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Score One For Obama
President Blames Oil Speculators for Rising Gas Prices
As would be expected, the speculators were making out pretty good in their venture. They added an additional $.83 a gallon at the peak of the price spike last spring. In May 2011 the profit taken by speculators cost the average driver $41.00 additional on their monthly gas bill. The report goes on to say that the profit drive by speculators put a ONE BILLION dollar drag on an already sluggish economy. What I find incredibly obnoxious about all of this is that even after Mr. Obama issued the warning to speculators in April, and of course the GOP-Tea Party tried to refute despite evidence to the contrary, the speculators kept up their attack on our wallets. That takes some gall. Money does strange things to people. Greed is one of the Cardinal Sins. Wonder why?
So this is the market running freely? This is what happens when markets run freely. This is what happens when middlemen in insurance, health care, finances and oil gouge the American public in the name of free market profit. Oil prices, being constantly driven up by greedy speculators, who have to be doing what they're doing intentionally and with design to make as much profit as they can (read greed), drives everything else up. Why are food and other commodities going up. It takes an awful lot of oil to get fresh produce and the rest of our consumer goods to market. And don't forget. Speculators are buying and selling futures in a lot of the other products we use. What happened to good old American industry. It flew out the window when the market started running itself.