Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Bolton, Connecticut
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Re: Financial Times: Hunt for remaining oil to be damaging
Regard'g your last line in your post just above, on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night there was a skit with a tribal chief (Fred Willard) in the South American rain forest. Jay Leno asked the chief about their tribe's isolation : "Just how far out of touch with the rest of the world are your people?". Fred Willard responded : "They're so far out of touch that they could be politicians in Washington DC!".
I just had to laugh at that, but it's so sad that most of them just don't give a darn about our well-being or our country's economic security or future. Some of them seem more interested in making a name for themselves and/or lining their pockets for THEIR economic security (and look at the great healthcare coverage they get for free). As a retiree, my MONTHLY health insurance premium (for just 2 of us) went from $770 3 yrs ago, to $880 last yr, & is now at $998 (& that's AFTER the $625 monthly subsidy from my ex-employer has been applied). That's more than 2/3 of my pension check, which doesn't leave much left for food, gas (at $4.20 to $4.45 in my area---soo glad I own a Prius), or fuel oil (to heat the house & hot water) which varies from $4.00 to $5.20 per gallon, depend'g on how many galloms you can afford to put in the tank at one time. Just heard this morn'g that crude is at its all time high of $141 a barrel (& if I remember correctly that's for a 40-gallon barrel---NOT the standard 55-gallon barrel most of us are familiar with). The Saudis are tell'g us that the real cost is lower, but it's just that high because the oil futures speculators in the stock market are doing that to us. Great! They get rich & we can't afford to drive to work or go on much needed vacations or heat our homes this winter.
And while I'm on this rampage, I saw a newspiece last night that said while our fight'g men & women are stationed overseas their homes are being forclosed on & they can't even come back home to do anything about it. It seems their is some governmental protection/aid for only the National Guard soldiers but not the regular active duty ones. We shouldn't tolerate anybody having to lose their homes in this time of our country's history, especially not our fight'g men & women. A lot of things need to be addressed in this country & chg'd real quickly, not 20 years from now.
I knew approval for the windmill farm off of Nantucket had finally been granted, but I thought things were start'g to move along. I didn't realize the politicians were still stonewall'g this.
Ken (in Bolton,Ct) 2005 Pkg #4 (AM)