Saturday, June 07, 2008

Please don't bring back the gas crisis

No profits, no oil

When I was a kid, we lived across the street from a gas station. During the embargo, one of the tasks that fell to us kids was to tell Mom when we saw the gasoline truck pull up. She'd drop whatever she was doing so she could be first in line to buy gas. Funny how it just became another thing we did, like keeping an eye peeled for when the wild blackberries were ripe and rushing to pick them. Or, more to the point, like when I lived in West Germany in the mid-1980s and checking the car for bombs after parking in public was just a routine part of being a military wife. Human beings have an incredible ability to just get used to things that upon later reflection you just shouldn't have ever needed to get used to.

I don't want to get used to gas rationing again. It's bad enough that the prices are so high that the free passes my friend can get me to Six Flags are going unused because I can't afford the gas to take advantage of them.

How will tacking on additional taxes bring prices down? Are key logic circuits missing in these people's brains?

Or is this just government greed?

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