Each day, we hear a new story about gas prices rising. Last week, 117 dollars per barrel made us shake our heads and shake our wallets, looking for lost change. Today, it's over 120 dollars a barrel. Only a few months ago, talks of 96 and 97 dollars per barrel had the MSM and the nation worried; which begs the question: why do we so easily swallow that high gas prices are now a way of life?
Why is there no longer any serious questioning from Congress? Why are citizens not telling Congress to do so? As the agents that enter my office everyday complain about their 100 dollar fillups on their SUV, I can't help but continue to wonder why apathy continues to play such a large part in the American life when it's so obvious how much gas prices are hurting all of us.
The "winter-blend" and "summer-blend" is bullshit, and the average person knows this. The MSM says it like it's pure fact. They'll explain in February that this is why prices are rising, and in September tell you again that the price hike is because of the winter-blend switch.
Big Oil is cutting jobs and complaining about shortages while posting record profits. They're lying about digging into reserves (the reserves here have yet to be touched, because it'll dilute the market and force the price down), and Americans take it like they take acidic coffee, with a grimace and a shake of the head.
Is apathy the only thing to blame? Is it because the media perpetuates the lies Big Oil puts out? Or do Americans really believe what they're being told? Is Congress so out of touch that even as prices double, they're no longer looking into as they were a year ago? Granted, "looking into" it didn't do much, but the prices did come down temporarily when oil executives were questioned.
Between the mortgage crisis - argue what you will, but corrupt banks and dirty mortgage brokers were the cause of the hyper-inflated bubble and the resulting crash from illegal and incompetent loans -gas prices (which have caused a rise in the price of everything from food to airline tickets), and inflation - more and more Americans are reigning in to ride a long recession, rather than getting angry at the corporations - and the government - that put them in this position. Why?