Obama Gas Stations Pumping Free Gas In Poor Neighborhoods-
Summary of the eRumor: Is it true that President Obama is opening up a
series of Obama gas stations in poor neighborhoods to hand out free fuel
for minorities and the poor?
The Truth: This is another round of
political satire that appeared as an
article on October 29, 2013.
by the Daily Currant. It is a joke and should not be taken
about page of the Daily Currant they
state that they are "an English language online satirical newspaper."
did find a report that some gas stations had been redecorated with
President Obama's, name campaign logo and image.
This according to a
May 16, 2011 article by WCSC, a CBS affiliate in Charleston, South
Carolina. These stations are in the business of selling
gasoline and automotive services, They are not affiliated with the
Obama Administration, nor are they giving gasoline away to poor people.
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A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Government Opening Free Gas Stations
in Poor Neighborhoods
Oct 29, 2013
'Obamastation' Debuts in Detroit, Seventy Planned Nationwide3
Obamastation As the battle over Obamacare rages in Washington, the White
House is quietly using a little known provision of the law to roll out a
nationwide network of free gas stations for minorities and the poor.
According to a report in The Detroit News this morning, the
administration is using its authority under the Affordable Care Act to
"improve transportation routes to hospitals" to dispense gasoline free
of cost in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
The $2 billion-a-year program aims to distribute 40 million gallons of
free gasoline each year through 70 new gas stations constructed in major
metropolitan areas. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHS)
will be responsible for operating the network, whose first station
opened yesterday in Detroit.
"It's not something we're publicizing very much, for obvious reasons,"
explains Dori Salcido, assistant DHS secretary for public affairs. "But
under the law we are well within our rights to offer this service, and
we think it's good public policy.
"How are people supposed to get to the doctor's office if they don't
have gas in their cars? Health insurance is worthless if you can't make
your appointment. This is just another fine example of government
stepping in and solving big problems."
No Gas for You
Although some developing oil-rich nations like Venezuela and Indonesia
subsidize gasoline for the poor, the practice has never before been
tried in the United States. The plans are proving controversial with
some taxpayers who are loathe to see their money go to subsidize others.
"So basically I'm being punished for not living in the ghetto," says
Colin Blair, a white person from the affluent Detroit suburb of
Farmington Hills. "I have three kids and a mortgage. Life isn't cheap
for me either. I could use some free gasoline too."
An investigation into the station's operations, however, reveals that
Blair is unlikely to be able to use the service.
"Supposedly access to the station is determined by income," says Ebony
Jackson, manager of the first Obamastation. "But it's pretty unrealistic
to do an income check on each and every driver. So what we do is
basically let all the black people pump for free, and charge all the
white people the market rate."
The Obamastations scandal was uncovered by Nolan Finley , a conservative
Detroit News columnist widely lauded for his groundbreaking exposť on
Obamaphones. Finley says the blatant racial bias in the program is only
one of its many outrageous aspects.
"The stations have Obama campaign logo on them and giant photos of the
president," he explains. "He's trying to buy votes ahead of the midterm
elections. This is something you normally only see in third world
countries. I've never been more scared for our democracy."