Perfectly Legal Highway Robbery

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It really ought to be a crime, but it’s not.  It’s not even factored into inflation, just like such things as the ever escalating cost of food is not factored into the equation. Let’s face it,  high gas prices are robbing us blind.  The inflation that it causes, and any sensible person knows it is causing some serious inflation, is never mentioned.

We don’t got no stinkin’ inflation!

Only a politician could even begin to think that we have no inflation.  Only a politician is either that blind, out of touch, or just plain stupid.  I vote for the later. I suspect they are also quite out of touch.  One would also suspect that the elites of this country would enjoy destroying the middle class.  That is what is happening.  Every single day our buying power is just a little less.  Every single day we must give up a little more in order that we pacify the despots of OPEC and allow oil speculators who have enriched themselves by billions to keep on enriching themselves, by robbing from us.

“…According to the Institute for Energy Research, there is enough natural gas in the U.S. to meet electricity demand for 575 years at current fuel demand, enough to fuel homes heated by natural gas for 857 years and more gas in the U.S. than there is in Russia, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and some place called Turkmenistan combined. Oil? The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s top oil producer. There are tens of billions of easily accessible barrels of offshore oil here at home — and much more oil around the world.

Yes, gas prices have spiked an average of 14 cents a gallon in the past month and about 30 cents a gallon since last November, according to AAA. Oil prices jumped to a nine-month high — more than $105 a barrel — after the Iranians shut down their own energy exports to Britain and France so they could start a much-needed nuclear program, which is, no doubt, for wholly peaceful purposes.

Given the fungibility of commodities and the track record of civilization in the Middle East, we’ll likely always have to deal with occasionally painful fluctuations in the price of energy, regardless of what we do at home — drilling and new pipelines included. Still, fluctuations have a lot better track record than price controls.

Subsidizing quixotic green companies or creating carbon credits won’t stop the rules of basic economics. If the gas crunch starts hitting the economy, it’s doubtless that we will get an earful of populist hand-wringing and that we’ll hear the administration once again blame wealthy speculators and nasty oil companies….”

Let’s face it, oil speculators are Robin Hood in reverse.  They rob from those of us who are now becoming poor, so that they can enrich themselves.  I hate to mention this, but complaining about them is not socialistic.  I suspect it’s going to become downright patriotic before it’s all over.

LA Times "...Newport Beach resident Daniel Heaton said he "did a double take" over the price at a Shell station in downtown Los Angeles: $4.599 a gallon for self-serve regular.

“I thought, ‘Is this the lowest one?’ It’s ridiculous,” Heaton said. Still, the 30-year-old attorney went ahead and put $64.42 worth of fuel in his tank; his employer, it turned out, was paying for it. Down the road at a 76 station, Marisol Lopez, 31, said that the higher gas prices will force her to change how she lives.

“Life is so expensive right now,” said Lopez, who works downtown as a medical assistant. “I’m not eating out anymore,” she said. “I’m not going out on the weekend if it’s not necessary. With gas being this expensive, I have no choice.”

But for all the complaints, CJ Kim, a sales manager for Metro PCS, said there is nothing he can do to avoid driving — and paying for it. He said he shuttles among three stores spread around town and doesn’t get reimbursed for his mileage. “I can’t afford not to drive,” Kim said. “What can I do? I have to live with it.”…”

Gas prices are surging because of speculators and Obama’s abject incompetence.  They are surging because environmental wackos think nature is more important than people.

“...In each of the last three presidential elections, rising gas prices have posed a particular problem, especially for the Democratic presidential candidate. In 2008, the faltering campaign of the Republican nominee, Senator John McCain, was revived in the late summer — not just by Sarah Palin’s star appeal, but also by the power of her “drill, baby, drill” message as a purported response to rising gas prices.

This is a particularly difficult political problem for Democrats, because the two most popular responses — a cut in gas taxes or an expansion of oil drilling — are anathema to critical party constituencies. Lower gas-tax revenue dries up the funding source for building roads, bridges and transit projects. This affects the working-class voters who derive their livelihood from such projects. And expanding oil drilling — beyond the aggressive plans that the administration has already put forward — would alienate conservation-minded voters who are also important Obama supporters. Moreover, some environmentally oriented voters believe that higher gas prices are a good thing, as they provide an incentive for more conservation, less driving and the purchase of more fuel-efficient vehicles….”

It is amazing how these abjectly clueless liberals don’t realize that the higher gas taxes are like higher gas prices.  They are breaking us.

UTICAOD

Democrats for Sale tapped into a piece from Shark Tank.

The Pink Flamingo

“…On the growing concerns that Venezuela is developing its nuclear capabilities and missile technology, Mack believes that Venezuela should be added to the list of state sponsors of terrorism because of Hugo Chavez’s support for terror organizations like Colombia’s FARC, and the increasing number of ‘undocumented’ flights entering Venezuela from Iran.  Mack sides with Congressman Allen West in his assessment that Venezuela is becoming a nuclear threat due to its closer collaboration with Iran that strongly suggests the two countries are working on a secret missile installation that could launch missiles that could reach the United States. In addition, Mack believes that once Venezuela is listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, the U.S. would not be able to buy oil from Chavez, which would then make the Keystone XL pipeline deal with neighboring Canada even more crucial to energy independence…”

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