Oil Companies: Never Let a Good Holiday Go to Waste

I read last week that Exxon’s profit was down 58% over the same time last year.

So, I whipped out my trusty calculator and did the math. 58% of 9 billion equals $5,220,000,000.  That leaves poor Exxon only 3 billion and change to the good for the first quarter of this year. I feel for them.

Uh-huh. Sure.

Must explain why gas prices at all the gas stations jumped twelve cents a gallon here between yesterday and the day before. In unison. At the same time. So-called free-market competitors all reaching the same conclusion independent of one another.

Uh-huh. Sure.

Can you say collusion, boys and girls? Better yet, look that word up in the dictionary. Your word of the year. Nay, the word of your lifetime and mine.

Or was the egregious overnight price hike the result of the approaching Memorial Day Holiday?

To my way of thinking, we ought to stay home, drive only when necessary, and let the oil companies, and in larger part, the economy, take it in the shorts through what the oil companies love to call “the summer driving season.” Especially since they’re still trying to stick it to us all without benefit of grease.  But, just like Obama’s administration will “never let a good crisis go to waste,”  never let it be said that the oil companies wasted any opportunity such as an approaching holiday to bury their hands in our pockets. Even if they all arrived at the same conclusion independent of one another.

Uh-huh. Sure.

And our Congress does nothing.

The only extra-curricular driving I’m going to be doing this summer is to my local Tea Party.

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