Yeah...Gas shortages??? Can someone explain to me how a "price gouging" penalty is going to cause gas shortages. Gas prices have been higher than ever before (including inflation) for some time now and major oil companies have been posting record profits every quarter. What the fuck do they think is going to happen - as soon as gas prices go down people are going to start hording petrol in case they go back up? Here's another perfect example of the kind of circular logic that this administration has used to damn near run this country six feet under. There's only one problem here though: If we start to impose heavy penalties for price gouging people won't have too worry about gas prices going up fifteen cents a gallon the week before they are set to go on their family vacation.
This make about as much sense (but not quite) as: "The terrorists weren't in Iraq before nine eleven! Duh! That's why we have to fight them there now, rather than fighting them here! Sheeeessh!"