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06-14-10, 12:22 PM #1
About Boycotting BP
Why it is not a good idea. Think before you leap folks.
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By Neal Boortz @ June 14, 2010 8:39 AM Permalink | Comments (24) | TrackBacks (0)
OK ... so I can't profess to be surprised. After all, we're talking about a populace that put a community organizer with absolutely no real-world governing experience and what was at best a shaky resume full of nefarious characters into the White House. A voter base that could elect Barack Obama could do almost anything.
So now we have people showing up around the country calling for a boycott of BP. Now I've been a bit out of touch for the past week, so as soon as I saw a story about a BP boycott I said to myself .... "Self. That idiot race pimp Jesse Jackson has to be behind this." So a quick trip to Google news and the entry of the words "Boycott, BP and Jackson" into the search string confirmed what I already knew. There's that useless footstool leading the movement, with socialist icon Ralph Nader right there with him.
Can someone please tell me on what level of insanity a boycott of BP makes sense? A few things to consider:
The Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig did not belong to BP. It belonged to a group named Transocean.
At the time of the explosion there were 126 people working on the Transocean rig. Only 8 of them were BP employees.
The vast majority of BP stations - the targets of the boycott - are privately owned by small businessmen. The employees of these stations are not employees of BP.
What sense does it make to, on one hand, try to starve BP of money while, on the other hand, demanding that they pay the costs of the cleanup? This line of thinking could only make sense to someone like Jesse Jackson.
So what happens when you boycott your local BP station? First, you do little, if anything, to actually cause any financial harm to BP itself. The people you do hurt are the local businessmen who own and operate the stations and your neighbors that they hire. If your idiotic boycotts are successful all you are managing to do is to put people in your own community out of work. Tell you what ... after you spend an afternoon picketing your local BP station, why don't you contact the owner and ask for the name and address of one of the employees he has laid off due to a decline in business. Stick your nifty little "Boycott BP" sign in your trunk and then drive on over to talk to the laid-off employee. Perhaps you can ask him or her how they are going to pay the mortgage until they're back at work. Maybe you can offer to bring over some food every once in a while. You might even offer to cover some medical bills ... being the concerned, liberal American that you are. Or ... I guess you could just tell them that their hard times serve them right since they were working in the evil private corporate world instead of doing what every true, concerned red-blooded American should be doing ... getting a government job.
Where's Al Sharpton? Considering that man's hair perhaps the last thing he would want to do is to boycott oil. If he runs out of grease he may have to look for options.
I'm sorry .. but considering the shape this country is in right now, I've just about had it up to here with idiots, fools and imbeciles like Jesse Jackson and the morons who think that picketing a BP gas station is going to do anything to solve this crisis. It is idiots like these and their inane, childish thought processes that have been, still are, and will continue to drive this great country to destruction.
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06-14-10, 02:31 PM #2
Add to that 40% of BP's shares are British owned and 39% of BP's shares are, you guessed it, US owned!A common mistake made when trying to come up with a totally foolproof design is to completely underestimate the innate ingenuity of fools.
The last thing I want to do is hurt you but it's still there on my list of options, so are you coming quietly.........?
06-14-10, 02:53 PM #3
That's funny, I've been purposely stopping at BP stations since the incident. Kinda figured they could use all the help they could get."Where liberty dwells, there is my country."
-- Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790) US Founding Father
06-14-10, 04:00 PM #4
And if you do I'm coming after the US for inflicting Macdonalds and Starbucks on us.
Well oK maybe not I quite like the Mac'd coffee.Plus they are on of biggest employers at the moment!the sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
( Baltasar Gracian )
06-14-10, 09:44 PM #5For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
06-15-10, 06:24 AM #6
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06-15-10, 09:01 AM #8
Choose The Right. When you're doing whats right, then you have nothing to worry about.
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06-15-10, 11:45 AM #9
The only reason, and i do mean only reason, i am boycotting BP right now has nothing to do with the spill. Ive always preferred shell or bp fuel, and there are three shell stations and three bp stations in my area i frequent. Ever since the spill, bp has stayed steady at all three bp stations at 5-10 cents per gallon over what shell is charging. So ive been buying shell. If the price was the same or less than shell, i'd be buying bp.
The real stupidity in boycotting a gas station is when everyone quits buying xyz fuel, they all start gettin their fuel from the abc station. Well abc sees a two or maybe even threefold increase in product purchase and they need more fuel fast. So what do most gas stations do? They contact their local brokerage and see who has available inventory and close. And guess who has a stockpile of fuel they cant sell? You guessed it, xyz. So xyz sells its unused fuel to abc, and abc sells you that xyz fuel your boycotting in abc packaging. And xyz still makes money from you and you didnt even know it.
The majority of time, boycotts, strikes, and walkouts are just a show of ignorant people that couldnt grasp economics to save their lives.Here Speeder, Speeder, Speeder
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06-15-10, 12:39 PM #10
I will not boycott BP. By boycotting them, the only people that are going to be hurt are the independent businessmen that own the local station, as well as the clerk behind the counter, the minimum wage person that makes the coffee, the local vendors that stock the shelves, etc. The trickle down effect of a boycott serves only to disrupt the local economy and does nothing to effect the fat cats at the top.For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
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