If gas prices over $4 are not bad enough, what follows makes it all the more painful.
What comes next is the inevitable, lame, insulting-my-intelligence excuse from the oil industry, as to why the price went up.
According to our friends in the oil business, there is always a refinery off-line, a pipeline that is damaged, a hurricane threatening oil rigs or some other catastrophe that makes a gas pump increase necessary.
Explain to me why an oil surplus will take months to be reflected at the pump, but one of their out-of-our-control incidents takes place and 30 minutes later I’m paying 50 cents more a gallon.
I don’t want to hear their excuses any more than I want to hear why a serial killer murdered his victims. In both cases the answer won’t make sense or make me feel better about their actions.
Oil companies know we are hopeless drug addicts who are hooked on their product, and will pay whatever they ask. So, by all means, help yourself to my wallet, pass the needle and God help us all.
Thomas J. Ackmann