Friday, October 27, 2006

Reason 9 to vote Democratic

Reason 9 to vote Democratic on Nov. 7: Gasoline prices.

Remember when gasoline cost $1 a gallon? How about $1.50 a gallon? Those days are long gone as the cost to fill your tank has grown steadily to coincide with the rising price of crude oil, the staggering profits of oil companies and the never ending war in Iraq.

This year, the price of crude oil reached record heights. Consequently, we’ve felt the pain at the pump as gasoline soared close to, and in some places topped, the $3-a-gallon mark. Meanwhile, companies such as Exxon Mobile Corp. have enjoyed billions of dollars in record profits.

On Thursday, Exxon Mobil reported its earnings rose to a whopping $10.49 billion in the third quarter – the second-largest quarterly operating profit ever recorded by a publicly traded U.S. company.

With that said, doesn’t it appear even the slightest bit odd – as well as incredibly coincidental – that weeks away from the November election motorists have seen gasoline prices suddenly drop from close to $3 a gallon to less than $2 a gallon in some places?

It certainly looks like someone wants you to conveniently forget about rising pump prices, record oil company profits and the untold hundreds of extra dollars you’ve spent to drive to work, shop for food or take the children to school.

Remember this: Republicans have been in charge during the age of skyrocketing gasoline prices and oil companies want to keep it that way. They like the high prices and the record profits, and they don’t want that to change.

But you can make a difference. Vote Democratic on Nov. 7.


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