Pet Peeves

We live by the Golden Rule.  Those who have the gold make the rules.  ~Buzzie Bavasi

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I usually avoid political topics, because I guess I don’t feel like I’m very well-informed about politics and economic issues, but this is really getting to me right now and I just can’t seem to let it go.

Number 1 peeve right now…Gas is $3.19 a gallon…today, that is.  And that is the “cheap” gas.  What will it be tomorrow??!  It’s a mystery!   And it just keeps going up and up and up.  Are we going to be paying $4.00 a gallon this summer?    I mean, who is in charge of this?

I find myself spending an inordinate amount of time being annoyed by this lately. I’m beginning to think it’s a little unhealthy for me. Who decides that gas should be astronomically priced?  And what is the reason behind it?  There’s just no rhyme or reason to it.  I mean, if there was an actual reasonable explanation, MAYBE I could try to be less irritated about it, but come on!  They are killing me.  I put 12 gallons of gas in my red van the other day and it cost me $40.00.  I wonder about people who are driving the big SUVs that chug gasoline like an ice cold beer on a hot, dusty summer day. How can they afford to drive anywhere anymore.  And what about the truckers who make a living driving a giganto gas guzzler?  What do they have left to live on after they fill their enormous tanks?  Or the grocery stores who ship their goods across the country, in the giganto gas guzzlers….the cost will be trickling down to us at the local supermarket, I have no doubt.  Is this why we have jobs, simply to put gas in our cars?  That’s what it seems like lately. SIGH.

My personal opinion is that there are people who already have a lot of money who think they need to have a lot more money and they want you and me to have a lot less.  Seriously.  I imagine a committee of wealthy oil tycoons sitting around their massive conference table, drinking their Jack and Cokes and laughing maniacally and saying “Let’s make gas $4.00 a gallon…BECAUSE WE CAN! MOOHWAHAAAHAHAHA!!!!” 

It’s making me pretty crazy.  I think what may make me the craziest is the fact that there is NOTHING I can do about it.  I am at their mercy.  It’s kinda like being at the airport and they tell you your flight has been delayed because of “mechanical problems”.  You are at their mercy.  I mean, who am I to say, “I don’t believe you.  Prove to me you are having a mechanical problem. Or else get me on that airplane and get me out of here!” All you can do is sit around and wait.  Wait and see what happens and try not to be completely shocked at the result.  That is, when they say, “We’re terribly sorry, but your flight has been canceled.”  Or you go to Arby’s fully expecting to still have the regular fries AND the curly fries as options, only to be told, “We’re sorry, we no longer serve regular fries.”  No longer serve regular fries???!  Are you kidding me?  What kind of fast food restaurant ARE you??!  No one consulted me before this very important decision was made.   

And it’s kinda like when they (whoever “they” are) say, “Gas is now $4.50 a gallon.  And we’re NOT sorry.” Sadly, we are at their mercy too.  KA-CHING!

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Inflation is taxation without legislation.  ~Milton Friedman

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