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We Are Ultimately Responsible
5/4/2006 4:18:13 AM
I am weary of all the finger pointing and of people blaming our leaders for our own lack of responsibility where the problems in our nation/world are concerned. We choose to believe that there is some magic wand that leaders can wave that will allow us to continue do be irresponsible and still solve all of our problems. Wake up America and understand that change is up to us.

I wish that all of the problems in our country were as simple as democrat/republican, but they arenít. All of our politicians sleep with the same corrupt enemies of the people and don't give a rat's behind about us, or the quality of our lives. We only matter when they are vying for our vote and they will say anything to schmooze us. It is a sad truth; you don't get that high up the political ladder by being a friend to the people. It is all politics as usual in Washington and it will be no matter which party is in the White House or has the majority in the Senate and Congress. This whole immigration issue has me befuddled to be honest. The democrats have taken the usual republican's stance and the republicans have taken the usual democrat's stance on the issue. The truth is that neither side has a viable solution to the problem nor do I think that either side will try to find one. The same holds true for the issues in the Middle East and the difficulties with our membership in the UN. The President, no matter who he or she may be, really doesn't have as much power as most people think and certainly isn't responsible for adopting policy. WE THE PEOPLE elect our officials thereby being responsible for our own fate. The next thing that we need to address is how we are all a like bunch of ignorant cattle following the bell that the press is ringing for us. We foolishly take the bait and base our opinions on what they say and we allow them to manipulate our must be true...I heard it on ABC/FOX/CNN. Gasoline prices are high and that is undeniable, but we still pay a whole lot less for gasoline than most other developed countries in the world and we, for the most part, make more money than they do. The gasoline thing is now and has always been a great smoke screen...hit people in their pocketbooks and they will be blind to the other issues of the world. Personally, I would rather pay more at the pump than see us start drilling in Alaska. Even if we do start drilling in Alaska, the cost for that fuel will be higher still, as our domestic oil costs us more to refine and bring to market than we pay for foreign oil. This URL gives you an idea of what the most of the world pays for gasoline.

It is staggering to think that areas where people are so poor that the cost of gasoline could be so high. Most of the places where gasoline is very inexpensive, the quality of the gasoline is so poor that it would not run our automobiles and probably not even our lawn mowers. The real answer is the most difficult one. Get industry to find a way for us to not be dependent on crude oil in any way shape or form. That is a costly proposition and not one that anyone is in a big hurry to pursue. Chances are that whatever they come up with, will not be any cheaper than gasoline anyway. This is not the first time that gasoline prices have escalated and it will not be the last. As long as we refuse, on a personal level to choose other options, we remain the biggest part of the problem. I don't ride my bike to the grocery store and I don't own a motorcycle, either of which would be a noble effort on my part at trying to be responsible, but I will admit it...I love having a car and I love the convenience of it, no matter what I have to pay for gasoline. I may bitch, but I am not doing anything to reduce my personal dependency on gasoline. The truth is, it all begins with us and not with our leaders. We all find it very convenient to point our fingers at them and blame them for our own wastefulness. We want it both ways; we want clean air and we want to use more domestic oil. We want to reduce the amount of our budget that we spend on gasoline but we don't want to lug our groceries as we walk or ride our bicycles home from the grocery store. We are spoiled, pure and simple and we love it that way. It is always easier to blame others for the way things are in our lives but the truth of the matter is that we are ultimately responsible.

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