Now dont get me wrong, I understand that the reason you go into business is to make money and free enterprise is great. but if you went to buy a stick of gum that was $.05 and the next day it was $.50, wouldnt you want to know why the price changed? Well if he said, I only have 10 pieces left and i cant get any more, simple rule of supply and demand right? But what if he had an entire case of gum in his back room? He is controling the supply driving up the price, silly example i know. But it happens all the time and im willing to bet that it happens in big oil. We hear on the news, people are traveling more consuming more gas...supply is low. Garbage, they just stopped working 3 shift and went down to two...or they laid off a 1/4 of their work force for a month, give them a rest.
Im finally off my soap box...But as human beings, we have the minds and the reason to question. We should not believe everything we hear or read...actually we shouldnt believe any of it. Just look back over history, government have been lying to their people to maintain control, what makes this government any different? If your saying because its America, the land of the free home of the brave your kidding yourself. Men and Women are giving up their lives to defend what this country has been built upon, a document that is meaningless to most politicians, the least we can do for them, is defend what they are fighting for here, while they are abroad.View Thread
Thats the beauty of America, You are entitled to your beliefs, atleast for now. But speaking of religion, our country was started by people who were fleeing from religious persecution, its kind of ironic that a country founded off of those principles is trying to opress a huge religious population. As far as im concerned their are radicals in almost every religion, so using the one bad apple spoils the bunch seems a bit short sighted.View Thread
I think the more important question might be, who does it matter to the most? One of the things i have noticed over the past few years is gas prices..constantly fluctuating as we all can agree. But I can remember before the last election, the prices started to fall around election time, even though "W" was on his way out, he was still a republican, so Big Oil probably wanted to keep a good taste in everyones mouth, so lets keep gas prices down, people may spend more money and the economy could get a bit of a surge. Fast forward to present day, gas prices are slowly increasing, with projections that over the summer they may be close to $4 again. During the state of the union, the current president said and im paraphrasing, that this is the first time in over 10 years that the US was less than 50% dependent on foreign oil. This fact was confirmed as true. So ask yourself...if we are less dependant on foreign oil, why are gas prices going up? I remember 4 or so years ago when gas was out of control, oil was close to $100/barrell and gas was close to $4/gal. As far as I know the price for a barrell of gas isnt close to that price, but yet the prices for a gallon of gas are just as high. So as big oil is turning out record quarterly profits, year after year, you have to scratch your head. Have we been conditioned to believe that it is "normal" for gas to be this high? Big oil sure hopes so and they will probably wreck another tanker or crack another well...just so they can squeeze out an extra $.25 on us. Because the democrats are more harsh on big business, they want one of their guys in office, and in all honesty who could blame them, so they do what they can to influence the people. Higher price at the pumps, less disposible income, economy slides and people dont travel. So big swing states like florida dont get the economic boost that they so despirately need and they vote in the favor of Big Oil. So based off of that long winded rant, i think i just got my answer, Big Oil sits in the Oval Office, no matter what political party might be keeping the chair warm. So as they turn out $40 billion quarters, they set the bar...now their shareholders wont expect anything less, god forbid they only made $30 billion the next quarter and if it continued to go down till it became a reasonable amount of money, the economy would be able to correct itself. Now to my environmental friendly pals out there, most of you are probably saying, you could by a hybrid or a more fuel effiecient vehicle. To that i say your absolutely right, but if you make minimum wage or can't afford a car because fannie and freddie ruined your credit, your kinda stuck driving your gas guzzler.
Its amazing that so many students from around the world come to study in amercia, they know they can get a great education and get a great job, in their home country. We have so many bright minds in this country, yet we cannot come up with a reasonable alternative fuel, they are saying it will take 15 to 20 years to develop the technology...Well get crackin! Although I find that time frame be hard to believe, when it took the foreign auto makers less than that amount of time to perfect our engines and make them better and more effiecient than we could here in the states. if i had to guess, I'd say their is a heavy influence from big oil in washington, keeping these ideas down and at bay, they are probably the ones setting up a this outlandish time table, so they can milk it for every penny that its worth. Everytime i put gas in my car, i want to puke at the prices i am paying and their is no justification for these price hikes. A few hundred years ago, that type of activity would have led to a revolt. Our founding fathers created this nation so that they could stop being pushed around by their government, so they could be a government, by the people, for the people and of the people. To be continued...View Thread
Let me start by saying that I am a registered Independent. As for Greece and the rest of Europe, they didnt fall from grace over night, it was a long process. So by pointing the finger at the current guy in office is sort of a cop out. As for the country being founded on the Constitution you are absolutely right, how ever, we havent been using that document to run this country for quite sometime, it is merely just becoming a piece of paper. Politicians both Democrats/Republicans, Liberal and Conservatives are all controlled by the almighty dollar. Greed has taken over this country and the wheels have been in motion for quite sometime. So our convential wisdom has lead us astray, depressions, recessions, bubbles oh my. So doesnt it make some sense to look at things from a different angle? All in all, as far as im concerned we are hopeless as far as a real leader, there is to much outside influence involved and that will not go away because there is too much money at stake. So from this election on, i plan on abstaining my vote, until there a worthy candidate worth voting for.View Thread
I agree that placing value on small business is critical. But not raising minimum wage is not going to help, gas prices are on the rise and that effects everything in our economy. So by keeping minimum wage at $7.25 or what ever it is in your state, is going to make it difficult for these people to get to and from work and to provide for themselves. Therefore they will probably try to work somewhere else, where they can get paid more and possible get medical benefits, i dont know if your company offers health benies. Now if there were a decent government provided health care, which they would be able to recieve at no cost to the employer that may work in your favor, or you could pass off the extra savings in the form of a raise or increase in hourly wage.View Thread
I have known of several people who have had more kids just because of the tax breaks they can get...cutting off those benefits might just stop them from having extra kids that get to mooch off the system.View Thread
This is absolutely rediculous, I am a single person and I do not feel discriminated against. I think that the world is just getting to sensative. We are under the impression that life is supposed to be fair and equal, well its not. Look at the 1% they make all this money, yet they feel they are being discriminated against because they make so much money and everyone wants them to pay more taxes (even some of the 1%) If you look and search hard enough everyone is being discriminated against in some way, shape or form. So my advice is to deal with it. I applaud Ms. DePaulo, she is smart enough to write a book on this topic and a ton of people are going to buy it, so she can laugh all the way to the bank.View Thread
I could not agree more. Luckily i have been fortunate enough to date women, who agreed and disliked valentines day. So we would either stay in and hang out or go out to a local establishment for a drink or two. The only thing worst than Vday is Sweetest day. The way i look at it is that Valentines day is a get out of jail card for the guy...no matter what you since sweetest day you have a day to make up for it. My question is, why do you need to have a "special" day? If you screwed up or made a mistake own up to it and make it up to her. Or vice versa, sorry ladies no ones perfect.
But your a big Valentines day person, enjoy yourself!View Thread
First off, I am sorry to hear of your sister and your medical conditions. But if you have never been around a smoker other than at work or in public places, I find it hard to understand that second hand smoke can be the precise cause of your medical conditions. Both of you have a lung condition, that sounds more genetic to me, has anyone else in your family had any lung conditions? Sorry I am not trying to be insensitive, I know what its like to be some place and smell smoke or to be in traffic and smell smoke. I would imagine at that moment that it has been diluted by the air and the parts per million are rather small. As for the smoker who sued the tobacco company and won, they are in the same group as the person who sued mcdonalds for the coffee being too hot. Some people are morons and are just looking for a way to make a buck. Its more so the fault of this countries legal system for allowing these outrageous claims to happen. The truth of the matter is we can analyze so many things in our lives now adays both healthy and unhealthy and we can find a way that we can develop some type of life threatening disease. The amount of medical disorders has increased so much over the past 50 years, mostly do to scientific breakthroughs and technology, but alot of these diseases are around because of those same reasons. Different hormones or chemicals used to treat food, water, etc. We take things on faith when the FDA approves something for consumption with no long term facts or figures on potential health issues. They have linked aluminum to the rise in alzheimers, no one thought of that when they started to put soda in aluminum cans or anti-persperant to stop sweating. The way I see it is, we are damned if we do and damned if we dont, so enjoy the undetermined amount of time you have on this earth.View Thread
As a social smoker, meaning that I smoke only on occasion and I can make it through a work day or an entire day with out having a cigarette. I have quit several times but for one reason or another always have gone back, typically during a stressful time, they help take the edge off. In regards to smoking around children I think that is wrong and it should be done away from them. It does unnerve me when i see someone driving down the road with the windows rolled up and a kid or two in car and they are smoking away. On that same note, it drives me crazy when i see someone texting or talking on a cell phone with kids in the car, both scenarios put the kids at risk. Yes i am aware that texting and driving can result in a fine, but that still doesnt stop people from texting. Speaking of prohibition, people still drank then too, hence why it was repealed. Yes, the government does make a lot of tax dollars from the tobacco industry. Sadly the same arguement has been made for years for the legalization of marijuana with the kicker that it would probably reduce crime as well as bring in major tax dollars. Over the past 1/4 centry our civil liberties have been getting taken away slowly but surely, this country used to be the land of the free. We are finding out differently now. If someone wants to smoke, it is their right and decision to do so. The same goes for someone who wants to eat fast food everyday and the same goes for someone who chooses to live a healthy lifestyle. Not many smokers are running around trying to get people to smoke, but often enough fit people are always harping on people for what they eat, im guilty of this for sure. So why dont we stop pushing our beliefs on others and let people make the choices they want to make. No matter what we do or how we do it will effect someone else in some way, shape or form. There are healthy people who have lived a very healthy life style and have died in a freak accident and someone who smokes a pack a day can live well into their nineties. The point is, we dont know when we are going to go, so live your life the way you want. I am not saying be completely inconsiderate of others, people do deserve mutual respect. So if you do smoke and your in public and your able to light up and your next to someone, ask them if they mind. If they do, move away from them and get your fix.View Thread