It Is Time Take A Stand - July 3, 2008

United States
June 21, 2008 3:41pm CST
It is time for the residents and citizens of the United States to take a stand. Rising costs in the United States are forcing more and more people to deal with cutting costs, choosing between keeping their children warm or clothing them and keeping food in their bellies. We talk about it, we complain about it, we find ways to deal with it, but we don't DO anything about it. It is time to DO something about it. Towards this end, I have vowed to take a stand. I will stand proudly beside anyone who wants to stand with me. United, we can send a message to our local, state and federal governments that change is necessary. Vow to not travel on July 3, 2008. I will not drive, I will not shop, I will not go out to eat, I will not go to work as I need a mental health day, and I will show that I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of rising costs and the inability to provide for my family due to them. Vow to talk about this day, vow to publicize it. Get your friends, family and neighbors involved in it. And of course, if you feel that it's wrong, feel free to flame on. I am quite interested to see who wants to make a change in this world, and quite willing to prove that one person can make a change, however minor, but millions of people together can make a major change.
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4 responses
• United States
21 Jun 08
By this article from business week it looks like we are as a country trying to cut down on our gas consumption. So far our gas prices have not really dropped even with our using less. http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_18/b4082000518114.htm I don't think not buying gas or spending for a day will make much difference. I admire the effort though and can understand the need to want to try to stand up and make things better. It would be really hard to get everyone together on this though. But it will be easy for me to stand with you on this. I will not drive anywhere or buy anything on July 3rd. But I am kind of cheating because I am a house wife so I usually don't go anywhere and only buy groceries once a week to cut down on gas consumption. Come the fourth though I got to go watch fireworks. Good luck and I hope that it does come together and a statement can be made.
• United States
21 Jun 08
It was published that if Americans refused to use gas for one day, the gas companies would lose a combined $2.6 billion dollars. I will try to find the link for all. That is a pretty big statement for us to make if everyone would do it. And it is money they would never make back, as not driving allows us to not use as much gas. Thanks for your support, I appreciate it!
• United States
23 Jun 08
I don't doubt that it would hurt their pocket book. But I just don't think one day would do it. They know we will just be back to buying gas the next day. I hope and pray that the technology will get here where we no longer have to depend on oil or our food supply to power vehicles. Where I live it is almost impossible to go without using gas. We have no public transit very few people live close enough together that work in the same area to car pool so it is hard to change the consumption of gas in the rural areas. I would like to see some real and long term improvements. I hope that those come about.
@Margajoe (4718)
• Germany
21 Jun 08
Hi!!! This afternoon I was telling my BF the same thing. Why can't we do something about it. There are more people than political people. We should be able to do something. He laughed at me, and said 1 person cannot make a difference. But, I do not agree. I have lived in Canada,The Netherlands,Belgium,Saudi Arabia, Curacao,and now I am living in Berlin Germany. It is the same everywhere!!!! They introduced us to the Euro, saying everything would get better and we would have more. Things got more complicated. Taxes got more expensive,food and Electra,gas, going out... Life was good without the Euro. I have so many bills to pay. Before the Euro, I always had at least 2000,00 gld on the bank, for if something were to break, or need repairs. The Euro came, within 1 year, I was in trouble! But I wish you all the best. Do what you have to do. When it works, tell me what to do, and I will start here. And in The Netherlands. Take care, Margajoe
• United States
21 Jun 08
Thank you for your support and well wishes! I would love to see the world stand together over this. Best wishes, Melanie.
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@Margajoe (4718)
• Germany
22 Jun 08
Hi!! I would love to see the world stand together too. Good luck on July 3rd. Let me know how it goes. Best wishes, Margajoe
@irishidid (8716)
• United States
22 Jun 08
I have a few links on my blog that cover this. You might go check it out.
• United States
22 Jun 08
Will do, thanks for the suggestion!
• United States
21 Jun 08
I agree that the rising costs are making life difficult. On the other hand, not spending money at local businesses is not going to send a message to the government. It will only hurt the businesses in your area. Good luck to you, but I don't see how banning spending money for a day will really do any good.
• United States
21 Jun 08
The hope is that by sending a message to both government and local businesses who continue to gouge us in gas prices, they will wake up and take notice. How much money will gas companies lose if you do not spend money on gas for a day? Will it help the prices? I can't say, but it is a definite measure that will have those big boys standing up and taking notice of the little guy, or gal...in my case.