5 Conspiracy Theories About Gas Prices
Apparently, the pain you’re experiencing at the pump is more than just a pain in your buttocks. According to the great thinkers of our age, namely Bill O’Reilly and Rick Santorum (I kid, I kid), there is a conspiracy by the government to charge you a fortune for gas.
And it’s not just the bastions of the right wing who are putting on their tin foil hats. Liberals are seeing conspiracies at the pump too. Or, perhaps it’s the gas fumes that has everyone fuming?
Gas huffing aside, here are the top 5 conspiracy theories as to why filling up your Honda Accord costs more than actually buying a Honda Accord.
5. More Money for the Government
On “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O'Reilly proclaimed that rising gas prices are just a way to bleed more money from the average American SUV owner. “The higher gas at the pump is, the more federal dollars, yeah, the more money the feds get. Some cynical people are going, 'look Obama doesn't want the price to go down because Washington is getting more money from the taxes at the pump.'” But this conspiracy has been handily debunked by Media Matters, which reported that gas is taxed at a flat rate; no matter how high prices rise, the government does not get more money from it.
4. A Conspiracy to Cut Consumption
Mitt Romney recently claimed in an interview that President Obama purposefully wants to keep gas prices high. The logic is that Obama, who is famously against our country's dependence on foreign oil, is letting gas prices rise in order to garner support for his green energy initiatives. And while the President is in favor of alternative energy, as NPR points out, in neither statement did the President say he was in favor of higher gas prices.
3. An Expensive Plan to Oust Obama
According to multiple posts on The Daily Kos, the whole gas prices thing is a complicated scheme by Republicans, Wall Street and quite possibly the Illuminati (okay, maybe not them) to drive up oil prices in order to make the President look bad and boot him from the White House.
2. A Rise Before the Fall
The Huston Chronicle reports that a Canadian website alleges the rise in gas prices has been carefully manipulated as a prelude to a much-needed fall, which will happen right before the election, handing Obama the boost he will need to win reelection.
1. Republican Orchestrated Artificial Inflation
If you liked the last theory, then you’ll love this one. Same principle, except this time the artificial spike of gas prices and then the orchestrated fall actually helps the Republicans. Writes Daily Kos blogger World War 4:
“In 2006 oil prices were falling, and there was widespread speculation that the Bush administration was manipulating them down to help the Republicans in that year's mid-term elections. (Of course, the elections were a sweep for the Democrats anyway.) We predicted at the time that oil prices would rise again right after the midterms, so that Bush and his pals could try to pull the same trick for the 2008 elections. We reminded readers of this prediction when oil prices surged again in 2007—and when they dropped again, right on schedule, in October 2008!”
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