Will we ever see fuel cost under two bucks again? I do not know the reason prices yo-yo from day to day, but I know I'm not happy about it. OPEC seems okay with it. Exxon-Mobile made $10 billion, they're apparently satisfied. All of the other oil companies are profitable, but still want a bigger cut. My greatest concern, however, is that the elderly and those on a fixed budget were, before this rise to near $4.00 per gallon, on a strict financial budget, barely getting by, now in the red monthly. Investors in fuel have bigger bank accounts, buy nicer cars, more pricey clothing, and eat finer than ever, while the majority suffers.
Who else suffers? Anyone who caters to the impoverished, to the upper middle class, that's who. Now that those on a strict budget only have a gas allowance to get them to and from work, they can't afford the weekly trip to Mcdonalds or Taco Bell. Those places had a $1 value menu when gas prices were $2 per gallon. What's next, a $.50 value menu? Churches and charities have seen donations hit all time lows, and church attendance has suffered as well. We could car pool to church. Businesses that rely on tourist dollars are hurt. Trucking companies are hurt big time. If they raise prices for delivery, they may lose business to another company that will cut two cents here and there, and they're out. When prices are forced up, the consumers pay dearly. Everyone goes back to the farmer to cut his prices on product, and most of these people, our backbone, are cut to the quick already.
The ripple effect is devastating to the economy. Record deficit, national debt, and poor consumer confidence are leading the economic pages. Wall street is up,for now, but it isn't the middle-class and below profiting from this legalized gambling. Casinos and lotteries are doing good. Alcohol sales are real good, as well as drug dealing, people seem to up their use during economic downturns...or plummets like now. The news is bleak. Sadly, the administration has decided to put off the pipeline and end our oil dependence on the foreigners. This costs us jobs, and ends any chance of smoothing out our internal economical crisis. I have read, and heard that if we tapped our own resources, we could see a dollar per gallon again. Because of our vast supply of crude, we could sell enough of our excess to pay off China. The ripple effect would be the exact opposite of what we face now, a real boon.
As bad as things are from fuel costs and it's ripple effect on nearly everthing else in our country, there is hope. We the people could send a real message to the people who represent us. We could let them know now, before the election, that we no longer have any interest in talk about change. We are up to our necks, so to speak, with their daily dancing around issues, befriending lobbyists for big oil, special interest groups, pharmaceutical companies, insurance corps, etc. They promise us, then sell our freedoms for gifts to their campaigns from groups they stand against. The lobbyist know the politicians are easily bought. The lobbyists are the real law-makers in this country. The message we send...you get busy right now, doing what you said you would do if elected, or your through.You keep your word, you tell the administration to get on the ball, drop everything else, and work to get that pipeline moving, or it's curtains for them too!
The people in Washington have gotten fat from our negligence, allowing them to flip on their principles after they have been seated in office and rubbing elbows with the big boys and girls. You know, the ones who's names have been made famous from their catering to groups trying to change everything we hold dear. Those law-makers that have placed us in a trade deficit and taken freedoms away without a thought.
This past week, the Senate voted to require religious groups to carry insurance coverage to cover abortions, the morning after pill, and contraceptives, (that they already can get at the drug store), and compromise their very morals, disregarding the first amendment entirely, seriously! It doesn't matter how you stand on the issue of abortion, these immoral men and women are robbing freedoms from all of us. What you feel is a real freedom to you may be on the chopping block next. While they were voting to establish a religion by demanding churches to alter their values, fuel costs at the pumps jumped to near $4 again. I seriously don't get their ignorance. They have no idea how their constituents suffer, and apparently don't care. They need to go.
In spite of my disdain for the way our government is ran, I still pray for them. I know it is imperative that I have no personal dislike for any individual in office. They may be sincere in their purpose, but seemingly never play out the scenario of how their decisions will effect the average American. So I feel my duty to them is to pray for them, that God will give them clarity, and direct their thoughts when they vote, that He will guide them to what is important to the nation, and the world we live in. However, I am certain that when they compromise freedom, or legislate morality, that they are imposing on the Constitution, and need to be voted out.
Here's the skinny, find out who represents you in Washington. You can find out who these people are via the internet, or through your county offices. You can call and leave messages regarding how you feel, but be kind, don't rant, just state your business, and congratulate them on their office, tell them to consider the people, and get busy on jobs and fuel prices. Let them know who you will vote for, the one doing, not saying they will do. Oh yeah, if you agree, but you haven't voted in awhile...go register, it is your right to vote. If you do not vote, you are as responsible for laws passed, and freedoms given away, as those people you gripe about.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all. Keith