Why are we surprised? The oil industry still owns our politicians!
By Jack E. Lohman
Gas prices will go up to $5. Because they CAN!
Get used to it. At least until late summer, when Obama gets tough just before the elections.
You'll hear a lot about oil "speculators," and he's right. They are the number one problem. It's not Iran. Our economy is rebounding and they want the cash in their pockets instead of yours. So they buy refinery-tank-fulls and hoard product until they have to back off.
It's the free market, don'cha know.
But Obama won't do anything drastic because they help fund his elections. And the Republicans won't do anything because the speculators help fund theirs too!
There's only one winner, but it's never you. This is 100% a two-party game. They both know the problem, and they know the solution, but neither wants to go there because they are both on the take.But you lose" and you should lose.
At least until you get smart enough to throw out both political parties. But to date the electorate has allowed the villains to divide and divert them. We've got to be smarter than this.The fix?
Yea, there is one. First, throw all of the bastards out of office! None of them should stay! UNTIL they pass public funding of campaigns, and then we can start to move forward and re-anchor our families.
Step 1) A public-option OIL company. Let's (the taxpayers) buy up the next failing oil company, or build one from scratch. Imagine the new jobs that would be created, with consumer rather than taxpayer money.
Step 2) A public-option bank! Let's not bail out the next failing bank, let's buy it! Of course, Bank of America would be gone in a heartbeat, but so would be our economic woes.
Step 3) A public-option car company! No more bailing out General Motors, they either run it right or lose it! And then we taxpayers will run it and set the CEO salaries ourselves. And the prices of our cars.
But wait, all of our political bastards get campaign bribes from these guys!
Say goodbye to that, too! With all of this public option stuff going around, political bribes will not be useful.
Remember this: "PUBLIC OPTION !" What's not to like about that?
The free market will not just survive, but even hum with all of these newly competitive industries.