If youre like a lot of Americans these days, youve probably suspected that oil companies have too much influence on the federal government. (Just as you no doubt suspect that 2+2=4.) If youve wondered how the oil barons get to do pretty much whatever they want without fear of much regulation and keep reeling in billion-dollar tax breaks, to boot then check out this great story published last week by the Washington Post. Writers Dan Eggen and Kimberly Kindy provide a partial answer to your questions, reporting that three out of every four oil and gas company lobbyists are ta-daa! former federal government employees, including 18 rather shameless former members of Congress. Read it, and weep for the country.