Monday, September 26, 2005

problem in a nut shell

"We're willing to use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to mitigate any shortfalls that affect our consumers," said George W. Bush on the Monday after Hurricane Rita struck.

Within this statement lies the problem. The powers that rule this nation both corporate and governmental (if there is even a difference anymore) think of the American people first and foremost as consumers. I for one still think of myself more importantly as a citizen. Our government will be totally ineffectual in helping its citizens adjust to the coming conditions brought on by the decrease in available petroleum because they don't see us as citizens. To them we are merely customers.


Anonymous said...

Who ever said it was the responsibilty of the Federal Gov. to provide the necessities of life in the first place?

nulinegvgv said...

I would greatly welcome a reduction in the role the federal government has in providing necessities. To a certain extent the people of this country have become lazy and irresponsible because of the provisions offered by our government. The leaders at the federal level do however bill themselves as our protectors and our providers. They collect my tax dollars in order to provide what they deem necessary. You can't have it both ways.

I prefer a more libertarian-style federal government but if I'm stuck with the current system then our leaders must be held accountable.