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Gas pump Post-It revolt reignites

Gas pump Post-It revolt reignites

From reader Tim, who writes:

Was on pump in Wilmington NC earlier this week.

Looks like

No new oil from anwr, east coast, the gulf. No pipeline from Canada

$4 gal

Thanks Obama voters

I can’t imagine that signs like that aren’t popping up all across America.

Looks like Tim is  right, these are popping up all over the country:

Prompted by social media, some people are now affixing Post-It notes to the gas pump when they fill up, with messages like this one reminding anyone who reads it just how much the cost of gasoline has skyrocketed since Obama became president.

It remains to be seen if that effort will truly gather steam. But if it does, it could be a game-changer in the campaign.

Unlike the astroturfing Media Matters Twitterers who make a small number of people seem like a mass movement because they can hit a “send” button all day long, this is one-at-a-time, hand-to-pump combat.

Here’s some good advice:

Have fun.  Put a sharpie and some Post It notes in your car and go to town.

Update 3-29-2012: Reader Barbara sends along the following image of a Post-It she places on store shelves and “on the pump every time I gas up”:


Donations tax deductible
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I will leave a pack of Post-it-Notes and a Sharpie at the gas station where I buy gas and invite customers to leave their own notes. It is unfortunate for the station owners who do not bear the responsibility for gas prices. They probably make more profit from the sale of coffee and junk food, for as long as they are able to sell junk food. One long term solution is to take back the Senate [get rid of McConnell], keep the House [get rid of Boehner] and take back the White House.

    alan markus in reply to Towson Lawyer. | March 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

    True that! Last time we had a round of high gas prices, in interviews with media, gas station owners were saying that it was a double whammy for them, because when people are spending all their cash on gas, sales go down on the other items. And their profit center is in those other items – you don’t see too many gas stations that can survive by just selling gas.

    Scorpio51 in reply to Towson Lawyer. | March 28, 2012 at 9:05 am

    That’s a great idea.

    I agree that Boehner, McConnell and Cantor need to go.

Another solution – Vote Newt!!!

Newt = 2.50 Gallon Gas

    Rixriver in reply to Terri. | March 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Maybe someone should ask Newt for some specifics regarding his magic $2.50/gallon gas prices before simply taking him at his word.

    Like a lot of Newt’s plans, that one seems to involve a good amount of rainbows and unicorns.

      Terri in reply to Rixriver. | March 28, 2012 at 8:44 am

      No need to ask him, if you listened to him you would know the answers.

      Below are rainbows and unicorns regarding 2.50 Gas:

      Newt’s American Energy Plan:
      1. Remove bureaucratic and legal obstacles to responsible oil and natural gas development in the United States, offshore and on land.
      2. End the ban on oil shale development in the American West, where we have three times the amount of oil as Saudi Arabia.
      3. Give coastal states federal royalty revenue sharing to give them an incentive to allow offshore development.
      4. Reduce frivolous lawsuits that hold up energy production by enacting loser pays laws to force the losers in an environmental lawsuit to pay all legal costs for the other side.
      5. Finance cleaner energy research and projects with new oil and gas royalties.
      6. Replace the Environmental Protection Agency, which has become a job-killing regulatory engine of higher energy prices, with an Environmental Solutions Agency that would use incentives and work cooperatively with local government and industry to achieve better environmental outcomes while considering the impact of federal environmental policies on job creation and the cost of energy.

        Rixriver in reply to Terri. | March 28, 2012 at 9:26 am

        That’s nice, but NONE of those things, even if we pretend that Newt’s wish-list could be immediately enacted, directly address the cost of gas.

        They are all based on the tired old conservative idea that if we just give these private, for-profit, and massively profitable oil corporations everything they want, fairies will descend from heaven and they will lower gas prices out of the goodness of their black corporate hearts with a simple phone call from an oil exec on his private island.

        That’s nice if Newt thinks that we will see gas prices of $2.50/gallon….in 10, 20, or 30 years. Of course, the way Newt says it, we’ll be seeing those prices during his term.

        Oil is sold on the global market, and the demand from China is through the roof and only going to grow. There is little we can do about effects on prices outside our control. And speculators are really a large part of the high prices.

        Now then, I’d like to know how Newt plans to GUARANTEE these $2.50/gallon gas prices.

        Not, “let the companies drill/frack everywhere and they will be nice and prices will drop”…..that’s BS.

        Let’s say Newt gets elected (laughable, I know, but we’re just pretending), and he gets to do all these things he is promising you true believers.

        Then, guess what, the oil companies are producing more than ever, all over the place, and instead of lowering prices, they just give ever bigger bonuses to their executives?

        After all, they already know that we will pay whatever they charge, so there is really no incentive for them to lower prices, since we are willing to pay the higher prices without burning down their corporate offices.

        I want to know what CONSEQUENCES Newt would employ if the oil companies, after getting everything they want, FAILED to lower prices to $2.50/gallon.

        Would he nationalize the oil companies?
        Would he enact price controls like in WWII?

        This kind of blind faith in the goodness of oil companies is ridiculous, and Newt’s promises are ridiculous, since they don’t contain any kind of enforcement mechanism or consequence if the companies fail to lower prices as Newt predicts.

        Where is the GUARANTEE in Newt’s promise? As in, “if gas prices aren’t $2.50/gallon after X-number of months in office, I will use the power of government to FORCE the oil companies to lower prices!” Where is that GUARANTEE?

        Rainbows and unicorns.

          Ragspierre in reply to Rixriver. | March 28, 2012 at 9:58 am

          OK. Read this last post…you’re an idiot. A pure Collectivist voluntary idiot. Nothing to do with you until you stop volunteering for the moonbattery.

          Nick Shaw in reply to Rixriver. | March 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

          That’s an awful lot of “No We Can’t” from a Zero voter there, Helen!
          What’s up with that?
          You believed your messiah could lower sea levels and cure Gorebull warming but, $2.50 a gallon gas is above his pay grade?
          Typical Zero voter.
          I know it’s too late but, Go Newt!

          Rixriver in reply to Rixriver. | March 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm

          Hmmm….so neither of you can show me how Newt plans to GUARANTEE his $2.50/gallon price.

          It’s all just magical thinking and unicorns, like I said.

          And because you are mad that you can’t answer, your solution is to call me names.

          Looks like I win. Thanks for playing.

      Ragspierre in reply to Rixriver. | March 28, 2012 at 8:56 am

      Also, exercise yourself to gain some information before self-beclowning.

      There is nothing remotely implausible about $2.50 gas. Find a graph showing historical gas prices. Learn not to eat crap you get from unreliable sources. Acquaint yourself with some basic economics.

      Scorpio51 in reply to Rixriver. | March 28, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Newt has said many times that he was being reasonable with the $2.50 figure. It could probably go lower than that.

      There are many, many videos out there of Newt explaining his plan. is the best place to find it.

      OcTEApi in reply to Rixriver. | March 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

      I’ve watched Newt state his energy plans a few times and they are well reasoned, well researched, principled and sound.

      In fact, of all the candidates Newt goes well into the foundational standpoints in support of his arguments.

      The keep it simple $2.50/gallon gas campaign is a retail end of politics effort to create buzz, encourage information gathering and rally support of a much deeper argument of the fundamentals of US energy policy.

      If you have an arguable standpoint wrt “no we can’t” get to $2.50/gallon gas you should make it.

“Did Obama pay for your gas?
Did Obama pay your mortgage?
Did Obama pay for your car?
Now, we all are.”

    Rixriver in reply to Squires. | March 28, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Since we all paid for Bush’s gas, car, and mortgage (so to speak), as well as those things for every other modern president, it’s a little unclear what your issue is.

      Squires in reply to Rixriver. | March 28, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Try this as a hint, Rix, and do answer to yourself honestly:
      Is Barrack Obama more notable as a pro-American president, or as a pro-Barrack Obama president?

        Rixriver in reply to Squires. | March 28, 2012 at 9:35 am

        I dunno….he has yet to start an entire war because of his daddy issues….like one recent president conservatives never seem to mention anymore.

        The whole ‘Obama is anti-American’ thing is lame and largely serves to make you look stupid.

        Come on, man, grow up.

          Squires in reply to Rixriver. | March 28, 2012 at 9:40 am

          “start an entire war because of his daddy issues”

          Do you even really believe that to be be true, Rix?

          Do you expect us to buy into such adolescent pretensions?

          On the other hand, Obama may be judged by his actions and associations, and his fundamental hostility towards the philosophy upon which this nation was founded.

          Squires in reply to Rixriver. | March 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

          And I should also note that I did not say “anti-American” anywhere in the original question. Your subconscious filled that blank in nicely on its own account.

          The question I did ask regarded the nature of his personal character… or more to the point, lack of it.

          Rixriver in reply to Rixriver. | March 28, 2012 at 9:51 am

          If you are spouting that ‘Obama is anti-American’ crap, don’t talk to me about adolescent pretensions.

          Obama is the president, he is American, he obviously cares about this country and wants to enact the policies and set the direction that he thinks is best, just like EVERY OTHER PRESIDENT.

          You may not AGREE with those policies, but this seems like a blog that is a little above the ‘Obama is trying to destroy America’ and some of the other silliness out there in wingnuttopia.

          Although lately, it’s seeming a little less so, and a little more prone to Obama-Derangement-Syndrome.

          Ragspierre in reply to Rixriver. | March 28, 2012 at 10:01 am

          There are some real questions as to whether Obama is an American in any recognizable, ideological sense.

          Watch that: question authority. Moonbat.

          Rixriver in reply to Rixriver. | March 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm

          Well, not in the world outside of the wackadoodle bubble you live in.

          There are 300 million Americans. You don’t get to decide that your view is more ‘American’ than anybody else’s.

        SmokeVanThorn in reply to Squires. | March 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

        Ignore the lying troll.

          Ragspierre in reply to SmokeVanThorn. | March 28, 2012 at 11:07 am

          I think they are WONDERFULLY useful as foils.

          Remember Breitbart! Let them DEMONSTRATE stupid!

          Squires in reply to SmokeVanThorn. | March 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

          For the betterment of America, Obama has betrayed some our most loyal allies; Poland, Honduras, Israel, in order to appease our mutual enemies.

          For the betterment of America, Obama banished the bust of Winston Churchill, one of the 20th centuries greatest and most accomplished figures, from the Whitehouse, and bestowed upon the Queen of England an iPod filled with his own ridiculous teleprompter-readings.

          For the betterment of America, Obama’s first act as president during a time of economic hardship was to forbid federal contracts from going to any firm not beholden to the unions which shoveled such vast sums of money into his own presidential campaign coffers.

          For the betterment of America, Obama has given us Geithner, VanJones, Dunn, and Holder – a tax cheat, a communist, an admirer of Mao, and a all-around bigoted moral leper.

          For the betterment of America, Obama has given us Solyndra, bird-choppers, and a moratorium on drilling.

          For the betterment of America, Obama has golfed the best he can, and elevated vacationing to an art.

No worries. Algae-powered automobiles are just around the corner.

    OcTEApi in reply to RightKlik. | March 28, 2012 at 10:20 am

    You know who likes forcing Americans to use expensive energy.

    Obama’s pension fund pals, by 2007 only 17% of Americans are participating in a pension plan while pension plans account for 31% of oil companies institutional investors.
    Sixteen percent of pension plan profits are derived from oil and gas.

Meanwhile, Texas…TEXAS…will face rolling black-outs this summer.

And we’re in better shape than a lot of places in the U.S., where your coal power generation is going to be curtailed.

Why? Because of a nut at EPA appointed by Obama, and the loopy belief that an atmospheric gas here since the dawn of life is a “pollutant”.

Cloward-Piven was real. But it was only targeted at the DEMAND side of the national economy. Obama appears to have targeted the SUPPLY side of the economy, as well.

What do you think happens to job formation even in thriving Texas when power becomes unreliable, and “necessarily skyrockets”?

    radiofreeca in reply to Ragspierre. | March 28, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I have read that the real cost of intermittent power isn’t in the lost sales or people not having A/C. Its that a lot of machinery gets destroyed if power is unreliable. So then companies have to pay huge amounts of money to put in their own small generation/UPS systems. Which of course are dramatically more inefficient (energy-wise) than the huge power plants. Then there’s the added productivity cost – as a plant manager, you never know how many hours of work you’ll be able to do this shift.

    This is what kills 3rd world countries’ economies – having intermittent power.

      Ragspierre in reply to radiofreeca. | March 28, 2012 at 9:04 am

      You nailed every point, but let me emphasize one…the Obamic war on science and engineering you see from your correct point about on-sight generators (except co-gen). Typically, generator sets are a fraction as efficient, and MORE polluting, than any American power plant of which I know.

      Most of us have no idea how immensely important electrical power is to modernity. We may be about to learn.

      As I’ve noted before about other areas, welcome to the Obamabanana Republic.

Production and supply are part of the problem. The constantly overlooked and untold part of the problem is the Fed. The same non-existent inflation that’s reduced a five pound bag of coffee to four pounds and a pound of coffee to eight or twelve ounces is responsible in great part for the price increase at the pump. One of the oft noted differences is that the quantity of gasoline purchased is controlled by the customer, not pre-determined by container size. Beware the day when some pol decides gasoline should be dispensed in liters.

    Uncle Samuel in reply to Owego. | March 28, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Yep – Bernanke is in the news as we type – predicting (pronouncing) that gas prices will be higher in July.

    The Power-mongers rule everything…

    Owego in reply to Owego. | March 28, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Oops, that four pound bag has sugar in it. Thought the coffee was strong this morning.

Midwest Rhino | March 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

yeah … one of the problems with a president that has no executive or business experience … his solutions involve government mandates and controls with no regard for what works.

Obama will thrust his alternatives upon us by simply cutting off fuels that run America. If it destroys our economy … all the better for the Obama Doctrine … America needs to be weakened and submit to the UN in his view.

He’ll force us into government health care by skyrocketing of health insurance costs, and forcing everyone into his “Cadillac plans”. (while also crippling already financially weakened states with much bigger Medicaid burdens)

He’ll force us into unions by suing or investigating non union companies, (eg. Boeing, Gibson Guitar) And he’ll meet with kneecapper Trumka on a regular basis, to organize protests and marches.

He’s going to fundamentally change the relationship between government and we the people. Daddy Government is drunk with power, and ignorant and abusive. We need an intervention in November.

“We need an intervention in November.”


Obama is not only anti-American in his numerous executive orders that curtail American’s freedoms, I believe as Newt said recently about Maryland’s Gov O’Malley, which I find applicable to Obama, that they are “anti-working American” over the rise of gas prices.

I love this campaign, but placing the blame on Obama voters is the wrong way to go about things.

You want them, many who voted in the last election using emotion as a guide, to be mad at Obama.

Not mad at some anonymous guys on the “other side”. Divisiveness is Obama’s game.

The “$1.89 when Obama was inaugurated, just saying” version seems like less of an affront.

Yes, most Obama voters didn’t research their candidate. I’m just not sure throwing it in their face right now is the best route.

    Yes, most Obama voters didn’t research their candidate. I’m just not sure throwing it in their face right now is the best route.

    You’re obviously not a Real Conservative.

    Who cares about the best route? Who cares about flipping 2008 swing voters from Obama? Who cares about winning the election?

    It’s about getting that warm righteous glow on, baby!

      Jay Jones in reply to gs. | March 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Guilty as charged, I’m a Libertarian. This election, more than most is a lesser of two evils.

      I really can’t throw stones too much as who voted for who this last presidential election: I wrote in a vote for Joe the Plumber. (I was voting in IL, my vote for McCain or Barr would have been damn near pointless.)

        Me, I’m a libertarian. I was briefly a Libertarian. Then Harry Browne and his merry crew took over the Libertarian Party.

        It’s not surprising that people who put an overriding emphasis on individual freedom don’t constitute an effective political organization, but, jeez, they don’t have to keep on demonstrating the point. (No offense to you personally.)

        I think well of Gary Johnson, but I hope he doesn’t do to the Republican nominee what Nader did to Gore.

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Henry Hawkins | March 28, 2012 at 10:20 am

I did this two summers ago when gas prices topped $4/gal, except being lazy, I had pads of sticky notes printed with my message. Only $4.99 per 50 page pad!

(OK, it wasn’t laziness. My Tea Party group used them to make it that much easier to hit EVERY pump, not just the one a member was using).

This kind of thing is neat as long as it’s a novelty, but:

Gas stations are private property.

I’m not sure I appreciate having politics shoved in my face even when I’m pumping gas.

If the idea takes off, we’ll see Post-It wars between Right and Left—and crazies will jump in. I want to see a Bush is Hitler Post-It on the pump even less than I want to see a Vote for Bludge one.

My mind is still open but I’m dubious.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to gs. | March 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Well, no offesne, but that’s the lamest slippery slope argument I’ve seen in a while.

      1. I’ll wink at a spontaneous gesture from an individual citizen, but according to your previous post:
      –you had Post-Its printed up professionally
      –in order to place many of them at a single site
      –as part of an organized political effort (Tea Party)
      –apparently without getting the property owner’s permission

      2. What a lame slippery slope argument, says the man on the slope.

While I was pumping $4.40 a gallon gasoline into our SUV the other day, for some reason I recalled this old post-it campaign.

“Wish I had a damn post-it!” kept repeating in my head.

I have been leaving post-it notes on gas pumps for a year or so, every time I get gas. I write them up with the exact price that is going into my car.

Obama is still saying “no silver bullett.”

Paging….Newt Gingrich.

SoCA Conservative Mom | March 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

$3.78 a gallon for gas? What a bargain! I paid $4.36 yesterday.

For as long as I can remember, every new idea for acquiring oil has been met with, “but it will take 10, 15, 20 years for the oil to reach the market.” If we had done something 20 years ago, we would have that oil already. How about we do something NOW!

    LukeHandCool in reply to SoCA Conservative Mom. | March 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I know! It’s hovering aroung $4.50 a gallon in L.A.

    The range in Hawaii is $4.29 (at the cheapest gas station in the islands right now) up to $4.89 at many stations.

    I’d like to see a graph of a demand curve of Hawaiian residents … i.e., demand for more anti-drilling Democratic politicians in Hawaii as the price of gasoline skyrockets.

    That famous “aloha spirit” might start to seem awfully cranky.

      SoCA Conservative Mom in reply to LukeHandCool. | March 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Hmm… something just doesn’t seem right. Gas is less expensive in Hawaii than it is in Southern CA… it must be cheaper to send tankers to Hawaii than trucks from LA to SD.

      Remember we have just as many anti-drilling Dems in CA. Having spent most of my life in San Diego, I had no idea there were oil rigs sitting off the coast until I went to college in Santa Barbara. A geology prof once told a class I was in that there is so much oil in the Santa Barbara Channel that the oil seeps up to the surface of the ocean floor and eventually ends up on the beaches. Many people believe the tar on the beaches is from an oil spill that occurred in 1969, but they would be wrong. It is oil that comes up through the ocean floor.

      I wonder how much oil is sitting under LA… oil wells on the campus of Beverly Hills High School, La Brea tar pits… there is oil all over LA just waiting to be pumped out.


The 5th Circuit just bitch-slapped the EPA over what the court termed “Texas’ common-sense plan to comply with clear air mandates” (I paraphrase).

Heh, heh, heh…!!!

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Ragspierre. | March 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Forget where I read it now, but some blogger, writer, etc. somewhere called it not bitchslapped but “benchslapped”. lol

    Great term for when a court slaps down inanity.

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Robert Arvanitis | March 29, 2012 at 10:10 am

New Obama plan for $2 gasoline — sell it by the quart

Liberals have been defending Obama’s inaction on gas prices by saying he as POTUS is unable to do so.

Post-it Notes:

America’s response to ineffective leadership – fire the incompetent!

Since Obama admits he can’t do anything about gas prices he should be replaced by someone who will!

George W Bush lowered gas prices and in fact liberals accused both him and Cheney of working for the oil companies!!!

End Ethanol save 10 cents a gallon and increase you mpg.

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