Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, June 17, 2011

If You Like Sky-High Gas Prices, Thank a Republican

Without belaboring the obvious, our high gas prices are caused mostly by oil speculators; and NOT by a bunch of treehugging enviro-nazis who won’t let America drill her way to Freedom.

If energy speculators — commodity speculators in general — are not causing problems, then why are Wall Street’s Republican prostitutes so determined to derail the regulatory agency that oversees commodities markets? That would be the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Congressional Republicans have de-fanged the Commission by withholding $30 million of its funding.

If Republicans can keep oil prices waaay up there, they’ll get a twofer: Their Big Oil pimps will make even more money that they can “contribute” to their prostitutes’ re-election campaigns, AND they can point the finger at Obama while their gullible stooges chant “Drill Baby Drill!” and “Drill Here Drill Now!”

And now it’s time to stoke the Irony Meter: Target has produced a 13-minute film which they’re showing to all Target employees. This film is supposed to get their workers all fired up about the evils of labor unions and collectivism.

All of the actors in this film are — you ready? — Union Members.

And finally: We’ve all heard the cliché about sausage factories, i.e. if you ever watched sausages being made and could see the unspeakable ingredients they put in, you’d never eat another one. Well, the next time you go to your favorite Japanese restaurant, think about — uhh, [ahem] er…

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Blogger Lisa said...

Tom are you sure about that? I guess if gas were 7.00 a gallon in the name of "greener" energy that would be good right?
I can bet that GE has "Nothing" to with the high oil prices either right?

And if you don't like the fact that we have more low income single mother households blame democrats.

June 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...



June 17, 2011 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Republicans treat us like shit. Republicans want us to eat shit.
And now the Japanese can supply us with edible shit...a republican wet dream!

June 17, 2011 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Any way they can make money off of something is, to many of them, a very good thing. Feces!? Heh! No shit! Maybe that is a market we can tap into somewhere down the sewer line. It might just bowl us over, and we could be flush with new riches!

As for Target, I am glad there are none in the area where I live, so that I don't feel tempted to shop there. We have Wal-Mart, which is plenty bad enough and has extinctified many local small businesses. If more people were really and truly pro-small-business, I think they would also be anti-Target and anti-Wal-Mart, but oh well, let cognitive dissonance reign supreme.

As for gas prices, we're just catching up with the rest of the world. Too bad it's with gas prices and not with things like math and science, but yeah, we're catching up.

Keeping prices higher than they have to be is bad for the country. And here is a highly entertaining little article for some of us, but for others it might put a bit of a damper on the inane "drill baby drill" b.s.


June 17, 2011 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

And if some of us don't like that one, some of us probably won't like this one either:


Read and enjoy, and use these as talking points when discussing our oil habit with those who believe we can drill our way out of all our problems.

June 17, 2011 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

We can start drilling now and the oil won't hit the market for about 10 years.

The longer it stays in the ground, the more valuable it becomes.

June 17, 2011 at 5:53 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

O'Donnell (I believe it was) did a segment on why we're being gouged at the gas pumps, and the clear implication is that neither the White House nor CFTC seems to have much interest in lifting a finger to do anything about it.

In state government and in Congress, Obama has had a congenial relationship with parts of the energy industry, coal, gas and nuclear, anyway. That could have something to do with a certain reluctance on his part. So could fearing the prospect of Big Oil money being spent heavily against him next year. But that's probably going to happen anyway.

Other, less-likely possibilities for this odd reluctance include:

-- A desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the back door, so to speak, by letting gasoline get so expensive people cut back seriously on nonessential driving.

--Recollection of where and how JFK died, and it wasn't in the heart of dairy country.

Maybe CTFC isn't acting for lack of funding, but I'm sure the administration could transfer $30 million from elsewhere if sufficiently motivated.

June 17, 2011 at 7:17 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Jerry Critter wrote: "The longer it stays in the ground, the more valuable it becomes."

That has been the case for some time, but might not continue to be. If the mass market makes a big switch in a relative short time to electrics, hydrogen-fuel vehicles or some other alternative to inernal combustion, gasoline-powered vehicles, it could go the other way.

June 17, 2011 at 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


This is the unspoken secret of Star Trek. Where do you think their Food Synthesizers get a lot of their Protein to recycle and turn into (almost) any kind of food you want? This is the future.

Deanna Troi sits on a commode and an hour later Picard says "Tea Earl Grey Hot"

Think about it!


June 17, 2011 at 9:11 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Not only are we being asked to pay more at the pump, there is the built in subsidy, from the taxpayers, that big oil gets. There have been ,umblings about getting rid of the subsidies but as we saw yesterday they can't even get rid of the one for corn, unles it's a symbolic vote. Keersyt knows we wouldn't want those oil executives to go without bonus money, it would be heartbreaking.

I saw that thing about Target and just shook my head at the irony of it all. Pubbies just have no clue or if they do they just don't care.

Ewwww, takes shit on a shingle to a whole new place does it not? I'll stick with my vegan diet thank you very much.

June 18, 2011 at 5:55 AM  
Anonymous Rusty said...

I love when baggers bring up $7.00 a gallon gas. I would gladly pay more at the pump if I knew the extra money would be used to develop new technology instead of enriching a few greedy parasites.

June 18, 2011 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: LOL. Now THAT'S teamwork.

Snave: That's one way to solve the food shortage.

I've been to Target maybe twice. It looks identical to Wal-Mart, but the prices are higher and there are absolutely no employees on the premises except for the cashiers. If you're looking for something or you have a question, there's nobody to ask.

Thanks for the links. Unfortunately, conservatives will never acknowledge or grasp this information.

Jerry: Unfortunately, the rightwing talking point is "well then, if we had started drilling ten years ago we'd have that oil now." Can't argue with a redneck.

SW: That makes perfect sense. Obama and too many other Democrats have to cater to the oil industry and Wall Street since that's where their campaign money comes from; AND they have to cater to the liberals who might vote for them. Awkward position.

I personally don't mind if gas prices go so high that everyone will cut back on their driving. It's already like that everywhere else in the world. We can't be the one exception forever.

Erik: I may be the only person in the world who can say this, but I've never seen an episode of Star Trek. But I'm glad to see that this new Japanese invention has a precedent :)

Jess: Nope, pubbies and irony -- no common ground whatsoever.

There might be a whole lot of new vegetarians as a result of this high-tech shit on a shingle.

Rusty: Same with me. We need to shake off our oil addiction, whatever it takes.

June 18, 2011 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Unfortunately, the rightwing talking point is "well then, if we had started drilling ten years ago we'd have that oil now."

Yeah, and if we had continued to energy policies that Carter started over 30 years ago, we wouldn't be talking about oil at all.

Another "benefit" of Reaganism!

June 18, 2011 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: Very good point.

June 18, 2011 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

it must be nice to be able to afford 7.00 a gallon for gas.

June 20, 2011 at 9:59 AM  

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