Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Filling the tank for democracy

All of us who drive cars have to buy gas. It's actually very painful at present to fill up the tank with prices well over $2.00/gallon. Here's a way to alleviate some of the pain if you are not a fan of The Fuhrer.

Apparently, Citgo is a wholly owned subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company. Money you pay to Citgo goes primarily to Venezuela -- not Saudi Arabia or the Middle East. What better way to protest the Bush foreign policy than to gas up at your local Citgo. You can find a station here.

According to Jeff Cohen over at Common Dreams, "By buying your gasoline at Citgo, you are contributing to the billions of dollars that Venezuela's democratic government is using to provide health care, literacy and education, and subsidized food for the majority of Venezuelans. "

"Instead of using government to help the rich and the corporate, as Bush does, Chavez is using the resources and oil revenue of his government to help the poor in Venezuela. A country with so much oil wealth shouldn't have 60 percent of its people living in poverty, earning less than $2 per day. With a mass movement behind him, Chavez is confronting poverty in Venezuela. That's why large majorities have consistently backed him in democratic elections. And why the Bush administration supported an attempted military coup in 2002 that sought to overthrow Chavez."

What a novel concept--using the wealth of one's country to alleviate the suffering and eliminate the poverty of its people. Good lord, that's downright revolutionary!

For me, it's easy, as I usually hit the Citgo in Yarmouth on my way south. It's convenient, as it's on the southbound side of Route 1, just off from I-95.

If you have a Citgo in your area, drop your $20-25 and support some democracy for a change.

This is the anti-boycott in support of the anti-Bush.


weasel said...

But how am I going to get my free Sugarloaf passes from Mobil?

Bugger- that came across as shallow.

Thanks for the tip.

Mondale said...

Thanks for the heads up, Don't drive very much but when I do it's nice to know that there's a citgo just round the corner.