I think that the problem arises from horrid mismanagement on both sides of the aisles. I believe that Congress' approval rating to be even lower than that of "Dubya's." Also, the wholesale ignorance of the American population on the subject of economics also lends itself to the problem. Explaining the relationship of the lowering of interest rates (a feel-good maneuver to be sure in the short term) to the diminishment of the dollar overseas, falls on deaf ears. remember also, that oil is traded in a free market and in dollars . . .
I wonder if there is a connection?