Growing up in the Bible Belt, you're taught about how things are in our society. There are three things in particular that you are not supposed to talk about in conversations with people that you don't know all that well. Those things are politics, religion, and sex, out of respect for the other person's positions on those subjects. I'm breaking this cardinal southern rule. Gasoline is going through the roof. This morning on my way into work it was 3.19 a gallon at the nearby gas station which is outrageous. Now, why do you think the price of a barrel of oil has gone up? The BP spill? Oil tycoons greedily raising the price for their own benefit? So tree hugging hippies won't get their panties in a wad? These thing may contribute some to the rise in the price  of gas but a lot of it has to do with the current situation in Libya and also the protest in Saudi Arabia who exports 11% of the world's oil. Libya just announced that they are halting all oil exports from the country. This is only going to exacerbate the situation here and prices will go up even more. So let's recap, because of some uprising in the Middle East which has been happening since the Old Testament, the United States has to bend over the barrel (clever pun, I know) and take it. That Ladies and Gentlemen, is a prime definition of bull$&!*. To bring this article to a closing argument and really get to my point, we have to decrease our dependency on foreign oil and start drilling domestically or things will not get any better. Or capitalize on the whole natural gas idea. Not only will we see some relief at the gas pumps but I'm sure that that will create more jobs and do some good for the economy. Of course, as long as there is not another situation like there was last summer in the Gulf. The thing that we have to realize is that things are not going to get any better for the people of the Middle East. There will always be some radical regime that takes power and reeks havoc upon the land and their beliefs will always be different from ours. We can't help it if they chose to live in a sandbox where nothing grows because it's pure sand and in a thousand will still be sand. We just have to do something different for the sake of American citizens. I know that a lot of you are reading this and are thinking that this guy is just a 21 year old DJ for a rock station in Shreveport, Louisiana. What the hell does he know?  Well I admit, I don't have all the answers and I certainly don't believe that I could turn this country around with everything that I type but I do know, like many of you realize, that something has to be done. If not, then you might be trading in that brand new Chevrolet for a 3 year old Appaloosas named Chester to get your groceries and take you to work. I now step down from the Soap Box.