Rest assured that the FTC's pronouncement that they'll look into gouging at the gas pump... is yet another cruel joke by Republicans. And yet another example of a political boot licker being put on the public payroll with your money, as the King likes to say.
Hey, last time around, when Jan Schakowsky and Dick Durbin led the way by demanding a meeting with Big Oil execs, Denny Hastert took a pass.
For one thing, he assured the public at the time, it was highly doubtful that there was gouging going on. For another thing, he had an important speaking engagement with the Food Marketing Institute in Washington, D.C. that day. The topic: Conservative Values. (note: I'll update this with a link later... for now, it appears their server's not responding)
You can view all of the Speaker's archived press releases (if you really want to) here. Note that all 49 press releases listed cover 1999-2002. His expensive press operation issued only two press releases in 2000.