Prior to the landfall of Hurricane Rita, I filled my gas tank because I just knew that gasoline prices were going to soar once the hurricane hit Texas. The analysts on TV were talking about $4/gallon or more! Then the hurricane hit and guess what? No price increases yet, regular in Chicago is still about $2.99/gallon.
This just didn’t seem natural at all because the oil companies have in the past seized upon any excuse to raise prices sharply. So assuming this is true, I would like to take a moment to thank Vice President Cheney for the gas in my tank. Why? Because I’m sure that Dick got on the phone and told his oil buddies to put on lid on price hikes. The Bush administration has been pretty good to the oil industry, but the rising prices have become an increasing weight on the economy and more importantly, those Red Staters that put Bush back into the the White House are starting to get pissed. Not only that, they stopped buying those ginormous gas guzzling SUVs which is now putting a serious crimp in the profits of Bush and Cheney’s other friends in the auto industry. President Bush’s popularity is at an all time low and while he himself does not face reelection, many Republicans do.
So thanks again Mr. Cheney! Heck, President Bush is even telling people to drive less now! What strange times these are indeed.