President Biden has proposed a number of policies to reduce gas prices as they surge to record highs.
This month, gas prices broke an average of $5 a gallon for the first time in United States history.
Biden has released tens of millions of barrels of the United States’ strategic oil reserves to ease the pain at the pump.
He has also applied pressure to both gas companies and countries that export oil, such as Saudi Arabia, to lower gas prices.
Nothing has seemingly worked so far as prices continue to rise for gas, and other products as a result.
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Earlier today, Biden proposed a gas tax holiday as a temporary measure to reduce gas prices.
When he was President Obama’s Vice Presidential candidate, Obama mocked the idea of a gas tax, calling it a ‘gimmick’.
In 2008, Barack Obama bashed a “gas tax holiday” as a “gimmick.”
“For us to suggest 30 cents a day for three months is real relief, that that’s a real energy policy, means that we are not tackling the problem that has to be tackled.” pic.twitter.com/vUziTflOnb
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“I know that we’re having a debate right now about the gas tax holiday. I know how brutal this is on folks right now, and I know they need relief, which is why I’ve offered a middle class tax cut for every American, $1,000 for working families so that they can deal not only with rising gas prices, but rising health care costs and rising grocery costs,” Obama said on the campaign trail 14 years ago before mocking a gas tax holiday.
“But for us to suggest that 30 cents a day for three months is real relief, that that’s a real energy policy, means that we are not tackling the problem that has to be tackled,” he said.
“We are offering gimmicks when we’re offering the same thing that John McCain is offering on the cheap,” he continued. “That means we’re not presenting a truthful response to the challenges that we face in America. We can do better than that this time.”