In a few days, school will be out for the summer. This is the traditional time when many people spend days away from the regular routine by taking a vacation. The last couple of years there have been substitutes for a vacation. Due to the high number of people who remain unemployed, falling home values and high gas prices, lots of folks opt to remain close to home with a staycation rather than a vacation.
Some of my friends have stayed home -- making day trips to various places nearby to avoid a hotel stay and the expensive cost of eating in restaurants for every meal. There are positives to staying home, but it can also cause great stress with the daily visibility of unfinished home projects.
Each day, the news reports the rising cost of gasoline in our country. At this time in our nation, finger pointing seems to be the sport of choice. Depending upon a person’s worldview, the high cost of gasoline is seen as a great disaster or is welcomed as a sign that we are moving to be more like Europe.
The vast majority of the people who live in Dacula and Gwinnett County depend upon their vehicle to provide necessary transportation to work, school, church and leisure activities. As gasoline prices increase, decisions are made to cut back on travel. With gasoline going over $4 a gallon and projections that by the end of the year it could be near to $6 a gallon, the choice of where to cut back no longer can be delayed.
Economists warn that with the continual devaluing of the dollar worldwide, sooner rather than later, we will experience a crippling inflation in America. With the obvious disaster looming, now is the time to have solutions to the high prices for gasoline. We have waited too long for the so-called green energy products to bail us out of this mess. Many believe we have enough oil under our feet that has never been tapped. The question arises as to how much longer the American people will wait before they aggressively insist that we tap into our own off shore energy sources rather than an ongoing dependence upon foreign oil suppliers.
The members of the House of Representatives in Washington have heard the voices of the people and have begun to urge that the decisions be made now to start the process of drilling into our known oil fields to increase the supply of domestic oil. The longer we delay the necessary decision regarding this issue, the more certain I am that we will see gasoline prices skyrocket beyond the reach of the majority of the middle class and certainly out of reach of the poor in our country.
It is no longer a matter of vacation or staycation, but of the necessary daily trips in the vehicle that must be made. From where I stand, we must stop the blame game and start drilling now to break the cycle of foreign oil dependence that has us in this deadly grip.