Letter: Runaway gas prices fault of Washington, not Exxon
The price of gas is a high-voltage conversation piece at this time. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, immediately after discovering that Exxon and Shell had made 10 to over 11 billion dollars in the last quarter, jumped on the "change energy" policy bandwagon and the rest of America is grumbling and groaning about the $3.60 to $4 plus price of a gallon of gas at the pump.
There is just one thing that Americans, and certainly those wandering lost souls in Congress, should understand—the cost of gas today is less than it was in the mid 1950s when I was a teenager.
If my memory serves me, we paid around 20 cents per gallon back then, give or take a penny or two … and today you can buy gas for little more than a dime.
Yes, a "Brother Have You Got A Dime" thin dime.
There is just one catch. You have to pay with real money and not the counterfeit paper offered by Mr. Bernanke’s Federal Reserve or the clad coins of Secretary Geithner’s Treasury/Mint.
So how do I buy gas for little more than a dime? Well you have to have a dime made of silver, which is the real money I refer to above. A silver dime today from 1956, in average condition, will bring about $3.50 online, and that plus a few cents more will get you a gallon of gas. So Americans have it better than ever and they need to understand how they have been fleeced, bamboozled, conned and swindled by the scoundrels in Washington and Wall Street over the last 55 years since 1956.
It is not Exxon that has destroyed the currency, but Washington and the Elite Ruling Class, of which Mrs. Pelosi is a card carrying member.
Peter Courtenay Stephens