From Birth Certificate to Gas Prices

We’ve seen the endless attempts to claim that President Obama does not have a real birth certificate and is not a U.S. citizen, blah, blah, blah. The birther conspiracy has been proven false over and over again, but that hasn’t stopped Republicans from trying to keep the nonsense alive.

Which leads us to the latest attempts to accuse Obama of something for which there is no evidence whatsoever to support. From The Washington Post:

“President Obama said he would prefer a gradual adjustment to near $4 a gallon gasoline. President Obama said that. [Pols emphasis] And, unfortunately, the president has put policies in place that have gotten us now to $4 a gallon, or almost, in gasoline prices. We’ve seen it. It was $1.83 when he started as president; it’s over $3.70 now. So the president’s got his wish, and people are furious about it.”

  – Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) during hearing of House energy committee, March 8, 2012

Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise is toeing the Republican Party line here, accusing the president of consciously trying to raise gas prices to wean Americans off carbon fuels. Earlier this month, we determined that Indiana’s Gov. Mitch Daniels deserved three Pinocchios for making similar claims.

We mentioned in our previous column that we hadn’t found a single instance in which President Obama advocated higher gas prices.

Politics is a dirty game. We get that. But flat-out lying by accusing someone of saying something that never happened really crosses the line. There are plenty of attacks you could make on Obama, accurate or not, regarding gas prices and energy — you don’t have to make up quotes for him.

Frankly, we expect more from someone like Steve Scalise, who we all know has publicly said that he wants France to invade Kansas. Steve Scalise said that.