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Regular Gas Just Went Up another 14 Cents!

April 20, 2006

Regular Gas Just Went Up another 14 Cents!

By Richard Kuper

The Op Ed Page

I have a link to and in the middle of the day today the lowest price of regular gas here in in the NYC metro area jumped 14 cents to $2.93 per gallon. It was $2.79 when I woke up this morning. Again, that is the lowest price, which means that for many, the price is already over $3.00 per gallon. This is absurd. The oil companies report record profits. The president pretends he cares, as he and the vice president and the secretary of state and others in the administration with ties to the oil industry get richer as the general public gets poorer.

Of course Saudi Arabia and Venezuela are getting richer too, and so, apparently is Russia. According to today's news: "The best performing billionaire over the year was Vagit Alekperov, 55, chief executive officer of LUKOIL, Russia's biggest oil company, whose wealth tripled to $12.7 billion."

Yet as the rich are getting richer, the poor and middle class are getting poorer. As former Senator John Edward said, just yesterday: This country's "great moral issue of its time" is poverty.

So where are the mass demonstrations to stop this (literally) highway robbery? Where is the press on this issue?

Sadly the USA is spiralling downward and downward and . . .