Its the oil companies fault... not.  

its_a_go 38M
132 posts
4/27/2006 7:45 am

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Its the oil companies fault... not.

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Gas prices /are/ too high. Not quite the highest we've seen if looking at inflation adjusted numbers. 1981 actually still has this year topped, but we've still got time to top that vintage.

So heres what really pisses me off about it. THE PEOPLE OF THE US. Not the OIL companies, the PEOPLE. What the hell do you want, a fascist government?! WE ARE IN A CAPITALIST NATION! Thats about as ANTI-FASCIST as it gets. But everyone still wants the oil companies to be restricted further. Maybe we should just totally cut out the gas tax, and force the companies to be ran by uncle sam, maybe even get the price down to under $2 that way. Then we would be happy right? We would have found a NOW solution that helps us out as individuals. Now, as a non-liberal, I am emphatically for individual liberties; but we have to remember that we are a part of something greater than ourselves and that we do HAVE A DUTY to protect our nation. That does not automatically mean by arms, it also means by participation in your government. Resorting to anti-capitalist idealogies does not help us at all. Cut the pork, cut the need for the exorbitant taxes. The buck stops at the government not at the pump so, please, stop DEFLECTING THE ISSUE.

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pork can be found at cagw homepage. its an ORG btw.

some highlights for '06:

"This year’s list includes: $13,500,000 for the International Fund for Ireland, which helped finance the World Toilet Summit; $6,435,000 for wood utilization research; $1,000,000 for the Waterfree Urinal Conservation Initiative; and $500,000 for the Sparta Teapot Museum in Sparta, N.C.

This year, there was good news and bad news. For fiscal 2006, appropriators stuffed 9,963 projects into the 11 appropriations bills, a 29 percent decrease over last year’s total of 13,997. Despite the reduction in the number of earmarks, Congress porked out at record dollar levels with $29 billion in pork for 2006, or 6.2 percent more than last year’s total of $27.3 billion. In fact, the total cost of pork has increased by 29 percent since fiscal 2003. Total pork identified by CAGW since 1991 adds up to $241 billion. "

"$33,360,000 for projects in the state of Senate appropriator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), including: $25,000,000 for rural and native villages; $1,300,000 for berry research; $1,099,000 for alternative salmon products"

"$591,017,000 added in conference for eight additional C-130J aircraft"

"$13,500,000 added by the House for the International Fund for Ireland ( IFI ), which has released a five-year strategy focusing on grassroots reconciliation and cross-community projects such as: the construction of Creggan Community Café and Catering Ltd., the Newcastle YMCA, the Donegal Town Waterbus, the Leitrim Food Center of Excellence, the Chef Development Program, and funding toward the World Toilet Summit. "

"$40,000,000 added by the Senate for the Real ID Grant Program. Passed in May 2005, the Real ID Act for the first time set federal standards for authenticating and securing state-issued driver’s licenses. DHS has two options: allow states to use inexpensive, protected technology, or force them to embed costly, personally intrusive brittle computer chips"

"$100,000,000 added by the House for the Even Start program. This program was created in 1988 as an attempt to terminate the link between poverty and illiteracy by creating a family literacy course. The DoE has argued that the program’s combination of early childhood education, adult literacy, and parenting education creates a family dynamic that aids in the learning process. However, DoE’s own studies proved that claim groundless, revealing that no educational discrepancy exists between families that enrolled in the Even Start program and families that did not. Not only is Even Start lacking in educational gains, but it has also failed to track accurately the progress of families that are receiving grants. "

The gov's the master at taking just a little at a time so you don't notice, and then once youre used to it, take a little more. That way they can deflect issues like this gas price crisis to others. Otherwise we'd all be down there throats over the pork spending like we are on the gas prices. Priorities people.


Lovin_U_4_Fun 55F

4/27/2006 12:25 pm

Ahem... I thought we already had a fascist government. But, don't tell anybody! It's a secret!


its_a_go replies on 4/27/2006 1:15 pm:
I wouldn't say fascist, but somehow we became a democracy; I'm still trying to figure that one out. Hmmmmm.

frangipanigal 46F
10406 posts
4/27/2006 6:31 pm

We are paying $1.45 per litre for petrol in Sydney at the moment. I don't know what the conversion would be to US dollars per gallan but I bet you we are paying more. Yep, the Government here takes more than it's fair share too.

Thanks for popping by my blog.

Frangi


its_a_go replies on 4/27/2006 7:01 pm:
We still pay far less than in the EU, at least last I checked. But that's still no consolation for steep hikes.

I really enjoy your blog, it was my intense pleasure!

_CoffeeNoCream_ 53F

4/28/2006 12:12 am

I am not happy to say I can top that....1.54 euro per liter here in Amsterdam

Liefs C


Babel__Fish 46F

4/28/2006 3:41 am

I am with Coffee on this one....


its_a_go replies on 4/28/2006 5:57 pm:
I feel for both of you guys. I can't give up my horsepower, but if I were in europe I'd be driving a scooter. Too much, too much.

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