In 2011 the US government gave $2 billion in subsidies to the five largest oil companies! In 2011 Democrats in Congress tried to end those subsidies. Republicans in Congress blocked the efforts to end the subsidies. Those same five oil companies made $137 billion in profits in 2011!
The current manufactured political football is called high gas prices! First of all, where the hell is Occupy Wall Street? Go occupy the gas pumps. Stand outside the gas stations of America and tell the American public the truth about high gas prices. Gas prices are high because greedy oil companies raised the prices during a recession when a majority of the American public are hurting. The only way high gas prices has anything to do with politics is the fact that the government refuses to put a cap on prices at the pump.
Gas prices are not high because of low domestic production! Domestic production is up! Gas prices are high because profits in the oil industry are at levels that can only be described as reprehensible! Gas prices are high because there are no price regulations and this is what happens when "the market" is left to decide without regulations. The high prices are directly related to Wall Street speculation! They have absolutely nothing to do with present reality!
If you are hurting because of high gas prices, direct your anger at the oil industry! If you think the government has failed you on this subject, then do your homework and direct your anger at those who have blocked efforts to end oil subsidies, at those who delay transition to alternative energy sources!
The major difference between the 2012 election and all previous elections is the unbelievable transparency of dysfunction in our political process. It's up to the voters! Will we be pawns of our inept media's sound bites, or will we get smart and take back our country?