Voters to the “right” of the spectrum love to moan and groan about the prices at the gas pump. I’m not thrilled with them either. (I just filled up myself. OUCH!) I’m well aware of inflation, thank you very much, but you have to wonder if those folks EVER look at what is going on in the rest of the world and can actually apply it to what is happening to their lives? It certainly does not appear that they can or do. I am not certain which it is. Or maybe they just blindly mouth off what their propagandists say and never do any critical thinking at all? Now there’s a very real possibility.
Despite appearances to the contrary, just about all of the people in Congress (there are notable exceptions) are reasonably intelligent people. Some are very bright which really makes explaining what they do versus what they say quite the challenge. So if they are really concerned about the price at the pumps, the price of food at the grocery stores, and the prices of other commodities, why in the heck did they completely and totally refuse to even consider a ‘windfall profits’ tax on the companies that are GOUGING the consumers and raking in money like a dealer raking in betting chips at a table in Vegas?
I’ll tell you why.
A. Republicans are, without a doubt, the wealthiest people in Congress. It is no secret that they go to Washington to get those seats for the insider trading secrets, and, boy, do they use them. Very few come home broke. (Nathan Deal of Georgia managed to do it, but he cashed in some political capital, got himself elected Governor of the state for two terms, and retired a multi-millionaire.) They buy stock in the companies that come to them for ‘FAVORABLE’ legislation. (That’s another bone to pick, and I won’t do it now.)
B. Companies send lobbyists (high-priced law firms) to Washington to influence the revamping of existing laws and creation of new ones. In fact, Congress very seldom actually writes a piece of legislation any more. These law firms do it for them then shop it around until they find a politician willing to sponsor it-often without having read it. The politician, in return, will make sure that the company, who paid the law firm, is protected from any “adverse” laws (like the ‘windfall taxes”) that might come up. When he can do that, golly gee, lookee there, big checks appear in his campaign coffers. Now how did that happen?
In the process, the respective party puts out a defensive line that the party in power is actually the one “responsible” for the “outrageous prices” and “inflation” in spite of solid evidence to the contrary AND THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY CASHING IN ON. It’s indirect, but they are.
Long story short, who is actually to blame for these prices? The oil/gas barons directly and the Republicans indirectly is the correct answer. What’s their excuse? The war in Ukraine with Russia that they want us out of because the oil companies profit tremendously from their deals with the Russian government to explore and drill in the wastelands of Siberia. They were told to come home and they’re mad about it. Therefore, this is their way of getting back at our government for that. Instead of being good Americans, they want to play Putin’s game (the wells really ARE his) and pay him lots of money so they can make money. Don’t tell me EXXON and Rex Tillerson and all the rest are such patriots. They’re not. They’re money grubbing people who serve Putin. When you know the background, it makes you angry.
Biden and his administration have NOTHING to do with the prices we’re seeing other than supporting Ukraine which is the right thing to do.
The OIL/GAS companies are the ones who are making this happen. If you want to complain, then complain to your REPUBLICAN officials, your news media outlets, and, yes, to them. LOUDLY. OFTEN. PUBLICLY.
In the meantime, VOTE BLUE TOP TO BOTTOM 2022. SLAVI UKRAINE. VOTE TO SAVE DEMOCRACY. VOTE TO SUPPORT WOMEN’S RIGHTS. VOTE TO PUT FASCISM DOWN. VOTE TO OVERCOME HATE.