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Why Drivers Don’t Seem to
Care About Rising Gas Prices

Time Magazine, by Brad Tuttle

Original Article

Posted By:NorthernDog, 2/4/2013 11:27:16 AM

Gas prices have been on the rise for weeks, and they’re set to spike in the months ahead. Does this sound at all familiar? Thus far in 2013, drivers have been paying less for gas, on average, than they were a year ago. During the first week of January, for instance, the national average was $3.30 per gallon, or 7¢ less than it was 12 months beforehand. But prices are rising, and the difference between current prices and 2012 counterparts is shrinking. Lately, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the average gallon costs $3.42 nationally

Reminds me of an old Soviet propaganda piece I once saw, where collective workers extolled the joys of ´´shared sacrifice´´ and the hardships of life in a socialist society were gleefully glossed over.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: LudicrousSextus, 2/4/2013 11:32:58 AM     (No. 9157510)

Spot on Dog - most of the media in the country is now apparently in ´cheerleader´ territory than any actual examination of ´news´.

The notion that people ´don´t care´ about gas prices is absolutely ludicrous.

What´s far more evident to those paying attention - is how determined this administration is to *prevent* US citizens access to affordable energy. Let´s not forget Obama had a guy named Chu hanging around advocating for ´European gas prices´, saying we needed to pay 9 bucks a gallon for our ´sins´.

Never a dull moment. The sanctimony and ´manufactured consent´ of what *used* to pass for intelligent media in this country has long passed ´shark jumping´ status.

Pravda at this point is a more reliable source for US news...

Reply 2 - Posted by: Rather Read, 2/4/2013 11:35:57 AM     (No. 9157520)

Who says we drivers don´t care? I care and I care a LOT!!!




Reply 3 - Posted by: Smart11344, 2/4/2013 11:38:15 AM     (No. 9157531)

What a crock.

Reply 4 - Posted by: chicodon, 2/4/2013 11:41:03 AM     (No. 9157537)

Only one reason. The press is not reporting on it.

Reply 5 - Posted by: horacer, 2/4/2013 11:48:08 AM     (No. 9157556)

I´m really sick of the human garbage Brad types. Get out into the real world fool and ask working people how it affects them. You might learn something.

Reply 6 - Posted by: lil dotty, 2/4/2013 11:51:17 AM     (No. 9157570)

Brad, what planet are you on and how did you get there?

Reply 7 - Posted by: killerbee, 2/4/2013 11:57:00 AM     (No. 9157581)

Put my name on the "I care" list. I used to scoff at the "liberalism is a mental disorder" and now I have to agree. Only it´s not "liberalism" it´s "leftism".




Reply 8 - Posted by: roger h. cook,MD, 2/4/2013 12:02:19 PM     (No. 9157590)

It´s because the president and senate is democrat; if we had a republican president or a republican senate the media et al whould be howling to high heaven about the high cost of gasoline.

Reply 9 - Posted by: jalo1951, 2/4/2013 12:06:25 PM     (No. 9157598)

Let´s see. My husband is unemployed, I haven´t had a raise in three years, I lost my health insurance because my premiums were doubled so of course I am happy that gas is more expensive. Why wouldn´t I be. Happy days are here again. Higher prices will make everything go up even more. Goodie, can´t wait.

Reply 10 - Posted by: aasilver, 2/4/2013 12:07:24 PM     (No. 9157600)

Brad can´t help himself. He is a bubble head - - all part of the ´inside the bubble ´ people in DC and the left wing media.

Reply 11 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 2/4/2013 12:12:43 PM     (No. 9157613)

Exchange DO for DON´T and you hit the nail on the head. But the Election is over so we can expect 3-1/2 more years like this.

Reply 12 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/4/2013 12:13:01 PM     (No. 9157614)

We DO CARE, it´s just that our corrupt incompetent government forces it down our throats...got it?




Reply 13 - Posted by: JimS, 2/4/2013 12:13:52 PM     (No. 9157617)

Blindly leftwing cheerleader idiots like Brad are the cause of Time magazine´s demise.
I can only hope it isn´t the country´s demise as well.

Reply 14 - Posted by: NancyD, 2/4/2013 12:14:04 PM     (No. 9157618)

It´s because the media hasn´t whipped the low information voters up into a frenzy over oil prices!

It doesn´t take much to see what is happening out there... People don´t care about the homeless, the unemployed, inflation, etc... Nothing.

They only care about BO, gay marriage and taking guns away from legal owners.

Reply 15 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/4/2013 12:15:36 PM     (No. 9157621)

I care, even if the MSM media doesn´t (though they would if a republican was in the WH).

Funny this should be posted now. The home heating oil delivery truck just left, leaving a bill for $765.00--170 gallons @$4.50 per gallon.

And it´s 18 degrees outside, so that heating oil will probably go fast.

Reply 16 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/4/2013 12:17:15 PM     (No. 9157627)

Has anyone noticed that all the homeless people have disappeared?
As soon as we elect a Republican President, they will be back in the news.
I MOST certainly care about rising gas prices too.
I think Brad needs to go out and find the news, instead of making up news.

Reply 17 - Posted by: uno, 2/4/2013 12:36:50 PM     (No. 9157676)

What´s really amazing is that gas in November was a little more than double what it was in 2008 and the Stupids in this country still re-elect the Obamboozler!
Over the weekend I saw a big white SUV with "I´m NOT a Republican", "Obama/Biden", "I Love Obamacare". "Sherrod Brown" and "Dennis Kucinich" stickers plastered all over the back of the car. I thought to myself "Holly cow! That car´s got rectum written all over it! It´s gotta be a dumbed-down, barely aware, dope-smoking, self-absorbed, media-influenced, celebrity-obsessed, Food-Stamp wielding, Escalade driving, Kool-Aid drinking, government-dependent, entitlement rich, busted-butt, free-loading, Obamaphone carrying, Low-Fo Federal teat-sucker!




Reply 18 - Posted by: jeffreyabigail, 2/4/2013 12:37:41 PM     (No. 9157684)

He´s missing the real reason.

Back in the late 60´s (when gas was "cheap"), I remember my Dad paying about 30 cents/gallon for gas. That´s about $1.50 in today´s dollars.

But his land yacht got about 16MPG on the highway and 12 in the city (say 14MPG average).

Today, a Nissan Altima (not a hybrid) gets 38 on the highway and 27 in the city (say 32 MPG average).

So you take that $1.50 and more than double it to get from 14MPG to 32 MPG.

So Dad was effectively paying $3.25 per gallon in 1969, which is not much less than the cost of gas today (if you drive an Altima or similar car).


Reply 19 - Posted by: FunOne, 2/4/2013 1:03:40 PM     (No. 9157747)

# 16: The homeless people have not disappeared. I thought that they had, also, because we have had no media reports on this since Bush left the White House. But, last month I was in Washington, DC, and discovered about a dozen of them camped out in the McPherson Square metro station--about 2 blocks from the White House. But, no media person seems to notice.

Reminds me of the recent election, where no one mentioned that the price of gasoline was %1.85 per gallon when Obama entered the White House, and it was doubled over his four years. Only conservatives seem to notice. Certainly not the media.

Reply 20 - Posted by: Kingbubo, 2/4/2013 1:07:56 PM     (No. 9157755)

I care. #4 has it right. When it went up .019 under Bush, it was front page news. Now, it went from $3.35 to $3.79 and not a peep.

Reply 21 - Posted by: msjena, 2/4/2013 1:17:12 PM     (No. 9157768)

I care, but what am I going to do about it? Has this author ever heard of inelastic demand?

Reply 22 - Posted by: john56, 2/4/2013 1:29:39 PM     (No. 9157796)

Lemme correct Time´s headline:

Care About Rising Gas Prices"

Answer: This is only a national outrage when the media can blame REPUBLICANS for higher gas prices. When it´s a Democrat, who cares?



Reply 23 - Posted by: heartsurgeon, 2/4/2013 1:52:11 PM     (No. 9157859)

Remember a year or so ago, the Libs were talking about how great it was to be unemployed. Lots of time to slow down and smell the roses...

The leftists cheerleader press sounds more and more like the North Korean News Agency..

if you want to see where the press is headed, follow the N. Korean News for a while...it´s a hoot!


Reply 24 - Posted by: fightingfalcon72, 2/4/2013 2:24:50 PM     (No. 9157929)

Thanks #24. That was hilarious. I need a shower after reading the first article.

Reply 25 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 2/4/2013 4:13:33 PM     (No. 9158185)

Let me remind you ~ the only ones who care about the price of gas are the ones with the cars who drive to work. The other 52% get paid to stay home (unemployment compensation, welfare, etc. etc.) or if they do go out, they use the public transportation which is supported on the backs of the ones who care about the price of gas.

Reply 26 - Posted by: bob913, 2/4/2013 4:47:50 PM     (No. 9158261)

I am paying over $1,200 more a year for gas. I could have bought a lot of stuff for the $4,000 to $5,000 in extra gas costs caused by the democrats!

Reply 27 - Posted by: Muguy, 2/4/2013 6:03:47 PM     (No. 9158425)

A lot of this perception is media driven, but what choice do we have? Those who still have jobs have to drive to work, regardless of the price.

For a long time, we would near the tipping point price of $3.00 a gallon, and retreat. After a while of being conditioned, we finally went over $3.00, and now we are going to be flirting with $4.00.

Where is the outrage at having adequate supplies and the price per barrel being lower because of a good supply.

Economics 101 teaches that things that are scarce and in short supply command higher prices, and so whatever conceived non-crises are allowed to affect this?

If it weren´t for our friends Canada and Mexico, we would be up a creek!

Reply 28 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 2/4/2013 6:10:45 PM     (No. 9158450)

I doubt Brad even owns a car.

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