Sorry for being so slow with this post, work has been insane, surgery, etc etc... Yuck.
Thanks all, for the replies.... Some got me thinking, and some made me laugh out loud. I've never done this before, but will try to reply to those
who replied to me now.
Deson - Shame public transportation is lacking in the smaller areas of the US. But like others have said, I think this forces people in smaller
communities to come together. Buying from the local farmer, trying to keep everything you do and need, closer to home.
frayed1 - this is what I mean! Small communities working together to be self-sufficient, maybe kind of ... Well, hard for Americans today to get used
to,. But I think we are heading that way anyway, personally. (won't go into it.)
EarthCitizen07 - You could be really right, pointing out that the 'American way' we've been encouraged to live has been UNSUSTAINABLE. Credit cards
may have been the REAL evil here... Encouraging us to SPEND, whether we had it or not. What is putting a couple hundred more on the credit cards, to
fill the gas tanks?
Enthralled Fan - Bringing us closer together... It seems possible. Live closer to work, live closer to grocery store, etc... And you can spend less on
gas. I hope the master plan is not to bring us close together so we can be 'taken out' more easily!!! lol
DocGonzo - You don't think that it is the responsiblity of the working class moms and dads?? I disagree with you completely. I have a little one, and
yet I feel responsible too, in some way, for the future generations and what they have to live in. We are ALL in this together. I feel we are all just
as responsible for our behaviours, and the direction this country goes.
ThEsEnTiNeL - I agree with you completely. Every aspect of this.
derfred33 - I honestly don't think anything we can do can change those negative things going on. Those are pleasurable and profitable to the right
people without us needing to do anything. But yeah, we are not prepared for what's to come.
Solarskye - You made such a good point, about us lining up and waiting for every new product as it comes out. They often target our children with
these new things, and make them feel bad when all their friends have the newest game system, but they don't. On the parents' end, this system might
be $600 and the parent is already short on rent.. What do you do? We don't often see the bigger picture here. We want our children to be happy.
jalien - Thank you for speaking your mind. I am not sure where it came from that I could be "left leaning". Personally, I think that the government
should be smaller and get off our asses, and let the REAL supply and demand determine prices. What is going on right now is ARTIFICIAL. These prices
are ARTIFICIAL, as is everything we are exposed to in the 'news'. Please, feel free, to expand on my 'left leaning' ways, ok?
For what it's worth, I voted for Ron Paul instead of deciding to be proud of rooting with the 'winning team'.
MysteriousTraveller - You really got my attention on this one. Over in the BREAKING NEWS section, this is being talked about -
It looks like this is what people are doing, who cannot afford to buy gas, at this point... Also, look at Karlhungis' thread about driving less.
What is happening, is people are resorting to CRIME to fuel their tank, or heat their home for their children. As prices increase, will this only get
worse?? Better keep an eye on this one. Those who are doing well now, may be the victims to these increasing crimes of the desperate. Sorry to whom
this fact may offend. Others are NOT ok!!
Bspiracy - Why not just walk away from threads like this? Start your own thread about how everything is better than we think. You have every right to
speak your mind wherever you want though. I respect that. Why not start a thread though, for people to feel good about being alive, and all the
positive aspects to a person paying $4+/gallon? Make a thread about teaching others to be smarter and move on... Please! Use my perspective, to come
to your own, and use it for getting out all the positive you are seeing in the world. You have just as much right, I think ??
GetOutOfMyRabbitHole - THANK YOU FOR THIS. I have been trying to encourage people to get around the gas, expensive lunches, and babysitting costs, by
WORKING AT HOME! This right now, IS an option I wish more people would look at, and consider. Being able to stay home, means a lot to me.
TXMACHINEGUNDLR - I really, honestly, wish the population didn't get so out of control. I honestly feel guilty for bringing yet another person into
the world. But... Just got 'fixxed' yesterday. Like I hope more will consider doing. I feel selfish for having a kid in a world that already has
millions of poor and starving.
We cannot seem control our breeding habits, so I have always thought nature would step in and do it for us.
jamie83 - Thanks for the laugh.
Should I feel flattered? Well, all opinions are welcome here. Just for the record, I am against Obama and his
"Global Poverty Act", like the plague.
ShaunMK - That whole 'Top of the Pyramid' thing... I am sorry, I for one kind of saw your post as contradictory. There is nothing I can do about
huge, massively rich corporations employing the poor to take advantage of. I don't see how a struggling family can possibly keep supporting these
corporations when they themselves are struggling, just to justify keeping the min-wage workers employed. This system is FLAWED. Spending your money
at these establishments, aside from mom and pop just trying to make it, IS lining the bank accounts of the wealthy who take advantage of these same
people you want to stay employed there...
Ugh, hope I covered most everyone... Hard to reply between work.
Please, PLEASE check out that thread about the crimes happening right now, www.abovetopsecret.com...
Is THIS our future as prices go up and make people more desperate??
Or you all just gunna write me off as a "left leaning" Barack Obama?
EDIT: Ugh... Typos..
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