According to this article, which is one of the most patronizingly stupid things I have ever read in my entire life (and this from someone who just devoted an entire post to the misuse of hyperbole), $5 gas prices are good for us! In fact, we should LOVE THEM.
This MSN article highlights why the Democratic party is so out of touch with the average American (and this from a Democrat!). It takes not facts, but wishes, and uses them for the basis of its argument. For one thing, not even studies, but ACTUAL REAL LIFE has shown us that despite gas prices going up, people are not driving less. People still need to get places in order to live their lives.
We "Middle-Americans" aren't just driving willy-nilly for the hell of it. In most places in America (outside of the four or five cities that most of the media that could possibly compose this article are based in), we have to drive to work, drive to drop our kids off at school, and drive to get groceries. Lo and behold we can actually afford a vacation or two a year, we have to drive there, too. There is no way around it. In the real, actual world we live in today, we HAVE to drive our vehicles on a regular basis in order to survive.
To drive our vehicles, we have to purchase gasoline. If gasoline prices are higher, we have to spend more money fueling our cars. If we have to spend more money fueling our cars, we have less money to spend on other things.
Case in point:
I love shopping at Whole Foods with my wife and 18-month old son. I love being able to purchase healthy, quality foods, even organic if I can afford it.
My wife and I both have to fill up our cars once a week. If gas is two dollars a gallon, we spend about $56 dollars at the pump a week, or roughly $243 a month. If gas cost five dollars a gallon, we spend about $140 dollars a week on gas, or roughly $607 a month.
I can barely afford that! With that kind of expense, shopping at Whole Foods is out of the question. Thank God my wife is a crafty chef and can still cook on a shoestring budget with stuff we get at Wal-Mart or from my brother's garden. Otherwise, we would be eating Burger King every night!
I could give many other examples of how high gas prices make my, and every other low or middle-class person's life worse, but the simplest way to put it is that most of us are looking at $360 slashed out of our budget that we were going to spend on something else, most likely something that would benefit us and the economy.
I haven't even mentioned the fact that all American's goods are delivered to us in gas-powered vehicles. This means that on top of us having to pay more for gas individually, we must also pay more for the products we need, due to the increased cost of shipping.
High gas prices benefit only those making a profit from the gasoline, whoever these mysterious people are.
For the rest of us, it's about as great as a hammer to the genitals.
So MSN, go hammer-to-the-genitals yourself.
Then try to write an article about how we should all love getting hit in the balls with a heavy, metallic tool.
Or you could just write your stupid article again.