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You know for the past few years I have been sharing some of my growing-up experiences with readers of The Lancaster News.
Now it is time for me to share a few grown-up thoughts. Recently, I made a couple of business trips, which covered the area from Greenwood, Clinton, Ware Shoals and Waterloo down to Aiken, Graniteville, Bath, Lexington and North Augusta. That is a lot of territory. I saw numerous closed textile plants and some businesses with boarded windows.
But to my surprise, I also noted an overall appearance of a rebounding economy. From Clinton to Aiken, things seemed to be busy. Downtown store fronts were filled with merchandise, cars parked along the downtown streets and folks in numbers in the business district.
As a casual observer, I was unable to capture some of that excitement in a magic bottle and bring it back with me. Are our experts on new ventures and solutions too absorbed in landfills?
While parked outside a local convenience store recently, I saw the owner run outside and change the price per gallon of gasoline. On that particular day, the cost was $3.259. Someone said it was because of the problems in Libya. Maybe I heard wrong, but someone else said that we import only 2 percent of our crude oil from that country.
Something just ain’t right. Our president and Congress are too absorbed with the business of politics and in-field fighting than to realize things are a real mess. Now is the time to open up the oil fields to pump domestic oil. It is also the time to summon the big oil CEOs to Washington for some real “chewing out” and some ‘splaining about the price increase. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to throw in some fuel distributors, too.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that a rise in fuel prices runs up prices on everything else. Folks, fortunate to have a job, cannot long afford to buy this expensive fuel. Even those who must subsist on food stamps will find their meager purchases will bring less food to the table.
I sorta remember Washington telling us that our intervention in Iraq would ensure that we would get plenty of crude oil. Our jobs have been exported and our food and other necessities are rapidly being supplied by imports.
Gradually, we are becoming dependent on foreign interests. I feel completely helpless and seems no one listens.