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Stop ‘big oil’ tax give-aways
Check the price at the pumps when you go through Dry Ridge; it should be heading down, said my husband on Friday, May 13. When I phoned home, the news was that the price had increased from $3.99 to $4.15—and it was all the local stations. Just stunning!
That afternoon, I read that Attorney General, Jack Conway, brought suit against Speedway for price gouging. By Saturday, prices dropped 16 cents per gallon; back to $3.99 at all the stations. Thanks to Jack Conway for taking action on behalf of those who must drive to work every day. It is great that our state attorney general can swing into action on his own when criminal activity against working people is taking place.
But at the national level, we must all pay attention and pressure Congress to stop the ‘big oil’ tax give-aways. Just a few years ago, when gas was only $55 a barrel, ‘big oil’ representatives testified in Congress that they did not need their gas subsidies at such a high price. Now gas is $100 per barrel, yet lobbyists are fighting to keep their tax breaks.
We get good government when we pay attention and make our voices heard. Big oil, “you’re out of line!” Budget changes must come, but all should bear the burden. Begin with stopping big oil subsidies. Then correct the situation where the top 2 percent of the wealthiest Americans pay less in taxes than the working class and less than those earning minimum wage. Don’t pay for tax breaks for the rich by cuts in Medicare and Social Security. All gouging must stop! It will only stop when we make our voices heard.
Today ‘social justice,’ tomorrow something else
In certain Christian traditions, there are seven deadly sins. Envy is one of them. To be jealous of what another has and to lust after it. Lust, another of the listed deadly sins, the law of God states, “Thou shalt not covet.”
In essence, the current welfare state causes the poor to sin on several levels. To covet what the rich have and to demand that the state steal it from the rich and give it to them. In communist circles, it’s called redistributing the wealth. The most recent phrase is “social justice.” Tomorrow it will be called something else.
In the welfare state, there are many who have never worked, but have lived on the public dole since birth. This breeds sloth, another of the deadly sins and drunkenness. An Indian reservation is a perfect example.
We are being told by the present government that we have not because the greedy rich are keeping it from us. This is the same rouse that the communists have been using for the past 200 years. To set one class against another to spark revolution and bring themselves to power as the answer. ‘It can’t happen here,’ you say! It’s happening here and swiftly. Wolves in sheep’s clothing, they claim to be champions of the poor and working class, In truth, all they really care about is power and control over both.
In the example of two farmers, one farmer has one pig, the other farmer has two. Under capitalism, the farmer with two pigs, shows how the other farmer may prosper as well.
Under the envy system of communism, the farmer with one pig notifies the state that his neighbor has two, at which point, the state come out and either confiscates the extra pig or kills it. Now it’s fair—that “social justice.” Both are reduced to poverty. No on gains except perhaps, the state.
Can the rich be guilty of the deadly sin of greed? Of course they can. It’s part of the unregenerated nature of man. Yet, is not the poor guilty of the same when they covet what the rich have? Only through the shed blood of Jesus can both be born again, to have their natures regenerated.
As Abraham Lincoln, whom I count a wise man, observed, “You don’t heelp the poor by destroying the rich.” God chooses whom He blesses. If the rich man has been blessed with wealth, I am wrong if I covet that wealth. That’s between him and God. It’s not the state’s job to covet it either, no matter who they “redistribute” it to. It is wickedness, the destroyer, disguising itself as compassion.