$400 DOLLARS A GALLON FOR GAS

No, this is not a future prediction this is today’s cost for a gallon of gas that the Marines in Afghanistan pay.  Just the Marines in country use 800,000 gallons per day at a cost of $320,000,000 (that’s 320 MILLION) .  That’s what happens when you have private contractors doing the work the military did for its self.  Privatization  of services needed by the military during a war was a Doanal Rumsfeld idea, and a fine one it was if you happen to be a defense contractor or service provider.  Everything from mail delivery, to laundry to cooking, entertainment and on and on.  Remember in the beginning of the Iraq war when it was in the news that the troops were only getting one meal and two bottles of water a day(the meal was an MRE).  The cause was the contractors that were supposed to do the task thought it was too dangerous and refused to do their job.  For this level of service we are spending for everything ridiculous sums of money that no one really knows the true cost.  You never see the budgeted amount for contractor services , ever.  All this crap is off budget.  The estimated cost per troop in Afghanistan is $750,000 a  year and you know the trooper doesn’t get much of that.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, we can’t afford health  care, Medicare, Social Security, unemployment insurance extensions, prompt care for our returning vets (if and when they actually let them out of the service)  .  We are cutting budgets in every state because federal funds are drying up and the services we had come to expect from our taxes are not being done.  Hawaii for instance has cut 14 days from their school year to save money, Medicaid , mental health care, services of all kinds are being cut so we can afford the outrageous cost of war.  Wars that we were lied into.

Paul Craig Roberts calls it in this piece “ THE US AS A FAILED STATE“.  He goes on to list some of the bad stuff done to our country by the free market crooks and war mongering nuts of both parties.  The truth of the matter is that the shift to destruction was actually started during the Carter administration and has continued on in every presidency since.  Carter started the deregulation and Regan played the game big time (few remember he traded arms for hostages with Iran) before the actual election and we all know how Bush won.  Clinton may have been the worst offender of them all NAFTA, GATT, WTO were all on his watch and so was the worst of the financial deregulation.

To sum up dear readers, we have been betrayed by our elected leaders for over 30 years.  Our status in the world has been diminished to the point that all we have left in our supposed military  might.  Don’t look now but we have gotten our asses kicked in both Iraq and Afghanistan , and were still beating the war drums to attack Iran.  The question on every thinking persons mind is “JUST HOW MUCH LONGER AM I GOING TO TAKE THIS CRAP?”  Only time will tell, but most of the brave forecasters are saying SOON VERY SOON we will have had enough.

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One Comment on “$400 DOLLARS A GALLON FOR GAS”

  1. heidi Says:

    The soldiers in Iraq and Afganistan know the private contractors/suppliers working besides them are ripping them off while they risk their lives. How sad.

    I have also been wondering how much longer the people are going to take this?

    ~Heidi


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