Petition the President about the price of gas? (repost from 2005)

Today I received an email petition to President Bush asking him to lower gasoline prices.


After staring drop jawed at the list of several hundred people who typed their names on this "petition," I had a long conversation with my dogie, Isis, about the absurd markup on dog food. The highest profit margin at your supermarket is on pet food. The stuff is cheap to make, and absurdly overpriced. Let's all send an email to the Executive Branch of the United States Government and bitch about dog food prices. Women's shoes are also overpriced. I'm sure the President can fix that too.   Perhaps more devastating to the economy is the recent increase in ticket prices at 93% of America's movie houses.

I'm sure the President of the United States has control over movie prices, dog food prices, and gas prices. He IS a dictator, isn't he? Oh, you say we have a democracy and a free market system? Private enterprise?  Gee, I guess if we want to complain about the price of goods or services, we might complain to the company that supplies the goods or services.  Seriously folks, our beloved President Bush describes himself as "the war president — I wake up every morning with war on my mind."

While that is reassuring for the arms industry, It doesn't mean much for federal support of other matters — be they education, arts, science, or price controls of private industry.  NOW : If the President of the United States is ever empowered to dictate the prices of goods and services in the marketplace, please inform me immediately –I want him to immediately lower the cost of dog food, cable TV, and jeans. 

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