Friday, August 8, 2008

Forget Oil, For Just a Moment

While everyone is obsessed with oil, gas prices, and generally the vitriolic energy debate, we should step back for a moment and ponder what else has been going on in the the country and the world. And no, I don't mean the Olympics.

First of all, the "so-called" war on terror is still on-going. I used the left-wing phrase "so-called" because I don't think the left, even to this day, see it was a war, but more of a police action to track down criminals. Of course, some one the far left, including some university profs, see the jihadist terrorist as a sort of freedom fighter.

But in July alone, there were more than 200 attacks by Islamic militants around the world, so the fight continues. Thankfully, not here. Not yet, anyway.

Obama is still running for President...but yea, we knew that from the energy "fill your tires" debate. But as more and more information about him surfaces, his numbers fall. He is, after all, really a left-wing elistist. He really doesn't think America is such a great place, and I firmly believe he wants to change it drastically. Do a little research on what he means by "economic justice."

Pelosi continues her book tour, not selling many books, but exciting what few fans she has. You might want to check out reader reviews on, which are about 10 to 1 against buying the book. Most describe it as vacuous. Nancy is quite the artist of using a lot of words to say nothing much at all.

The economy, while not without its challenges, continues to grow, though a much smaller rate than we'd like. There are weaknesses, but these always happen from time to time as our markets realign themselves. We've had bubbles burst before, and if you pay attention, you'll make it through. But part of life is adjusting to reality.

And in the meantime, gas prices have dropped about 50 cents per gallon, at least where I live (which is along the Red River, the border between Texas and Oklahoma). That's a little better. So there is something to be said about bubbles bursting, the prices too high for the market to bear, and supply and demand psychology. Not that Pelosi or her supporters will admit.

So we should all take some deep breaths, like the buy on, drinkingwithbob. His presentation is a little drastic, but he makes sense, and after his "what's next, what's next, what's next" closing, he too takes a few deep breaths.

We still live in the most prosperous and free nation on the planet -- that has ever existed. We're not perfect yet. So after taking a moment to appreciate that we are blessed to live here, let's get back to work, shall we?

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