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Gas Prices - Letter to the Clueless (the Political Dolts In D.C.)

Add comment March 25th, 2008

We all hate higher fuel prices, but it’s not the fault of the big oil companies. Unlike many clueless Americans, my anger is not misplaced, I’m pissed alright, but not with big oil companies, but with Washington and the environmentalists. First off, it’s simple why prices are high, it’s called supply and demand, not price gouging. And while we’re talking about price gouging, visit this link if you want to know who biggest gouger is (http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2005/10/gas_taxes_excee.html). You don’t need an investigation to understand simple economics. I know for most of you this is academic and you understand the concept, but this explanation is for our so-called political leaders in Washington Wonderland who feel it convenient to blame big oil because they failed simple economics and the left (the new socialist party). Supplies are low, the demand is high, when there isn’t enough of something (in this case oil and gas), the price goes up. You don’t need a degree or much of an I.Q. to understand this. I know, I’m giving way too much credit to the socialists,I mean libs. We have a capitalistic system, it’s how this country grew (it didn’t grow on socialist policies [windfall profits tax]) and the difference between supply and demand will always determine the market price of something. That’s why it’s called the free market.

Now, why are supplies down and prices up? Well, let’s do a quick review. Over the last quarter-century, the number of refineries in the United States dropped to 149, less than half the number in 1981. Refining capacity during that time period shrank only 10 percent from its peak of 18.6 million barrels a day. At the same time, gasoline consumption has risen by 45 percent. The last refinery to be completed in the United States was 1976. Since 1999, our percentage of net imported oil has risen from 50.8% to over 60% today. Our production since 1999 to 2004 has dropped from 8.1 million barrels per day to 7.6. Let’s include the increased demand for oil by China and India as well. OK class, does anyone see the problem here? Before you answer with one of your political talking points, common sense indicates we don’t have enough refineries to keep pace with demand and we don’t produce enough of our own oil. It’s that simple, no investigation needed to defer attention away from the root cause of this. There’s no need to rant and rave about how dispicable gas prices are or think it’s a conspiracy between the oil companies or OPEC.

Next, who’s to blame? Who do we know that have obstructed and handcuffed our ability to drill for our own oil, kept our own resources off limits and instead of building more refineries, forced us to close more than half of them? Who do we know that pushed for these regional blends of gas which is a major contributor to your high price at the pump and cuts off the ability to transfer gas from one part of the country to another? Come on, you can answer, don’t be shy’the Socialist Party; oops, I mean Democratic Party in bed with the Enviro-Weenies. Would it help if you had some names? Bill Clinton (vetoed the passage of a bill allowing drilling in ANWR [1998]), Hillary Clinton (Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. [Mar 2002]), Al Gore (wanted a .50 per gallon gas tax), Chucky Schumer, Harry Reid, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, should I continue? These are the same misfits who all wanted to impose a .50 per gallon gas tax to intentionally hurt you and the economy. This is their idea of making it easier for the consumer and increasing supply. Now these hypocrites (Liberals, the terms are synonymous) are crying the price is too high and they’re concerned for the American consumer. They want to blame the oil companies for price gouging when they should be applauding the higher prices. I mean, they wanted to increase the cost at the pump by .50 per gallon over night. I guess it’s not as much fun when you can’t be the arbiters of screwing America over. I have a statement for you idiots, stop talking out of your butt hole and look in the mirror if you want to point fingers. Look in the mirror when you want to talk about price gouging. This party’s solution to everything is to always increase taxes or impose a tax on an industry under the guise of getting even and the greater good. Stalin justified everything he did for the same reason and look what Russia ended up with under his reign of power.

Is any of this sinking in yet? My question is directed to the kook left. Probably not, since looking at the world through the eyes of a Liberal is them standing on their head and telling everyone else they’re upside down. Also, a Liberal always refuses to accept delivery of facts or reality.

You thought I forgot about Arlen Specter, Senator in my great state of Pennsylvania. He might have a R after his name, it stands for Reject, not Republican. He ought to just jump to the Socialist Party because he thinks like one. Old Arlen should remember we tried what he’s proposing and a windfall profits tax is one of the primary causes of the oil shortages of the 1970s during the Carter administration. Long lines at the pump. Gas rationing or no gas at all.

Sure, let’s do that again.

Bottom line, in the short term, remove the use of these mandatory blends. I know the President proposed waving it, but he has to have the brass to it and ignore the resistance he’s going to get from the Enviro-Nazis’ and Democrats. Yeah, Democrats, the inactive, not proactive party. The party of whinners and complainers. My dad always told me, if you can’t offer a solution (one that works), then don’t say anything at all. In this case, don’t listen to the Democratic Party, because they’ll screw it up even more than they have already. Move aggressively to ramp up production of off-shore rigs and building a few more refineries. Again, don’t listen to Democrats, they’ll have you believe the environment will be destroyed. I have proof in two words they’re full of it, Alaskan pipeline. Long term, take down the off limit signs from all the resources the Democrats have put them on. First place, is ANWR. It’s time to be proactive, the solutions are simple, it’s not time to debate what we’re going to do and pander to the lunatic fringe ideas of the left.

Democrats Won’t Leave Minimum Wage Alone No Wonder, The Unwashed and Republicans Too Lazy To Find The Facts

Add comment March 3rd, 2008

The Democrats are calling the GOP the do nothing Congress refusing to raise the minimum wage (http://www.democrats.org/a/2006/09/the_do-nothing_6.php). Ranting and raving about lost buying power and that American families deserve better as though there are millions of families struggling to survive through the minimum wage. Obviously, the Republicans are too lazy or spineless to justify the reasoning or laying out the facts as they really are.

So I am here to lay out the facts for liberal idiots who think raising the minimum wage will benefit American families. If you want to see the numbers for yourself, go to the U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. These are the numbers for year 2005. In 2005 there were 75.6 million workers, out of that work force, 2, 373,000 were making at or below the minimum wage. Now we can start paring down the number. We can remove 1,494,000 because that represents workers ages 16 to 24 years old. I don’t think this demographic is supporting a family. This demographic are high school, college, and college graduates bridging their exit from academics to the work force. That leaves 879,000, 25 years old and up making the minimum wage. But wait, there’s more, we can shave some more off that number. In the age group of 60 years old and above, there are 88,000 making the minimum wage. Looks like seniors supplementing the outstanding government social security we have that government taxes after they taxed these same workers to contribute while they were working before retirement. OK, so that leaves 791,000 workers making minimum wage. We still aren’t done, we have to account for married couples (both spouses) making minimum wage. That leaves an age group of 25 to 54 years old that are more than likely supporting themselves and possibly a family. That number is 308,000. That’s it, this is the huge number the Democrats are in a tizzy about. Actually, it’s not if read the article at the above link. All they focus on is class envy and how heartless the Republicans are.

By listening to the Democrats, you’d think America was struggling and there were soup lines in every city. There is no reason to raise the minimum wage, nor should there be one. It is what it is. It’s a wage for entry-level jobs for young workers in either high school or college and an instrument for some seniors to supplement the meager social security that returns less than one percent.