Motorhead62 said:WTF is right! The American people are being legally raped! Just my 2 cents worth! :sad:
Motorhead62 said:Sure, I would love to expound on it.
The large corporate oil companies have put the independents out of business, this happened about a decade ago. Then they proceeded to shut down the independent refineries.
Now that has two dynamics that are articifically created:
1) The refinery shortage everyone refers to (due to the recent gulf coast hurricane events) puts a strain on our American economy because the lower number of refineries have a hard time keeping up with current demand.
2) The corporates now dominate the oil markets and can set the prices as they see fit, due the law of supply and demand (keep supplies low and prices go up).
When you have the power to regulate supply and demand you can increase your profit margin.
Now don't get me wrong, every business deserves to make a profit, that is capitalism at its finest, and the American way. But how much profit is justifiable and morally right?
Is it ethical to pull down the large by huge capital gains when so many other businesses do not? Is it ethical to have such profit in light of what has happened in our country lately with so much suffering?
The oil companies don't have the right to manipulate the "Law of Supply and Demand" with backing from the government.
I know we live in an imperfect world. Life is tough! This is still the greatest country in the world and I am grateful that I was born free!
I also dawn my uniform everyday, make my sacifices, and I proudly serve my country which I LOVE!
Great discussions are just that, GREAT!
Thank you for allowing me to voice my opinion.
Around 44% give or take a couple % is pure taxes. Also, I'll give a crisp salute to your service as well.expat_dude said:take a good look at the amount per gallon we pay in taxes.
I respect your opinion and salute your service.. :thumbsup: