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Democratic Senators Who Voted Against Iran Deal Blame Collapse of Iran Deal for High Gas Prices: New at Reason

Having two senators who opposed the Iran deal show up to denounce Trump for pulling out of the Iran deal was only the beginning of the hypocrisy exhibition.

JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS/NewscomJOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS/NewscomDisplays of political hypocrisy just don't get any more brazen than the recent press conference by four Senate Democrats criticizing President Trump for soaring gasoline prices.

The Democratic Senate leader, Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), claimed that the price increases were "directly" related to "President Trump's reckless decision to pull out of the Iran deal." What Schumer didn't mention was that he had voted against the Iran deal. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) also voted against the Iran nuclear deal, and he, too, was at the Capitol Hill press conference denouncing the high gas prices.

As for the supposed link between the Iran deal and gas prices, not even the nonpartisan fact-checkers at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center bought Schumer's argument. The Annenberg Center's FactCheck.org researched the issue. It found that other factors, such as robust global economic growth and a decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to curb production, were more influential.

Having two senators who opposed the Iran deal show up to denounce Trump for pulling out of the Iran deal was only the beginning of the hypocrisy exhibition, writes Ira Stoll.

Read the whole thing here.

Photo Credit: JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS/Newscom

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  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    As a left-libertarian, I know the Democrats want what's best for the country. If some of them opposed the Iran deal a few years ago, it was because they examined all the evidence and concluded it was not in America's best interest. Likewise, if their positions have evolved and they now support the deal, it means new evidence convinced them their earlier view was erroneous. This should not be labeled "hypocrisy," and is in no way motivated by cynical partisan politics.

    #BlueWave

  • creech||

    Possibly true, but I wish reporters would follow up with "What has changed your mind?" whenever these flip-flops arise.
    It shouldn't be too difficult, or rude, to ask our employees to explain their change of heart.

  • Rich||

    This.

    However, the explanation will probably be "National security".

  • Hackmaschine Mutter||

    Hey Reason, it was Memorial Day today. Worth a Mention?

  • Nardz||

    C'mon, man.
    Soldiers = bad
    Illegal immigrants = good
    End of story.

  • Agammamon||

    Did you forget because Reason didn't remind you with a display of virtue signalling through loudly, publicly, proclaimed patriotism?

    Is there some sort of libertarian/Memorial Day nexus?

  • Harvard||

    Attempt deflection if you must, but Nard pretty much nailed it.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) also voted against the Iran nuclear deal, and he, too, was at the Capitol Hill press conference denouncing the high gas prices.

    In related news, New Jersey recently raised its gas tax to shore up our transportation trust fund so that we can still qualify for federal transportation grants. The light rail in Newark helped gentrify the neighborhood. I like the new Whole Foods there, but extending the existing subway line in Newark or building highways in Sussex County would have given us more transportation per dollar spent.

  • Intelligent Mr Toad||

    Well, now, there not necessarily hypocrisy in this. You can think that the deal was a bad one when it was adopted, but also think that scrapping it is unwise, or, that scrapping it is wise but still responsible for higher gas prices.

    As Dr. Crusher pointed out ("The Inner Light"): "If somebody gets stabbed, you don't necessarily pull the knife out right away. It might do more harm than leaving it there."

  • Emotional Opposition Animal||

    As Dr Crusher pointed out ("True Q"): "Arf arf arf arf"

    But you are right. I just despise that foul creature.

  • Intelligent Mr Toad||

    Who--Dr. Crusher? She's a shrewish, unappealing character, but some of the episodes which are about her are among the very best episodes: "Night terrors" and "Remember me". This is because Gates McFadden is a great actress, really talented and well-trained. It takes a great actress to make an unappealing character seem sympathetic.

  • Emotional Opposition Animal||

    We'll have to agree to disagree on that. I barely remember those episodes but must not have found them at all interesting. I do remember "Sub Rosa" being the worst episode outside the first season, followed close behind by "Attached" and the one with the Ferengi scientist. The only episode where she was a major player that I liked was "The High Ground".

    Though Pulaski was certainly not an improvement.

  • Intelligent Mr Toad||

    Ummmmm..... I'd have to say the worst episode, by a very wide margin, was "Devil's Due", you know, the one with "Ardra". Feeble plot, very poor acting, only one funny line ("Your leeway has run out, Captain").

  • Mickey Rat||

    What about this one?

    Crusher and Troi stretching

  • Tony||

    Those are great episodes, and the only thing the character suffers from is underuse. She was also featured prominently in Cause and Effect, another great mind-bending one. When all is said and done, the problem is writers finding difficulty with women characters.

  • esteve7||

    At least that wasn't the case with DS9

  • Tony||

    There were 2 women characters in the entire large main and recurring cast. When they replaced the useless Dax with the good Dax, they had to make sure it was a woman so that Kira wouldn't be literally the only female on the show. On the other hand, two of the primary antagonists were female and exceptional ST characters.

  • Intelligent Mr Toad||

    RE: "When all is said and done, the problem is writers finding difficulty with women characters."

    Really? Deanna Troi and Lwaxana were both fantastic and I didn't have the impression of the writers having any problem developing them. Also, several female one-timers were great: Admiral Brand in the one where Wesley is involved in the cover-up (the actress, Jacqueline Brookes, played a similar role in an episode of MIAMI VICE), and, of course, Admiral Nora Satie in "The Drumhead", played by the great Jean Simmons, maybe the most famous guest star on the whole series.--you will recall she played young Estella Havisham in GREAT EXPECTATIONS when she was a child-actress, and also played Spartacus' wife.

  • Don't look at me.||

    "Well, now, there not necessarily hypocrisy in this. "

    Yes, there is. 100%

  • Rich||

    Democratic Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Brian Schatz have introduced the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act of 2018, which would impose a tax—they call it a "fee"—on petroleum products, including gasoline.

    And plastic, right? RIGHT?!

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Yeah there's a whole lot of ignorance about what oil is really used for. A lot of it is used for gasoline, but a lot of it is also used as feedstocks for consumer products and pharmaceuticals. Taxing oil means taxing drugs, essentially.

  • Emotional Opposition Animal||

    They can take my petroleum jelly from my cold, dead, greasy hands.

  • Ecoli||

    I larfed.

  • Don't look at me.||

    You mean like those terrible plastic straws that will surely be the end of the world as we know it if we don't start fining people for using them?

  • Emotional Opposition Animal||

    We should have a national straw cap, with compliance tracked by a nine year old boy.

  • Emotional Opposition Animal||

    Sheldon Whitehouse

    The Secret Service should look into that name.

  • Rich||

    At least it's not Obama Whitehouse.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Crude oil did see a mild spike after the Iran deal was killed by the Dotard but nothing like the spike coming when a full-blown war in Iran commences.

  • Emotional Opposition Animal||

    At least Chocolate Nixon didn't start wars in countries that have oil, just useless backwaters like Syria and Libya.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    No Bush-style 140,000 troop nation-building $2 trillion down the shithole wars there, idiot.

    I should repost my Memorial Day tribute.

    BRB

  • Emotional Opposition Animal||

    Sticking your finger into a spinning lawnmower blade is not as bad as sticking your whole hand into it. That fact doesn't make it a good idea.

  • Tony||

    But what is good about the predominant idea you seem to have of figuring out how to absolve Bush by making Obama's foreign policy as equivalent to his as you can without totally embarrassing yourself? You fail, by the way.

  • MarkLastname||

    Does that mean every time you complain about Bush you're just trying to divert attention from how fucked up Johnson's foreign policy was?

  • Emotional Opposition Animal||

    Caged Migrant Children Photo Goes Viral As Left Rages At Trump; Except It Happened Under Obama

    Leftists cry crocodile tears about children being kept in cages and spew outrage at the president who did it. Then rush to delete their tweets when it's revealed the photos are from 2014. I guess the child abuse is OK if a Democrat does it.

    Surprised not to see any Gillespie tweets on this matter.

  • Illocust||

    Okay that is hilarious. It won't make them change their tune, but I hope enough people caught them doing it, that it will get brought up for at least a month.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    A Memorial Day Tribute to Our Fallen

    Subtitled "We will be greeted with Flowers"

    (One day in 2004)

    Mr President, the sectarian violence in Iraq is far worse than I thought it would be when I, err "we", decided to conquer the region. Sunnis and Shia' are fighting for dominance in the Muslim world and the absence of Saddam has made the situation worse.

    43 - YOU MEAN THEY IS TWO KINDS OF MUSLIMS?

    Yes, Mr President. But don't worry. We have four years to win. The American people are behind you. Luckily, we convinced them that Saddam Hussein attacked us on 9/11. Our puppet was elected and soon that Hydrocarbon Law will be signed and we will own all that sweet crude oil.

    43 - Okay. You're the expert Cheney. Just make sure sir.

    Cut to 2008.

    43 - Cheney, we have lost 4500 of our best soldiers and we still ain't got that oil! Now it looks like the Saudi/Jew/US alliance will have to take out Iran to git 'r done!

    Mr President, things look bad now. That socialist Obama has been elected. We have a plan to run the clock out on him and get Bolton and our guys back in office. You know, someone who wants to take that oil back for us!

    43 - Well, goddammit Cheney. I trusted you. And now my approval rating is only 22%.

    Don't worry Mr President, The American people have lousy memories. Those 4500 dead soldiers will soon be forgotten and the GOP will rise again.

  • Emotional Opposition Animal||

    The end of the Bush admin was over 9 years ago, dude.

    Besides, you and him were pals on immigration policy.

  • VOTE MILES||

    That was boring the first time you posted it, and it hasn't gotten any more interesting in the interval.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Why do you hate our troops?

  • An Innocent Man||

    We just hate stupid people. Like you.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Reason recently posted about the mandates for renewable energy and energy taxes that lead to over 9,000 low-income UK residents dying from temperature extremes. If death tolls motivate your morality, you need to challenge environmentalists.

  • Sevo||

    Yeah, turd, this was the one where I pointed out it was Obo's war and you didn't disagree. So you're saying Obo owns it turd?
    Just checking.

  • Longtobefree||

    the high cost of gasoline is due in great part to high gas taxes.
    18.40 cents federal
    for FL 36.80 cents.
    55.2 cents total
    ignore sales taxes
    today's fill up was 'priced' at 2.87 point nine er gallon
    55.2 / 287.9 = 19.17 percent taxes.
    Any wonder why it is illegal to quote the 'price' of gasoline without taxes?

  • Chipper Jones||

    You can't ignore sales taxes. here in ca they charge sales tax on the excise tax.

    Also let's not forget all the shakedown money the producers have to pay along the way.

  • Eidde||

    Memorial Day playlist:

    R O C K in the USA

    Don't Tread on Me

  • Emotional Opposition Animal||

  • Eidde||

  • Eidde||

  • Emotional Opposition Animal||

    Do we have to tag NSFW on a holiday?

    America, Fuck Yeah!

  • Intelligent Mr Toad||

    "The Star-Spangled Banner"? Are you serious? It's awful.

    The problem with our National Anthem is, it is extraordinarily difficult to sing well. It requires a vocal range of an octave plus a perfect fifth, which is wider than most arias professional opera singers sing at auditions.

    The original tune was a drinking-and-whoring song sung by members of a British men's club. The final couplet was "And there, with good Fellows, we'll learn to entwine/ The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's Vine!" The phrase "the myrtle of Venus" was slang for a woman's genitals; and the meaning of "Bacchus' vine" is obvious.

    Here's what it probably sounded like:

    you tube.com/watch?v=OqyQO3xhNx0

    A patriotic song can be very stirring and stay within a comfortable one-octave range. For instance, this one:

    you tube.com/watch?v=FoHgSLp19YE&t=85s

  • Intelligent Mr Toad||

    Oops, remove the spaces between "you" and "tube". Here:

    youtube.com/watch?v=OqyQO3xhNx0

    youtube.com/watch?v=FoHgSLp19YE&t=85s

  • Intelligent Mr Toad||

  • Eidde||

    Did you miss the part about Whitney Houston singing it? She managed to handle all the tough parts.

    But don't try this at home.

    The original verses are fun, too, but your link is the first I've seen anyone try to do them.

  • Eidde||

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  • Eidde||

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

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  • Emotional Opposition Animal||

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    I see you and raise you Broforce.

  • Intelligent Mr Toad||

    Here's a really good rendition of the "Song of the Volga Boatmen":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cgCDHz6G1s&t=153s

  • Eidde||

  • Intelligent Mr Toad||

    The mighty George London, maybe the loudest voice of the Twentieth Century, sings "Go Down, Moses".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzAVQCFR5D0

    George London was the first American to sing the role of Boris Godunov at the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow, and, the first Jew to sing the role of Amfortas, a Christian warrior-king in Wagner's ceremonial Christian opera PARSIFAL, at Bayreuth after World War 2.

  • Intelligent Mr Toad||

    Forgot to say: "London" was a stage-name; his real name was Burnstein.

  • Eidde||

    Didn't know about that version, thank you.

  • Eidde||

    Kick out the Jams

    (Caution: Contains the word "motherfucker," so if you don't like the word "motherfucker," you have been warned)

  • Eidde||

  • Eidde||

  • Eidde||

  • Eidde||

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

  • Intelligent Mr Toad||

    Here's my nominee for new National Anthem of USA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEVsRLhet2k

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    The pre-game for the Stanley Cup finals is WWF like.

  • SIV||

    The July print-zine looks good, like the Reason of old and not this cucked-out commie website. If I knew where I could find an old-timey "news stand" I'd buy a physical copy. Bonus: it's Robbie Soave-content free!

    (Reason reportedly "reviews" cockfighting magazines!)

  • Eidde||

    But will the wardens allow it to be distributed to prisoners?

  • SIV||

    Hell No

  • Tony||

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!

    What's funny is that there are people here squandering their credibility defending this person, when they only have respect to gain by refraining from doing so.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Meh ... Most of the people here are uninterested in enjoying your respect, because you have a reputation for using too much teeth.

  • Tony||

    I'm talking about self-respect.

  • Liberty Lover||

    Don't gas prices increase ever summer from people driving more for summer vacations?

  • James06Henry||

    Free Calendar 2018 July for the months that are now running.

  • Duelles||

    There was a camera. There was a microphone. There was Schumer. He had to say something against Trump, anything. Chucky can't help himself.after all it is not the facts but The seriousness of the accusations that counts.

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