Normally I like to keep things here on the lighter side of ordinary. What would be the point of having a downer blog?
However, there has been something weighing on my mind lately. Now, this contemplation could be entirely the fault of spending too much time in the car, driving from California to Oregon and back again. Let’s just say there’s lots of free time to let the mind wander during a LONG car trip.
It all started when we pulled into a gas station last week in Shasta, California. We paid $4.87 per gallon of gasoline, rounding up the 9/10 (just had to throw that in).
A pretty big increase compared to what we’re used to paying, don’t you think?
I started wondering how families who are already struggling to make ends meet could possibly afford prices like this.
I then thought about the stimulus checks being pumped into the system to supposedly help with the economic downturn.
BUT where are these economic stimulus checks going? Not to food. Not to housing. Not to fun.
Are they not indirectly going right into the oil interest pockets. Am I wrong?
Am I imagining oil prices hitting all time highs right when stimulus checks started arriving in the mail? Creating a smokescreen of sorts of what this money is to be used for.
The government spent millions of dollars sending out letters informing people they would be eligible for this money. Many folks then bought things on credit hoping to pay it off when their stimulus check arrived. However, when the checks came, gas prices were so out of control the money was then used for other basic expenses.
Now this is not meant to be a political debate based on Republican or Democratic affiliation. I support the President of our country regardless of their political affiliation and mine. This is how our country remains strong. I am not interested in hearing how our country would be different or better if someone else were in office. I know we are irresponsible in our energy use and wasting resources.
I am interested in the potential folly of this government, if there is one.
Just as a President grants clemency to many convicted criminals in his final hours as leader of this country, could the President, in HIS moment of irresponsibility, be paying back the oil industry as some type of returned favor?
Let’s face it, many more devious things have been done by government besides this blip, but is this the current fate of the day?
Our Vice President, Dick Cheney, has definite ties to the oil industry. I wouldn’t be surprised if George Bush does too.
And, now that oil companies have been charging this much and know they can get it, why would the prices EVER go down? It may not be just a supply and demand market. Maybe the oil interests want more rights to drill in previously forbidden places. They will lower prices when they get what they want.
So tell me, is this Coincidence or Conspiracy….or have I just been in the car too long?