A Beacon & Bridge gas station in Mount Morris Township, Michigan offered gas for $1.84 a gallon to spread an anti-Obama message via a political stunt created by the billionaire Koch brothers Super Pac: Americans for Prosperity-Michigan.
Traffic backed up nearly a half mile to I-475 today as the gas station rolled back prices to $1.84 per gallon for the first 150 motorists, reports MLive.com.
Americans for Prosperity said that the $1.84 per gallon price reflects the cost of gas in 2008, before President Barack Obama took office. The Super PAC paid the difference in price to the gas staion owner.
Hundreds of cars lined up to get cheap gas, but Americans for Prosperity-Michigan had to turn away as many people as got the discounted gas.
Scott Hagerstrom, state director of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan, told MLive.com: "We really need to remind people about where we were just a few short years ago. We’re really about limited government and economic liberty. We have the resources in this country to be energy independent and if we drill those resources it’ll mean great paying jobs for Americans and it will also increase the supply (of oil) and lower the price."
Hagerstrom did not mention that, for the first time, the U.S. is exporting more oil than it is importing, under President Obama. Nor did Hagerstrom mention that gas prices at the pump are not related to which country the gas is produced in, but rather the prices that oil speculators set.