With gas prices inching higher on a daily basis, people are wondering when it will end and if anything can be done to ease the pain. The short answers are, it won't end, and nothing can be done except reduce your personal consumption. That being said, apparently prices haven't gone high enough because demand remains more or less the same. People must be cutting back elsewhere to make up for the high gas prices. Also, most driving is by necessity, not for idle pleasure. We don't have a choice but to drive to work, pick up the kids from school, and go see that client in the next town. That being the case, here's one of the all-time dumbest questions presidential candidates are counting on you to be asking.....
Why can’t the government do more to cut gas prices?
If you are one of these startlingly dense people, then you clearly were learning to put condoms on cucumbers in dreadful public schools rather than in Econ101 class learning about basic supply and demand. The government can't do anything to lower prices. The idiotic, disastrous cessation of the fed. $.18 gas tax would cause huge shortages and long lines exactly like they did in the 70's when the worst President ever, Jemmeh Carter tried it. Moreover, refiners only make 4cents on every dollar of revenue. If the government lowered the price of gas, why would the refiners choose to keep refining gas at a loss?
So my friends, if you want to decrease your monthly gas costs, then YOU, not the government, must make some changes in your lifestyles.
As you know, I never miss a chance to ridicule smug liberals as they drive around in electric cars and hybrids thinking they are better than everybody else because they are saving the polar bears or some such crap. What I do not ridicule is somebody making a financial decision to drive a hybrid because they've calculated that they can save money by doing so. Nobody gives a crap about the polar bears. As gas prices rise, a financial advantage of alternative-fueled cars arises. The other day on the way to work, my wife and I were complaining about gas prices as we pulled next to an '08 Prius, and I started thinking, at 56mpg, that car doesn't look nearly as stupid as it used to. What do you think? Would I look good in one of these?
This is the '09 Prius. 57mpg....approximately 3.5 times the mileage of my SUV. It's starting to look tempting.