Here we are struggling to pay high gas prices and the oil companies are getting richer off our suffering.
You think I'm just saying this because I hate the high prices? I actually have proof of what I'm talking about.
USA Today, stated on Oct 27, 2005, that Exxon-Mobil made profits of $10 billion dollars. On February 2, 2008 The Washington Post had this to say, Exxon Mobil's Profit in 2007 Tops $40 Billion. Exxon-Mobil claims they need these excess profits to keep up with "the massive scale of the energy challenge before us." to quote Kenneth P. Cohen, Exxon Mobil's vice president for public affairs. What challenge do they have? They have the gas that we need, there is no challenge for them. How much do you want to bet that Exxon-Mobil and all the other major oil companies are sitting in their offices laughing at us because of all of this? They know they have us over the proverbial barrel and there is nothing we can do about it.
High gas prices are part of the reason the economy is in such a bad way. Small businesses are sinking because they can't afford to pay the extra prices. Larger companies just pass the extra expense to us because they can. Families are drowning in debt because of these prices. What will it take for us to finally say that enough is enough?
I realize that I seem to be targeting Exxon-Mobil, but I'm not. If you check the links I've listed, you'll see that all the major oil companies are in the same position as Exxon-Mobil. What are we as a nation, going to do when gas prices get so high that we can't afford to go to work? It's almost that high now. And while I love the way our government is supposed to work, I realize that there are a lot of politicians in the pocket of these same companies. They say they aren't, but sometimes I have to wonder. Why hasn't anything been done to help us? The politicians are supposed to be there for that very reason.
To any elected official who might actually read this, prove to me that you actually care about us "little people", those of us that can't afford to go out eat. We're doing good to buy groceries to feed us and our children. You're out there paying $100 dollars or more just for one meal. That is one problem I wish I had.
I'll get off my soapbox for now, but don't be suprised if I start in on something else just as important to me. As a matter of fact, I have the next few posts ideas ready, I just have to do a little research before I write them.
God bless and I hope you have a great week.