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  KD MAGAZINE! 
Posted: May 01, 2006 - יום שני, ג' באייר תשס"ו
 
 
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An Open Letter to President Bush
Rabbi Shea Hecht
About the Author

 
Dear President Bush,
 
As a community leader and activist Iíve been supportive of you and your policies over the last six years. I, like other Americans, have seen some of your programs come to fruition and others that weíre still struggling with.
 
One of the issues that is financially crippling many Americans is rising gas prices. The price of gas has skyrocketed. The high prices have had a trickle down effect on every American.
 
Even someone who stays home and owns no car is impacted as gas prices have affected the prices of all other products and services. For the most part salaries remain the same and the extra cost for gas, home heating, food and transportation are a major strain on all budgets.
 
President Bush, last week you took upon yourself, to investigate whether price gouging is taking place. Iím baffled at the need for an investigation! People are more careful about their driving, more willing to experiment with hybrid cars, and are less willing to spend money on a car because of the added expense of gasoline, yet the gas companies are raking in tens of billions of dollars in profits. As I watch people struggle for money for the rising cost of living and see the gas companies with their record earnings I wonder, what is there to investigate? It seems to me people are using less yet the gas company profits are so much more.
 
Additionally, the taxes on gasoline are at a record high. There is an 18.4 cent federal gas tax on every gallon of gasoline aside from the  state and local taxes. Why? Americans are being penalized for gas usage on every level.
In fact gas for everyday usage shouldnít be taxed at all, just as food is not taxed. Home heating fuel and gasoline for driving are everyday necessities.
 
On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans launched a war of words last week over who's responsible for the price increases and who has the best solution. Quite frankly, American consumers are not interested in whoís at fault. Weíve been taught over and over again from our youth that pointing fingers and fault finding helps nobody. We want the problem solved the American way. We want solutions!
 
Perhaps the high gas prices should have forced us down a newer and better energy path, however, as of now, they havenít and we donít see the light at the end of the tunnel regarding this energy crisis.
 
Gas prices have risen astronomically, and the rising gas company profits seem to point a gas-gouging finger to the perpetrators. Americans donít need a long drawn out investigation. We need an immediate and permanent solution which would allow the American people to heat their  homes, drive their cars, and use their machinery with peace of mind.
 

Thank you
 
Shea Hecht

Rabbi Shea Hecht
Chairman NCFJE
824 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11213
718-735-0200
rabbishea@aol.com
www.sheahecht.com
 
     
 
 
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