Dear President Bush,
As a community leader and activist Iíve been
supportive of you and your policies over the last six years. I, like other
Americans, have seen some of your programs come to fruition and others that
weíre still struggling with.
One of the issues that is financially crippling
many Americans is rising gas prices. The price of gas has skyrocketed. The
high prices have had a trickle down effect on every American.
Even someone who stays home and owns no car is
impacted as gas prices have affected the prices of all other products and
services. For the most part salaries remain the same and the extra cost for
gas, home heating, food and transportation are a major strain on all
President Bush, last week you took upon
yourself, to investigate whether price gouging is taking place. Iím
baffled at the need for an investigation! People are more careful about
their driving, more willing to experiment with hybrid cars, and are less
willing to spend money on a car because of the added expense of gasoline,
yet the gas companies are raking in tens of billions of dollars in profits.
As I watch people struggle for money for the rising cost of living and see
the gas companies with their record earnings I wonder, what is there to
investigate? It seems to me people are using less yet the gas company
profits are so much more.
Additionally, the taxes on gasoline are at a
record high. There is an 18.4 cent federal gas tax on every gallon of
gasoline aside from the state and local taxes. Why? Americans are
being penalized for gas usage on every level.
In fact gas for everyday usage shouldnít be
taxed at all, just as food is not taxed. Home heating fuel and gasoline for
driving are everyday necessities.
On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans
launched a war of words last week over who's responsible for the price
increases and who has the best solution. Quite frankly, American consumers
are not interested in whoís at fault. Weíve been taught over and over
again from our youth that pointing fingers and fault finding helps nobody.
We want the problem solved the American way. We want solutions!
Perhaps the high gas prices should have forced
us down a newer and better energy path, however, as of now, they havenít
and we donít see the light at the end of the tunnel regarding this
Gas prices have risen astronomically, and the
rising gas company profits seem to point a gas-gouging finger to the
perpetrators. Americans donít need a long drawn out investigation. We need
an immediate and permanent solution which would allow the American people to
heat their homes, drive their cars, and use their machinery with peace