Not long ago, our government agreed to extend the Bush Tax Cuts for the top 2 percent of Americans despite the fact that we are experiencing an economic downturn. Despite the fact that much money was needed by the government to pay for services, debts and programs, government officials ultimately knew that raising taxes would draw the ire of the public and would make legislators unelectable in the future.
Do you think you know your friends? Would you know if a friend was dealing with depression and trying to hide it? Would their façade fool you - their friend? I believe most people would say they would not be fooled, but I disagree. I disagree because "friend" is an overused word for someone you know and associate with on a repeated basis, not always someone you care about and enjoy spending time with.
The events now unfolding across the Middle East from Casablanca to Tehran have no parallel in history since the multiple revolutions that swept Europe in 1848. The overthrow of Communist regimes in Eastern Europe in 1989 was likened to the revolutions of 1848 at the time, but they were more or less uniform responses to the collapse of Soviet dominion, and they followed a predictable and largely peaceful trajectory: political pluralism, representative government and the privatization of the economy.
Libya, which is located in North Africa and next door to revolutionary Tunisia, produces 1.6 million barrels of oil a day. Libya's oil production is about 2 percent of global oil production. Algeria, which is also located in North Africa and geographically very close to Libya, produces 1.
There is an energy crisis. People see gas and electricity prices increasing yet they are unaware of the full extent of the situation. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the main cause for the crisis has been the increase in demand for energy.