The federal government's failed response to Hurricane Katrina, a nearly endless parade of congressional corruption scandals and the deteriorating war in Iraq all played huge roles in creating the anti-Republican tide that swept Democrats into power last week. But to the average voter, nothing brought home the incompetence and arrogance of the Republican regime like rising prices at the pump.
High gas prices were an affront and a hardship that voters angrily faced every day, and so it was with some suspicion that I watched gas prices inexplicably plummet a national average of 75 cents a gallon during the final two months leading up to the election. I'm not a big fan of conspiracy theories, but if oil industry executives wanted to do their best to prop up the corporatist-sponsored Republican leadership... this was a great way to do it.
And now that election day has passed? Hmm. Well I don't know about your neighborhood, but prices here in South Seattle started rising within days, and are already up as much as a dime a gallon at some stations. And a little bit of Googling finds prices up in Oregon and California as well.
I'm just sayin'.
[Read more from David Goldstein at HorsesAss.org]