Petrogram - Fall 2009 - (Page 26)
Out & About THE INDUSTRY Beauty Contest ost of us in the retail petroleum business wou ld prob a bly agree that the summer of 2009 has Mark Radosevich been quite interesting, indeed. We’ve got a new president who has not stopped campaigning and a Pelosi-led House attempting to ram home a sweeping agenda destined to reshape America before anyone can pay thoughtful attention to the details. Speed is of the essence to create a new world order before the pendulum of popularity swings the other way. I take great solace in knowing that my government is looking out for my family’s best interests and alleviating many of the important decisions that I would normally be making. Be it health care, energy, finance or the economy, it’s good to know that my government is going to take care of me. Just go along and don’t make waves because everything is going to be all right. Be nice at the town hall meetings because you can 26 | Petrogram Financing M The C-Store really trust us to do what’s right for you and the rest of the country. I had to laugh when our president compared future competition in health care to the shipping industry whereby he named FedEx and UPS and stated that they did quite well against the U.S. Postal Service. You could tell as soon as those words left his mouth that he wanted very much to have the ability to retract them. He’s great with a teleprompter but ad-libbing is not quite as easy, and here he had just drawn a comparison to governmentrun health care and the post office. Now we’ve got that to look forward to, along with the government run automotive and banking industries and their future competitive prowess. It seems so long ago that as children we were taught all-American conservative ideals to work hard, save our money and don’t expect a hand-out. America was the type of place that anyone could excel given effort and motivation. Well, relax folks, the new message coming out of Washington is that we’ve been working way too hard, and independence in business and life in general is no longer the American way. So here we are, members of the retail petroleum industry of 2009, populated by predominantly family enterprises on both the marketer and supplier sides, struggling to live the American dream. Everything that comes down the governmental pike right now seems to negatively impact us in one way or another as we are squarely on the wrong side of the liberal agenda to reshape our country. Never mind that we sell what folks want. That doesn’t matter because that’s not what’s best for Americans. So let’s tax cigarettes to the moon, run up the cost of gasoline so all SUVs and pick-ups are destined to be reclassified as “clunkers” and forget about what’s spinning on the roller grill, that’ll definitely kill you. Trust us, because we know what’s best for you, your employees and customers. As I said in previous articles, the retail petroleum industry needs to stop being part of the silent majority following meekly like sheep to the slaughter. www.fpma.org | Fall 2009
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Fall 2009
Petrogram - Fall 2009
Welcome, New Board Members
Spotlight on FPMA’s 2009 Convention & Trade Show!
Protecting Your Business
Impacts of the American Clean Energy and Security Act
Out & About the Industry
SPECIAL REPORT: U.S. Petroleum Industry Statistics
Why (Your Insurance Company Thinks) Your Tank Insurance Policy Is Worthless
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram - Fall 2009
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