Please forward this on to anybody and everybody that you think might be able
to make a difference. BTW.. for those who don't think what I wrote is true,
check your balance sheets over the last couple of years and look for the
The country doesn't run on Wall Street or government.. It runs on all of the
micro economies across the country. I'm not talking about the big
metropolises; I am talking about all of the areas across the country that
are similar to the Mississippi pine belt. These micro economies are very
fragile and can be easily upset by as little as a 25 cent increase in the
price of fuels.
A personal observation if you will.. Mid June 2008 when the price of oil and
fuels peaked, there were almost no vehicles on the road, and nobody in the
stores. They had no money to spend..it was all going to fuel their vehicles
so they could get back and forth to work. Within a week or so after the
price of fuels dropped in the fall, there was traffic on the roads again,
and people were in the stores spending money again, because every dime
have to go in the gas tank.
Fast forward to February 2009.. People had gotten some "breathing room" in
their finances, and were getting caught up so they had more money to
spend..This is what was stimulating the local economy. People were on the
roads and in the stores because they had disposable income again. Now in
the last month, the price of gasoline has come real close to doubling again
because the speculators have seen the national economy start to rebound, and
the price of oil and fuels have jumped by leaps and bounds again. Plain old
working folks can't afford to take vacations, and are having a hard time
making ends meet again.. All because of the increased price of fuels.
Now in May 2009, fuel prices are on the rise again, traffic on the roads is
disappearing again, money flow has all but come to a screeching halt again,
and retail businesses are already feeling it in reduced revenue. This is
just the beginning. the trickledown effect is that there is a reduced
demand for goods and services, retailers and manufacturers will have to lay
off even more people, or close. The costs for transporting products and
materials will rise even more.
If the economy is to truly rebound and recover, the price gouging by big oil
and speculators MUST stop, the refineries must be brought back up to
normal production levels again as well as opening back up all the platforms
and production facilities. As I recall, the refineries have cut their
production capacity down by 80% or more, as well as shutting down enough
platforms and facilities to have to lay off thousands of workers.. All for
the purpose of artificially increasing the price of oil and fuels.
Here's a news flash. there is no more "travel season" because people can't
afford it. People don't have the disposable income to spend. If the oil
companies want to make more money, they can increase production, to lower
the price of gasoline and fuels to where they *should*
be, and keep it that
way. For that matter, instead of raising the price of fuels in summer, the
prices need to drop so people can afford to take their vacations, and can
afford to travel, and be able to spend more money.
Want to raise gas and fuel prices?? Just remember that to raise gasoline and
fuel prices comes at a great cost , and not just to the oil companies
profits.. It will do more to destroy the entire country and the national
economy, and is counterproductive to making money flow and "stimulating" the
economy than anything else.
Steve @ Noon-Air Heating & A/C
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