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A notable percentage of Americans believe that the recent plunge in gasoline prices has more to do with November voting than with the price of oil and other market forces.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-conspiracy6nov06,1,3460939.story

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Gee, wherever would people get such ideas?

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/05/18/politics/main618269.shtml

Found another website of archived stories that had similar stories. One of the papers that originally published these stories was...the LA Times.

How dare people remember, or worse, actually believe what the Times said in the news section only a few months ago.

http://www.iraqtimeline.com/apr04.html (In the middle of entries for April 2.)

I have a problem with the condescending elitist tone of the article. The author slapped the "conspiracy" label on where it's not at all warranted. The poll itself never used the word. Most people, such as myself, hearing the question would probably have used terms like "process" or "a politician acting out of self interest," not conspiracy. Nothing grandiose or cloak and dagger, just one rich leader asking another for a minor favor.

Bush himself publicly said in 2000 that he would use his influence with Saudis who were old friends of the family to lower prices. How dare people believe him. And in 2004 he and Kerry both talked many times about the possibility again.

The Times author sounds extremely naive, and frankly not very knowledgable. Contrary to the kind of fantasy world that free market fundamentalists wishes existed, govts can and do influence prices all the time. Esp in Saudi Arabia.

Having said this, I haven't seen any evidence that Bush and the Saudi dynasty actually did lower prices to help the GOP. But it's quite reasonable to wonder if they might have. It's incredibly naive to claim the principals involved would not have done such a thing, and ignorant to claim it can't be done while invoking the mythical "free market."

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Actually the gas prices here have gone up a bit (about ten cents/gallon at most places) in the past week or so.

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Yes, but now the election's over.

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quote:
Originally posted by LittleDuck:
Actually the gas prices here have gone up a bit (about ten cents/gallon at most places) in the past week or so.

Same thing here, and probably the same thing all over the country on account of the holiday.
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Every summer prices go up as demand goes up. Labor day is usually the apex. Then the prices go down as demand goes down. Every other year, a batch of dingalings (the ones out of the whitehouse) claim "conspiracy". It's funny when the other guys do it. It's embarrasing when my guys do it.
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