To the editor:
“It ain’t just the gas prices!”
The gas prices are just a symptom of the overall crisis of our economy and our country.
We are told this is a country based on capitalism. This is a lie. To work as an economy instead of a scam to enrich a few, capitalism must have competition. We no longer have competition.
We now have four to five gas companies instead of the multitude of companies we had 30 to 40 years ago. Check the few brands we now have and you will see little difference in price. No real competition.
This extends to electric service, water and just about everything we need every day. Go price a car with the size, options and mileage you want. When the trickery and fast talking are done, one brand is pretty close to another.
Go from one big Wally-World store to another and the bottom line is about the same. No competition.
This used to be controlled by anti-trust laws. Anybody remember President Teddy Roosevelt and the “Trust Busters?”
Somewhere American capitalism began eating its young. Now we are all the victims.
The trusts can do anything they want. About 10 years ago I learned 80 percent of the oil from Alaska went to Japan and China. This past week I learned our oil from the USA is being refined and sold to China at great profit. This is not right!
Some say “Drill Baby Drill” so we will have a secure and cheaper source of energy. This is another lie!
We need to stop export of oil and coal if for no other reason than national security. You will never hear this from a Republican or a Democrat in our country. Perhaps when the crazy man in Iran shuts off 30 percent of the world’s oil at the Straits of Harmauz, we might see some change. Perhaps then the apathetic Americans will stand up and be heard!