"A Plague That Does Not Discriminate By Economic Class, Race Or Age"
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Such has our fuel price crisis been described by AP reporter Alan Fram:
[S]oaring fuel prices are inflicting pain throughout the U.S. Nine in 10 expecting the ballooning costs to squeeze them financially over the next half-year, an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll released Monday says.
Nearly half think that hardship will be serious. To cope, most are driving less, easing off the air conditioning and heating at home and cutting corners elsewhere. Half are curtailing vacation plans; nearly as many are considering buying cars that burn less gas.
As the price has spiraled upward so, too, has the public's ire.
Reid and Pelosi don't care. Whatever liberties and freedoms to move about the country we might otherwise enjoy, were we able to actually afford to GET there, are slowly being taken away from us by the inaction of our elected officials. BOTH Houses of the "do nothing" Congress blew off any energy legislation to help us get through the summer...THEY are on vacation now, and we can't afford to join them. Instead, we look out our windows at cars we can't refuel and worry about how we're going to get back and forth to work so we can keep supporting these losers through ever-increasing taxes.
Nearly 70% of us are travelling less or not at all, in large part because the national average price for a gallon of gasoline climbed to $4.086, and "Gas prices have risen 2.9% in the last month and are almost 38% higher than where they were a year ago." Waddya think jumpin' genius Joe Klein over at Time says we ought to be doing?
More below the fold...
George W. Bush's failure to call for sacrifice — and fuel conservation would have been a great one — after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has been one of the great failures of his presidency. The next President will not have the luxury of that sort of indolence, and, happily, both Barack Obama and John McCain have been talking about conservation as a means to get our energy situation under control. So why not start now? I'd like to see both candidates call for an immediate 5deg.F thermostat adjustment, just to get the conservation ball rolling — and because it would be a "personal virtue" for each candidate to ask it of us. And I'd like to wish you all a nice, warmer summer.
Yeah Joe-that's the ticket-turn off the AC and open the windows...THAT'LL put gas in our tanks man... You know, Klein may like it hot, but far too many of the rest of us aren't very interested in sitting inside with the AC turned off, staring at cars with empty gas tanks.
So, what have our Political Heroes been focusing on while we all suffer lifestyle deaths by a thousand cuts?
There's the little flap over those 68 million un-drilled acres that even the Obamessiah has fallen for...and, of course there's the pitchfork-totin' lynch mob chasing their tails over eeevil oil speculators. All this followed closely by the drill v. don't drill soap opera...and the ever-popular "NO more refineries, NO more nukes" tomfoolery.
The real plague that reaches across all classes ages and races is Democrat politicians. They control the country, and by choosing to go on vacation instead of addressing the critical needs of their constituents they clearly show us just how much they care about our suffering...