...because implementing viable, effective, long-term solutions for problems in America just isn't it.
Ok so the Republicans believe a $100 rebate check (in exchange for drilling in ANWR) will relieve our pain and the Dems think repealing the 18 cent federal gas tax for sixty days is going to make a big difference.
Do they think we're stupid? Honestly I don't think it's going to make a bit of difference for the average American.
Let's see, DH and I fill our car up once every four days which averages about 7.5 tanks per month. At $31 per tank that's about $210 per month. Not paying federal gas tax will save us a whopping $1.80 per tank or $13.50 per month. Those who have larger tanks or commute more will save more and those who have smaller tanks and commute less will save less. And then there's the issue of the rebates. How do you know who gets it and who doesn't?
Sorry but this isn't a solution. It would be nice if an INDEPENDENT group could tell us all the truth behind the price of gas. I don't know that many people are that upset because they have to pay more, I think they're like me, upset at not knowing WHY. I hate to pay higher prices for things and not know why. I think the American people have a right to know why prices are skyrocketing overnight, sometimes in the same day.
We pay less for gas than they do in many European countries, this doesn't mean that we should be paying that much more for gas, but I'm wondering, are we Americans spoiled? For years now, it's become a "I want it now" attitude, even I am guilty of it at times. I can understand a rising price in gas over a longer period of time but overnight? A fourteen cent hike overnight deserves an explanation, the truth. It's time we start demanding the truth, time to start becoming amateur economists and reading, listening, asking questions. It's the only way we're going to learn and the only way we're going to really be able to do something about it.
I'm not ready to blame anyone yet until I know for sure why this is happening so quickly. And I damn sure am not listening to anyone in Congress and going along with their stupid short-term solutions which are doing nothing more than pandering for my vote in the next election.
A vote which by the way, they will not get.