What is Senator Clinton thinking?

Here is another reason why Senator Obama looks so much better once we start comparing ISSUES. This $30 gas tax summer savings by Senator Clinton is pandering at it's best. Everyone seems to agree other than Senator McCain that it's a terrible idea which if she could implement which of course she can't that it could actually cause a rise in fuel costs. Does she quietly back down? no she accuses Senator Obama of not caring about the poor. Please this reminds me of the Bosnia sniper fire where she thought she could get away with saying anything without anyone looking into it. This very small issue is making her look bad and it will hurt her. Senator Clinton and her "advisors" are again showing what they are made of. Imagine $30 over a summer.
What was she thinking and what was the motivation for this very real issue?

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Re: What is Senator Clinton thinking?

I don't think it was a wise move... it sounds all nice and pretty until you do the math...

That said, I understand the motivation... we are in the "Is the pasta done" part of the Primary... You throw a bunch of stuff at the wall and see what sticks.

This makes for a nice soundbyte... terrible policy, but nice soundbyte....

by JenKinFLA 2008-05-02 04:53AM | 0 recs
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I'm afraid you are right.

by Politicalslave 2008-05-02 04:58AM | 0 recs
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If there are others with my point of view then I'm
sorry but the one I read was trying to defend this "savings"
by Politicalslave 2008-05-02 04:59AM | 0 recs
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Then don't read them....  Or admit the hypocrisy that we have had numerous diaries regarding bitter and Wright.

by JenKinFLA 2008-05-02 05:05AM | 0 recs
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And fingergate.

by ProgressiveDL 2008-05-02 06:05AM | 0 recs
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 Yes we should have more Wright stories like yours. they aren't boring. Give me a break with all due respect

by Politicalslave 2008-05-02 05:09AM | 0 recs
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indeed this is an actual policy issue, finally a difference between the 2 on substance issues and he wants us to NOT talk about it, while he is posting more character assassination diaries.

just because your candidate is on the wrong side doesn't mean we won't talk about it.

by TruthMatters 2008-05-02 05:14AM | 0 recs
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even the indy star when it endorsed her, notes how sad it is she is pandering on this.

everyone knows it, and now that she is talking about forcing her colleagues to vote on this for her pander? I still think that will turn supers off of her.

by TruthMatters 2008-05-02 05:07AM | 0 recs
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I would rather have a candidate pander to working Americans instead of corporations (Energy Bill)

by colebiancardi 2008-05-02 07:53AM | 0 recs
Cheney's energy plan
Obama voted for it.  That is a much bigger deal.  But by all means keep obsessing over the gas tax thing and wonder why the middle class is turning against Obama.
Then wonder why we lose again in November if Obama is the nominee.  At that point I will come and explain it to you.
by TeresaInPa 2008-05-02 05:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Cheney's energy plan

Senator Obama is winning on so many fronts why are you so sure that Senator Clinton can beat Senator McCain when she is losing to Senator Obama? She is losing isn't she?

by Politicalslave 2008-05-02 05:34AM | 0 recs
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Those criticizing the gas tax holiday are most likely residents of densely populated areas with good public transit. What can someone living in rural Indiana or WV can do to cut his driving? Most of their driving is inelastic. One cant just go out and buy a new car in this economy that easily. Until we provide long term solutions there is every reason to cushion the rise of prices as much as possible. Even a short term relief while the wages recover would be helpful. The political question is who has a better long term solution? Read every one's plan and decide!

by rocky 2008-05-02 05:29AM | 0 recs
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Rocky with all due respect do you think the gas holiday is a good idea?

by Politicalslave 2008-05-02 05:35AM | 0 recs
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for me personally the gas bill is inconsequential. In the last week I talked to all my employees about their driving habits just out of curiosity to figure out if the driving habits are elastic. No one seemed to think they could reduce their driving without jeopardizing their work. I think people at the bottom rung of the economy who are working need every assistance to be able to keep working. I think the most important thing would be to see wages rising and see a more substanital attack at gas prices by raising margin requirements on the futures trade. Until then every little bit of help would go a long way. The political question is still the same -who has the best long term energy plan?

by rocky 2008-05-02 05:59AM | 0 recs
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I agree and I would hope for all of us that the candidates come out with a real solution. Thank you for your reply.

by Politicalslave 2008-05-02 06:20AM | 0 recs
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I live in L.A. and I think this is stupid.  The oil companies are going to gain the benefit, not us.

by nklein 2008-05-02 05:36AM | 0 recs
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The price of fuel is only partially related to how much you, me, or anyone we know drives...  Every single item that you buy on a regular basis got to the store using fuel... via ship, via train, via truck.  We could all switch to mass transit... we could all vow to not buy fuel for one day... it wouldn't effect much.  Goods have to get to market.  That requires fuel.

A gas-tax holiday is not a long-term solution... it is a short-sighted ploy.

by JenKinFLA 2008-05-02 05:48AM | 0 recs
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Hillary Clinton and John McCain are both pushing a "gas-tax holiday" to give consumers an 18.4- cent-a-gallon price break. Clinton says the plan will take excess profits from oil companies. McCain says it will help families buy school supplies.

Economists have a different take: They say the oil companies may end up the biggest beneficiaries, while the aid to families wouldn't be enough to buy a $35 backpack.

The trouble with the plan, they say, is that oil prices are rising because of low supplies, and companies will continue to charge the average $3.60 a gallon and just pocket the money that would have gone to federal taxes.

"That's $10 billion, and it's going into the pockets of oil refiners," said Leonard Burman of the Tax Policy Center in Washington. "The last time I checked, they didn't need it."

by TruthMatters 2008-05-02 05:36AM | 0 recs
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oh sorry

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=2 0601087&sid=aQgAcP5he5WA&refer=h ome

eventually people will learn that EVERYONE is saying this won't help them, only the oil companies and they will ask why are McCain and Hillary pushing it? is it really true they are just pandering

by TruthMatters 2008-05-02 05:37AM | 0 recs
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It definitely was pandering,$30.00 a typical Clinton move. I would hope HRC understands how the Senate works. She knows that this would never had been pushed through. It would've died on the floor. For HRC to do it from The Oval Office, she would need some kind of Time Machine to come back to the Summer of 08, since she wouldn't take office until 09. Maybe she can be President of Fantasyland.

by johnny sexton 2008-05-02 05:44AM | 0 recs

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