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Rant of the Week - Gas Prices

By tcavadias Staff ·
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Who isn't tired of gas prices?? While I have a home office and don't have to choose between buying gas so I can get to work or food for my family, a lot of folks aren't as lucky.

My Mom for instance. She's a senior citizen (sorry Mom I really meant a young citizen), who lives on a very fixed income. Today she calls me as she's upset, she had to buy gas for her car to get to her doctor appointments and now can't afford to pay for her meds she needs.

Something is very wrong when a person has to choose between eating, getting prescriptions they need, medical care or even keeping a roof over their head, simply because gas prices have cut deeply into their budgets.

It ticks me off more when I see reports of the oil companies showing billions and billions in profit. Something is seriously wrong with this picture.

Why hasn't the government stepped in to at least cap the prices? I hear a bunch of yak-yak, but I don't see any action being taken.

Maybe its just me, but it just ticks me off that folks would even have to choose between necessities (food, medical, rent, etc..) and gas.

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Once again, I'll ask the question.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Rant of the Week - Gas Pr ...

What's wrong with the oil companies making profits? That IS why they're in business, isn't it?

I notice you mentioned your mother is forced to chose between gas and medication, but you've said nothing about the profits reaped by the pharmaceutical industry. Why single out the one and ignore the other?

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One over the other...

by tcavadias Staff In reply to Once again, I'll ask the ...

>>What's wrong with the oil companies making profits? That IS why they're in business, isn't it?

Yes, it is, but.. I don't think a smaller profit say 400 billion instead of 500 billion (this is just a figure I threw out there for an example and not the actual profits of all oil companies combined) would cause the companies to go bankrupt, which in return would allow the gas prices to drop a tad or at the very least slow down the rate at which they are increasing.

>> you've said nothing about the profits reaped by the pharmaceutical industry. Why single out the one and ignore the other?

Oh my goodness, don't get me started :-) But we'll save that for another week.

-Tammy :-)

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If you compare profit ratio

by jdclyde In reply to One over the other...

you would be really surpised who the evil companies really are.

"evil" of course equals profitable?


I dread the day our government tells anyone how much money they can make. there was people talking about Gates that way and "he doesn't NEED".....

Careful what you ask for....

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Something you never hear

by puppybreath In reply to If you compare profit rat ...

when people discuss the oil company profits is the percentage of those profits which are created by US sales vs. foreign sales.

You also never see any breakdown between the profits from gasoline and the profits by all other oil based products. The amount of items that are created with oil byproducts is staggering.

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Hmmm... interesting view

by tcavadias Staff In reply to If you compare profit rat ...

... nothing evil about making profits, but one would think since they do have some control over the prices, that they would try to slow down the rate that gas prices are increasing at least until we get out of this recession which is going to get worse before it starts getting better. For a lot of folks already barely surviving, every little bit helps.

As for Bill Gates, I do remember folks stating just such, however, and this is my own opinion as feable as that might be - Microsoft profits weren't forcing folks to choose between software or food.

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choices choices choices

by jdclyde In reply to Hmmm... interesting view

Just like your mother could have taken a bus? There are alternatives, and as pali mentioned, how much were the meds?

If you don't keep current with your PC, you run into compatability issues with the potential customer base which is directly taking money off the table.

It amazes me how many people using computers today know so little about them.

Ok, how about Whirlpool or GM moving plants down to Mexico? The communities that lost the plants would talk about money out of their pockets because of someone elses profits.

A side note, I currently spend $100 a week on gas just so I can go to work. I am not a fan of the gas prices by any means.

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choices not always optional...

by tcavadias Staff In reply to choices choices choices

In my area taking a bus is not always an option.. the bus routes here are very limited (some not offering connecting routes to the different surrounding towns) and the closet one to her home is over 15 miles away, and if she did choose to drive to catch the bus, there is no connection to where she needs to go.

As mentioned while I do have a home office, my husband however does not, and like you now spends double on what he did for gas compared to 6 months ago.

Somewhere there has to be a happy medium - one that keeps the oil companies and their shareholders happy and one that aids those that are getting hit the hardest in their wallets.

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Have you considered having her meds shipped?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to choices not always option ...

I believe you can get many prescription medications delivered.

Incidentally, today's Columbia SC paper ('The State') says gas in Charleston (closest large city to Goose Creek) was $2.93 a year ago, compared to $3.65 today. Hardly 'double'.

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My state retirement reaps some of those oil profits

by DanLM In reply to choices not always option ...

Should my retirement benifits be impacted by them having a lower profit?

Just a point... There are MANY people that receive profits from the oil. If you want to lower the profit margin, remember you are not just affecting the Oil Companies.

Dan

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@Palmetto

by tcavadias Staff In reply to choices not always option ...

Don't ya just love how it looks like I'm replying to myself? lol

Shipping Meds is always a wonderful idea. And in some cases even cheaper. The problem though isn't so much in getting them to her, its "paying" for them. Like a lot of seniors, she's on some pretty strong meds that only give a one month supply and requires a monthly doctor visit. Too bad we can't get the doc's to make house calls

>>Incidentally, today's Columbia SC paper ('The State') says gas in Charleston (closest large city to Goose Creek) was $2.93 a year ago, compared to $3.65 today. Hardly 'double'.

I can remember it dropping back down to 1.79 then immeditely going right back up again as it got closer to hurricane season - the excuse given - There might be another "hurricane" (if everyone remembers the price of gas first started rising due to Katrina) . I can remember thinking when I read that - What??!! You mean I'm paying a higher price for a "might" or "maybe" And I remember watching the price come down "some" once hurricane season ended but no where near what it was before pre-season.


<sigh> Its so frustrating and always leaves me feeling as if my hands are tied. :-(

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