As I’ve said on numerous occasions, one of the most horrible parts of this society is its open display of a five-letter word called greed. It is on display everywhere you look, and it affects everyone. The ones who perpetuate this inglorious behavior seem to want more while those who suffer greed’s clutches want to do away with it.
Case in point is the current rise of gasoline prices. There is no end to the number of stories on the net and other media outlets covering the ever rising and inflated price of gasoline. The South Florida Business Journal writes about how, since May 1, gas prices have risen in Florida by twenty-five cents since the 1st of May. I don’t care what anyone says, that is just plain ridiculous.
The price of crude oil dropped 4% last week, so we should see prices going down instead of climbing, but that is not the case. If gas is going to go up, at least the oil companies and analysts should come up with better excuses than the ones they trot out to the public: summer grade, economic recovery is driving the price up or supply and demand.
We’ve got plenty of oil in this country, enough to last many, many years. The Democratic party has fought for years against building new refineries and digging in areas where oil is plentiful. When will the American people wake up and fire those who oppose cheaper oil and gasoline prices? Can you imagine the audacity of some in the government who wish to add even more taxes to the already overpriced cost of a gallon of gas?
In my humble opinion, gas should not be more than $1.00 – $1.50 per gallon. That’s plenty. Gasoline prices rise because those who control it are greedy and have little or no regard for consumers. Greed is a blight on this country and has ruined the lives of many people. Some people can’t seem to be satisfied with what they’ve got and have to constantly push for more. Their appetites simply cannot be controlled.
Two scriptures come to mind, and I would like to share them with you:
Proverbs 1:19 (ESV)
Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain;
it takes away the life of its possessors.
Proverbs 15:27 (ESV)
Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household,
but he who hates bribes will live.