The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions

A dear relative, who I just love to pieces, passed along an e-mail to me today.  While the intent of the original is well-meaning, I really and truly feel that a lot of people today jump in with both feet before they think about what they are proposing.  Here’s my response –  

I just have to jump in and put in my $.02 worth: 

The “original” e-mail is from a “West Coast Friend” – think about that for a minute.  Does this original e-mail sound like something someone who has run a business would be suggesting, or something that some hippy-dippy tree-hugging trust fund baby who has never owned a business thought would be a groovy idea? 

“If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices.” 
 The reality: If they are not selling any gas, they will go out of business, and all of their employees will have to find new jobs in a terrible market.  When they can’t find a job, they will go on unemployment, which means the American taxpayer will be picking up the tab.
“If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit.” 
The reality: If those companies (Exxon and Mobil) go out of business, the other companies will jump in to take all of those companies’ clients, thus reducing the amount of competition.  When fewer companies are competing for business, prices ALWAYS rise.  Do this enough times, and eventually you have a monopoly determining prices, and consumers will have absolutely no say over the price of gas.  


And where, exactly, are these “other” companies located?  America?  Or in countries run by crazy despots and tin pot dictators?  (Hint: They ain’t here – environmentalist do-gooders made sure of that) 

We currently have a President who is in direct contempt of a FEDERAL (one of the co-equal branches of government that the “Constitutional Scholar” has apparently forgotten about since law school) Judge’s Order to start issuing permits to allow American companies to resume deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.  Mind you, foreign companies NEVER had to stop drilling in American waters; only American subsidiaries.  Ask the folks along the Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas Gulf Coast how well the families that depend on the oil business for their livelihoods are doing – especially in light of a president who says his “primary focus” is “jobs, jobs, jobs”.

We have hundreds of thousands of acres of untapped oil reserves just waiting to be drilled – on land owned by the Federal government – and nothing is being done because people who have never run a business want “us” to “do better” by the land.  They are willing to waste billions of dollars to start up industries – wind and solar, which have a proven track record of failure and waste – just to make themselves feel better. 

And the man who sits in the Oval Office admitted BEFORE HE WON THE ELECTION (a national interview, BTW) that converting to these systems would “necessarily” mean that gasoline would cost at least $4 a gallon, but ideally it would run around $7-$8 a gallon so that “we” would see the wisdom in using these technologies, and change over as quickly as possible.  Never mind that the infrastructure to support these industries isn’t in place – in these peoples’ minds, wishing will make it so. 

You want to see the price of gasoline go down?  Put pressure on your elected representatives to loosen up drilling regulations.  Light a fire under the media and tell them to DO.THEIR.F***ING.JOB and actually do some investigating and reporting, rather than spitting back out the talking points which are being spoon-fed them by the very people who created the problem in the first place.  Put pressure on your President to follow the rule of law instead of acting like he is above it.  He is supposed to set an example – the example he is setting right now is that the laws don’t apply to those in power.

I’ll continue to purchase gas that is drilled and refined in this country, if it’s all the same to you guys.  I’m not willing to give any more of my country away to foreign interests.  I’m not willing to send American jobs overseas when our economy is in such bad shape.  Those “big oil” boogeymen are scapegoats set up by those who don’t appear to have this country’s best interests at heart.

November, 2012 can’t get here fast enough…..

About Teresa in Fort Worth, TX

A short, fat, middle-aged, happily-married, mother of 4 daughters. A former high school valedictorian (way back in the Stone Age), a Civil Engineering major in college, a middle-of-the-road Conservative, and a moderate Methodist. I know just enough to get myself in trouble....
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5 Responses to The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions

  1. Very nice response, Teresa.

    I don’t think I could have been that nice 😆


    • Well, she was just passing it along – she got it from one of her friends, who got it from one of her friends, who got it from…..

      Besides, she’s the oldest living relative on my Dad’s side (his sister) – she’s 88 and would probably still put me over her knee if I misbehave! And she tells tales about my dad that he would rather weren’t repeated – 😉


  2. ChrisP says:

    The “Big Oil Bogeyman” makes somewhere between 8%-12% profit. If a small retailer was to get that low, they would have no choice but to fold up their tent and go home.
    The “green industries” last as long as the government subsidies do.


  3. Lipstick says:

    Any email that urges people to “pass this along to 10 people” or the like is most likely from a spammer harvesting email addresses.

    I’ve got almost all my friends and relatives trained, but it’s hard to be tough on great-aunt Ethel, as you know.


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