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    Asked About Rising Gas Prices, Obama Says, 'Think About A Trade-In’
    Thursday, April 07, 2011
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    President Barack Obama participates in a town hall meeting with workers at Gamesa Wind PA factory in Fairless Hills, Pa., on April 6, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

    (CNSNews.com) - At a gathering in Pennsylvania Wednesday, President Obama told a man who questioned him about rising gas prices to think about trading in his gas guzzler for a vehicle with better mileage.

    With demand for oil contributing the price hike – and on top of that, the upheavels in the Middle East making folks “nervous” -- President Obama said there are three things the U.S. can do – but nothing that will work in the next few weeks.

    One solution, he said, is to increase U.S. oil production. But, he added, “We can’t just drill our way out of the problem. And that’s why the second thing we can do is increase efficiency on cars and trucks, which is where most of our oil is used.”

    Obama said the third step is to “start looking at electric cars, and maybe natural gas cars, so that we’re not just using petroleum to power our vehicles.”

    Addressing the questioner, Obama conceded, “None of that is going to help you this week, though. So, like I said, if you’re getting eight miles a gallon you may want to think about a trade-in. You can get a great deal. I promise you, GM or Ford or Chrysler, they’re going to be happy to give you a deal on something that gets you better gas mileage.”

    When he mentioned the need to boost fuel efficiency for cars and truck, Obama singled out some in the audience for applauding:

    “Now, I notice some folks clapped, but I know some of these big guys, they’re all still driving their big SUVs. You know, they got their big monster trucks and everything. You’re one of them? Well, now, here’s my point. If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting eight miles a gallon -- you may have a big family, but it’s probably not that big. How many you have? Ten kids, you say? Ten kids? (Laughter.) Well, you definitely need a hybrid van then. (Laughter.)
    The dude is kind of out of touch. Even Hummers get 13 mpg and every other SUV has much better mileage. Beyond that, the total cost of buying another car with better mileage is way, way more than any savings from fuel economy. He's showing his class bias here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    The dude is kind of out of touch.
    I disagree because he said this:

    You can get a great deal. I promise you, GM or Ford or Chrysler, they’re going to be happy to give you a deal on something that gets you better gas mileage.
    He is pushing what are pecieved as American companies. That plays well for those who work for a living.
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    I disagree because he said this:

    You can get a great deal. I promise you, GM or Ford or Chrysler, they’re going to be happy to give you a deal on something that gets you better gas mileage.
    He is pushing what are pecieved as American companies. That plays well for those who work for a living.
    It still doesn't make any financial sense for the average person. A car note is going to eat up family finances a lot faster than gas prices. Advising Americans to take on more debt right now is awful advice. It's fine that he's promoting quasi-American cars but he seems to have no sensitivity about how that kind of debt impacts people. A lot of people are in bad financial shape party because of their upside-down car debts.
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    fuck him, it's hard enough to pay my rent/house payment without this fuckers shity economic polices fucking up, let alone going and getting a new vehicle, hell hard enough to get it fixed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arroyo_Doble View Post
    I disagree because he said this:

    You can get a great deal. I promise you, GM or Ford or Chrysler, they’re going to be happy to give you a deal on something that gets you better gas mileage.
    He is pushing what are pecieved as American companies. That plays well for those who work for a living.
    Only if you can pay cash on the barrel head. All the hype about unemployment going down is bullshit. People are scared that they may be laid off. Gas prices up, food prices up and inflation is right around the corner. Now is not the right time to be putting on more debt for the average family. Buying a new vehicle ONLY works well for those that are in good financial shape. We do not need more repo cars.

    FYI, we need a President that encourages foreign investments not some dumb ass like Obama. This fool does not know or understand Economics 101. Also, suing states and bashing Las Vegas is not going to get the job done.
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    Why we are in the financial mess that we are...

    Voters question...
    My x year old (probably paid off) car only get 15 miles to the gallon and I can't afford the gas price hikes.

    Politicians answer...
    Spend 20 to 40 thousand on a new car that gets 30 miles to the gallon. You will cut your gas costs in half.

    Voters question...
    But what about the 400 car payment for the next 5 years and the higher insurance. All that would buy a lot of gas, wouldn't it?

    Politicians answer...
    I believe I answered your question. Next?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    The dude is kind of out of touch. Even Hummers get 13 mpg and every other SUV has much better mileage. Beyond that, the total cost of buying another car with better mileage is way, way more than any savings from fuel economy. He's showing his class bias here.

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    He's not "kind of" out of touch. He's way out of touch. He's so busy living off the taxpayers that he can't begin to relate to regular people. Remember in the campaign when he kept talking about arugula? Many plain folks don't eat that fancy lettuce. They probably eat iceberg or maybe romaine.

    He is showing not only class bias but the fact that he has no class. It reminds me of a long ago, faraway time when Hillary was pushing her health care bill. Someone in the insurance industry asked the first lady at the time what was he supposed to do when she destroyed her industry. She replied, "You look like a bright person. You can get a new job." This was said to a guy in his late 50's, maybe early 60's. I met the guy at a conference, where he told this story. She didn't care about anyone other than shoving her disastrous health care plan down our throats.

    Wait---does that sound like what's going on now? :eek:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    The dude is kind of out of touch. Even Hummers get 13 mpg and every other SUV has much better mileage. Beyond that, the total cost of buying another car with better mileage is way, way more than any savings from fuel economy. He's showing his class bias here.

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    Obama aside, all the government can do right now to mitigate the problem is to suspend gasoline taxes, but that only works if they legally freeze the price of gasoline at present levels. Otherwise, the oil companies will simply raise the price 36¢ and pocket the tax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    Obama aside, all the government can do right now to mitigate the problem is to suspend gasoline taxes, but that only works if they legally freeze the price of gasoline at present levels. Otherwise, the oil companies will simply raise the price 36¢ and pocket the tax.
    wrong, what can be done is take Oil out of the futures market, there is way too much speculation. Oil should never have been put in that situation
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    "8 miles per gallon"?
    Christ, what is wrong with this guy? Almost nothing is getting 8 MPG.

    If you need to exaggerate to make your point, maybe you just don't have much of a point.
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