I think that being a human is not an easy task. We care … too much. Things that happen in our own backyard, but also across the globe, take a toll on our psyche. I have decided that in my next life, I shall be a wolf … hopefully in an isolated area where humans don’t exist! Meanwhile, I am stuck with being a human and there is a buildup of snark looking for a place to go, so …
Point your finger elsewhere … it isn’t the president’s fault!
People in the U.S. have long been spoiled, and when things don’t go just as they would like, they look around for somebody to blame. Most often that pointed finger of blame lands on President Biden these days, but let me tell you something, people … Joe Biden is doing the best job he can, given that he faces a long, uphill battle to fight against the greed and corruption that has become a part of the nation’s unfettered capitalism, and he damn sure isn’t the one responsible for the rising cost of fuel!
The latest, of course, is fuel prices. In most states, a gallon of gasoline costs anywhere from $4 to $6 and will be going higher almost immediately, now that we have banned Russian oil imports. But who’s really to blame, if anyone? Truth is we only import about 3% of our oil from Russia, so the impact should be minimal. BUT … what everyone downplays or fails to note is that U.S. oil companies are still making record profits! They could reduce their profits and keep fuel prices reasonable, but … no way, Josè! No way is Darren Woods, CEO of Exxon-Mobil, going to agree to cut his salary of $23,494,900 per year! Yes, you read that right … the man makes more than $23 million dollars each year and his salary has not been reduced by a single penny, while fuel prices have more than doubled!
And last year, Exxon-Mobil made $23 billion in profit, which more than made up for their losses the prior year due to the pandemic and lack of travel! And that’s after paying Mr. Woods his $23 million!
The press plays a role here, too, in riling the masses. At Monday’s White House press briefing, CBS News’ Ed O’Keefe recited quotes from motorists he had interviewed at a local gas station. Then he asked press secretary Jen Psaki, “What is the President’s message to Americans who are going to the gas station today and seeing prices so high?” Ms. Psaki is a far better woman than I am, for my answer to Mr. O’Keefe would have been along the lines of … “Suck it up, Buttercup!” (Note to future presidents: don’t hire me as your press secretary!)
Do you see the people in the UK blaming Boris Johnson or the Queen for the increase in their fuel prices, or the people of France blaming Emmanuel Macron? No, it is only in the U.S. that people don’t stop to think or do a bit of research into the cause for rising fuel prices – they immediately jump to the conclusion that the president must be to blame! If lightening were to strike their house and set it afire, they would find some justification for blaming President Biden!
My friends … we are all citizens of this planet. No matter what country we live in or feel we belong to, we are all citizens of a greater global community. When times are tough, they are tough for all of us. The war started by Russia in the Ukraine is going to take an economical toll on every single nation on earth – that is an undeniable fact. Food prices, fuel prices, and prices for other commodities such as vehicles, clothing, and housing will rise … temporarily. It isn’t Joe Biden’s fault nor Boris Johnson’s … it’s the way the world works. Don’t like paying $4 for gasoline? No, of course not, but I predict it will climb even higher, perhaps as high as $10 before the end of summer.
How can you help? Drive less, turn your heat down, buy fewer groceries (stop throwing food out and you won’t need to buy as much!), and put off long distance travel plans until next year. If the oil companies start losing sales, they will have no choice but to re-think their price-gouging! If you do none of this, then you are contributing to the problem, rather than to the solution, so instead of blaming the President, look in the mirror for a place to point your finger.
Meanwhile … another school shooting
It happened in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday. A group of students was standing in front of the school when three vehicles drove past them. The three vehicles circled around to pass them again and as they did, shots rang out. One student was left dead, two seriously injured. No less than 35 shots were fired. Fifteen-year-old Josè David Lopez was killed, and two other students were injured. An 18-year-old girl remains in critical condition and a 16-year-old girl is in serious condition. Six teenagers between 14 and 17-years-old now face first-degree murder charges in the shooting.
Where did kids 14 years old get a gun??? Did their parents leave it lying around, or was it perhaps, as in the case of Ethan Crumbley last year where the parents actually bought a gun for their child? STUPID!!! Guns do not … the people of this country have proven this millions of times … guns do not belong in the hands of the average civilian!!! How many children have to die before Congress finally understands that gun control laws are essential??? Wake up, ye damn fools! Get the guns out of the hands of everyone other than military or police!
Next time it might be your child who ends up dead or in prison for life.