Gas prices huh... they just keep going up, don't they? Every day, every week; they inch higher and higher, closer and closer to $4 a gallon and beyond.
Now, we all know there is "tension" in Iran. That has got the be the reason this is happening, right.
To be sure, it is part of the reason. "Those crazy towel-heads over there are trying to get some 'Nucular' Weapons and its got people nervous"! Irregardless of the true goals, motives and means of the Iranian people and their current leaders, all we "know" is that they are stirring up trouble over there and its making us pay more for gas over here.
Well, that's not entirely true to say, is it? I mean, up here in Maine, I have been paying over $3 a gallon for... well.. I'm pretty sure the entire time I have been living up here, which is over 1 year now. Damn.. were those "towelheads" causing trouble the whole time?
Of course they weren't and you know what else, it really doesn't have a whole lot to do with them anyway. They're just the current scapegoat is all, the people who get the unwilling finger pointed in their direction, unbeknownst to them.
The real culprit is more involved, willing & capable and indeed, insidious.
Up and Down, Up and Down. 6 years worth of national average gas prices there. (I need to get more data so I can graph this over the course of 10-15 years). World events here, natural disasters there. All the while "driving" the price of oil and subsequently gasoline higher and higher. Then a correction happens and the price tumbles back down to something people feel more "comfortable" paying.
Of course world events drive the price of gas, just as the laws of supply and demand drive the price of gas. As the slow but sure unfolding of the Arab world picked up its steam, so too did western fears over their supply of precious oil and so too, did groups of Wall Street speculators assist in driving the price of oil higher, just as they have done numerous times before. You see, the problem with the price of oil is that it is "set" at least 2 different times by 2 different groups of people. The first group being the suppliers who suck this crap out of the ground and pump it into tankers and barrels. The second group is Traders who barter over the price of oil on exchanges worldwide. The problem with these traders though is that they are made up of different groups of people; true buyers\sellers and also speculators. People who "buy" these commodities, with no intention of ever taking delivery of them, in the hopes of selling them later for a profit.
How would you manipulate a market? Think about this... lets say you bought 10 tankers of oil, each holding 50,000 barrels of oil. These 10 tankers were the only tankers in the world carrying oil from Eurasia to the US. Shortly after departing Eurasia, you tell 8 of them to conserve fuel, turn off their engines and let the winds carry them to the US. The other 2 use their own power to cross the Atlantic. Of course, those 2 tankers are going to get to the US way faster than the other 8 and their fuel is going to be put to use much faster than the other 8. However, their fuel isnt going to last very long, so "Supply" will get limited very fast. As Supply is limited, the price goes up. The longer it takes the winds to carry those remaining 8 tankers across the ocean, the more time the price of oil has to increase via simple economics. Eventually, the remaining tankers will arrive here and sell their oil at current market value gaining you a quick, handsome profit.
Far fetched? Possibly.
Okay, so we have world events and markets all driving the price of oil. We all know there are indeed speculators who also have their part in driving the price of oil. What does any of this have to do with an election?
Well, the timing of this increase is a little different, and I believe we shall see this all play out on the national stage over the next 6-8 months. It seems to be pretty safe to say that come Summer, gas will more than likely have exceeded the $4 a gallon limit it had once touched before, just in time for the election.
You see, my prediction is that aside for all else, "The Price Of Gas" will become the front and center issue in the coming election.
And it has already, to a slight degree. But over the next few months, as the price of gas (more than likely) continue its climb north, it will become more of an issue for more Americans.
It is the one thing that affects everyone in this country, yet, is completely beyond the control of any Administration. Yeah, there is going to be all kinds of campaign promises, "When I get elected, I will see to it that something is done about the price of gas". Sure you will buddy....
It might be beyond the control of an administration to deal with, but it is not beyond the control of insiders who understand how to manipulate markets to drive a result they are seeking.
I am of the belief that insiders are in fact exaggerating a confluence of world events in an effort to artificially manipulate a market in an effort to obtain a result they are seeking. I leave it to the reader to decide what result that is.
If this does in fact all play out the way I foresee it, then the American people will have watched and been party to the single most brazen act of corporate terrorism ever attempted, probably in the entire world.
What would the proof of my prediction look like? Very simple. If the price of gas continues to climb the way it has been, then falls dramatically soon after the election, then there you will have the signature of this act of terrorism.