posted on Apr, 28 2006 @ 11:38 PM
First off the $100 is the worst idea I have ever heard of, and it is not a gift. The $100 came from the tax payers in the first place. If the
government feels that they have enough money to give everyone $100, we are being over taxed in. The government has too much to spend.
Secondly, the government has already spent the tax money they collected from us, so where is the money coming from to pay all of us. Knowing my
government and how it works, in the long run it will cost us tax payers at least twice as much to pay back. Probablly the government will borrow the
money from some where or create it out of thin air, and either we will owe interest on the money or it will help lower the value of the dollar.
Everyone in every country should be complaining loudly about the price of gas. If someone doesn't start, then it will continue to get worse and worse
for everyone. Being complacient about it just because someone has it worse off then everyone deserves to have gas prices go so high that no one can
afford them except the super rich. It is usually the ones who complain the most that get things changed, and hopefully a change for every one and not
just for the US. If it is just for the US, then the other countries will know it can be done. If we can't get the prices lowered, or if we become
complacient "good" little citizens, then there is no hope for anyone. Then the oil barons, companies, and governments know full well they have their
citizens under control lock, stock, and barrel with hardly an uprising. The OPEC and oil companies will continue to keep milking us and the
governments will allow it until we put pressure on them in one form or another.
At the same time we put pressure for the gas prices to be reduced, we also need to put pressure on them to allow and actually put some serious money
into exploring some serious fuel alternatives, and actually develop those alternataives. Oil companies and anyone invested heavily in oil does not
want alternatives to appear, since that will take money away from them especially if it is a cheap renewable source almost anyone can get their hands
on. I'm highly suprised research in solar power has seemed to have hardly moved. I suspect the reason is that there is not enough money in it.
Also, you are not realizing the full effect of the higher gas prices. It is not just how much you pay to get from point A to point B, or even how much
your heating bill went up. I have noticed it as plain as day since the gas prices have risen in the US. The prices of most if not all other products
and food items has also risen. Gas prices are to blame. Why? Because the trucking industry that ships all of our products have to pay more in gas. I
won't get into all the details, but the companies have to make a profit and be able to pay all of their drivers. They have to pay the drivers enough
to keep them, and if they want the good drivers (I know we want them on the road), then they have to pay the better drivers who are also usually more
experienced even more money. That means they have to defer the expenses somehow, which usually means they have to increase their prices. The companies
that pay to ship the product doesn't want to loose money either, so they raise the product prices. Then the end customer, us, has to pay for the rise
in gas prices.
To tell you the truth, I don't see desel prices going up as much as regular gas. The US government can't afford the economy to be shut down, because
trucking companies and/or truckers refuse to drive because it would actually cost them too much money to operate. I admit it would take alot for
something like that, but I do remember there was some serious grumblings within the trucking industry the last time prices spiked. I know of some
owner/operators who quit driving because of the gas prices. When we loose owner/operators especially ones who have been doing it for a long time, we
loose some very good and safe truck drivers on the road. Think about it, a truck driver is much more likely to be careful with a truck they own than
one they are just driving for someone else.
[edit on 28-4-2006 by Mystery_Lady]