Feeling a bit gassy

Written by
Peter Dunn

Gas prices are spiking again, which always leads to one of my favorite pastimes: people complaining about the price of gas. I am convinced that the complaining that occurs has very little to do with the actual price of gas. Here is why. Let's say that gas prices increase $.10 per gallon. And let's say that you have a 17 gallon tank. Then, let's say that you fill up your tank 4 times per month. Are you still with me? I hope so. Anyway, the $.10 increase in gas prices just affected you by $6.80 per month. Why do people complain about that?

I believe that people actually sense their addiction and dependence. Clearly $6.80 isn't going to affect the average Joe. And don't give me the "elderly person on fixed income" excuse. I am talking about all the people that you and I interact with on a regular basis. They can afford another $6.80 per month. People actually realize that, currently, gas is our only option.

My point? Yes, I have a point. People complain about gas prices because they don't know what to do about the problem. $6.80 is not a big deal. All that you would have to do to absorb it into your budget is take your lunch to work one extra day. May I suggest that you take a can of beans?

Disclaimer ****I am not trying to piggy back off of Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, if I won a Nobel Peace Prize, they should just get rid of the award.

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