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Demos: Bishop, Altschuler Spin Their Wheels as Gas Crisis Worsens

Congressional candidate George Demos targets rivals over gas prices.

We've reached the day gasoline costs more on Long Island than anywhere else in America. But when we asked our leaders, "What are you going to do about it?" they only seemed to hear: "What are you going to say about it to keep me off your back?"

Call it Beltway Tinnitus: Consultants, party bosses and special interests ringing in a politician's ears and drowning out the voice of the people. Randy Altschuler may have early onset of the condition, because he has yet to say a single word on this crisis.

Maybe that's because, until recently, he was a card-carrying member of the Green Party — the radical, left-wing fringe that fantasizes about hiking the gas tax. When Randy joined the Greens in 2000, their platform actually called for punishing owners of vehicles like minivans or trucks, and halting energy exploration on the outer continental shelf.

Timothy Bishop's proposal is no better, and certainly nothing concrete like building the Keystone oil pipeline from our ally up north. No, the only idea Bishop proposes is cutting subsides for gas companies.

That'll drive down fuel costs, right?

Wrong.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, says it "will not reduce gasoline prices by one penny." And a Democrat committee stated: "Repealing the oil industry's tax subsidies will not impact gas prices for American consumers," language Bishop included in a 2010 statement but scrubbed from last week's reheated version.

Our fishermen can't fill their tanks with empty gestures. Recently, Newsday reported that federal fluke quotas (which Bishop promises to fix every election year) force Islanders to unload their nets elsewhere. One Montauk-based captain sails 30-hours out of his way to New Jersey.

Anyone who's fed a hungry boat motor shudders to imagine his fuel bill.

But rest easy, baymen! This isn't a "crisis," not if you listen Bishop and Obama. They banned that word from their recent statements, as if they can change reality by changing terms. No, no, they say. This is just a "spike" or "fluctuation." It reminds me of Ronald Reagan's quip in 1980: "Let it show on the record that when the American people cried out for economic help, Jimmy Carter took refuge behind a dictionary."

Long Islanders know this is a crisis, just as we know the Keystone pipeline is a good idea. NPR reported that when Regular gas jumped 59¢ in New York, in Denver it rose just 25¢, thanks mostly "to bargain-priced oil coming in from Canada."

So why is Bishop silent on Keystone? His union friends support it. Does he stand with them and with us, or with Obama and $100 fill-ups?

Obama keeps saying, "There are no quick fixes," scolding us like impatient children. He says we have to sit idle, watching our salaries go up in smoke out our tailpipes, waiting for magic fuels the Greens have been promising for decades.

But if we don't hit the brakes on these prices and fast, we'll pass $5 gas by summer. That won't be a crisis; it'll be a catastrophe, especially for our tourism industry.

Truth is, Obama doesn't mind gold-plated gas. In 2008, AP reported he "suggested that the main problem with high gasoline prices is their rapid rise, not their total of about $4," and his Energy Secretary said: "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," about 2-1/2 times ours.

Well, Americans don't want European gas prices.

We want action.

Investor's Business Daily suggests, "Obama could drive down oil prices right now simply by announcing a more aggressive effort to boost domestic supplies. When President Bush lifted a moratorium in 2008, oil prices immediately fell $9 a barrel." In 2006, Mr. Bush also suspended the federal mandates on "boutique fuels," the dozens of different gas blends that refineries produce for specific regions of the country, allowing cheaper blends to flow nationwide.

There are other ideas, too. Remember when Hillary Clinton and John McCain suggested a Gas Tax Holiday? Very few people liked it, but at least the Senators tried. They recognized that throwing our hands up in surrender isn't the Spirit of '76. It's not the guts that split the atom and put a man on the moon. If at first we don't succeed, we "try, try again."

After all, we are Americans. We can solve any problem if government gets out of our way.

So to Tim Bishop, I say: Don't be afraid to trust the people for answers, don't let Beltway Tinnitus deafen you to their wisdom — and please, don't tell us there's nothing Washington can do.

President Obama promised he'd lower the seas if we elected him.

Compared to that, lowering the price of Regular should be a snap.

Argile March 03, 2012 at 04:26 AM
And handing out bailout money and putting everyone in debt is a solution?
Argile March 03, 2012 at 04:29 AM
We need to start using our own oil. It's the only way to force prices down. More money will stay in the US instead of going to foreign countries and the money we save will boost the economy. It's too bad Obozo and his administration can't figure this out.
Chico Little March 03, 2012 at 04:30 AM
I read several ideas, including the Keystone pipeline President Clinton just came out and urged Democrats to "embrace." You can disagree or agree, but it's just lazy and silly to claim there are no ideas when anyone can see them there -- and then says, "Oh, actually this is just a person too lazy to argue the points." Agree with you 100% about Altschuler and Bishop, but as a point of order I don't get why you'd say there are no ideas. These are all ideas. Get to work offering something better! "Investor's Business Daily suggests, "Obama could drive down oil prices right now simply by announcing a more aggressive effort to boost domestic supplies. When President Bush lifted a moratorium in 2008, oil prices immediately fell $9 a barrel." In 2006, Mr. Bush also suspended the federal mandates on "boutique fuels," the dozens of different gas blends that refineries produce for specific regions of the country, allowing cheaper blends to flow nationwide. "There are other ideas, too. Remember when Hillary Clinton and John McCain suggested a Gas Tax Holiday? Very few people liked it, but at least the Senators tried."
BillLongisland March 03, 2012 at 01:01 PM
White House Wants to Keep Gas Prices High With the national average of gas prices hitting $3.65 a gallon, nearing $6 in some parts of the country, and poised to head even higher, America's families are wondering when the bleeding at the pump will stop. But for Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu, those steep prices aren't even a concern. In fact, he says his goal is not to get the price of gasoline to go down. Chu delivered those stunning remarks in testimony before Congress yesterday. When Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) asked Chu whether it's his "overall goal to get our price" of gasoline lower, Chu said, "No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil, to build and strengthen our economy." As shocking as his remarks are, they shouldn't come as a surprise. Chu has a long record of advocating for higher gas prices. In 2008, he stated, "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe." Last March, he reiterated his point in an interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace, noting that his focus is to ease the pain felt by his energy policies by forcing automakers to make more fuel-efficient automobiles. "What I'm doing since I became Secretary of Energy has been quite clear. What I have been doing is developing methods to take the pain out of high gas prices." http://links.heritage.org/hostedemail/email.htm?CID=11297877873&ch=D6C7697F4F2A22A670F9E5526627D4B7&h=7b0e28bc89be1ef0e48c5dd9b36cf4b9&ei=WqdgzY8N-%20
Gramps Pupany March 03, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Another knuckle-head, who advocates less government one day and government intervention the next.
Alicia Palifka March 03, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Self proclaimed conservative (Mr. Demos) who is engaged to a staunch democrat who most recently gave 30,000 to the Democratic campain. Hum.....
William Swiskey sr March 04, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Yea, Maybe that's the result of telling the truth. You can support the boys in power all you want they are doing nothing. Good luck with that approach
Hazel Wilkonson the First March 04, 2012 at 02:09 AM
And exactly how much oil do "we" have, robocuz? And then tell is how long it will last. And then explain to us how much it will lower gas prices and for how long. Hint: the truth cannot be found at the heritage foundation website
Hazel Wilkonson the First March 04, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Mr Demos, even democrats know that Mary Landrieu is bought and paid for by big oil. And Newsday? You are going to have to do a lot better than that. Of course, as evidenced by so many posters to this article, there are plenty of know-nothing's willing to accept your nonsense - they're often referred to as "the republican base"
highhatsize March 04, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Georgie is such a sweetie. He makes everything so simple. Like talking about the fluke fisherman who goes thirty miles out of his way to unload his catch (in order to avoid legal restrictions meant to improve the fishery.) And the Keystone Pipeline. Of course we should enable the Canadians to ship oil to China. Why not? Environmental perils are just the cost of doing business with Big Oil. Just because gas will cost us exactly the same with or without Keystone is no reason to oppose it, right? If we end subsidies to Big Oil, gasoline will cost exactly the same. Agreed. But Big Oil will pay its fair share of income tax just as if it was you or me. Is there something wrong with that? Georgie, we don't see a lot of you out here. We East Enders would be a lot more sympathetic to your candidacy if you would meet and greet us. How about a free lobster/music fest at Gabreski Airport. I believe that Randy already has July 4th reserved but we could pencil you in for Labor Day.
Argile March 04, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Listen grandma, it's all going to run out eventually. Might as well use it and boost the economy. Unless of course you love all these bailouts with money that our future generations will have to repay.
HeyJoe March 04, 2012 at 05:50 AM
havent you far right wingnuts wrecked the economy enough times in the last 25 years?
Argile March 04, 2012 at 08:04 AM
If you look at history it's pretty much a 50-50 split. But I can blame the libtards for the increase in the dependent class since the New Deal back in 1933. All these welfare entitlements were supposed to prevent poverty instead today people from all over the world come to the US to abuse them since libtards don't have the balls to say no to the abusers. You must be so proud!
Hazel Wilkonson the First March 04, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Yes, Robcuz, people from all over the world risk life and limb to come here and take advantage of the opportunity to one day receive $32 a week in food stamps and that world class, private healthcare system that ranks as one of the most inefficient and ineffective in the world.
Hazel Wilkonson the First March 04, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Hey joe, the right wing isn't concerned with the economy. They don't want to eliminate poverty, they want to eliminate the poor.
Peter Sivere March 04, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Goerge Demos is a disgrace. http://newyorklibertyreport.com/?p=6203
forward thinking March 04, 2012 at 04:28 PM
HAVENT YOU FAR LEFT WINGNUTS WRECKED THE ECONOMY ENOUGH TIMES WITH "THE GREAT GIVE AWAY" RIGHTIES MAKE IT LEFTIES GIVE IT AWAY
forward thinking March 04, 2012 at 04:33 PM
THE O NLY CONCERN RIGHT HAS WITH THE ECONOMY IS HOW MUCH IS THE NEXT LEFT GIVE AWAY GOING TO COST US - ADDING TO THE DECREASE IN ECONOMY -- LETS MAKE THE 543 WHO GET FREE MEDICAL (BETTER THAN OURS) GET HIGHER AND LESS TIME TO QUALIFY "RETIREMENT - GIVE SOME UP - ECONOMY REDUCTION LIKE IN BUSINESS (THAT IS FOR THOSE WHO ARE WORKING AND NOT FREE LOADING) STARTS AT THE TOP... ,MG'MT CUTS FIRST
We Heart Long Island March 04, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Hey George major fail. Your first sentence is wrong. I will assume the others are also. A quick search will show there are A LOT of places all over this country with higher gas prices. Remeber, Google is your friend.
Preliator March 04, 2012 at 05:56 PM
We have had no vision, no solutions and no ideas from Bishop. 2012, time for real change.
Preliator March 04, 2012 at 06:13 PM
These articles always have the Bishophilies sounding in with there MSNBC talking points but when you ask them list all the wonderful things Tim Bishop has done or his incredible plans for the future they have nothing, nada, zilch. No maybe you don't like Demos, Altschuler or anyone else but at least they are talking, who knows what Tim Bishop has planned, waiting for his ideas from Pelosi or 1600. Tim Bishop: his gas tank is already on empty.
Preliator March 05, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Still waiting for that awesome list of Bishop's legislative accomplishments? It must be very very long.
Argile March 05, 2012 at 10:27 PM
@ Preliator, it's a very long list of who he gave the taxpayers money too. The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money. - Margaret Thatcher
Hazel Wilkonson the First March 06, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Preliar, you are arguing with yourself
Preliator March 06, 2012 at 02:18 AM
You still can't answer my question, that is all any one needs to know. Cheers.
Peter Sivere March 08, 2012 at 01:11 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/14/the-secs-biggest-whistleb_n_529500.html#s79472&title=George_Demos_Peter
We Heart Long Island March 08, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I thought this guy was a tool because the first sentence of this article was a lie. I guess there are bigger reasons.
We Heart Long Island March 08, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I thought this guy was a tool because the first sentence of this article was a lie. I guess there are bigger reasons. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/14/the-secs-biggest-whistleb_n_529500.html#s79472&title=George_Demos_Peter
NY-1 Voter March 09, 2012 at 04:40 PM
http://thetruthaboutrandy.com/ The Truth About Randy Altschuler
john March 18, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Randy Altschuler sent out a letter on 2/28/2012 about high gas prices i will send a copy if needed Jack Mcintyre

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