News flash: The world will not end because of rising gas prices. Contrary to the beliefs of those who focus on impending doom and politicians who love this sort of thing to score a few points with the voters, gas prices, adjusted for inflation, are about where they have been for a long time. The price of everything has steadily gone up over time and when prices stay the same for very long, they are, in effect, actually going down. Gas prices which are connected to the price of oil, tend to stay the same for a while and then jump. The jumps get everyone upset and there are cries of “price gouging” and demands for investigation.
How many times will people be caught off guard by the obvious? Gas prices move around a lot, sometimes down, often up, but the long term trend is moving upwards. If anyone buys a vehicle or decides where to live based on fixed gas prices, they’re going to be sorely disappointed over time and probably in many other areas, too, if they missed on this one.
Wouldn’t it be refreshing to hear a politician say, “If gas prices are bothering you, buy a smaller car or maybe a motorcycle. Carpool to work or ride a bicycle. Don’t demand higher mileage standards, buy one of the higher mileage vehicles already available. Deal with the problem in your own life instead of demanding someone else do it for you.” Just a hunch, but, we’ll be a long time waiting for that guy to get elected!
The Kneeslider: High Gas Prices – Smile!