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High gas prices give me gas!

By Jim Bucher

OK, time for my ongoing rant against the oil companies and high gas prices.

But first, a couple of observations: How come gas goes up 30 cents in two minutes, but drops a couple of cents every week?

By the time it gets to something I can handle, in a snap it’s right back up.

I swear, I’ll never figure out how the same gasoline in the underground tanks at your neighborhood filling station can be sold for more than it was purchased just months ago?

In other words, we are getting screwed.

Someone will explain it, I know, but it still makes no sense how the same gas in those tanks sold for $3.67 today can later be purchased – by me – 30 cents higher tomorrow.

It’s a sad state of affairs. Now, our government would never admit it, but the last two – or is it three? – wars, we put our men and women in uniform in harm’s way is for oil.

Pure and simple, it’s oil. Period.

Here’s my idea; let’s see if it catches on.

Every currently-serving military man and woman get a break at the tank.

That’s right – because without them, we wouldn’t have oil.

Could you imagine what prices would be without them fighting to keep it flowing?

So, how about it, Big Oil? It’s the least you could do and we’d feel a heck of a lot better for it.

$2 a gallon, TOPS!

What are Dayton City Paper readers saying about the Buch Oil Proposal? Plenty, it turns out.

Reader Jessi likes the idea, especially near Wright-Patt.

“I would get behind $2 per gallon at a gas station on base or one of the gas stations near Page Manor or in Fairborn offering the $2 per gallon,” Jessi said. “Sequestration just about did in the Miami Valley and the local military paid the steepest price.”

Sharon wrote, “Great idea! We cannot do enough for our troops/veterans. I cringed when I heard a teenager interviewed on the news about what Memorial Day means to her and she said, “It doesn’t affect me, I don’t like to eat meat when I go to a cook-out.’ REALLY?!?! It is probably not politically correct to teach students the meaning of this holiday any longer. Do Americans not realize we could not even have the freedom to openly celebrate Christmas had it not been for our veterans that fought for ALL of our freedoms – even the freedom not to eat meat, like the idiot that was interviewed??”

Charlie said simply, “I love it.”

Ditto from Daniel: “Love the idea, Buch.”

Rob has a different take: “I’d get behind a different idea that government would suspend taxes on fuel,” he said. “Take a look at that sometime when you’re at the pump.”

That’s true Rob, but our roads and highways would crumble. Oh wait, they’re already crumbling.

“My ship escorted tankers through the Straits of Hormuz, risking life and limb, only to see oil companies make record profits,” Harold wrote. “Something is perverse about that.”

“Buch for president!” said Mark. “I’ll be your campaign manager. But we might not be able to count on too many big gas company contributions. Seriously, a great idea!”

Thanks Mark, but no.

Scott had a different view: “Instead of giving them gas, why don’t we force members of Congress to get their retirement benefits from Social Security like everyone else and they can only receive medical treatment from VA hospitals, just like those who served. I bet things would change overnight!”

Caleb experienced it first hand: “I’m not going to agree or disagree with you. But I spent literally a year on an oil platform off the coast of Iraq.”

I think it’s pretty clear Caleb, I rest my case.

Bryan chimed in, “Blood is certainly more valuable than oil, especially when the U.S. has surplus of it. Yet, we still fight over more.”

“Bastards are out for one thing,” Dan said. “All the money they can get and totally screw the poor people.”

The bottom line is, we need to wean ourselves from foreign oil, and until that happens our young people will continue to be sent in harm’s way.

So, in the meantime I’m heading to the gas station with my mortgage in tow. I can’t do anything about it, but sure is nice to vent along with you. “Happy motoring,” I say with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

Cheers!

Buch

A regionally known and loved local television icon for over 25 years, “Buch’s” followers describe him as trust-worthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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