For Tano and Others…
…who thought my “joke” post about Bush influencing the 2003/2005 elections via gasoline prices was a strawman. Conspiracy Theories Abound as Oil Prices Fluctuate, Washington Post. Further, we have these posts by Professor James Hamilton, a rather well respected expert in econometrics and time series in specific. Here are some of the blogs that think there is something to one or more of these conspiracies,
- Bush Out — This one appears to be supporting the Big Oil theory, that big oil want to keep their bought-and-paid-for pol in office so they are dropping gasoline prices below the market clearing price to achieve this goal.
- Democrats.com — This one is pushing the Goldman Sachs theory debunked by Prof. Hamilton.
- Blogcritics.org — This one appears to support the Big Oil Theory.
- Daily Kos — This is a big oil conspiracy with some dopey economics thrown in.
- Daily Kos — This diarist just seems to adhere to the general notion that there is a conspiracy, he doesn’t seem to care about data/evidence, he knows Bush has things rigged.
- Daily Kos yet again — This one also doesn’t adhere to one conspiracy, but seems to think that Bush’s control is so accurate that he can control gasoline prices between gas stations.
Seems to me, that is more than enough evidence against the hypothesis that my conpiracy “joke” post was a strawman argument. There seems to be plenty of people who believe in these conspiracy theories. That the evidence tends to contradict the theories, who cares, these people know the truth dammit!