Gas Prices

  1. Is it only here in Oregon, or has anyone else noticed a sudden jump in gas prices since Tuesday's midterm elections?

    And what do you all suppose is the reason? Seems a wee bit suspicious to me........but I'd hate to think certain people would play THAT dirty.
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  3. by   indigo girl
    Quote from mjlrn97
    Is it only here in Oregon, or has anyone else noticed a sudden jump in gas prices since Tuesday's midterm elections?

    And what do you all suppose is the reason? Seems a wee bit suspicious to me........but I'd hate to think certain people would play THAT dirty.
    Isn't that what Mercy was saying a few days ago?
    http://allnurses.com/forums/1915544-post112.html
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    We had Chevron and other oil companies threaten that if some of our propositions passed gas prices would rise. They were defeated.
    Still there's been a nine cent a gallon increase since the election.
  5. by   txspadequeenRN
    Our gas here was $1.99 prior to the election and $2.04 after.....
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    Lowest price I saw went from $2.26 before to $2.35 after.
  7. by   rninme
    Up about $0.20 since the election....gotta grab those profits while they can!!...before those nasty Dems start investigating the 'secret' energy policy that Cheney was behind!
  8. by   timinchrist
    I'm afraid that if we think we are going to see justice because the Democrats rule in Congress, we are deceived. Both the Republicans and Democrats are behind corporate America's power. Gas prices are going to keep going up because those who lobby for the oil industry have our politicians in their pocket and we are going to pay for it.
  9. by   CseMgr1
    No surprises here. These politicians seem to think that their constituents have just fallen off the turnip truck and that we don't have the sense to realize how much we are being manipulated by them. Even my son, who is a staunch Christian Republican admitted to me a few weeks ago that the present Admistration has "messed up". And for him, that is a BIG admission.
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    timinchrist and CseMgr1 I'm sure you are right. It is good we have some balance.
    I think it is true that most, if not all, politicians are bought to some degree by their contributors.

    I'm all for groups from religious congregations, labor unions, clubs, and professional associations educating and mobilizing their members.
    But money buys votes and that hurts us all.
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Nov 11, '06
  11. by   indigo girl
    Quote from timinchrist
    I'm afraid that if we think we are going to see justice because the Democrats rule in Congress, we are deceived. Both the Republicans and Democrats are behind corporate America's power. Gas prices are going to keep going up because those who lobby for the oil industry have our politicians in their pocket and we are going to pay for it.

    So true!
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from spacenurse
    timinchrist and CseMgr1 I'm sure you are right. It is good we have some balance.
    I think it is true that most, if not all, politicians are bought to some degree by their contributors.

    I'm all for groups from religious congregations, labor unions, clubs, and professional associations educating and mobilizing their members.
    But money buys votes and that hurts us all.
    :yeahthat:
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Ah, another conspiracy theory . . .

    Drivers are noticing with suspicion that gasoline prices' recent slow decline started to reverse itself almost as soon as the politicians finished their concession speeches. Plainly Big Oil, the conspiracy-minded argue, was trying to rig the election for the Republicans.

    Jamie Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, offered a typical assessment: "There was a political motive to keep gasoline prices low. Now that the election's over, we're going to see prices going up. . . . Oil companies are going to go back to artificially shorting the market."

    I guess Court is standing up for consumers' right to concoct wild theories without evidence.

    The facts, though, are that oil prices swing on global markets that are driven by hurricane forecasts, the Chinese economy, the violence in Iraq and countless other factors.

    As we heard over and over this fall in the ads pushing Proposition 87, America relies heavily on foreign oil. And much of the world's petroleum comes from hostile nations like Iran and Venezuela. So Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez were taking a hit in the wallet to keep the Republicans in Congress? Sorry. It just doesn't add up.

    But the conspiracy theorists aren't alone. A Gallup survey before the election found that 42 percent of Americans thought that the recent fall in gasoline prices was politically timed. Democrats were much more likely to believe in this dark cabal than Republicans.

    The charitable explanation is that the paranoia was probably the product of being shut out of power in the federal government for the past few years. Some Republicans, after all, got a little loopy about the Clintons. Now that we've seen that the GOP is not going to rig the elections, then declare martial law and ship anyone who complains off to Guantanamo, maybe the Democrats will come to their senses and realize that the Bush administration is manipulating gasoline prices using the same deft hand with which it is bringing liberty to the Middle East.
    Redding: Editorials

    Me again - the reality is oil and gasoline markets are GLOBAL and there is little the President or Congress can do.
    Last edit by Spidey's mom on Nov 13, '06
  14. by   VivaLasViejas
    You know, my mind tells me that you're right, Steph, and you probably are...........but my gut is VERY suspicious of the timing.

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