The great thing about getting older is you tend to say what is on your mind without worrying about what others think. So, here is a little of what is on my mind, or at least what is left of it.

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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Republican Greed

Big Oil says that as corporations they have no responsibility to the public, only to the stockholders. Big government, however, is supposed to be responsibility to the community, so maybe it is time for government to step in and teach these Big Oil Corporations they do have responsibility to society.

Oops, I forgot, the Republicans control every branch of government and they feel their only responsibility is to the rich and big corporations. I guess we are screwed.

By the way, the price of gas in California when Bush and Cheney took office was $1.66 a gallon, today it is over $3.54, over twice what it was when the oil men took office and Cheney had his ultra secret meetings with big oil. So, it would have cost $41.50 to fill a twenty-five gallon tank when Bush took office and today it would cost you $88.50 and summer hasn't even begun.

If you have to commute and fill your tank twice a week, your gas would have cost you $322.00 a monthly in 2000. Today it would cost you $708 for an additional cost $4,632 a year and a total cost of $8,496.00 a year just for gasoline. If you are a young person working for the California minimum wage of $6.75 per hour (federal minimum wage is only $5.15) you would be grossing $1096 a month and paying $708 for gas with a take home of $388 a month and the summer has not even started yet.

You can work out the difference in your own costs quite easily. Any way you look at, we are all paying one hell of a price to make the stockholders, the executives, and perhaps a good many politicians rich. Do you have wonder just how much money the Bush and Cheney families have tied up in energy stocks? It would be interesting to know.

Oh, and didn't the Republicans just extend the tax cuts for the obscenely wealthy? Screw working Americans, all hail the new American Aristocracy and god bless King George.


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