I am not a "lib". I am a moderate, who votes for the right person for the job. During W's reign, I believe gas prices were around $4 per gallon at times. He did get accused of being too close to the Oil industry--correct? The economy went sour, people cut back on driving and prices dropped. We are our worst enemy seeing how we use 25% of the worlds oil. I think we export 2%. Double that and it's 4%. Cheaper fuel means more use worldwide. China and India have dramatically increased their demand for fuel. Back during the Clinton year prices went as low as 99 cents per gallon. What happens when prices go down? Oil companies shut down oil wells and reduce refining. We can't win at this game. Part of the problem now is the refineries. Now refining is back on track and prices have dropped 10 cent in a week. Still you have problems with Iran and the Oil futures Market does no like any threats to shipping. OFM also see's the US economy improving and therefore speculates there will be an increased demand for fuel. Our best bet to win this game is finding alternatives--hybrids, natural gas, propane etc. I think many alternatives are bought out before mass production starts. We can put land rovers on Mars that can run for years but all we can come up with is Ethanol? Give me a break! Obama had 2 choices. Infuse money into the country or let it sink into a Depression. Banks were failing left and right when he got into office. 59 banks failed in GA in one year, for example. Wall-street , Financial institution and Banks were allowed by the Government to create a financial disaster. $16 trillion in Credit default swaps worldwide. Deregulation went too far. Both the right and left in the Political world were responsible for the debacle. Banks cut back on making loan of any type because they were and still are saddled with bad debt and bad/risky Investments. Obama made a big mistake of letting Congress decide how to spend the Stimulus money. Still many projects got done around the US that otherwise would not have moved forward for decades. Unemployment has stabilized. I see improvements in the economy is my area. Europe has focused on cutting government spending and reducing debt. Their economies are still tanking, well except for Germany. We have seen rioting over there. I would vote for a good alternative to Obama--then and now. No one has come forward that even most Republicans can get excited about. I don't think Obama was the best person for the job on the Democrat side either. We don't elect people based on Substance anymore, it seems.