Comment Fishy Indeed
There is some thing rotten going on Before the Presidential Election, it seems that since Obama is starting to lose points gas prices in swing states are lower than Average then other states, Unemployment is dropping, some where some one is Cooking the Books so it looks like Obama is doing a good job at the last-minute, he has not done any thing in Three and a Half years so why now before the Election.
If any one believes this, then they will get every thing they deserve, Higher Gas Prices, More Taxes on the Middle Class by putting them on Things and Programs that the Middle and poor Class Need or Use, it is what you call Buyer Beware, in this case it Voter Beware, and falls under dirty politics.
It all seems to be only in the swing states, shake your right hand and Stab you in the back with the Left, better known as his Czars.
Swing-State Gas Prices Head Obama’s Way
By Rick Newman | U.S.News & World Report LP
Fri, Oct 19, 2012
Gas prices have been unexpectedly high this fall, due to supply shortages and volatile oil prices. They finally seem to be drifting down, however, which could obviously help President Obama if the trend continues up until Election Day.
An even bigger factor, overlooked by many political analysts, could be gas prices in key swing states. Data compiled by AAA shows that the national average, which has fallen by nine cents over the past week, is $3.72 per gallon. Gas prices are lower than the national average in eight of the 11 most hotly contested states, and higher in only three. Here are the eight swing states with gas prices below the national average, according to AAA:
Virginia (average price for regular unleaded: $3.55 per gallon)
North Carolina ($3.67)
Gas prices, of course, are just one of many factors that determine whether people feel like they’re getting ahead or falling behind. But gas prices have an outsized effect on consumer psyches, depressing confidence when they’re going up and boosting contentment when they’re going down.
Nationwide, gas prices are still about $.25 per gallon higher than they were a year ago. But many voters seem to realize that gas prices are determined by the level of conflict in the Middle East, demand in faraway places like China, and other factors no president can control. Obama’s main challenge is persuading voters that economic conditions, while far from ideal, are consistently getting better.
Another trend helping Obama is falling unemployment rates in 9 of 11 swing states. Four of those states are doing better than the national average on both gas prices and unemployment: Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa. Of those, gas prices are lowest in Ohio, at an average of $3.45 per gallon, while unemployment there is 7 percent, compared with 7.8 percent nationally. Iowa has the lowest swing-state unemployment rate, at 5.2 percent, with gas prices at $3.63 per gallon.
Nevada, is the worst of the swing states, with unemployment at 11.8 percent and gas prices at $3.94 per gallon–due in part to recent unexpected refinery shutdowns in neighboring California.
Obama, needless to say, must do a lot more to win the swing states than sit back and hope gas prices keep falling. But if they continue to drift down, it will make it easier for Obama to convince voters that they’re doing better under his leadership.
By most accounts, whoever wins the election needs to win Ohio. If Obama carried Ohio, he’d need only a couple of additional swing states to assure victory. His Republican opponent Mitt Romney, by contrast, needs a stronger showing among swing states in order to win the White House. High gas prices are one of the everyday hardships Romney frequently bashes Obama for, but his case may be getting weaker. With gas prices generally trending upward over time, many drivers may consider the new normal to be around $3.50 or so–with anything below that feeling like a bonus.