Rising Food & Gas Prices Are Taxes in Disguise

I just filled up my gas tank and I didn’t want to cry — I actually did cry. At $4 per gallon, it cost me nearly a c-note to fill up my mid-size SUV. That’s not for the fancy high-octane stuff either; we’re talking regular unleaded.

We don’t have room in our budget to increase the amount of money we spend on gas, so this means we’ll be doing a lot less driving. Fewer trips to visit friends in neighboring cities, no running back to the store for that one thing we forgot, and definitely no drives through the countryside.

I’ve had to do a lot of economizing in the kitchen too, as the price of food has been going up and up. The First Lady likes to tout the benefits of organic rabbit food (which, by the way, children would rather throw away than eat), but she’s not the one trying to pay for it on a modest salary.

Organic farming is much more expensive than farming with pesticides. Without pesticides, there’s nothing to kill the hungry bugs in the fields, which means that actual people need to be employed to keep the produce from being chomped to the vine by the creepy-crawlers. Employing people to care for the plants in organic farms is much more expensive than hiring a crop-duster once or twice a season.

Unfortunately, it’s not just the cost of organic food, but all food that has climbed in recent months and years. In fact, food prices rose more last month than they have in 36 years.

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High Gas Prices Make Me Want to Cry

This past weekend, my hubby and I decided to drag the kids to Costco after church on Sunday. We’re obviously masochists, I know. Our Costco has a gas station that sells fuel for about $.25 less per gallon than the average local station. When we pulled into the parking lot, the lines for these discount pumps were eight and nine cars deep.

People were waiting for half an hour or more to pay $3.75 per gallon of gas. I just hope they weren’t letting their engines idle — that sort of defeats the purpose. By the time we waded through the crowd in the warehouse store with our 12-pack of chicken breasts and so-cute-we-had-to-buy-them matching pajamas for the girls and were on our way home, the price of unleaded had gone up to $3.77.

Supply, demand, and speculation over the woes in the Middle East have contributed to some pretty pricey gasoline. Let’s face it: There’s a limited amount of oil in the world, more countries are developing industrially, and the place most everyone gets their oil from is, for better or worse, in the midst of a revolution.

Of course the cost of energy is going to go up. It’s written in The Law of Common Sense, right in between “what goes up must come down,” and “never stare down the barrel of a shotgun.” (You can find this book in the ‘Welcome Newbies’ section of the Republican bookstore, along with Facts Are Not Hard and A Convenient Truth.)

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Election Results: California Goes Crazy

While much of the country rejoices in last night’s GOP wins (HelloSenator-Elect Rubio!), California conservatives weep. Jerry Brownwas elected, Barbara Boxer won, prop 23 failed — and pot wasn’t legalized, so we can’t even dull the pain with a reefer.

Jerry Brown is entering his third term as California Governor (he was elected in 1974 and reelected in 1978). Due to grandfathering laws, he was (unfortunately) eligible to run again in this cycle. Given his experience, it should be easy to see what kind of governor he will be over the next four years.

In eight years as governor, Jerry Brown managed to turn a $6 billion surplus into a $1 billion deficit, did serious damage to our education system, and watched the unemployment rate soar under his leadership. In 1992, he admitted that he lied about everything as a politician, and in 2010, he refused to condemn someone from his office for calling opponent Meg Whitmanwhore. He believes that raising taxes and imposing business-crippling mandates will save California.

Socialism worked so well in Cuba. Or was it the USSR? Venezuela? Bueller?

As for Barbara Boxer … what can I say? She’s one of the most liberal members of the Senate. She’s an elitist that cares more about trees and smelts than people.

And prop 23 failed to pass. It would’ve suspended California’s very own cap & tax law, AB 32, until unemployment could be reduced to 5.5% for four consecutive quarters. Obviously, the best way to save the environment is to drive all businesses out of California. Why don’t we all go back to the days of horse drawn buggies, when manure was piled on the streets? Remember, trees are more important than people!

In other California news, San Francisco hates children. The board of supervisors voted Tuesday to limit toys in children’s meals to those that meet certain nutritional guidelines. That’s right – San Francisco banned Happy Meals. Meanies.

Voting might be over for this year, but there’s still one thing to bet on: How long until California completely collapses?

Cross Posted at The Stir

The Smart Girl Report – Episode 0023

Jason Mattera discusses his new book Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation.

Tom Reed talks about his run for Congress in New York’s 29th district — the seat previously held by Eric Massa.

Enviro-Wacko Hypocrites

The Climate Summit kicked off today in Denmark.  Even though the big wigs involved don’t really believe they’ll accomplish anything, and you know, climate change is a hoax anyway.  Government representatives from around the globe will be meeting to discuss how we can combat man-made global warming climate change.  According to Al Gore and other scientists, global warming climate change is caused by carbon emissions.

Those scary carbon emissions are going to kill us all, aren’t they?  The ice caps are melting and soon Florida will be under water!  Everyone panic!  If world leaders were truly convinced about the mass hysteria they’re promoting, I doubt they would’ve flown to Copenhagen in 140 private airplanes.  The airport there can’t handle that many planes, so the planes fly in, drop off their VIP passengers, fly other airports to be stored until the VIPs are ready to be picked up in Copenhagen.  And I doubt that they would have rented 1,200 limos.  They rented so many gas guzzling limos that even more gas had to be guzzled as extras were driven in from Germany and Sweden to accommodate the VIPs.  Guess how many hybrids were rented for the Climate Summit?  Five.

Hypocrites.

Meanwhile, in the United States, our government now wants to tax our very breaths.  It sounds like a ridiculous, hyperbolic horror story of a tragically oppressive government, but unfortunately, it’s happening right here, right now.

Please contact your Representative and Senators and let them know how you will vote in the next election cycle if they vote yes to bills that will oppress and tyrannize the most down-trodden of Americans.  The ones that won’t be able to afford energy, groceries, or health care (just because they’ll have government health insurance does not mean they’ll have health care) when the costs skyrocket due to excessive government restriction and regulation.  It’s time to start sticking up for the little people.

A National Emergency

On Friday, President Obama declared Swine Flue, or H1N1, to be a national emergency.  Why?  Because of the “many millions” that have contracted the illness, more than one thousand have died from it.  Since we have no way of knowing exactly how many that “many millions” actually is, let’s say five million.  That means that 0.02% of the people that contract swine flu end up dying from it.  Maybe the number of swine flu cases is closer to ten million.  That would put the death rate from the disease at 0.01%.

That’s not exactly what I call a national emergency.  I believe the real pandemic is the fear created by the swine flu, and by our government’s overreaction to it.  The fear has been used it to push a “government knows best” agenda in places like New York, where legislation was in place to force health workers to receive the vaccination, or lose their jobs.  That mandate was only removed due to a lack of supply.

Side-note- President Obama assured America that there would be more than enough of the vaccinations to go around (120 million doses by mid-October), yet only about 13 million doses have come through.  So how are we supposed to believe promises by the government that our quality of care will not decrease under a public health option?

Another side-note- Since the vaccine is developed in chicken eggs, the demand for the economical protein source is bound to go up.  According to the laws of economics, the price of eggs will go up as the demand increases and the supply decreases.  Which means that many families that have already given up meat for eggs will have to go to beans and rice.

Let’s get back to that real pandemic- the fear mongering.  A nation preoccupied with a flu “emergency” is more likely to turn a blind eye to the real crises, like the war we’ll lose in Afganistan if we don’t send more troops like we did to win in Iraq, or the falling value of the dollar, or the cap and trade bill that will send energy costs skyrocketing, or the ongoing debate in congress over a $1,000,000,000,000 entitlement program, or the eminent bankruptcy of social security, or… well, you get my drift.

Now is not exactly the time to be declaring a disease with a 99.98% survival rating a national emergency.  As a country, we have bigger things to worry about.

Cap and Trade Will Prohibit Innovation in Energy

The 648 page American Clean Energy Security Act of 2009 is currently being considered by Congress as a way to usher in a new era of clean green energy, and a plethora of jobs along with it. This is the Cap & Trade program (scam) that Obama spoke of over a year ago that would “bankrupt the coal industry,” and “necessarily cause energy prices to skyrocket.”

I’m confused. Seriously, head-scratching, slack-jawed, eyes-darting-through-space-as-if-trying-to-pull-comprehension-from-thin-air confused. How exactly is a government run program that will bankrupt the coal industry (why aren’t they entitled to a bailout, by the way?) and cause energy prices to skyrocket going to be good for our economy? Talk about a bad time for Joe Sixpack. First, he gets fired from his job at the coal plant because his boss couldn’t afford to pay him anymore, due to the new fees he must pay for the privilege of producing carbon emissions. Then, a few weeks later, Joe’s electricity is shut off because, being unemployed and all, he can’t afford to pay his electric bill that has doubled or even tripled in cost. His old boss had to make up the cost of the new government fees by laying off portions of the work force, and by raising his prices to the consumer.

Where does that money go anyway? It will subsidize the green energy market, which will then ensure that green energy never becomes successful. Why feed and care for a cow when your neighbor is forced by the government to bring around a fresh pail of milk every morning?

Do you know what’s going to create green energy? People actually wanting it. Mother Necessity and all that. Here’s a little reminder for you that will having you humming along all day:

If people really wanted green energy, they would pay for it, even if it cost more. If enough people stopped purchasing *dirty* energy, it would no longer become profitable to produce it. It would then become necessary for the coal plants and oil refineries to step out of the way of the newer, cleaner form of energy production.

Now some people might say that new methods of producing cleaner energy need a *gentle nudge* from the government through the American Clean Energy Security Act of 2009. They may say, “It’s not fair that it costs more to produce green energy, and it’s not fair that consumers have to pay for the extra cost. Therefore, the government must step in and regulate energy production, for our own good.”

Phooey. I don’t think the energy industry needs any help from government. People will buy green energy when they want it, and if it’s a better product than our current energy produced mainly from coal and oil, our country will slowly begin to make the transition to the newer forms of energy production. And guess what? As the new energy gained popularity, the price would begin to decline, making it affordable to the middle class.

Before 1908, automobiles were playthings of the rich, costing upwards of $3,000 (average income was less than $500 per year). Thanks to the innovation and determination of one man, Henry Ford, the automobile ownership finally became achievable for the middle class in 1909, with the Model T, costing $850. By the 1920s, the price had fallen to $300. The government didn’t step in and force production of automobiles. Cars were a better mode of transportation than a horse and buggy. The market demanded an affordable car. People like Henry Ford produced it. When the market demands clean energy, I promise you in the American spirit of ingenuity, an entrepreneur like Henry Ford will deliver us clean energy at an affordable price.

Until then, I’m begging our representatives, senators, and President Obama to please get down off their elitist high horses and stop making decisions “in the best interest of the people.” I’m not sure how much more of your help we can take.