Second, we need to understand that if we don't act now, gas will go to $7 or $8 dollars a gallon or $200 a barrel.
Third, we are not suggesting a one-day gas strike or a boycott of certain stations. To reach a solution you must first understand the problem. So let's examine how we went from about a buck fifty for a gallon of petro when Bush took office to our current $4.20 a gallon.
The two major changes in oil supply since Bush has taken office are:
1. Bush has been driving tanks & Humvees all over the desert which get 5 to 8 miles to the gallon; and
2. China's & India's oil consumption has increased.
Increased demand restricts supply unless output is increased, which raises prices. OPEC has said that they will NOT increase production to meet increasing demand. They have figured out that they have a dwindling resource & when it is gone their children will be living in a desert with no other natural resource to replace it.
Big Oil profits are due to the billions of gallons of crude the Marines, Air Force, Army and private contractors have used hauling all of that equipment plus hundreds of thousands of troops overseas.
When the price of gas goes up so does the price of EVERYTHING. Especially, anything that requires transportation. Congress just hauled in the oil exec's to make themselves appear useful. But the true purpose was to obscure the war's effects on supply & demand.
So far, what are the solutions being offered?
1. We can all cut back by riding bicycles, motorcycles, walking, taking less trips, driving hybrid's, etc.;
2. China and India need to cut back;
3. Drill in Alaska, California, etc.; and/or
4. Offer a summer gas tax break.
But what is the only solution that could realistically happen in just a few months and not cost us a dime? What can we do as a nation right now to bring back $1.49 a gallon?
We could end the war. Send in a peace keeping force and let the rebuilding begin. Billions of barrels of crude would be back on the market in about a year or so. China's & India's increased demand would bring the price up but that could be offset by buying American. It takes less fuel & carbon emissions to produce products in the US, which are destined for the US, rather than to import them half way around the globe.
But is this all just Pollyanna?
Neither Bush nor the newly elected Congress have been able to find an 'exit strategy' and instead have increased troop levels, funding and future commitments. We've seen the highest gas prices due to the surge. McCain promises this might drag on for another hundred years or so, and will likely spill over into Iran and Syria, involving Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc., if we let it.
If 70% of the American population wants this war to end - as has been widely reported by mainstream media - and if only half of them- 35% of the general population agree to a General Strike starting on 9/11/08, and an Economic Strike beginning now, we could Shut the War Machine Down. Our economy is 75% consumer spending, but in a recession our 35% will make it impossible to carry on war abroad.
We all remember Bush telling us 'to go shopping' to support the war effort. And Congress just passed legislation in record time to pass out tax rebates. Why? To save the New World Order. This is our last chance to bring Bush to justice. To send a clear message to the next president: 'Enough is Enough'. To end this insane war and prevent further attacks on non aggressive nations. To end $4.20 a gallon gas. And to prevent $7 or 8 a gallon.
The only way for a General Strike to be successful is to get enough people involved. We only have a couple more months to get the word out. Please help. If we make this a global effort, a Global General Strike we can win. Otherwise, it's war as usual.
"Sooner or later all freedom loving Americans will realize that the only way to stop those who would bleed our nation dry, dismantle our constitution, and dissolve our national sovereignty is to say I will not work for you, buy from you, fight for you, or die for you, until the criminals are gone from the halls of our government."
In order to get involved, here are the five best steps to take now:
1) Sign up with your email address HERE in order to get updates, firstname.lastname@example.org;
2) Mark the day on your calendar and plan to be at a protest in your community;
3) Send this URL to all your friends, post it to forums, put it on your personal pages, http://www.votestrike.com There will be zero mainstream media discussion of this General Strike before it happens. So, we must be our own media and promote it. Link to this site from sites and blogs. Mention it with links in your comments on blogs;
4) Join the Consumer Fast already underway. Click here: Shut'EmDown;
5) Take the lead and help organize a protest on 9/11.
A web tool being used for practical organization is meetup.com. You can just type in your ZIP code, join a group with which you share ideas/feelings and which meets near your location, and start organizing. Use these key words to search for meet-up groups near you. There's bound to be some!
"It was not by accident or coincidence that the rights to freedom in speech and press were coupled in a single guaranty with the rights of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition for redress of grievances. All these, though not identical, are inseparable. They are cognate rights, and therefore are united in the first Article's assurance."
- Judge Wiley B. Rutledge