Sweet Merciful Crap

Poll: Many Fear Financial Hit of Gas Prices

What, just now?

Crude oil prices reached a record high of more than $66 a barrel Friday. That's almost 50 percent higher than a year ago.

The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was more than $2.40 per gallon at week's end, compared with $1.86 a year ago and about $2.21 in April, according to the auto club AAA.

Remember $2.21? Sigh. Those were the good old days, huh? When it didn't cost you thirty dollars to fill your 10 gallon tank. Memmmm-rieeeees....

I remember back when I first started driving, there was a period of about a year where I was paying around 68 cents a gallon. Looking back, I think I was living in Looney Land.

Those most likely to be worried about the financial impact are people with low incomes, the unemployed and minorities.

I really see no need for comment about that. You know what I'm thinking.

Here's the picture that almost made me spit out my coffee:

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I drive a Mini, which gets pretty good gas mileage (I would get better if I didn't live in an urban area), but I have to use 91 octane or better. Now I don't consider myself "low income," but I don't know if I'm going to be able to afford to fill my tank. Hello, bus.

The poll conducted for The Associated Press and America Online News found that 64 percent say gas prices will cause money problems for them in the next six months, while 35 percent did not think so. In April, 51 percent expressed concerns about the cost of gas.

Man, those numbers look familiar, don't they?

The thing that really gets me about all this... if anything finally brings Bush "down," it will probably be gas prices, and will have next to nothing to do with Iraq, the lies, the thievery and the deaths.

Any port in a storm, huh?

(I should add here that as far as gas prices go, and as high as they are, we have it pretty good in the U.S. The UK is getting hit really hard, which I'm sure is causing much fury.)

(My cross-post is gonna kill your Mama...)

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