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      Wednesday, May 10, 2006

08:03 AM - 05/10/2006

The topic: The economy


I don’t often get political here. I’m not a ranter or a raver when it comes to politics, I’m not foaming at the mouth with disgust for our current reigning political party, although I did not vote for that man. 

But I have to say I don’t like the direction he’s taken the country. I don’t like the shoving of the far right Christian values down the throats of the American people.  What happened to seperation of Church and State?  I don’t like that he’s gotten the U.S. into an unwinable war.  I do like that Saddam is no longer in power, but I feel like G.W. was duped himself and turned around and duped the Americans.  I think he’s a sponge just soaking up the bad advice he gets from his advisors.  I don’t feel he’s a bad man, I feel he’s an easily led man. I don’t think he’s very smart at all.

I don’t like that the oil companies are getting away with what they’re getting away with. California has hit four bucks a gallon for gasoline.  We have refineries up the road a couple of hundred miles. Iowa has gas prices under two dollars and fifty cents and gas has to be transported to Iowa, which is most definitely more than a couple of hundred miles from the nearest refinery.  I saw on one local station yesterday that in January, the refineries were getting a profit of forty cents a gallon.  In May, it’s a dollar.  That’s profit.  Multiply that by the millions of gallons sold.  Who’s getting screwed?

Having an oilman in charge of the country is like having the fox guard the henhouse. Brian said before G.W. was president, he read an article in a market newspaper.  It said that by the end of G.W.‘w term, gas prices would be nearing the three dollar mark.  They would raise unchecked because he is who he is and his buddies are who they are. 

And you know who’s to blame for this entire mess?  The non voters.  The people who were too lazy or apathetic to get out there and put out the vote.  The people could have stopped this before it began but they didn’t care enough to take a stand.  The people who didn’t think one vote would matter. Well, you get millions of people thinking the same thing and before you know it, the fanatics have taken over.

If you didn’t vote, the high gas prices, the war in Iraq, the declining economy, they’re all your fault because you let it happen.

I always vote.  It’s my duty as an American citizen to vote.  And if you’re an American citizen, it’s your duty, too.  Do your job.  If you aren’t registered to vote, do it today.  If you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain.  So register.  Vote.  Make a difference.

I remember my manager at the time of the last election told me, when I told him I was volunteering at the local democratic party office, that I should vote Republican because without Republican in the white house I wouldn’t have a job.  Well, I can’t get to my job if I can’t afford the gas and we can thank that same Republican.  I know others would disagree, but that’s my opinion.

Posted by Lisa @ Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 11:23:59 AM

Yep, I voted. Being in Texas you see the big “W” sticker on every other car you pass (most of them huge SUV’s requiring upwards of $80-$100 to fill), I have the smaller Lincoln Aviator and it cost me $55 to fill the other day. Anyway, I feel like asking them “Are you happy you voted for him now!?”

Posted by Melanee @ Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 3:50:06 PM

I didn’t vote for him either, I believed he was rather dumb then and now he’s shown himself to be an idiot. You’re absolutly correct, he’s easily led and is being led in the wrong direction by people who only have their interests in mind. W’s also big on cronyism, and all his friends are doing well, and that’s what matters most to him.

Posted by Donna @ Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 11:53:58 AM

I HATE those W stickers.  Whenever I see one on a car, I don’t give that driver an inch of consideration.  And they are usually in big SUVs or trucks - gas guzzlers.  I hope it hits ‘em right in the bank account!

Posted by Lisa @ Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 5:36:43 PM

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