Discussion in 'Economy' started by Annie, Aug 23, 2005.
Umm, one way to look at it:
This is fucking awesome. I'm so glad I live in a society where I can buy gas so cheap. Sweet America, the greatest place in the world...
The funny thing is that adjusted for inflation the price today is still less than in the 70s with the Carter Administration at odds with OPEC.
Yep. It's still cheaper than milk and orange juice. I'm not complaining.
I think like anything its merely sticker shock to most people. We see something go from $1.50 to $2.90 in less then a year and your going to take notice. The fact that gas is purchased everyday by anyone that drives a car makes the anguish that much higher. I hate paying more when it was just less last week. However if we couldnt afford it, we wouldnt be driving the same amount as we do. People still clog highways, still drive to the grovery store 2 blocks down the street, still buy cars that get 8 mi/g. So if we couldnt afford it, we wouldnt be doing it.
Its an inconvience that people gripe about. nothing more.
The following table illustrates how relatively inexpensive gasoline is compared to other products. It shows the price of gasoline per gallon compared to the price of a sample of other liquids products Virginia consumers buy on a regular basis. As of August 2005, the average price of gasoline in Virginia was $2.51 per gallon.
Evian Water gal./$5.60
Orange Juice gal./$6.64
Crisco Oil gal./$7.44
Perrier Water gal./$8.16
Scope Mouthwash gal./$27.20
Lemon Oil gal./$27.22
Olive Oil gal./$51.04
Real Maple Syrup gal./$57.08
Jack Daniel's Bourbon gal./$101.12
Visine Eye Drops gal./$995.84
Nasacort Nasal Spray gal./$2,615.28
Hey, if it gets more people walking and riding bikes, and if people stop driving tanks around to the grocery store it's fine with me. Why does a suburban housewife need a Hummer?
Not exactly true - I wonder how many people are getting into credit debt due to the added costs. And high fuel prices don't mean driving is effected - it means the costs of OTHER goods and travel is increased as well. So...$5 more per tank isn't a huge thing...but air line tickets going up 200%, the costs of produce and other groceries increasing, as well as interest paid on items charged can create substantial differences in living expenses.
Why....to keep the most important person in the world safe from little plastic cars...You know, herself...
I can tell you why 'I' do
Seriously, that argument isn't valid. Everyone has lots of things they don't 'need'.
Separate names with a comma.