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Gas prices went up more under Bush than Obama

12:45 PM EST, February 27, 2012

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Letter writer Ron Wirsing seems to have a conveniently short memory when it comes to gas prices ("Obama's policies mean we will soon see $5 gas," Feb. 24). He wants to "go back to 2008 prices."

I remember 2008 gas prices well, as I had a service business at the time. Gas was $4.20 a gallon for regular. This was duringGeorge W. Bush's presidency. When President Bush came into office in 2002, gas was only $1.40 a gallon.

So gas tripled in price during the time Mr. Bush was in office. In order for President Obama to match Mr. Bush's record, gas would have to go to $12.60 a gallon. Oddly, I don't hear any Republicans boasting about tripling gas prices when they last occupied the White House.

The same is true of the national debt. Mr. Bush doubled it from $5 trillion to $10 trillion. Mr. Obama still has a long way to go to equal that record, too.

Everyone knows, but conveniently ignores, the fact that Republicans have always raised the national debt more than Democrats. In fact, at least two-thirds of the national debt was added during Republican presidencies, and most of that was added by Ronald Reagan and Mr. Bush.

David Liddle, Pasadena