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Should President Obama End the 12-Year Old Economic Depression?
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All participants of this Survey are required to put aside all partisan political feelings and agendas, and any desire to "make the other side look bad", by engaging in this Survey purely and solely in the interest of United States national security. This Survey has been commissioned by an agency which desires to know how military personnel and veterans feel about any impending or possible Middle Eastern military conflict that will involve oil prices, which will involve gas prices, which have already affected America's job growth and consumer confidence.


"Those Americans who were adults and making their own living during the Iran Hostage Crises in 1979 will vividly recall that the American economy took a serious hit due to rising gas prices even though Iranian oil that was removed from U.S. gas stations was less than five percent of our total consumption.

"Since the Iranian Hostage Crises, unending military events erupting between the state of Israel and its Muslim neighboring countries has increased gas pump prices in the United States and kept them high for the past quarter Century. Gas prices have influenced the price of every commodity consumed in the United States whether or not that commodity was transported by gas-consuming truck, train or plane.

"In previous gas price fluctuating events, even when the price of gas at the pump averaged thirty-five cents a gallon (pre-Iranian Hostage Crises), previous Presidents have utilized various tools, ranging from threats of an Oil Profits Surcharge on oil companies, to a Windfall Profits Tax on oil companies and oil speculators, to ensure that gas-pump prices never rose to a level that they imposed such a detrimental impact on consumer spending, jobs and national security (sharp reductions in war deterrence spending by the Department of Defense) that would endanger America's ability to respond, it not prevent a global war or global social chaos.

"Added to every previous President exerting his Supreme CEO authority vested in him by the Constitution over commerce jeopardizing national security, a properly functioning Central Intelligence Agency operating under highly competent Directors also worked tirelessly (as illustrated in the 1975 film, "Three Days of the Condor"), to keep global gas prices affordable so as not to disable America's ability to maintain global peace... and America's ability to easily afford to finance global peacekeeping.

"However, over the last twelve years American president's have not asserted their authority and obligation to ensure that the one commodity that most greatly affects and afflicts national economies, gas prices, does not endanger global stability. Because of lack of Presidential enforcement desire, national security-minded members of Congress assumed responsibility where president's had indicated they might fail. Fully recognizing the possibility of Middle East oil insecurity and its devastating impact on the American economy should gas prices dictate more potential harm to the United States than an armed attack by an enemy power, conscientious members of Congress, in 1974, established an agency called the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) under the authority of the House of Representatives. During Congressional periods in which the Democrat Party held a majority in the House, the CFTC performed its duty to regulate oil trading speculation. During periods where the Republican Party held a majority in the House of Representatives, gas prices rose. Following the Democratic victory in 2008 which took control of all House of Representative committees, including the CFTC, the over-four-dollar-a-gallon gas price of 2008 began to drop, but not to the level preceding the 2000 election (that averaged less than two-dollars-a-gallon). Following the election of 2010, the House of Representatives control of the CFTC was re-asserted and gas prices again began rising, to exceed in some areas recently, to more than five-dollars-a-gallon.

"It must be noted that blame for the majority number of Republican members staffing the CTFC who have been serving since the Republican victory in 2010, and who have refused to exercise any desire to regulate oil speculation, cannot solely be blamed for the continued rise in gas prices. Democrat members of Congress are equally responsible because they have personally invested personal re-election campaign donations and private family funds in the oil speculation market, as well as benefitted from other insider-trading knowledge or decisions they have made through their votes on bills and legislation.

"At this point in time, blame is believed to be equally spread among profit-minded individuals in Congress and the White House, and not due to political party affiliation. The five-letter word for this activity is commonly referred to as "greed".

"However, the persistent problems of the American economy, as well as the global economy, are within the power of the Chief Executive Officer of the United States, President Barack Obama, to fix. As of this date President Obama has expressed no desire to fix the problem, which is lack of consumer spending due to consumer poverty imposed by high gas pump prices.

Consumers cannot spend money for retail products and services that employ greater numbers of workers, who when employed provide tax revenues and spend themselves, which maintains national security and would require no need for DOD budget slashing. But because consumers are being forced to spend more money on gasoline they can ill afford, they are unable to spend money on goods and services that would both amply sustain and grow our economy. The gas stations where American consumers are being forced to spend their money neither hires workers nor buys consumer products or services that enables or increases employment or government revenues needed for national security maintenance."


QUESTION 1/1: Should the President of the United States assert his Constitutional authority for the protection of the economy and security of the United States by signing an emergency Executive Order that mandates gas pump prices shall not exceed an average price of $2.00 per gallon, and this Emergency Order shall remain in effect until such time global energy costs are not used for personal greed, Wall Street profits, or global politics?


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