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schizuki 04-21-2006 08:49 PM

Re: The Million Can March!
They're not "ridiculous" prices. As I said in an earlier thread, my 30-mile commute costs an extra buck a day at $3.00 per gallon than at $2.00.

"Ridiculous" is two bucks for a fancy cup of coffee or a buck for a bottle of water.

We're spoiled. If you're pissed about paying more for gas, think of all the money you saved on your $50 DVD player (they were $400 not so long ago), your $40 VCR (they were $500 back in the early '80s), or your $350 25-inch television (check out old Sears catalogs for what those used to cost.)

Or you could just remember that gas was pricier in 1981 when you adjust for inflation. So you want the government to "do something about it"? The last time they interfered with the free market in gas, we had shortages and rationing (basic economics, folks - price controls = scarcity.)

You can make up for the price hikes by doing things like giving up a snack cake one day, fishing under the couch cushions for change the next, checking the washer and dryer the day after that... you know, it's really not that tough to make up the difference.

This *****ing about three bucks a gallon is as annoying as when people gripe about a two-cent increase in the price of a stamp. They're both still good values.

ksquid 04-21-2006 08:54 PM

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The time to do something was 2 years ago. W has no energy policy. Record deficits causing dollar devaluation vs Middle Eastern currencies, interest rates increasing, massive borrowing from the Social Security Trust fund. A war that costs millions a day with no end in site.. By the way I am McCain Republican so don't give me the liberal label...To bad the war hero who rode a harley lost.

Enjoy this while you can cause this "boom" is on Uncle Sam's credit card.
"Deficits don't matter"Financial wizard **** Cheney vs "Deficits do matter" Alan Greenspan and 99% of the world's economists

Don't blame me

ksquid 04-21-2006 08:57 PM

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Actually dude... the state economists of WA and CA are predicting at least $3.50 a gal more likely $4 by the end of the summer on the West Coast

schizuki 04-21-2006 09:20 PM

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Nothing about increased Indian and Chinese demand. Nothing about Katrina-damaged refineries still offline. Nothing about multiple seasonal and regional reformulations causing refining bottlenecks. Nothing about resources in Arctic wastelands or offshore going untapped. Just the same old formulaic kcrap.

And Social Security trust fund? There's no such thing. It's a direct transfer from workers to retirees. That alone marks you as ignorant.

schizuki 04-21-2006 09:24 PM

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Oh, well, golly, that's another TWO bucks a day.

Why is it that the same people who crab that we need to use less oil because it's causing global warming, er, cooling, er, climate change, are also crabbing about gas price increases that are reducing consumption? Are you people EVER happy?

dylanmo 04-21-2006 09:26 PM

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Several leading economists are predicting that many posters will just go atomic apeshiat in this thread.

ujmrider 04-21-2006 10:05 PM

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Some conversion tables can be found here:

What cost one dollar in 1974 would cost $4.08 today.

ksquid 04-21-2006 10:12 PM

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And Social Security trust fund? Yep you are right no trust anymore :)

ksquid 04-21-2006 10:26 PM

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Sorry had some really good Econ profs at CU! Both conservative and liberal economists agree Ws policy is reckless.

ksquid 04-21-2006 10:30 PM

Thanks for making my case stronger.
Yes increased demand from India and China is important. But again W has no energy policy. So this makes my point more important....The Artic drilling is a drop in the bucket... Not a long-term solution. Please don't get personal.. I'm not.

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