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Original post made by nancy s on May 9, 2012

All I am hearing and reading about in the news says gas prices are falling. Here is quote from an article I read today in a national paper..."Since gasoline hit $3.94 a gallon on April 5, the price at the pump has dropped by 19 cents to a national average of $3.75, reports the AAA national motorists club". Yet at the AM/PM gas station at Bernal & Stanley the long time steady price of $4.05 jumped in one day at the end of last week to $4.11 and then 2 days later jumped to $4.13. Are we getting screwed or what.

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Posted by Mr. Mittens, a resident of another community
on May 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm

As you'll recall, Nancy, the price of gas was consistently below $1.80 a gallon throughout the entirety of Bush's 8 years in office. Then the new guy entered office and prices have been well over $5.00 a gallon for the past 3 and 1/2 years. It's almost treasonous when you think how far out of his depth this new guy has been.

Part of the problem of late is that our President's sanctions on Iran has forced Iran to withhold oil from the European market, thus pushing world gas prices up, up, up. Now, were I President, by gosh, I'd bomb Iran and then force them to put their oil back into Europe. I'd say this would take about a week. It would be a slam dunk, actually. And then we'd have gas prices below $1.80 again. I never raised the country's gas prices one cent while I was governor of Massachusetts.

Just in case you're wondering how we'd finance the bombing and necessary invasion: the Iranian oil wells would cover the cost. See? These are the kinds of brilliant ideas one gets from being a businessman.


Posted by CA formula, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm

First, to CA gas. Never forget, every day regardless of any other prices, CA environmentalists make us create our own special unique formula gas that we cannot get anywhere else,,, a super-duper formula, at a super-duper HIGH price. let's hear it for a BIG thanks to the eco-extremists !
AND, to foreign affairs, when Bush transferred to Obama we had 30,000+ troops in the mid-east, now it's been escalated to 90,000.
With the winding-down 'talk' it will ease down to 60,000. whoopie! Well, some improvement is better than nothing.. it's inching back S L O W L Y,'til 2014, Of course like Diane Finstein said, for the rest, all is for naught. Taliban now knows when we take some out in 2014, then more in 2024, they KNOW all they have to do it wait ! We've told teliban our plans,,,,she doesn't like that, no do I,


Posted by Mr. Mittens, a resident of another community
on May 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Golly, CA Formula, you seem to be more than a wee bit confused. Or perhaps you're knowingly lying with your numbers. Which is okay, because everybody lies once in a while. Heh-heh-heh. As long as it makes Obama look bad, I'm okay with that. So let me join in. Since Bush left office the new guy has taken all our troops out of Iraq. (Pity that, because some of my best friends are board members at Halliburton.) The new guy has increased the number of troops in Afghanistan, but what has THAT gotten us? I mean it's not as if they were needed to get Osama bin Laden or anything, after all.

But of course none of this has any bearing on Nancy's question about high gas prices. So, in other words, you're so off topic it isn't even funny. But that's okay. Join in the fun. Have you heard rumors about someone treasonous in the Oval Office? Heavens, I'm not accusing anyone. Just asking.


Posted by CA formula, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 10, 2012 at 12:09 am

Yes, I should have been clearer between Iraq and Afghanistan. My numbers are accurate, Should I repeat them? .easy to remember rounded 30k, 90k, drop to 60k. They are soldiers fighting 'over there'. To a Mom who lost her son, does it matter which ? ? ? I think not, smart axx, And Sen Feinstein and many others are not happy that we've announced our numbers and dates ! ! ! And the 'chatter' last week made it sound like thousands were boarding the planes,...they are NOT, not by a long shot, and not for a long time, The dates and the numbers are horrific ! ! ! my little chickadee !


Posted by steve, a resident of Stoneridge
on May 10, 2012 at 12:36 am

Sorry there, CA, but you've lost me. High gas prices? Don't get me wrong, I'm on your side my brother, because we need to keep sludgehammering the almighty and powerful one Obama. That's are major aim right now to get rid of Obama the tyrannical Socialist god. But we're over there in Afganistand to help the Republican backed military get Osama and the rest of them. If Mitt Romney hadn't of forced Obama's hand last year, Obama bin Laudin would still be roaming free. Thank God for Mitt Romney's strong leadership. Only a good businessman can run this country the way it needs to be run. And God Bless America.


Posted by CA formula, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 10, 2012 at 7:33 am

Steve, you speak with fork-tongue, and I was replying to the FULL-time phony troll Mittens bringing the mid-east in on high gas prices.

Lying trolls intend to confuse the uninformed. Fact, In two years, 2014 we will 'wind down' to 60,000 troops. There were 38,000 American troops in mid-east when Obama took office. He increased troops, so a wind-down is still GREATER than it WAS. So stop the lying to the uninformed about the reality of what winding
down really means. People need to put 'winding-down' campaign speak in perspective. I originally logged on to answer why CA gas prices in different...we live in our own, unique extreme eco world of higher than everybody else gas....always because we cannot use gas from anywhere else ! brilliant!


Posted by Frank, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

@ mr. mittens...please get your facts straight, the highest price I have ever paid for gas was during the summer of 2008. Before the current president was even voted into office. I paid $4.83/gal for regular.


Posted by tim, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

state and local taxes on gas are based on the price. the higher the price, the more taxes are collected.


Posted by michele, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I haven't paid $1.80 for gas since the Clinton administration. Mr. mittens is not only in the wrong decade, but the wrong administration. How soon we forget!


Posted by michele, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Although I do see Mr. Mittens sarcasm, which is entertaining as well.


Posted by Sybil, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Yeah, Michele, that troll mittens is a hoot. As are you....neither adding value to the conversation. Remember, don't feed the trolls. We don't want to encourage their inane blather.


Posted by steve, a resident of Stoneridge
on May 10, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Michele is probably Mr. Mittens' wife whose also getting paid 20 cents a word by his holiness Obama to prevent real intellectual conversation from occuring here. Mr. Mittens is also Mr. Cold Nose on other sites around the country. Notice how he doesn't even sign in from a Peasanton address. He wants us to believe hes from Utah, but he really from Washington DC (Dictrict of Communism).


Posted by AlamedaCountyNative, a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

One of the reasons we pay more than other states is the tax of $.64 per gallon, including Fed tax of 18.4 cents


Posted by David Axelrod , a resident of another community
on May 11, 2012 at 9:05 am

We should congratulate the President for bringing gas prices down, FORWARD!
Web Link


Posted by Michele, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

Sybil: I contributed more to the convo than you did. You used it as an opportinity to "attack" someone who corrected the first commenter about the topic atbhand. Nice job!
Steve: you're giving too much credit here... I mean really... Mr. Mittens wife? You and Sybil must be married and working for the "other side".

Again, I find both of your comments just as entertaining as the first one.


Posted by Mike Cheney, a resident of Downtown
on May 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I've seen two comments on this forum that have been something worth commenting on; 1) Tim - Talks about the cost of gas and taxes. This is one of the biggest reasons why our government sees no reason to lower gas prices. They make more money to keep it were it's at.
2)AlamedaCountyNative - Also makes statement of the taxes we pay are based on .64 cents per a gallon State tax and 18.4 cents Fed. Are these Taxes based on a per gallon cost or on a percentage of the cost per gallon? Either way I see no advantage for the government to lower the price of our gas. By keeping prices high forces us to look into developing other possible alternative fuels or means of transportation. Research has shown that the US has more oil then any other Nation and by the time we have used everyone ells's oil we will be onward to another resource for our transportation needs. Is this truly the BIG PICTURE? We are so far into debt NOW that we need to look long and hard at finding the way out of this NOW! It's not going to be making us pay high prices for another countries oil that's going to get it done. We have an option to use Natural Gas that would get us away from the high price of oil. Most car companies are making or are looking to make Bi-fuel cars that are able to use gas or Natural gas. I'm not saying this is the answer to are debt problems but it is a way to try and get away from the gas pump costs. If you go to Natural gas you could fill up at your home every night off your gas meter. It's true! Look into it and you'll see there is a system called Phill that makes this possible. I am a plumber by trade and we could plumb the system from your Natural Gas meter so you could stop having to go to the gas station entirely for your normal commute and around town runs. What do you believe is the answer? And YES, Nancy S., WE ARE GETTING SCREWED!!


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