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Lets Do It Like Europe

Today it was reported that Europeans are paying $8 per gallon for gas. Obviously they buy in liters but the article called it per gallon. The article cited that Europeans drivers pay the highest gas taxes in the world, with the tax on diesel in Britain accounting for 65% of the retail price. In Britain, the politicians are actually considering raising the taxes on fuel.

This article, to me, sums up how well socialism works. Lots of fools like to say that our capatalist system does not work as good as Europe's socialist ways. Once again, here is some proof.

Next time one of your supposed intellectual type friends, you know the ones who can't shut up about how we should be more like Europe, spout off, remind them of this. Of course they probably like the $8 business. It puts us all that much closer to having to ride a bike, sing Kumbya and have cradle to grave entitlement programs. Oh and my personal unfavorite, women do not get to shave their legs or armpits. Yikes.

Comment balloon 12 commentsKevin Robinson • March 06 2011 11:47AM

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I love that you posted this in Whacked!!! and Almost anything Goes.  Kevin, you're a real card.  I love a good rant on a Sunday afternoon.  Keep investing and devloping.  It's people like yourself that take risks may just be able to reap rewards. 

Posted by Karen Seeman, CDPE, (201) 247-0556, bergencountyhomes4sale.c (Exit on the Hudson Realty) about 8 years ago

Karen thanks for the comment. A little ranting plus a little humor adds up to a great Sunday.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer about 8 years ago

Kevin, in fairness to folks who don't share your opinions 100%, the lunatic fringe encircles all philosophies.  Case in point is a Congresswoman from my state.  Only the most radical of folks believe that we do not have a collective responsibility to assist those of us who cannot help ourselves, and only the most radical of folks believe that everyone deserves a free lunch.  Both are equally wrong and entirely unrepresentative of the vast majority. 

Some countries like Canada fund their health care expenses through gas taxes.  Our country chooses to fund our health care expense with IOU's payable by our grandchildren.  Socialism is abhorant to most of us until somebody tries to change the practice of government owned liquor stores.  That socialism is usually defended by the most conservative of conservatives.  Strange world, isn't it?

Posted by Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about. about 8 years ago

Mike most agree that we need to help. The problem is the "cracks" that people supposedly fall through keep getting bigger. At the rate we are going, soon, all of us will qualify as having fallen through the cracks. It is time to get off of that train, or rather, trainwreck and pull ourselves up by the old bootstraps, and get going. We cannot continue to pay for everyone and their kids, nor can we continue this unabated growing list of regulations that slow down growth.

We must cut gov't size and scope. Entitlements are going to be cut you can bet on that.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer about 8 years ago

Kevin, I hope your prediction comes to fruition.  My thoughts are that the government do-nothings of all flavor will continue to do nothing until the business cycle turns up.  The shortfalls will disappear, and each side will take credit while blaming the other for the amount of time it took to come around.  There will be no major changes in anything.  Don't fool yourself, they're all alike.

Posted by Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about. about 8 years ago

The more the size of government grows and takes over industry, (through excessive regulation, rules, and taxes) our companies become less able to compete and the more that people will depend on the government for diapers to graves and of course everything in between.

We are already to the point that it is better to recieve than to give (work to pay taxes). It's hard to grow an economy when there is no incentive (or payoff and the end of the pay period) to get off the couch or out of bed in the morning.

Posted by Paul Walker, Scott AFB IL Area Realtor (Equity Fifty Five Realty, LLC) about 8 years ago

Mike- I do agree that many folks who are clamoring for cuts now will forget about it when the good times return.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer about 8 years ago

Paul is spot on in his reasoning!!  People will CEASE TO TOIL, WHEN DOING SO GETS YOU no further than the neighbor who is lazy.  People will cease to create, when there is no payoff for creating.

Interesting tidbit.  Do you know that a single mother of 2 who works at a minimum wage job one week a month has AS MUCH SPENDABLE WAGES as a family of 4 making $60K?  How you say?? When you factor in all the handouts, she is better off sitting on her ass than working!  Appalling.

That's an interesting statement about government run liquor stores.   Odd too.  Who would ever want the government to own liquor stores?  I'm conservative, but never would want that.

Posted by Georgia about 8 years ago

Kevin - I have driven in Europe, Australia, Israel, etc. and am used to paying in liters and converting to price per gallon. It is astounding when you look at the differences in fuel costs. Of course, in countries that have no oil supplies of their own, its understandable why it costs so much. In the U.S., it is not understandable why our costs are soaring so high. Well, when you look at a current (and past) administration that is not only inept but uncapable of developing a solid energy plan that promotes energy independance...And you can actually take it back to Nixon who's policies encouraged reliance on foreign sources. And of course this adminstration that wants to "fundamentally change" America and is using energy as one of those ways.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 8 years ago

Where is the media responding to gas prices soaring over $.00 a gallon - when a Republican is in office we would not hear the end of this every hour on the hour -

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) about 8 years ago
Where are all the comments from liberals who want higher gas prices and support OBama's energy policies?
Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) about 8 years ago

They're in the corner playing with _____?  LMAO!!!

Seriously though.  We have MORE NATURAL GAS than the world has oil!  Did you get that?  MORE natural gas. 

Why aren't we using it??

The "empty heads" will start spouting aout alternative energy.    Get real.  The technology isn't there yet and it would cost us more than we could pay!!  No one would be going anywhere or making anything. 

Further, we've WASTED BILLIONS of dollars in alternative fuels and still gotten NO WHERE.

Did you see where the solar panel company obama gave MILLIONS took it and then moved OUT OF THE COUNTRY!  That's obama.  Couldn't make a business profitable if his life depended on it.

Posted by Georgia about 8 years ago

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