Archive for the ‘Profits’ Category

Gas Prices

May 18, 2007

 gas pricesNow, am I the only one who is sick of the whining by the media and the Liberals on gas prices? Every year we hear the same thing “By July the average price will be over $4.00” and it never is. I predict this year will be the same thing…it will not get to a $4.00 national average.

Anyway, back to the gist of things…I am just tired of hearing about gouging and profits and rip offs and all that garbage. Let’s get the facts right shall we? First of all, someone simply raising their price on something is not gouging. In fact, I would submit that in a free market economy, gouging doesn’t exist at all. It’s simply the market dictating the price of a good. Supply and demand. If there is any gouging going on, it’s from State and Federal Govco and the taxes they add to everything under the sun. I would bet that Govco actually makes more money off a gallon of gas than the oil companies do. Ever look at home much you pay to Govco every time you fill up?

How about profits. If you listen to Hillary, she wants to take the profits from the oil companies. Take their profits? Can someone explain capitalism to her? I wonder…if she also going to “take the profits” from Labor Unions? How about from Apple or Microsoft? Maybe she should take some of the profits she made on her books and her husbands speaker fees. How is making a profit wrong? Is GM wrong for trying to make a profit selling cars? While we’re at it, how about we get it right about what we are talking about. You hear the media talking all the time about the obscene profits oil companies are making but do you ever hear them talk about the profit margin? That is what one really needs to focus on. You can talk all day long about how Exxon‘s profits have doubled but what happened to their profit margin (if it really matters at all what a company makes when they are in the business of making money)?   It’s sad how people can be so swayed but the rhetoric coming out of the slime in Washington. Really though, it’s even worst that people lack the education to understand the BS they are wading in.

Yet another thing we are hearing now is how new records are being set all the time in regards to prices. In inflation adjusted dollars we are STILL paying less than we did back in the late 70’s and early 80’s. You also hear the word “fair” being thrown around. Really? Just what exactly would be a “fair” price for gas? What is fair for you would be too high for me so just who should set that standard? Govco? Congrats! You go to the head of the class of Socialism 101 with Liberal Democrats.

Speaking of Liberals, if you want to point to a reason for prices being high, they can be first on your list. Who keeps blocking attempts to drill for oil? Who backs the EPA in their ridiculous standards? Who opposes building more refineries? You can thank your local Liberal for that as well.

I hate paying more for something but I learn to live with it. It also really bugs me that concert tickets keep going up and up and up (you can thank the Eagles for that…but we can discuss that at a later date) but you know what…the bottom line is that it’s business. It’s supply and demand. As long as we choose to pay it, as long as we choose to buy hummers and Navigators, as long as we keep electing officials who refuse to admit that we live in a oil consuming world, we will keep paying higher prices for gas.

So, with all that being said, can we get a moratorium on the lies and the whining and the sob stories of higher gas prices and just get an education on things. Or, better yet, just create your own blog and rant and rave like I do! J

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Anti Wal-Mart People

February 28, 2007

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 I just don’t understand it.  Why do people have such a beef with Wal-Mart?  It really bothers me.  Now, I’m not talking of the people who don’t want it near their home.  I sorta understand that (but if it was a Target, these same people would, many times, be just fine with it) to a degree but what bugs the heck out of me are all these Commie Socialists out there.  They demand Wal-Mart have a union or they want to ban Wal-Mart from the city.  They demand Wal-Mart increase their hourly wage or that they increase their prices so not to drive their competition out of business.  Do we live in a free country?  Do we have a capitalist system or not?  Give me a break!

Let’s take a look at a few of these arguments.  A union? Please.  Unions are what is driving American Car makers out of business.  If you think you get bad service at Wal-Mart now (which you usually do), don’t expect it to get any better with a union.  Plus, why should they?  I love the story of the guy paid by a labor union to protest Wal-mart.  He was paid $6.00/hour with no benefits to protest Wal-Mart employees making $10.17/hour with benefits.  Classic!

How about wages?  Wal-Mart pays more than many other retail outlets.  Maybe not the most but if you don’t like it, don’t work there.  How many stories have you seen where a new Wal-Mart opened somewhere and they had 2000 job openings and 10,000 people applied?  It happens all the time.    Since when did higher wages and company paid health insurance become a right? 

Check out this quote from some anti site: “In our America, corporations live up to their responsibility and provide their employees with adequate and affordable health care coverage. ” 

What????  What “responsibility?”  How about YOUR OWN responsibility buddy?  Why is it your companies job to make sure you have health insurance? 

This one you hear all the time: “Wal-Mart is driving the Mom and Pop stores in downtown out of business!”.  Really?  Wal-Mart is?  How are they doing that?  If the customers of Mom and Pop never shop at Wal-Mart and continue to go to Mom and Pop, would Mom and Pop die?  No way.  It would be Wal-Mart that would go under.  So, you see, it is the customers that ultimately close Mom and Pop, not Wal-Mart.

 I’m not going to sit here and say that Wal-Mart is squeaky clean.  They have been caught on some issues and their service is usually poor.  Their stores are usually messy as well.  I KNOW THAT.  I don’t go there expecting wonderful service or pristine end caps but hey, bottom line is the price.  I will wait in line a bit longer and have to endure the redneck behind me and her screaming kids if I can get that G.I. Joe with the kung fu grip for $10.00 cheaper than Target.

The Wal-Mart story is a Capitalists dream.  I guess some people (Liberals usually) just can’t stand success.

We need a 10 year moratorium on Wal-Mart whiners.

Profits

February 6, 2007

 

Hillary Clinton screaming about the 2006 profits earned by Exxon Mobile:  

“The Democrats know what needs to be done.  Again, we’re working trying to try push this agenda forward.  The other day the oil companies reported the highest profits in the history of the world.  I want to take those profits and I want to put them into a strategic energy fund that will begin to fund alternative, smart energy; alternatives and technology that will begin to actually move us toward the direction of independence.” 

Ok.  How much more proof do we need that we need not only a muzzle but a moratorium on her?  Since when did profits belong to Govco?  I wonder why she has not called on profits from the NFL or Hollywood to go to some special fund. 

It’s called CAPITALISM and it’s something the Democrats hate with a passion.