It was a frenzy in Athens and across the country today. If you want the economic mumbo-jumbo behind it, there are plenty of good stories around. But here's one thing to consider. It isn't just gasoline. If this keeps up, come this winter, it's going to be heating oil too, which brings up a very frightening possibility that should shake every American that thinks about it, regardless of political ideology.
If heating oil prices go up as outraegeously as gas prices did in the past 12 months, people will freeze to death this winter.
Mostly, those victims will be poor kids and the elderly.
There used to be a program to help those people out. It's called LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). Unfortunately, it's been one of the first programs targeted for budget cuts every year of the Bush administration.
So, we hope that we're not being doomsayers here. When the lives of senior citizens and poor families are on the line, we really hope we're wrong. But if we're not, remember what tax cuts for the wealthy and an unecessary war hath wrought.
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