Right-wingers who read the title of this post may have dumped a load in their underpants. Sorry about that.
Gas jumped to $3.99 yesterday from $3.77 the day before. Why? No reason other than market speculation. Reasons are no longer necessary because The People are becoming used to being kicked around. It’s like breaking a horse- after some initial rebellion, they at last acquiesce. Been to the grocery store lately? Coffee is $10, bread $2.50, steak $9 lb. What’s the newest number on mortgage defaults here in the land of the free and home of the brave? About 4.2 million loans are seriously delinquent or in foreclosure. How about jobs? Didn’t the GOP run on that slogan? I can still see Boehner telling voters that their #1 priority in Congress would be, Jobs, jobs, jobs!” Today we anticipate the government report that’s expected to show a slowdown in job growth.
Wow! The Government and its minions are sure working hard for The People. Republicans, it seems, are quite satisfied with what they have ‘done’ for The People. “Jobs” are hardly mentioned except to demagogue some other far-right issue. They still blather that moronic line about not raising taxes on millionaires because ‘these are the job-producers.’ Interesting thought, but patently false. Tax rates on the uber wealthy have been at historic lows for a decade and where are those ‘jobs’ that they are producing? Scam artists! Do The People still believe this crap or has the far-right cried Wolf! once too often?
Right-wingers are still defending Big Oil, too. When will The People get that one, too? ‘Drill baby, drill!’ still stuck in their heads? Have you noticed the bevy of oil company ads on TV lately? ‘Do you own an oil company?’ begins one of them. Another touts the fact that we get most of our oil from ‘right here in North America.’ Yea, Canada and Mexico. They are also ‘hard at work’ helping to save the environment.’ One can’t even laugh at that one. What have right-wing Republicans done to help Americans with the pain at the pump? Go ahead, think. Are you coming up with a blank? Me too. Hey, how about President Obama nationalizing the oil companies? Wouldn’t that be a hoot? Wow! wouldn’t that put a big knot in the undies of the righteous right-wingers?
So, why wouldn’t he do it? Or threaten to do it? After all, the moronic Republicans voted last week to default on the ‘good faith and trust of the government of the United States.’ Boo! How would the oil companies react to the threat of nationalization? And their minions in Congress?
Just think of the win-win of the nationalization of oil companies: prices down for the consumers and the U.S. Government raking in trillions in profits! If The People were OK with the ‘nationalization’ of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as Citigroup, then why not Big Oil? Perhaps one of our right-leaning regulars could list some reasons why that would not be in the best interests of The People. One other thing. It occurs to me that this nationalization would have a further benefit to The People. Our Government could designate which oil-producing nations we would designate as suppliers and which ones we would prohibit. Like Iran or Libya. Geopolitical leverage. Benefit #3.