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The dollar is gaining strength against almost every currency in the world but averaging 88.6 cents against a  basket of the world’s major currencies. This aids Russia because crude is valued in dollars and the ruble is being devaluated against the ruble, meaning they receive more rubles for their crude oil sales. Nevertheless, Russia is in trouble because they have little else to trade in the world and crude is dropping in value. All the Mideast countries are in trouble which is okay with me, along with Venezuela, not a favorite of mind. You come against my people, you will have bad luck. As the dollar rises, the world will invest in U.S. stocks because their investment will go up with the dollar in worth. Make sense? Our ships send out refined gasoline and diesel fuel into the world and wealth comes back to us, helping to balance our balance of payments. U.S. crude is merely reaching a steady state in prices that natural gas has already arrived at.

If we could form a Greater United States with Canada and Mexico, it would no longer be them against us, especially with Mexico, it we become WE THE PEOPLE, IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION. The think tank book that I read predicted strife between Mexico and the U.S. for the next 40 years over immigration, or so, until we submit to a more open border out of necessity due a worker shortage. Why not skip all of that strife in the middle and make all Mexican citizens to be citizens of the United States. I would not change anything in their local governments as long as they were democratic. And if Canada wants to keep their parliamentary system locally then no problem. Change only what has to be changed. True, Canada would have to give up their Prime Minister and Mexico would have to give up their President, but one or both might end up as a Vice Presidential candidate first and then groomed to become the President of the Greater United States. Come live your lives with us as WE, the best is yet to be. It is ironic, that I take a stand against a blanket amnesty for a few million Mexicans but can make the leap to grant citizenship to 104 million Mexicans. It comes with the territory, the greater territory and the strength to compete with China in the future. Again, it isn’t us against them. It will now be We. Americans like Mexicans, they just hate the breaking in line, cheating scenario. It is different when they are our brothers and citizens, a different framework. They and Canadians are family. The largest problem we will have in investing in former Mexico and States of the United States is the culture of graph as a way of doing business. If we take the money we are wasting with Pakistan and such countries (hiding Osama Bin Laden in plain sight). They will continue to hate us without our money which we could send into Mexico, but managed in such a way that the money landed on mark, not lining some officials pockets. Canada could keep their present health care system. I might take decades until we realigned all programs into one. I have no problem with that, just set your sights on the horizon and keep marching towards it without a lot of arbitrary deadlines.  We can do this with time and patience, just keep moving forward together.

Listen to this Christmas music: Crude is down by $1.62/barrel to $67.56/barrel. Gasoline is down by 4.63 cents/gallon at the average rack in Selma. Diesel fuel dropped by 6.50 cents/gallon. MUSIC! Prices are:

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THERE IS NOTHING BLACK ABOUT THIS FRIDAY!!

I cannot believe my eyes. Bloomberg is showing West Texas Intermediate down by $7.54/barrel. OMG! I tried to find a story on the same page. One said OPEC is holding fast. That means the Saudi’s are holding fast because the rest of the OPEC crooks pump as much as they physically can all of the time, but they expect the Saudi’s to do the cutting for them. Good luck on  that!  Like I said before, ½ of Shell or Motiva in the eastern 36 states and Texas is a 50-50 joint marketing effort. With Saudi Arabia. They must cut their price on crude in order to compete in the U.S. Another had a headline “Why are crude prices falling”. They , to summarize, said that oil would trade in a narrow range from $81 to $76/barrel. They sited the cold weather holding up prices and the heavy demand which would hold prices up. Something is wrong. The chart is showing the lower price but the story underneath on a list is much different. I dropped the Bloomberg website and went to DTN which was also showing WTI at $66.15/barrel also. Merry Christmas and a  Happy New Year! Wait until this price filters down to the street and retail sales for this Christmas will be record breaker.

Refined product haven’t dropped as yet. This was the last trading day of the month and traders were consolidated their positions. We will find out on Monday how real this drop is. Gasoline edged down by 0.58 cents/gallon at the average rack in Selma. Diesel fuel slipped by 0.39 cents/gallon in spite of all that snow and cold weather. Prices are:

 

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Our office will be closed on Thursday for the purely American holiday, Thanksgiving, time with family. Look around the world. Is there anywhere else you would rather live? Give thanks for that. We will be back at work for regular deliveries on Friday. Please plan any delivery requests accordingly.

Gasoline is little changed, up 0.11/gallon at the average rack in Selma. Diesel fuel went down by 2.95 cents/gallon. Crude dropped $1.78/barrel down to $73.89. Yes!! Prices are:

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If one were to look at an expanded United States of America to cope with the growing economic power of China,  the Chinese would not see this coming. Suppose we accepted Mexico as a state and each of the Canadian provinces as states in the United States of America. After all, they are Americans, too

We could take most of the foreign aid and apply it to Mexico and other countries than join us. We would have English as the first language and teach in all schools as a choice, not a requirement. We already teach French and Spanish in our schools. We would have no borders between the states, or at least no formal border crossings as now. Mexico and the U.S. would be like dropping the Berlin Wall between West Germany and East Germany. All states would have to accept the United States Constitution and representative government. It would be a big advantage for Mexicans to become U.S. citizens. It would do away with the current friction and debate. It would add two Senators per state but I guess the number of representatives would be redistributed according to populations. Together we would crush those drug cartels.

Supposed that this worked out for all of us, then who else could be states? How about Costa Rico. There are so many U.S. citizens living in Costa Rico that they need no standing army. It is a given that if any aggressor attacks Costa Rico, they would have to deal with the wrath of the United States, and Costa Rico is a democracy.

Since we are so far outside the box, already, what about Cuba? We will drop all embargo of Cuba if they will embrace democracy and hold free elections and we will offer them a pathway to statehood?

Puerto Rico, they are have been citizens since 1917, and their country is a U.S. Territory. There has been a movement in the past for free country status. That would be a huge mistake for Puerto Ricans. As a U.S. Territory they are citizens of the U.S. and live under the protection of the U.S. As Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt, said, when he switch sides from the U.S.S.R to the U.S, ‘When one lives in the house of a poor man, he is poor. When one lives in the house of a rich man, then he is rich.’ Puerto Rico has all sorts of special trade allowances with the U.S., all to their benefit. When the citizens protested the bombing of an offshore island by the U.S. Navy all the protestors parading and giving t.v. interviews against the use of the bombing range as an infringement of their sovereignty, and after Jesse Jackson showed up to offer his support, the Navy gave in. Then the admiral pulled the U.S. fleet out of San Juan, their base. When the local merchants howled and the government protested, the admiral said, ‘The   only reason the fleet was there was because of the bombing range’. If Puerto Rico had been a state, there would have been no issue. North Carolina, for example, has Navy and Air Force bombing ranges, plus artillery ranges, too. No one is marching in protest. We have practice landing beaches for the Marines. Thank you for spending your dollars in the local economy.

In 2012 in a referendum of registered voters, 54% voted for statehood with the United States.

There was a comedic movie back in the 1960’s where  a small fictitious state in Europe with soldiers dressed like the Swiss guard at the Vatican, declared war on the U.S, landing, I think it was in New York City. They immediately surrendered and then asked that we send them aid to rebuild their country like we did for Germany and Japan.

China would never see this coming. They would have to put off their hegemony for the future, indefinitely. China announced a couple of years ago that they would put a man on the moon. I wonder when that is supposed to happen.

Add to this our plan to capture all of the best minds in the world and make them citizens, the future of our children, and all our new citizens, would be assured. You think about it, with the exception of Canada, no other country offers a diversity of people, equality under the law, and economic opportunity. Can you imagine the Chinese, Russians, or Japanese welcoming other races to live among them, accepted, as equals. We are not perfect, but we are way ahead of any other country in diversity and accepting diversity because diversity makes us stronger, because when one viewpoint fails, we have many other viewpoints that we can offer, not to mention we will have all the world’s best food restaurants from which  to choose.

Better art and more diverse music. Imagine that!

Gasoline dropped today by 4.75 cents/gallon at the average rack in Selma. Diesel fuel is down by 1.73 cents/gallon. Crude is down almost a dollar to $75.67/barrel. OPEC is meeting. Only Saudi Arabia has the ability to contract production. All the rest of OPEC are crooks who produce all they can, all of the time. But the bet is the Saudis are losing market share to the U.S. so they might let the price of crude drop to $60. After all their production costs are $10/barrel. Party Time! Price are:

 

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One solution to emigration and Mexico would be to invite Mexico to become the 51st state. It would be like Germany when wall came down.  Think about that if it worked out. Canada’s provinces could join also. What a mighty force we would be.

After WWII, some Japanese asked to become a state. They thought our patent system was the great secret to our success.

Crude was unchanged today. The dollar moved up to 88.31 cents against the average of the major world currencies. Gasoline jumped up to 4.39 cents/gallon at the average rack in Selma. Diesel fuel moved up by 3.46 cents. The freezing temperatures in every state yesterday and the snow should be driving diesel fuel prices up but no the gasoline. Traders seem to be settling their positions but this usually happens at month end. Prices are:

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We got a small bounce in price for gasoline, more so with diesel fuel. Gasoline is up by 1.53 cents/gallon at the average rack in Selma. Diesel fuel jumped back up[ by 4.68 cents/gallon. I think it is interesting that the  average rack price for regular gasoline is exactly $2.00/gallon. I think it is interesting that diesel fuel at the rack cost less than a cent more than premium gasoline. Prices are:

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Now, I would like to say a word on immigration. As I have said, we need to act as a brain drain on the rest of the world. We should seek out the most intelligent, capable and educated people in the world and we should do so actively. Much of the time, we will find them here as foreign students studying in the U.S. and we want them to stay. Years ago I would have said that No we should send them back and build their own countries. Let them stay. Let’s work to have the very best immigrants that will insure our country’s future. We need the genius one of a kind in their fields first and foremost, but less gifted less. I think we should employ a point system based on education, talent and merit from the prestigious and gifted at the top down to migrant workers at the bottom.

That brings us to the Hispanic problem. Let’s ask the question, ‘Why do many Americans oppose Hispanics receiving a blanket amnesty. (I would add that if President Obama acts unilaterally to give a general amnesty, then he should be Impeached). The answer we hear ’Because they broke in line, they cheated to come here.’ Other immigrants wait for years. Why shouldn’t Hispanics do the same. Okay, what if we made them get back in line for citizenship. Can’t we agree on a way to accomplish this? I agree with Larry Kudlow, the Republicans need to offer a plan and not just criticize any move by Democrats by trying to demonize them (Hispanics or Democrats). All countries have a quota and I would expect our neighbor Mexico receives a quota also. We start with the most educated and ones with money. They receive points for both. In Mexico, one must have a certain amount of personal wealth to become a citizen, why not the U.S.? After that, we look at the points. I would also give points for the number of years that Hispanics have lived here and worked, not committed crimes. These would be the next to be put into the cue, waiting for the quota that will pull their group in each year. Most would have to wait years, even a decade but they can earn their right to be an American citizen. If they sell drugs or have committed serious crimes, put them on the bus out of our country.  For smaller laws broken such as driving without insurance or without license, they would lose from their point total. Speaking English earns one points. Taking and passing an American History class would earn them points. The higher the points, the farther one moves up the ladder. While they are waiting, one could establish a few points to obtain a green card and keep it. If one commits serious crimes, the Green Card would be taken and the criminal exported. We still need and have the right to lockdown our borders. Anyone hiring an alien without a Green Card would be severely fined. I have sketched a  general outline for an immigration policy. The devil is in the details and it will take a group of fair minded politicians on each side of the aisle to hammer out the details that are fair to our citizens, fair to all the nonHispanic immigrants but also fair to the Hispanic immigrants. That is what the American people are, fair minded. Let’s solve this problem and move on.

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I have been receiving a stack of bills each month. I finally have a solution for cutting the pile down. I have positioned my mail tray strategically above my recycling container. Once the bills reach a critical angle, they slide off into the recycling, a very green solution, don’t you think. Now, I have just the number of bills I need to pay.

Could you use a little good news? Gasoline is down by 4.31 cents/gallon at the average rack in Selma. Diesel fuel is down by 4.12 cents/gallon. Hopefully, we see the average rack price of gasoline fall below $2.00. That would be a nice Christmas present for the country. Prices are:

 

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