What’s the Price for War in the Ukraine

Babies under the rubble of a bombed out hospital. There’s nothing that makes me madder than a missile at a children’s hospital. I would do pretty much anything to retaliate against Putin for these crimes against humanity. If I could toss home-made bombs at tanks, I would.

I filled up my the gas tank on the Subaru yesterday. $71.98. That’s about $20 more than usual, because of the boycott on Russian oil. AND THAT’S FINE WITH ME. Since I can’t toss a bomb, I’ll make Putin pay in the other ways. Hopefully, we can make the all-powerful oligarchs so pissed off that they deal with Putin in their own way.

There’s some rumbles about people who want to ban Russian books, intellectuals and artists from American colleges and theaters. This, of course, is wrong. However, it’s naive to think that these economic sanctions won’t impact everyday people of Russia. We are going to impoverish an entire nation, rather than put boots on the ground. I don’t really have a problem with those methods, because taking away McDonald’s from Moscovites is a whole lot nicer than bombing children’s hospitals. However, in the long term, if these economic sanctions continue, there will be a lot of hungry Russians. Hopefully, someone will put a bullet in Putin’s head long before that happens.

I’m willing to pay $20 more for gas. But what about $40 more for gas? Are you ready for that?

Between this war and all the covid money floating around, we’ve got inflation. Friends, who own small businesses tell me that their costs are up by 20%, so they are raising prices on their products, too. Since many have had to double their labor costs over the past five years, this is also going to bump up their prices, too.

We need to go down to North Carolina at the beginning of April to check on Steve’s folks. We had to do some serious calculations to figure out the cheapest way to get there.

Are you okay with rising prices at the tanks and the supermarket? Have you cut back on your expenditures this winter?