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GAS: Corporate America manipulates public

Letter by Gary J. McMillion, Spanaway on June 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm with 16 Comments »
June 8, 2012 11:20 am

Re: “High gas prices bring call for investigation” (TNT, 7-7).

You would have to be pretty naive to believe that the American public is not being manipulated each and every day by corporate America. With its unquenchable thirst for profit, it has and will continue to ensure that it squeezes every available dollar out of our hands.

In America, the almighty dollar rules and it has replaced our compassion, our decency and our moral values. Add to this equation the “best government that money can buy,” and we are only beginning to feel what corporate America has in store for us.

Lawmakers should not insult our intelligence by stating that they are going to “investigate” the very ones who supply their campaigns with millions of dollars annually.

I pray that America wakes up before it is too late. We are so quick to point out the corruption of other nations while we refuse to look at ourselves. Greed will be the downfall of this once great nation.

Leave a comment Comments → 16
  1. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Huge difference between corruption and maximizing profits.

    What are the alternatives?

  2. took14theteam says:

    So why does the State of WA have the highest gas prices in the lower 48 states?

    If “Big oil” was manipulating the price, it wouldn’t be $3.21 in Alabama and $4.25 here. The price would be the same everywhere.

    Maybe you should look at Democrat energy policies…..

  3. averageJoseph says:

    Gary… which entity makes more from the sale of gasoline (as well as a host of other products)… the manufacturer or the government?

  4. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Not only does govt take the biggest bite, but regulations drive up the cost. With our blend of ’boutique’ gas, economies of scale are lost and any disruption at a refinery gets even harder to remedy.

  5. beerBoy says:


    Explain how “Democrat energy policies” create different prices in WA and Alabama please.

  6. Bandito says:

    Didn’t they pull this same stunt against Carter? With Romney they won’t have to worry about losing their subsidies and they’ll enjoy favorable legislation regarding environmental controls that presently regulate the drilling and refining of oil in the US. There is no economic reason for gas to be so disproportionally expensive in Western Washington. The reason is political.

  7. took14theteam says:


    WA state is controlled by Democrats. Alabama is controlled by Republicans. Case closed.

  8. scooter6139 says:

    took14 – Please cite which Democrat policies here in WA (and OR and CA) caused the gas to be over $4 last month. Then please cite which Republican policies in Alabama caused the gas to be a dollar less than here.

    Case not closed. ;)

  9. concernedtacoma7 says:

    First off, WA gas taxes are just higher. High taxes = dems. Second, as I already stated, we have a unique blend of gas in the region, called a boutique type of gasoline. When supply is disrupted, they cannot just pull gas in from anywhere (even though it would work in your car just fine).

    EPA adds costs from exploration until the gas is used in your engine. I personally point the finger at them.

  10. SwordofPerseus says:

    Conc7 says “what are the alternatives?” How about a hundred different alternatives to this horrific system of consumption. Consumption is a bad thing it is the opposite of conservatism, which is the main schism in Republicon thinking(such as it is).

    I will assume for a minute that most people understand the concept of FINITE. The opposite of infinite. In other words continued growth is a practical and physical impossibility.

    We have only one planet, the resources of which are being used up far faster than they can be replenished. Capitalism tries to fool people into believing that we can just grow and grow. This is simply not possible.

    A system of government based on human needs rather than on parasitic growth and consumption is what is needed for humankind to survive the next phase of our development. We need to turn to science and philosophy to discover the path to our future. Our future does not lie in ancient and outdated religious doctrine, nor in corporations or the corrupt system that has evolved into a quasi fascist oligarchy that has slowly replaced democracy and freedom this country once enjoyed.

    It seems that we cannot turn back the hands of time or even still them for a moment. We must move forward and face the mess we have created either with the pen or the sword, but something has go to give.

  11. beerBoy says:

    Taxes do not equal energy policy

    Case not closed.

  12. beerBoy says:

    Correlation does not equal causation

    Case not closed.

    You two do know that Alabama is a heck of a lot closer to the refineries than Washington…..don’t you?

  13. averageJoseph says:

    There’s more refineries closer to the red state of Alabama than the blue state of Washinton?


  14. concernedtacoma7 says:

    And they have a lower fuel tax.

    SoP- oil/energy policy and religion/philosophy? Wow. With the exception of the divining rod, what does religion have to do with this? It seems that only the fringe left banks on a belief to solve our energy future. The right calls for drilling while banking on the market to find a solution. There is no other substitute today. Nothing close. All the left is doing is bankrupting business.

  15. beerBoy says:

    Kooky that Jimm thinks the Dems have affected geography and were able to move WA away from the Gulf of Mexico all the way up northwest….

  16. SwordofPerseus says:

    Conc7- As I plainly spelled out a path, an alternative to what we do today. Religion plays a huge inappropriate role in American politics, and human life in general as I and many others much smarter than I see it.

    I have simply stated we need to rely on science for answers to the physical and technical problems we face and philosophy, not faith to ponder our existence and creation. To be free from fear, shame, dogma and persecution that exists in faith based religions.

    If we all do better it is good for ALL.

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