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John Kline: High Gas Prices Stalling an Already Struggling Economy

As employers strive to grow their businesses and invest in our economy, and American families work to make ends meet, they shouldn’t have to contend with rising gas prices.

Editor's note: the following is a column from U.S. Congressman John Kline, (R-Second District) of Lakeville.

Another month of positive job gains is welcome news for the nation’s workers, but the reason unemployment has remained above 8 percent for more than three years is because Washington won’t get out of the way of small businesses and private sector job creators – which are the true engines of our economy.

As employers strive to grow their businesses and invest in our economy, and American families work to make ends meet, they shouldn’t have to contend with rising gas prices. The pain of these prices affect more than our ability to fill our gas tanks. High gas prices drive up the cost of everything from food to clothing, and stall an already struggling economy.

In campaign speeches, the President insists he supports our ‘All of the Above’ energy strategy. Unfortunately, his rhetoric fails to meet reality. For years, I have been championing a comprehensive approach that would reduce our dependence on hostile regions of the world and increase all forms of American energy. My plan is based around stopping government policies that are driving up energy prices and expanding American energy production to lower costs and create more jobs.

To assist constituents during this continued economic uncertainty, I am hosting a career and jobs fair Monday, May 14 at the Eagan Community Center. I encourage men and women of the 2nd district to attend this event and share the information with anyone they know who is looking for a job. I hope my career and jobs fair provides new opportunities to bring workers and prospective employers together and put Minnesotans back to work.

Earl Richards April 07, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Google the "$2.5 Trillion Oil Scam - slideshare." The oil price is determined by those who control the crude oil futures markets and is not determined by OPEC and Saudi Aramco.
Jason April 07, 2012 at 07:16 PM
This article is so full of it, I hardly know where to begin. Anyone who is remotely familiar with the facts around the oil and gas markets this year knows that "government policies that are driving up energy prices" is pure myth, and that the single biggest driver of our current inflated energy prices is the imact of rampant global speculation on energy in worldwide markets. Add in oil companies' reluctance to invest in and open up the roadblock in our national refining capacity shortage, and you have the two biggest factors that have us where we are. Despite the pure enjoyment of the sport that is using Barack Obama as a punching bag in the media whenever possible, our continued insistence on putting rhetoric and politics above common sense is what John Kline should be focused on. Instead, he is willingly contributing to the political stalemate in Washington by serving as a sounding board for the empty arguments. Mr. Kline, I voted for you twice, and I expect, at a minimum, you can rise above partisan politics, and represent Lakeville's interests by focusing on the real problems, and not simply on the silly and counterproductive media wrestling match between the White House and Congress. Anything less, and we are wasting time with articles like these time and time again.
Terry Elliott April 08, 2012 at 12:58 PM
The telling sentences are "In campaign speeches, the President insists he supports our ‘All of the Above’ energy strategy. Unfortunately, his rhetoric fails to meet reality." This is absolutely accurate. If stating the obvious is "using Barack Obama as a punching bag," well so be it. All of our national infrastructure needs investment, but what do we get for 3 years? Investments in the Solyndra's of the world. "Our current inflated energy prices" are exactly what ideologues like Secretary Chu are striving for. Why is this a surprise from this Administration, where everything is ideology?

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