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I'm No Economist But I'm No Dummy Either
by Paul Berube

Tuesday, May 13, 2008
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Did you ever wonder why the price of a gallon of gasoline shoots up 10 cents a gallon if the price of a barrel of oil goes up $2.00 a barrel? Per ratio is there not 30 to 55 gallons of oil to a barrel or am I missing something here ?

I'd like to meet the man who sets these prices.
Perhaps he needs a quick class on volume
and measures. Hey guy! There are 2 pints to a quart 
4 quarts to a gallon and definitely more
than 30 gallons to a barrel.

Why does it cost more out West for a gallon than
it does back East ? Are not most of the oil fields
and refineries closer to the West Coast ? One would
think transportation is cheaper closest to the source.
Hey! I'm no mathematician either so you do the math.

Are Federal and State taxes so high that the cost
of a gallon of gasoline jumps 10 cents a gallon
every time a barrel of oil goes up two dollars?
Someone should stop and take a long hard look at
the reasons why  prices are so high
and make some adjustments.

Did you ever notice that when a barrel of oil rises
by $ 2.00 the very next day a gallon of gasoline rises
10 cents but if that same barrel of oil drops $ 2.00
it usually takes two weeks before the cost of 
a gallon drops 5 cents ; Where did my other 5 cents go?

I see the price of fuel also many other necessities
on a constant rise and feel for those who are on
fixed incomes and those who work for minimum wage. 
When are we going to say enough is enough?
When are we going to stand up for ourselves?

For every step we take forward someone or something
seems to beat us back two.  Maybe I'm being selfish or
perhaps stating what's on the mind of many others
but shouldn't we be taking care of our own first before
others? Do we have to really cut off our nose to spite our face?

Please Santa, next Christmas send a camel. 
One hump or two doesn't make a difference.
Just make sure he's low mileage and 
gets at least 40 miles to the gallon of water. 
PS. That's only if a gallon of water is still free. 







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Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 8/8/2008
YES! WE should be taking care of own, unless they have more hidden away, to give to all!
This write has us pondering much we care about Paul!
Let our prayers be strong and long! Much needs to change - instead of harm!
The weak are getting weaker (sounds like my recent poem 2to 3 days back) as the strong are getting stronger! It's sickening, the ones on fixed incomes/Elderly, and Prescriptions, I won't even begin. and etc.
Warmest Blessings and Inner Peace, Warrior Purple Soulful SHEExooo

STay Positive! MAY WE NEVER GIVE UP! When we do, it's futile efforts will be for nothing...
Reviewed by Valerie Wingate 7/24/2008
My sentiments exactly! It doesn't seem right or fair...just the way my Mom said life always is. Have you tried submitting this poem to one of the morning television shows? Barbara Walters and her morning gang (Whoopi Goldberg, and others) would appreciate it I bet! I did. Thanks!
Reviewed by Southern Comfort 6/26/2008
How's bout throwin your hat in the ring for President? I would vote for you! It would be great to have you runnin thangs, to have a man in office with common sense! HUGS! SC
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 5/17/2008
Shell game, 's'wot 'tis. [Synonyms: racket, rip-off, Fat-cat,
robbery, theft, cheat, government-supported trickery, scam, 'cet.
Well said, my friend, well said! N e e s to be said. SHOUT IT OUT!!
Patsy #?
Reviewed by Pierre Ortega 5/16/2008
Three or four years ago A friend of mine vacationed in vietnam and told me that gas was 98 cents a gallon, Go figure.The country is so poor and so few drive over there that if they set the price any higher no one could afford to buy it and it would make the oil companies look bad, so they ship it over there anyway and my guess is that they still make a profit on it, just not as much profit as they make in other countries. Oil companies are just out for themselves.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/16/2008
I appreciate your wit, humor and realism, Paul. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 5/15/2008
Neat commentary here, Paul. Seems like oil may as well be gold dust... it is viewed as currency to be sure... and it makes no sense to me either who is creaming off the profits... and not ploughing them back in towards more sustainable fuel resources. I choke on it all. Back in Blighty, we are now paying up to £1.2 per LITRE and this is set to rise to £1.5 by September. Personal mobility will soon be the luxury of the super-rich over here...
Reviewed by Myrtle Poor (Reader) 5/15/2008
LOL I love this. You tell like it is. Even though we are knocked down
a rung so to speak we must continue the upward climb. Someday when we finally reach the top rung in the ladder we can lift our heads high and shout hallelujah.

Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/15/2008
Something needs to be done about this! Sad the oil barons are filling their pockets while we are (literally) paying the price! This is when I am glad I don't have a car!! I'd much rather walk (excepting when it's raining or worse, storming)!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 5/15/2008
thanks for everything Paul, you made some very good points with this, makes you wonder though
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 5/15/2008
I am lost in Mathematics, but I know there is shady business in the real deal! Like when they up the price of gas for the weekend-PFFT!! Or we all were in line (out to the road) to get a good buy on gas & the owner tried to up the price with us all there---oh talk about begging for a riot! hats a rip me off in my face tacktic & tyhe cops were called.
I want to go camel riding with you :)
a 2-humper will do if we can't get 2 camels :)
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/14/2008
*applause* hear, hear!!!! Well done, Paul, well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Tiana ~ 5/14/2008
Great write, Paul! Its 4.00 per gal here for reg and I spend an average of 80.00+ per week. And is water free? Not in paradise ... :) Wonderfully written as always, Paul ... hugs
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 5/14/2008
GREAT WRITE PAUL. Wish the higher ups could read this. You are right ,, our own should come first. We are pouring billions into another country , when its needed right here at home! I fear what will happen to many in years to come.....M
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 5/14/2008
Well I don't know about you Paul but here we have to pay for our water and it goes by a metre that tells how much is being used and then the double it and charge us.Thank you for Ssharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 5/13/2008
Very smart! You definitely could be an economist....
Reviewed by Kathy Kopp 5/13/2008
I believe this poem delves out our common anxiety, our country's anxieties revolving around this pertinent subject, and the worry that we won't be able to go anywhere at this rate. A good write.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/13/2008
Think you speak of many truths here. You sure have the math down right. The only problem I see is that our illustrious government is just loving it for all the sales revenue it is bringing in on the backs of all the citizens. I was thinking of going back to the horse, seems to be the cheaper option these days...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 5/13/2008
i wish water were free--any way--well written--would love to hear those answers as well!
Reviewed by Axilea MU 5/13/2008
Camels are fine, I like the idea.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/13/2008
Interesting facts and figure Paul and it is the same up here in Canada even in metric we are getting screwed at the pumps. Sadly it always seems the highest just when summer weather and family vacations roll around and they know we are committed.

Reviewed by Sheila Roy 5/13/2008
Love your show of humor in the last paragraph! Simply put, the oil industry has us by the you-know-whats. I hear scooter sales are sky rocketing in cities because of gas prices. Also, car dealerships are pushing vehicles with high miles to the gallon. Some consumers are avoiding gas stations owned by the big names. Hopefully this trend will pass because heating a home in the winter is quickly becoming something only the rich will be able to afford! Great job on this piece - thought provoking! Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 5/13/2008
Oil speculators. Pure and simple price fixing on top of it all. And the inflation is out of control so the Fed lowers the interest rate? Hmm...
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 5/13/2008
Paul, my sentiments exactly, you beat me to it!!! I have wondered about the barrel prices and how it is ironic that the next minute gasoline prices go up even though it is the same gas in that tank that was there the day before...And even more ironic that when the price of a barrel goes down it does take weeks,,,we are being racked over the coals my friend, but tell me have you stopped driving? I can't I travel for a living, so it does cost me more to get my work done. I have a good economical car but it is still absolutely ridiculous. Gas as of yesterday here in Connecticut is 3.99 a gal for regular. RIDICULOUS !!!!
Much peace, love, and guiding light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 5/13/2008
Being on fixed income, I've learned to stop "going", and get by on 1/2 tank of gas a month. 'Course I have very kind younger friends (who still work) that I ride with to farther-off places :o). It's not the taxes on gas, but the profits for the Big Guys (not retailers) that's costing us our bucks! You hit this problem spot-on, Paul!!
Blessings and Love ~~ Micke
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 5/13/2008
Paul, this is great! Lots of truth to this's ashamed what we are paying for gas. I think about those who cannot afford to buy groceries much less pay $3.67 a gallon for gasoline (prices here for regular). Something's got to give....!!!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 5/13/2008
I just wrote my letter to Santa ! gosh,, I think we should all go to camels,,,
Love and Blessings to you,
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 5/13/2008
Oh! I hear you! And here, in Milan, gas is almost $6.00 USD per gallon if you equate the liters into gallons.
As I read this...I imagined Paul Harvey speaking on the radio!

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