Funny, You Don't Usually See it Develop Like This...
When I first got to work this morning, there was a headline on Yahoo! news to the effect that President Bush had requested investigations into price gouging on the price of gas.(1)
Then just a little later, that headline was directly replaced with one that said "Bush Eases Environmental Rules on Gasoline."
I'm not surprised that he's used his new-found concern over gas prices to gut environmental regulations, I'm just surprised to see it play out in headlines like that. Kind of cool, or at least chilling.
Seems like there's no cloud so black for his oil industry cronies that it can't have a silver lining.
To be honest, I'm surprised that he didn't just send an open letter to the oil companies saying, "Cut gas prices right now, before the voters have to drive for summer vacation. We can't afford to lose our majorities in the House and Senate because if we do Congress might do some bad stuff like actual investigations and oversight, and all our pals (and many of you big oil company cheeses) will go to pound-me-in-the-ass prison. We'll make it up to you by cutting some environmental regs or allowing oil drilling in school playgrounds or something."
Then again, maybe that's what this all is.(1) We'll leave out for the moment the likelihood that this investigation will scapegoat a few independent gas stations or fuel distributors, thus muddying the waters as to whether the oil companies are responsible for the problem, and giving everybody a chance to say the problem was solved, so shut up you naysayers. Or something.