Saturday, June 14, 2008

Political Stupidity

By David Galland,
Managing Director
Casey Research – Casey Energy Speculator
June 14th, 2008

A few weeks ago we witnessed a political act of such unimaginable stupidity, it is hard to not choke at the mention of it.

A cursory review of the details is worth a minute of your time. This compliments of The Oil & Gas Journal...

WASHINGTON, DC, May 20 -- The US House passed, by a vote of 324 to 84, a bill that would create a new oil antitrust task force within the Department of Justice. Supporters of HR 6074, which also would give DOJ authority to sue foreign oil cartels for violating US antitrust laws, included 103 Republicans, according to its sponsor Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.).

"Until we finally have an energy policy other than drill-and-burn, this bill will begin to set things right for the American people. We cannot drill or grow our way out of this energy crisis. We must begin to think differently in America. That includes loosening the stranglehold other nations have on our economy and exploring new forms of energy," he said following the vote.

The new "Petroleum Industry Antitrust Task Force" would be charged with determining the existence and extent of gasoline price gouging, anticompetitive price discrimination by refiners, actions to inflate prices by constraining supplies, and possible oil price manipulation in futures markets, Kagen said.

The bill, which would amend the Sherman Antitrust Act, also requests a Government Accountability Office study on the effects on competition of prior oil industry mergers and divestitures, he indicated.

"This legislation will address the loopholes and exemptions that oil companies exploit at the great expense of our citizens," Kagen said. "By passing the Gas Price Relief for Consumers Act, the House agrees that it is time to give US authorities the ability to prosecute the anticompetitive conduct committed by international cartels that restricts supply and drives up prices."

Now, unless you were informed upon entering your sixth year of grammar school at the age of 21 that you'd have to stay back another year, you'll recognize this latest bit of pandering as stupidity so profound as to bring a sane man to his knees.

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Comment: America is completely broken. The Republicans are inept and the Democrats have whipped themselves into a frenzy of hatred of Bush and think that all will magically be aright when they are in control of everything. Instead of putting intense national focus on both drilling in the US and development of alternative energy they default to the 'we are the enemy' mentality. Going after the speculators will only bring about a short term correction in commodities; the law of supply and demand will reassert itself with a vengence. America is already twenty years behind on drilling and alternative energy. America is racing toward economic suicide.

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