Gas at $5! So?

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.

And, much of the oil we refine in the U.S. and export to other countries. Oil is this nation’s biggest export, and our politicians want to keep it that way because they get a piece of the action.

It’s the free market, don’cha know.

Obama won’t do anything drastic because they help fund his elections. And the Republicans won’t do anything because also help fund their elections! (They could ban speculating/hoarding of vital product, but that would curtail campaign bribes.)

This is a game. Two people can play, the D’s and R’s.

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.

2 Responses to Gas at $5! So?

  1. jacksmith says:

    REALITY!! And A Fix for Unemployment, Homelessness and Hunger

    In addition to fixing healthcare the right way we need a NewDeal. We need a permanent and updated FDR WPA (Works Progress Administration). A Full employment act requiring the government to provide a job for everyone able to work that wants to work at a living wage or better. At safe, meaningful work where they live. Guaranteed by the US government. With free or very affordable excellent healthcare and free or very affordable education and training for advancement or just personal enrichment.

    ( http://my.firedoglake.com/iflizwerequeen/2011/05/16/how-about-a-little-truth-about-what-the-majority-want-for-health-care/ )

    ( Gov. Peter Shumlin: Real Healthcare reform — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yFUbkVCsZ4 )

    ( Health Care Budget Deficit Calculator — http://www.cepr.net/calculators/hc/hc-calculator.html )

    ( Briefing: Dean Baker on Boosting the Economy by Saving Healthcare http://t.co/fmVz8nM )

    START NOW!

    As you all know. Had congress passed a single-payer or government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one, our economy and jobs would have taken off like a rocket. And still will. Single-payer would be best. But a government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! that can lead to a single-payer system is the least you can accept. It’s not about competing with for-profit healthcare and for-profit health insurance. It’s about replacing it with Universal Healthcare Assurance. Everyone knows this now.

    The message from the midterm elections was clear. The American people want real healthcare reform. They want that individual mandate requiring them to buy private health insurance abolished. And they want a government-run robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one. And they want it now.

    They want Drug re-importation, and abolishment, or strong restrictions on patents for biologic and prescription drugs. And government controlled and negotiated drug and medical cost. They want back control of their healthcare system from the Medical Industrial Complex. And they want it NOW!

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT, AND MUST NOT, ALLOW AN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE TO STAND WITHOUT A STRONG GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.

    For-profit health insurance is extremely unethical, and morally repugnant. It’s as morally repugnant as slavery was. And few if any decent Americans are going to allow them-self to be compelled to support such an unethical and immoral crime against humanity.

    This is a matter of National and Global security. There can be NO MORE EXCUSES.

    Further, we want that corrupt, undemocratic filibuster abolished. Whats the point of an election if one corrupt member of congress can block the will of the people, and any legislation the majority wants. And do it in secret. Give me a break people.

    Also, unemployment healthcare benefits are critically needed. But they should be provided through the Medicare program at cost, less the 65% government premium subsidy provided now to private for profit health insurance.

    Congress should stop wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on private for profit health insurance subsidies. Subsidies that cost the taxpayer 10x as much or more than Medicare does. Private for profit health insurance plans cost more. But provide dangerous and poorer quality patient care.

    Republicans: GET RID OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE.

    Democrats: ADD A ROBUST GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION TO HEALTHCARE REFORM.

    This is what the American people are shouting at you. Both parties have just enough power now to do what the American people want. GET! IT! DONE! NOW!

    If congress does not abolish the individual mandate. And establish a government-run public option CHOICE! before the end of 2011. EVERY! member of congress up for reelection in 2012 will face strong progressive pro public option, and anti-individual mandate replacement candidates.

    Strong progressive pro “PUBLIC OPTION” CHOICE! and anti-individual mandate volunteer candidates should begin now. And start the process of replacing any and all members of congress that obstruct, or fail to add a government-run robust PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! before the end of 2011.

    We need two or three very strong progressive volunteer candidates for every member of congress that will be up for reelection in 2012. You should be fully prepared to politically EVISCERATE EVERY INCUMBENT that fails or obstructs “THE PUBLIC OPTION”. And you should be willing to step aside and support the strongest pro “PUBLIC OPTION” candidate if the need arises.

    ASSUME CONGRESS WILL FAIL and SELLOUT again. So start preparing now to CUT THEIR POLITICAL THROATS. You can always step aside if they succeed. But only if they succeed. We didn’t have much time to prepare before these past midterm elections. So the American people had to use a political shotgun approach. But by 2012 you will have a scalpel.

    Congress could have passed a robust government-run public option during it’s lame duck session. They knew what the American people wanted. They already had several bills on record. And the house had already passed a public option. Departing members could have left with a truly great accomplishment. And the rest of you could have solidified your job before the 2012 elections.

    President Obama, you promised the American people a strong public option available to everyone. And the American people overwhelmingly supported you for it. Maybe it just wasn’t possible before. But it is now.

    Knock heads. Threaten people. Or do whatever you have to. We will support you. But get us that robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one before the end of 2011. Or We The People Of The United States will make the past midterm election look like a cake walk in 2012. And it will include you.

    We still have a healthcare crisis in America. With hundreds of thousands dieing needlessly every year in America. And a for profit medical industrial complex that threatens the security and health of the entire world. They have already attacked the world with H1N1 killing thousands, and injuring millions. And more attacks are planned for profit, and to feed their greed.

    Spread the word people.

    Progressives, prepare the American peoples scalpels. It’s time to remove some politically diseased tissues.

    God Bless You my fellow human beings. I’m proud to be one of you. You did good.

    See you on the battle field.

    Sincerely

    jacksmith – WorkingClass :-)

  2. And incidentally, it is Bullsh*t that Obama cannot do anything to fix this problem. He just has to do it NOW rather than just before the election the magic trick, and that is to say NO MORE HOARDING BY SPECULATORS!!! PERIOD!!!

    Threaten hoarders with jail; it’ll stop overnight. Start new legislation that prevents exporting our own oil to other countries.

    Oil problem fixed.

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