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AMAC Chief Says ‘Drill, Drill, Drill’- Seniors are Hard Hit by Skyrocketing Gas Prices

BOHEMIA, NY, Mar 2 – “The steep hike in gas prices has all kinds of negative implications for the nation’s seniors.  But it seems President Obama doesn’t care who gets hurt this election year, as long as he appeases his ideological base of supporters and gets reelected,” according to Dan Weber, president and founder of the Association of Mature American Citizens [].

“It’s bad enough for those older Americans with jobs who need their cars to get to work.  It’s even worse for seniors on fixed incomes who have to pay more for their food because of higher transportation costs.”

Weber says he’s not blaming the president for causing the calamitous rise in fuel costs.  Rather, he says, he faults Mr. Obama for appearing to revel in the fact that the more people pay at the pump, the more support he might gain for his green energy agenda.

“The president says ‘Drill, Drill, Drill’ is a bumper sticker but his resort to mockery stems from the fact that he’s scared.  In particular, he’s afraid that his GOP challenger in November will expose his scheme to exploit the pain America feels due to unprecedented, excessively high gas prices in order to further his love affair with alternative sources of fuel and power.

“President Obama nixes the Keystone pipeline and imposes a moratorium on drilling and then says ‘it’s not my fault’ that gas prices are where they are.  Does this make sense?  I don’t think so.  We have more than enough oil reserves under our feet and off our shores to make us self-sufficient and able to stabilize prices at reasonably lower levels.  So, it turns out that the answer is, indeed, drill, drill, drill, especially in this day and age of cleaner extraction technologies.”

Weber points out that by simply announcing an aggressive, new initiative to significantly increase domestic production of oil and gas will be enough to begin reducing gas prices immediately.  “This is especially true since geologists are now convinced that the untapped American reserves of oil underground and offshore are far greater than imagined.  Wouldn’t it be great to be able to thumb our noses at unfriendly, foreign suppliers for the next century or so rather than having to bow to them.”

Obama knows that his opponent will to hold his feet to the fire on the issues that are important to the American people, and energy policies are at the top of the list.  And so he knows that he will be unable to hide the fact that he and his surrogates have been rooting for higher gas prices all along, Weber suggests.

“Perhaps the President Obama is counting on the fact that most people, mainly his base of far left supporters, won’t believe that a president would deliberately take measures that would help boost gas prices during hard economic times just to pursue an extremist energy agenda,” he asks.

“Perhaps he thinks that we’ll all forget that his hand-picked Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu, has already admitted that: ‘Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe’.”

As recently as February 29th, Secretary Chu went before Congress and confirmed to lawmakers that the administration’s policy is not focused on reducing gas prices but on promoting alternative energy sources.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue and other topics important to older Americans.  Please contact John Grimaldi at [email protected] to set up a chat.


The Association of Mature American Citizens [] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those traditional organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation.  Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.

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10 years ago

Obama, spreading Socialism since taking office, not only as Prez. but also when holding the office of SIN-a-tor.

blaine e melville
10 years ago

Obama has it in his head that the euro style prices will force us to be europe. I submit that the switch to green energy has been made into a giant ponzi scheme so his supporters can get a vast slush fund to spend as they want. When were these companies formed in the last 4 or 5 yrs? is that a coincidence knowing they had $$$ coming from the next potus was in their plans.. Solyndra wrkers recieved nearly all their pay plus 25000 inreeducation after wrking for one yr maybe more went their way the factory it’s still there same for all the other floops.Chevy volt their people are on furlough eg vacation same pay due to the jobs “bank” the uaw has. they are all flim flamming the US public and will vote for the “PAYMASTER” again you watch

10 years ago

If the people of this great country have not yet scene, learned and read about what this guy is all about. And they wish to stay uninformed and again vote him in then they deserve everything they get including $6.00 plus gas prices. In a few years they will be telling you when your going to live and when your going to die. I want to make that decision on my own not to have some pencil necked politician do it for me. Thanks for letting me rant.

Bill Harris
10 years ago

What a right-wing slanted piece. (e.g., “But it seems President Obama doesn’t care who gets hurt this election year, as long as he appeases his ideological base of supporters and gets reelected,”)

The oil and gas companies are BY FAR the largest contributors to Republican PACs.

If people are dumb enough to vote for the wealthy, then let them struggle on the crumbs they are thrown.

10 years ago
Reply to  Bill Harris

Maybe they will trade in their SUV now.

Nancy B.
10 years ago

I agree that we need to drill for our own oil. We need to use that oil here first. We don’t need Big Brother telling us what we should buy, what we should eat, what we should think, how much money we should be allowed, or how or where we should or should not worship.For two centuries this country did ok with its citizens able to make their own decisions. Gradually Big brother has usurped our indivivual rights until what used to be majority rule has become minorities dictating to the majority. Its time to take our country back! Lets start by voting Obama out! Then maybe we can drill for our own oil.

10 years ago

Just a thought…
President Obama and Energy Secretary Chu are forcing the gas prices higher because in their minds we Americans are using too much oil.
But I sometimes wonder “Are we?”
How much of the oil being used in this country is being consumed by the 12 million illegal aliens the government has refused to deport?
If we started enforcing the law and deporting illegal aliens we would probably create a surplus and when there is a surplus fuel costs usually go down.

10 years ago
Reply to  Wanda

You may not realize the Mexico has cars and uses oil too.

More importantly, they are a key supplier to US.

We would have a huge problem were it not for their kind contribution to our daily energy needs.

William Snyder
10 years ago

I am a member of a Medicare Advantage Plan which Obama wanted to aboish with ObamaCare and AARP endorsed his efforts.

AARP also seems to be in favor of “victim disarmament”, a term used by Jews For the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. Their website is I have been a life member of the NRA for almost 50 years, first joining while a member of a company rifle/pistol team in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. When Clinton was President, I had a bumper sticker which read “My President is Charlton Heston”.

When Jimmy Carter was President, my nieces who were in grade school at the time used to sing a song similar to the Oscar Mayer jingle: “My peanut has a first name Jimmy; my peanut has a second name. I sing it every day; and if you ask me why “I’ll say because Jimmy Carter has a way of messing up the U S A”. I suggest updating to”My ACORN has a first name B-A-R-A-C-K; my ACORN has a second name “O-B-A-M-A. I sing it every day because Barack Obama has a way of messing up the U S A”. I’d like to see children (and adults) all over our country singing it. If the GOP doesn’t make use of gas prices; their missing a big deal.

Chet Figurski, USMC,DAV
10 years ago

Ben, you are SO RIGHT. These idiots don’t have a clue about the great depression. Now Steve, suck on this, I was alive during that depression and your buddy, oguana is doing the same thing roosevelt did, and if not for WWII, we would still be in that depression. Wake up kid, and stop listening to your gestapo professors that are just as much a communist as you are.YOU PEOPLE MAKE ME SICK.

10 years ago

After reading all the comments listed I have comr to the conclusion that the oil and gas problem has been self inflicted by the oil companies of the US of A. We have quite a bit of the worlds oil supply. Has any one every questioned why we (oil companies) ship oil to other countries, when we as a nation are supposedly in short supply.
We produced millions of gals of oil daily!!!

10 years ago
Reply to  Peter-Lloyd

Peter, there are also huge tankers of “reserved” oil which float offshore but never get tapped. Why are these tankers’ reserves rarely released during a gas crisis ? Why does each administration (Dem or Rep) pretend we are solely dependent on OPEC to get our oil, decade after decade ? I do believe that if a good portion of the tankers’ oil reserves were released, our domestic oil was not sold to other countries and more new oil drilling was allowed, gas prices could easily come down to $1 – $2/gal. I have a strong feeling that we Americans are getting played big time.

10 years ago

I think that you are listening to too much Talk Radio and Fox Newscasters that are selectively feeding you information. Quite frankly, the real issue is not a shortage of oil in the US but it is the amount of petro products being refined in the Us and then being shipped to other countries, such as Chinaa. Now one can say that we should ban exporting petro products to Chican (or elsewhere) but do we really want to put those kinds of constraints on Ameerican businesses — I think not. The US and Americans still enjoy the lowest gasoline prices in the world. If we want to be part of a global economy, we simply have to pay global prices (or more near global prices) to be able to participate.

10 years ago
Reply to  EBG87

ebj87 since when has this great country followed anyones lead there is more oil under this countrys land than anywhere in the world combined, every one who voted for obummer needs to kick there selves and rethink there decision

10 years ago


10 years ago

Steve is what other forums call a “troll”. He has no interest in the AMAC, AMAC members or their goals. He posts to start “board wars” and get people worked up about his comments. I’ve seen this all too often.

The best way to deal with this is for the board moderator to disapprove his posts. AMAC members have enough to deal with with a failing economy, rising unemployment, Obamacase looming in the near future, etc, and should be allowed a forum to exchange ideas & discuss topics rather than dealing with “trolls”.

10 years ago

Steve. Read some of the comments posted here. It’s not all about you. Your vote for Obama will be cancelled out by most of the people here. And BTW, you’re not a conservative.

Frank Morale
10 years ago

Well, boys and girls look at this way; Obama’s “fundamental change” for America is the road to Calvary….and we just begun to climb!

10 years ago

Is this the “Steve O” forum? I am rather confused as to why you joined AMAC rather than AARP. Isn’t this a conservative organization?
Our country is having big problems. Has Obama done anything to set a short or long terrm fix to any of this?
So why do you give him a pass? After more than 3 years in office, don’t you think it’s HIS economy now?
The people who write comments here are angry and frustrated. (have you noticed?) And to tell you the truth, we’re all scared. We are now looking at a country that we no longer recognize. In a few ways, you think like Obama. I’d be interested to hear what you think of his healthcare initiative. You know, the thing he “forced” on the American people.

Maybe the next thing he’ll try to do is “force” us all to buy Chevy Volts. Seems like that would make you (and him) happy. It would also make the union at General Motors happy.

Your friends with the SUVs bought them under a free enterprise system. But it was THEIR decision and THEIR money.
Unlike the 500 million that was squandered by the Obama Administration on Solyndra without our say and with OUR money.

How bout giving everybody a break. You’re only making people more angry.

Wayne Spaulding
10 years ago

Contrary to the Presidents recent statement that “there is no quick fix to high gas prices and the nation cannot drill its way out of the problem,” he is not telling the truth.
There is an immediate solution to this problem. According to The Heritage Association he can “end the de facto moratorium on drilling, open offshore areas that are off-limits to drilling, place a 270-day limit on environmental reviews for energy projects on federal lands, remove regulatory delays, and approve Keystone”.
If he does all these things now the price of gas will be well on its way to less then $2.00/gallon by Election Day. If he does nothing it will be difficult for those of us who aren’t in the 1% of the population to have enough gas in our car to get to the polling place in our community and if we do get there we sure as hell will not vote for him regardless of who his opponent is.
The Democrats in the Congress better get their act together if they want to stay in the Congress and if they want to work for a Democratic President.
And the Republicans need to capitalize on this “take no action” approach by the President is they want to increase their position in the Congress and take over the White House.

Brad Thibodaux
10 years ago

Eventually we will need to develop more green energy sources. However, in it’s efforts to promote green energy the Obama administration has spent billions of tax dollars on projects that have proven to be failures before the money was given. For example, Solyndra and the other solar panel companies that were declared to be in financial trouble prior to the subsidies being given to them. General Motors built the Chevy Volt as an example of the future primarily for auto shows. President Obama insisted that it be mass produced. Imagine, a gas/hybrid that seats only 4 people anc sells for $41,000. GM was subsidized $49.5 billion dollars. Today, GM announced they would no longer produce the VOLT. These were all gov’t ideas that have proven to be dumb ideas.The government is subsidizing the ethanol producing companies to the tune of billions of dollars. What is being used to produce ethanol? Corn!! What is corn primarily used for? Feed for animals and hundreds of products for human consumption. What is the result of this idea? Price of ethanol is higher than gas, price of beef, chicken and other grocery products has risen dramatically. End result of using corn to make ethanol? A Higher cost of living. Another dumb gov’t idea. Until research can find green energy ideas that really work, the gov’t needs to expand the searh and drilling for oil and gas. This needs to be done offshore, on-shore and every other method available to produce oil. Why is it Obama won’t allow our oil companies to drill offshore but is allowing China and other countries to drill there. Didn’t the President recently sent a lot of money to one of the South American countries to build oil and gas refineries. Dumb idea. Canada has offered to build the Keystone pipeline from Canada to Texas and Louisiana refineries at no cost, which will provide thousands of jobs to US citizens. Obama said, no. Canada is negotiating with China to send their oil to China. President Obama has authorized the building of a soccer field at Gitmo for the pleasure of the terrorists imprisoned there, costing millions of dollars. Meanwhile the cost of health insurance for military personnel, Tricare, is being increased from $440 a year to over $2000 a year. Seems to me that the priorities of our gov’t needs to be reexamined. This ain’t right.

Terry Beasley
10 years ago

If all of you really want our country back, then vote for Newt Gingrich. If you will notice, the media and the democrats are the ones behind Romney and Santorum because they know Obama can beat both of them. They also know that Newt is the only one who can beat Obama. If Newt is elected President of the United States, he will, with Gods help and guidance, turn this whole thing around in his first term, and we will have our Christian nation back and we will not have any unemployment or debt to foreign lenders. We will have a balanced budget. PLEASE Vote for Newt Gingrich.

10 years ago
Reply to  Terry Beasley

Right on Terry!
I just made a small contribution to Mr. Gingrich’s campaign.
Romney is a RINO, and Santorum is a nice guy lacking the skills needed to best President Obama.
Newt has balanced the budget before and I trust him. According to Steve Forbes he has the best plan to save this economy.
If I were starting a business I would not hesitate to put Romney in charge. But, Washington is not a business and we want Washington out of the marketplace. Romney knows nothing about how the big boys on the hill do business and we can’t afford to waste time while he gets training or the feel of things.

10 years ago

I think we have all been shocked by Steve’s comments and gotten off track.
(I have a hard time taking anyone serious who limits his discussions to calling people morons.)
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William Pitt said “Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it”

We send our representatives to Washington; provide a cafeteria, Three-day workweeks. A full Pension. Retirement benefits. Gym memberships. Car service. Free flights to anywhere in the world and travel allowances worth thousands of dollars. We allow them to exempt themselves from laws pertaining to “insider trading” and “Obama Care”. When they do get caught there are no consequences. Look at Charlie Wrangle who neglected to report taxable income. It’s been a long time since some of our representatives have lived in our world.
How can they be expected to know what it’s like to have to choose between food, heat or fuel?

I worked for the Department of Social Services. It’s not just the senior citizens that are suffering it’s everyone.
Oil is the life blood of this country.
Without oil our seniors, the American family and our American Industries, who are all dependent upon each other, are going to continue to suffer. And as the price of oil increases our economy deteriorates until we join Greece, Spain and Italy in economic ruin.
Lawrence’s 3 steps are RIGHT ON! Not to mention that by drilling in the US we would be stopping the flow of American dollars to our enemies in the Middle East.

My Senator, Ben Cardin, was elected to Congress in 1987. In 2006, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. I write him on a regular bases and he continues to tell me he’s looking for a solution. 24 years of taking up space. We all need to look at the dead wood sitting in Washington and get rid of it. It’s not just this President that needs to go .–
It’s time to clean house!

Stephen Pierce
10 years ago

Wake up America, a 2 day bocott per week would send oil prices down!! Look what happened when Bank of America wanted to charge us a fee on our debit cards (our money). The country started to Yell real loud and we were heard!!! Know is the time to do it with the oil companies. WE CAN DO THIS!!!. They will have more oil then they can handle

10 years ago
Reply to  Stephen Pierce

I don’t believe that it would work the same way with oil. You see, the real issue is that we are refining the petro products here, then shipping them to other countries, including China. So if we “boycott” the oil prices and don’t buy gasoline, all we will be doing is making more refined petro products available to ship to other countries. The oil companies would actually perfer this — they make more money exporting the oil. Further, this is exactly what the Liberals want — they tell us to use less gasoline; and I see no reason to appease the Liberal desires. We should use as much oil as we want but we should be prepared to pay a market price for that usage.

10 years ago

We sold our car and now we depend on others to get around. We refuse to pay these Obama caused prices.

10 years ago

Jowefromjersey, what you are saying is that you are a bum, huh?If you are not paying people who transport you that is what you are.

10 years ago
Reply to  Bruce

How nasty! None of your business.

Peter Ivanchich
10 years ago

High energy prices are the stated objective of the Obama administration, as they state that high prices will result in less energy usage. High energy prices, together with the global warming hoax, is the means being used to intentionally destroy our economy. (Google Maurice Strong-He is the United Nations official that proposed that the developed nations are responsible for the worlds ills.) From this, UN officials came up with the global warming scam-what better way to destroy the economies of the developed nations. Yes, there is climate change. It is the result of cyclical solar activity. Chinese court astronomers knew this 5,000 years ago. (For more negative things the United Nations has in store for us, Google Agenda 21-it is already being implemented in this country.) Our politicians are traitors who have sold us out.

Tim Campbell
10 years ago

While politicians deflect, defend and blame
and consumers grouse about Big Oil, large profits and offshore drilling, almost
no one is discussing what’s really happening to the price of gasoline at the
pump.Conventional wisdom is that gas prices are
shooting through the roof. But that’s not the case. In fact, gas prices are
right at their historical average.Gas prices are reflecting inflation. As I
have explained before, inflation is not rising prices. It is an increase in the
money supply. Rising prices are a product of inflation, and the increasing
numbers on the signs at gas stations are a reflection of inflation. Or, to put
it another way, they reflect a decrease in the value of the dollar.This is explained in detail at Forbes. But
following is a simple version.Since Jan. 1, 1971, the price of a barrel
of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil compared to gold has averaged 0.0602
ounces of gold per barrel. Gold is currently trading $1,789 per ounce, and WTI
is trading at $108 per barrel. That’s a ratio of 0.0603, and it’s right on the
statistical average.So who or what is to blame for “higher gas
prices?” Look no further than the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke (and Alan
Greenspan before him) and their money-printing policies.

Tim Campbell
10 years ago
Reply to  Tim Campbell

You see, gas prices aren’t rising. The value of
those green slips of paper in your wallet is shrinking

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