: We need leadership in D.C.

Let’s all face the facts. America is going broke. Democrats blame George W. Bush. Republicans blame Barack Obama. That doesn’t really matter. We have had four years of just blame and an increase in the deficit to over $16 trillion from about $10 trillion.

Depending on which side from Washington you listen to, if D.C. does nothing (sounds like Congress to me), it will grow another $10 trillion in the next 10 years.

The good news is we have the ability to solve this problem. If we were to tap into all of our current energy resources, we could solve

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July
16th

GAS: How can price go up 16 cents in eight hours?

On my way home Friday I noticed a gas station that had been at $3.49 per gallon that morning when I went to work and on the way home it was at $3.65. How could gas take that much of a jump in eight hours?

Someone needs to start keeping an eye on the gasoline wholesalers and stations in Tacoma and in the entire state. Seems they can post just about any price they want and say the cost went up. The price of oil hasn’t changed in weeks.

This seems to be another gouge ‘em tactic that we Washingtonians

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June
29th

GAS: Oil companies backed down

Sometime in March, I wrote a letter suggesting that oil companies were responsible for the high gas prices. I predicted, and it turned out to be true, that they would end the quarter with incredibly high profits because there was no supply-and-demand reason for the price increases.

Note what has happened since. When President Obama seemed not to be blamed for those high prices by the U.S. populace, the oil companies backed down. Gas prices are where they were before the uproar, or at least close. No Republicans have been screaming about the high prices for the past month.

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June
21st

GAS: Cantwell’s threat paid off

All it took was the threat of an investigation to get the price of fuel in our state to drop down toward the national average.

Two weeks ago the price of regular was $4.16 at Costco in Puyallup, well above the national average. Today it’s $3.54 and dropping like a rock. What a difference, thanks to the efforts of Maria Cantwell.