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May 8th, 2008
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Just A Quick Word
Dear People Who Think The President Will Make Gas Cheaper:

One hates to inform you, but the President does not have a magic wand that he can wave to neutralize the laws of supply and demand. Gas is going to continue to be expensive because a) you schmucks refuse to stop driving everywhere, b) China and other nations are on the rise and want more gas of their own, and c) there is a limited supply of oil.

The President can't fucking fix this. He can do stupid shit like give you a "gas tax holiday" so you can save $30 over the course of a summer, which will cause us to drive more (burning up more of this limited supply of gas) and take away the money used to fund the road repairs, but that's a temporary solution designed to sucker in stupid people. Which you are.

You'd think you would have learned the lesson from Iraq: The President is not a magic being. The reason we got into so much trouble in Iraq is not because Bush isn't sufficiently magical to zap away the terrorists, but because he had poor planning. And lo! As it turns out, the actions of people in other countries can affect America, just like every other fucking country. Gas will most likely never be $2 again. As such, things aren't going to get slightly better for you until you stop fucking driving your big gas-sucking cars, learn to take public transportation when you can, and stop treating the President as though he's the goddamned Wizard of Oz.

Sincerely,
T.F.

(239 shouts of denial | Tell me I'm full of it)

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From:draxar
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
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How about Hancock for president? He can fly!
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From:nightskywarlock
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
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. He can do stupid shit [...] but that's a temporary solution designed to sucker in stupid people.

isn't american politics (and really, almost all democracy?) based on temporary/flawed solutions designed to sucker in stupid people?

From:drooling_ferret
Date:May 8th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
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Better to say "almost all representative democracy as currently practiced"...
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From:jfargo
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
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He can do stupid shit like give you a "gas tax holiday" so you can save $30 over the course of a summer, which will cause us to drive more...

It sounds to me like you're listening to those elitist economists. Don't you know that listening to what well-studied and intelligent people have to say is out of style these days?

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From:twfarlan
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
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Alone, the office of the President cannot solve the problem of gasoline prices in the United States, agreed. (The office of the President will not do anything so long as the office holder belongs to a family whose money is partly based on oil, but that's another issue.) Congress in tandem with the Presidency, however, could do something about the prices being charged by oil companies that are posting record profits during a time of war and during a mounting energy crisis.
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From:losgunna
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
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those werethe precise points I was going to mention as well.

Kinda funny that these companies are doing so very well, isn't it? Wonder where all that extra cash is coming from? Plus all that is more cash into the Prez's pocket. Why in hell would he change that?
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From:plinko
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
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WRONG. The real solution is, obviously, to elect Gandalf as our next president.
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From:mightydoll
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
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ROFL!!!

you win
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From:wilhelmina_d
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
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AMEN!
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From:dnwq
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Aside: the President can't even save you $30, short of a government-imposed price fixing at the pump.

Demand for gas will rise too much for the tax cut to appreciably decrease prices.
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From:dnwq
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
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There's a relevant gem from that article, though:
This sounds cynical, but I’m just being honest. Politicians are constrained by public opinion. When the public rejects the mundane explanations for high gas prices — big boring facts like rapid Asian growth — politicians aren’t going to correct them. The best we can expect is for Washington to try to channel the public’s misconceptions in relatively harmless directions. We could do a lot worse than the gas tax holiday; in fact, we usually do.
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From:dr_nebula
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
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It's NOT 'supply and demand' that is driving the price up of late - but rather speculative buying forces. The 'true price' would be sub-3 dollars a gallon if it was all 'supply and demand'.
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From:mightydoll
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
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ermmm...

speculative buying forces = (eventually) buying of oil, which IS, in fact, supply and demand, even if it's not on the street level.
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From:mightydoll
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
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hear, FUCKING hear!
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From:thetathx1138
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
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My favorite response was somebody from Europe pointing out we STILL pay less than they do for gas.

And people look at me like I'm a freak when I tell them I have no desire for a car.
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From:the_magician
Date:May 8th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
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It's about five pounds a gallon here (that's 10 dollars, though our gallons are bigger, so it's "only" $8 for a US gallon here in the UK).

Around 2/3rds of that is tax. About 15-20cents a gallon is the margin for the gas station, and a bunch of the rest is transport and refining. The actual amount of that $8/gallon price that is due to oil prices is quite small (the combined cost of transport, refining and the raw materials comes to around $1-$1.50 gallon)
http://www.petrolprices.com/price-of-petrol.html
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From:sacramentalist
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Didn't you hear? Ethanol will solve all our problems. And biodiesel, baby! We can still drive our big-ass SUVs an hour back and forth to work.

Except now beef will cost $20/lb
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From:thetathx1138
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
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So eat chicken. Beef's not really going to be a staple meat for much longer anyway.
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From:stripedsocks
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
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If only those arguments worked on my redneck inlaws! They just want the $30 and don't care about the ramifications. *headdesk*
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From:kmg_365
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
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Charles Krauthammer (and others) is of the opinion that gas prices should be higher, because that is what it would take to change behavior and consumption.
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From:rowena742
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
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It always scares me a little when I agree with Krauthammer. (At least, I think I do. Is his primary concern reducing dependence on foreign oil or the nonrenewability?)
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From:nedlum
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
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Wait. What the heck is the Federal Magic Wand budget going towards, then?
From:mojocat
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
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ahahahahaha
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From:tablesaw
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
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Again with the magic wand.
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From:samayam
Date:May 8th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
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That's the awesome thing about Republican Talking Points like "I ain't got no magic wand." They're so easy to repeat and on a visceral level they almost sound reasonable until you actually think about them and realize that you're just spewing meaningless propaganda bites.

No there's no magic wand, but there's plenty of back room dealing and blind-eye-turning, and Fascinating Coincidences regarding the fluctuating price of gas and the fluctuating popularity of Teh Party.
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