If You Donâ€™t Understand This, Please Donâ€™t Vote
By: J.J. Jackson
Iâ€™ve never been shy about telling ignorant people not to vote. Mostly because it is arguable that because ignorant people vote without first taking the time to figure out what or who they are voting for we get more ignorant, power hungry politicians that wouldnâ€™t tell the truth or do the right thing if you put a gun to their own motherâ€™s head.
Once again we have further proof of this assertion with the hoopla over claims of â€œBig Oilâ€ gouging the consumers at the pump and politicians falling over one another to be the first in front of the camera to denounce it. I donâ€™t know how many more times I can write articles like A Tale of Mythical Proportions which was inspired by the last great price gouging hoax after Hurricane Katrina. But I still try because somewhere deep inside I believe that someone, somewhere â€œgets itâ€ each time I do.
Itâ€™s humorous to watch year, after year, after year Congress calling all the â€œBig Oilâ€ executives to Capitol Hill and rake them over the coals in a grand dog and pony show that continually results in the same answer. That answer is that there is no price gouging and no collusion and that the problem lays elsewhere. Funny thing though is that our ignorant, power hungry politicians never seem to explore the â€œelsewhereâ€.
Why you ask? Darn good question I say!
But they already know the answer and donâ€™t want to make that big of a deal out of it. The answer is simply that the paltry seven or eight or nine cents the oil companies make on each gallon of gas pales in comparison to some other oil profiteers.
Who are those profiteers? Federal and State governments and these same self-righteous politicians who think we are all stupid, thatâ€™s who.
Looking at the numbers it is obvious. Seven to nine cents on the gallon is half of what the Federal Government makes ($0.18/gallon). And in States like my home of Pennsylvania we are subject to $0.32/gallon in taxes which is three to four times what the oil companies make. Those numbers donâ€™t even include the imbedded taxes that are passed on to the end consumer because of federally mandated social programs.
And donâ€™t even get me started on how our elected politicians continually pass laws that prevent us from tapping into our own oil reserves right here in America or off shore.
Iâ€™ve said it before, if the oil companies are â€œgougingâ€ then our politicians are whipping out the broom handle and sodomizing us good!
And why do they get away with this each and every year and sometimes multiple times each year? Because if you are ignorant and think that â€œBig Oilâ€ is to blame you will continue vote for them instead of looking at how much they are making at the pump. Thatâ€™s why.
So please, if you are ignorant do us all a favor and stay home so that those of us paying attention can vote these losers out of office. Please? Pretty please with a cherry on top?
J.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author from Pittsburgh, PA who has been writing and promoting individual liberty since 1993 and is President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc. He is the Pittsburgh Conservative Examiner for Examiner.com. He is also the owner of The Right Things - Conservative T-shirts & Gifts The Right Things. His weekly commentary along with exclusives not available anywhere else can be found at Liberty Reborn.