With gasoline hovering around three dollars a gallon and crude oil near $75 a barrel, the moaners are blaming the Bush administration for their own bad planning. Ignoring for a moment that gasoline is cheaper in the US than in any country whose economy isn't based on importing petrodollars, no US citizen has any reason to complain. Since the oil shortages of the 1970s, automobiles capable of 50 mpg have been available from GM, Ford, Honda, Toyota and others -- cheap too because few people bought them. And people have had over 30 years to arrange their lives around short commutes to work, schools, shopping and entertainment. Combining 35 mpg and 100 miles per week works out to annual gasoline consumption of about 150 gallons. At three bucks a gallon, that's roughly $8.60 a a week. A whopping $450 per year -- up $300 from the time when gas was a buck a gallon. What's your Starbucks tab this month?
Anyone crying about spending $30, $60 or $100 a week on gas is a victim of their own bad planning. Its time to feed the puppy, give him his pill and take him for a walk.