A little history lesson. I think the democrats are saying that we should also be blaming Obama for $4/gallon gas. And don't forget, if you don't like it just inflate your tires and/or trade in your car for one of those GM cars that are falling apart! Genius ideas from the party of increased gray matter volume in the anterior cingulate cortex! Democrats blaming Bush for gas prices 12:32 a.m., Tuesday, April 25, 2006 Democrats on Capitol Hill slammed the Bush administration yesterday over the escalating cost of gasoline as Republican leaders asked the White House to investigate charges of price gouging by the major oil companies. âThe same Bush administration that so tragically bungled the response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has now bungled its way to $3-per-gallon gasoline,â Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, said yesterday. âNow itâs clear to anyone who fills up at a gas pump that this administration is also failing in its approach to energy.â Though more respectful, yesterdayâs letter to President Bush from top Republican leaders in Congress suggested a similarly sour assessment of the administrationâs handling of the issue. â[W]e believe that federal law enforcement agencies and regulators should take every available step to ensure that all federal laws protecting American consumers from price fixing, collusion, gouging and other anti-competitive practices are vigorously enforced,â House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist advised Mr. Bush in their letter, which included a host of requests for investigations that the administration could pursue. âGiven the severity of the current situation regarding gas prices, we believe that the attorney general and the Federal Trade Commission should devote all necessary resources to expedited review of complaints of price gouging against wholesalers or retailers of gasoline and other distillates,â the two top Republicans wrote. President Bush said yesterday that his administration is actively watching the oil companies. âI know gas prices are high,â he told a crowd in Las Vegas. âWeâll make sure that the energy companies are pricing their product fairly.â Last night, White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters aboard Air Force One that Mr. Bush has asked his Energy and Justice departments to begin probing whether cheating has happened in the gasoline markets. The spokesman said Mr. Bush also will order federal officials to send a letter to all 50 state attorneys general that will offer federal help in price-gouging probes while reminding them that they have primary authority over such investigations. The president will announce the actions at a speech today in Washington, Mr. McClellan said. âI think youâll hear the president say very clearly that he will not tolerate price gouging,â he said. Criticism of Mr. Bushâs handling of energy issues comes less than a year after Congress passed energy legislation that failed to significantly increase supplies or lower prices. In fact, provisions of the bill requiring a switch to ethanol to meet clean-fuel requirements in the summer have been blamed, in part, for this springâs spike in gas prices.