What bothers me about gas pricing is that when a barrel of sweet crude cost around $90, we paid close to, or just above $4 for a gallon of gas. Now that the price for a barrel of sweet crude is close to $40 per gallon, we're still paying, in my town, just over $3 per gallon of gas. And it always seems to go up just before the holidays when people drive the most.
What I dislike is that the wages from the largest employe, back in the 1960's, GM, would be about $90 per hour at today's dollar value. Now, the largest employer is WalMart, with a pay of about $9 per hour with the current dollar strength. Our standard of living is 1/10th of what it was back in the 1960's. I had as much take home money when I made $13/hr., as I do now making $23/hr., due to the rising cost of health care, increased income tax, and other factors. My take home pay is the same, and the dollar won't purchase as much. With all of my married children, who have children, it takes two incomes to support the family. The family has taken 2nd fiddle to the corporate need to float the elite on a sea of personal wealth.
And we keep voting in the same idiots year after year in our, for all practical purposes, two-party governments. As a protest vote, I haven't voted republican, or democrat for a few elections now. Somehow, we need to send a message to our representatives that they need to represent us, not the elite.
And of course, that's my humble opinion. I'm not bashing one party. I'm bashing them all.
Now this post will probably be pulled, which it kind of should be, for being too political.
Seeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North