re: night gaunt
unfortunately true. The SEC was effectively gutted under Clinton. As a result, we went from 11 major domestic oil companies selling at the pump (plus 3 major international ones—BP, R.D. Shell, and Yukos) to 4 major domestic oil companies retailing at the pump plus 2 internationals..the last major merger, between chevron and texaco happened at the start of GW Bush’s first term..Despite having control for four years of both houses and the presidency, the Reps didn’t reverse what had been done under the Democrats. .So, virtual monopolies (technically oligarchies) in several fields, from oil to communications.