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August 3, 2008



There is a way for the Federal government - our federal government - to help control fuel and energy prices. No, this time I'm not speaking about the Big "R" (Regulation). I'm speaking about the one thing those on the Right side of the aisle keep praising - the Open Market, or as they like to call it, Competition. (Yes, somehow they think that the two are synonymous.)

Because of the way that Big Oil keeps on purchasing back their own stock in successful and continuous efforts to raise their stock prices, we just can't trust them to police themselves. Certainly we've seen the proof of that after Bush disasters such as The Clear Skies Initiative and The Clean Water Act, where polluters were allowed to purchase extra pollution rights

With Big Oil, there may not be collusion in its most definitive sense where the members of Big Oil meet in a room somewhere to set the price, but there appears to be something akin to it going on.

In the spirit of real competition, a brand new oil and gas company should open its doors for business: The US Government.

Allow me to explain.

With the resources our government has at their disposal, like the middle class dollars-as-profits they give to Big Oil in aid called "subsidies", there is no reason that they can't open their very own gas stations around the nation to help control the price of fuel. Certainly if USA Gas (the name I have decided to give this enterprise) were to lower their price-per-gallon by a dime, a quarter or a dollar, Big Oil would have to do likewise in order to keep up (or down, as the case may be).

If the Federal Reserve Bank can lower and raise the rates at which our lending institutions can borrow our middle class dollars, why can't the Department of Energy own its own gas stations to do the same?

Another option would be for our Federal Government to limit the profits which Big Oil can make off of the American people. But without the competition provided by USA Gas, there is no way to make sure that they wouldn't focus their efforts for profitability in other markets around the world.

Other nations control their own means of oil production and even how it's marketed and sold. We even have a foreign nation which has been labeled "hostile" towards by the Bushies us selling their fuel within our borders. Certainly if Hugo Chavez and Venezuela can sell their oil inside of our borders, we can too.

And while the argument and lies about off-shore drilling and the price of gas go on inside the Beltway, we, the American people in the guise of USA Gas, can be the ones drilling our new, hometown wells and selling our new hometown oil. And we can do it on the lands which Big Oil now has leases but refuses to drill upon because they want more, as in the off-shore drilling rights.

We can even sell our oil to Big Oil for a profit. How about that?

It would be easy to begin this endeavor. All our government would have to do is to purchase one of the smaller oil companies, take over their means of production and change the names on the gas stations to USA Gas.

How simple is that?

-Noah Greenberg

Wal-Mart's "Warning"

A front page article in the WSJ by Ann Zimmerman and Kris Maher reports that Wal-Mart is warning it's employees about a victory by Barack Obama:
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is mobilizing its store managers and department supervisors around the country to warn that if Democrats win power in November, they'll likely change federal law to make it easier for workers to unionize companies -- including Wal-Mart.

"In recent weeks, thousands of Wal-Mart store managers and department heads have been summoned to mandatory meetings at which the retailer stresses the downside for workers if stores were to be unionized.
"According to about a dozen Wal-Mart employees who attended such meetings in seven states, Wal-Mart executives claim that employees at unionized stores would have to pay hefty union dues while getting nothing in return, and may have to go on strike without compensation. Also, unionization could mean fewer jobs as labor costs rise."

I had it with the Republican bullying fear tactics. Unions have done more good for the American people than these lying blood sucking Republicans will ever do. I can't deal with the whining about how Obama is not the perfect candidate. It's true that he is not perfect but would you really rather continue to live in this Republican nightmare? That's right - nightmare! The American dream has become a nightmare and the only way to end it is to kick the Republicans out of office. When that's done, good legislation such as the Employee Free Choice act that allows employees to unionize without intimidation from companies such as Wal-Mart can be passed.

-Robert Scardapane

In response to the Senate Republicans "committing" to stalling any and all legislation in the Senate in order to get Big Oil their off-shore drilling leases (led by Tom Coburn and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell), Denise writes:

To bad the Republicans weren't that "committed" when they had a majority in the House, Senate and their man in the White House.

Have a Great Day!


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-Noah Greenberg