Desolate Highways and Heartbreak

The economy is sinking faster and faster with record-breaking fuel prices at the pump.

Where is the administration now? What happened to “Mission Accomplished”? Americans are forgoing summer vacations, road trips, cutting back on eating out and shopping at local malls as they find themselves unable to keep up with the rising prices of oil.Trendy LA restaurants are finding the number of patrons down and diners are finding that they can now simply walk in to most establishments without a reservation.

It is time for the lawmakers to rally behind Barak Obama’s idea of taxing the profits of companies like Exxon Mobil to stimulate our depressed economy. “We’ll use the money to help families pay for their skyrocketing energy costs and other bills,” Obama said as reported in today’s Los Angeles Times.

The lonely highways of America will grow even more desolate as fuel prices continue to rise with no end in sight. Day by day, the number of “for lease” and “going out of business” signs escalate in communities throughout the country. The insurmountable heartbreak felt by Americans who cannot survive the present economic downturn created by the Bush administration’s horrific energy policies is sickening and certifiably unjust. One cannot ignore the Bush administration’s intimate relationship with big oil companies and their collective greed that leaves countless working Americans robbed at the pump.

margie-murrayIn solidarity and peace,

by Margie Murray

Valley Democrats United, Newsletter Editor

This article originally appeared in the Valley Democrats United newsletter, Margie Murray editor, on June 11, 2008. We have republished it with permission.

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