So I'm sitting in my office this morning checking the news as is my usual routine when I came across a rather decent article in McClatchy (about the only U.S. news I can muster the strength to stomach anymore) regarding what can be done to lower gas prices. It's a good article and I suggest that everyone take a peek.
I did find one part of the article a bit troubling, sad, ironic, and in a sick way sort of humorous:
Q: Bush repeated his call Tuesday that new U.S refineries could be built on military bases. Why hasn't this happened?
A: Most military bases are far from the source of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and the pipeline infrastructure that leads from there. It makes a nice sound bite but isn't a real-world solution.
"What he said today was the equivalent of, 'You are doing a great job, Brownie,' said Verleger, referring to Bush's infamous support of his embattled emergency management chief after Hurricane Katrina.
Actually Mr. Verleger, it was "Heckuva job, Brownie". And if that's case, not only would I expect that gas prices soar to $∞ a gallon in the near future, but that the director of the SPR will actually contract Halliburton to take over management of the reserves, at which point the company will subcontract Blackwater for security, who will subsequently start shooting people at gas stations who aren't filling up their Hummers with the highest octane gas - while these people may not be armed - or even present a threat - they are obviously terrorist sympathizers who hate capitalism because they are using regular unleaded and not shoveling even more of their hard earned money into the pockets of oil executives. Consequently, they deserve to be shot.
As for W suggesting a real-world solution to anything...well, all I can say to that is: Don't hold your breath. The man has become so detached from reality that an episode of "The Real World" provides a more in depth look at "real-world" issues than this man cares to contemplate at this point.