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Americans should stop whining about gas prices!

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Bellhop
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Bellhop   5/24/2012 7:02:52 PM
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The lowest price that I can remember for gas is 29.9 cents per gallon. Now, that's closer to the "cents off" per gallon that you get from your supermarket bonus card.

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Charles J Gervasi   5/23/2012 5:59:06 PM
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For most people gasoline is a tiny fraction of their expenditures. Regardless of all those head-hurting numbers, it's simple to look at the cost of fuel versus other things we buy: groceries, medical expenses, housing, depreciation on our cars, vacations. Fuel costs are trifling.

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Duane Benson   5/21/2012 3:30:03 PM
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A while back I read that on long-term average, in the U.S., you've been able to buy three gallons of gas for one hour of minimum wage labor. At the time a mental calculation through the experiences that I've had more or less confirmed this. Right now you can buy about two gallons for an hour of minimum wage. I do agree that it's very difficult to form a fair comparison country to country with any form of accuracy. There are just too many variables. But I'm not really sure that such a comparison is even relevant. On the one hand, as human beings, the "you should feel lucky because someone else has it so much worse" argument tends to ring hollow in most of our brains. On the other hand, here in the U.S., at worst, most of us have so much more than the vast majority of the rest of the world that we really should just sit down and count our blessings. There's an Internet meme running around called "First-world-problems." Here's an example I pulled from the website of that name: “The rental car I got on vacation had plates from a different state than the one I was visiting, so I looked like a tourist.” Yes, there are some pretty poor people in this country, but as a percentage, how many of us face the prospect of starvation? How many of us face the prospect of having assault rifles thrust into the hands of our kids at age 12? I'll go ahead put $80.00 into my gas tank and just be glad I live here.

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Max The Magnificent   5/21/2012 2:31:20 PM
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Unless enough people complain to those who don the undergarments of authority and stride the corridors of power -- in which case I receive a swift slap around the back of my head and told to "not do it again" :-)

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KB3001   5/21/2012 12:49:22 AM
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That's actually a good point, James D. Should we thus surmise that New Yorkers for instance complain less than MidWesterners about petrol prices?

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SteveD_Aus   5/20/2012 11:32:26 PM
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Not all, at least in Germany which is very decentralised. One of my colleagues commutes about an hour each way (depending on the Autobahn traffic!) but he has converted his diesel Mercedes to run on rape seed oil, like ethanol for the diesel world. There are worse ways than commuting to work when a stretch of autobahn is involved, even with fuel at that price! ;-)

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SteveD_Aus   5/20/2012 11:29:02 PM
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At least it seems you have editorial control over you headlines, rather than being at the mercy of someone else! Actually, that sound like a good post...

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Max The Magnificent   5/18/2012 2:07:20 PM
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In America the three typical octane ratings are 87 (Regular), 89 (Mid-Grade), and 93 (Premium)

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Max The Magnificent   5/18/2012 2:04:42 PM
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Maybe I should have used a different title for this column, like "Those of us who are living in America should stop whining about gas prices!" because I live here too ... but the rule of thumb is that shorter column titles are better :-)

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BrianBailey   5/18/2012 2:01:19 PM
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You could always move closer to where you work. That is what a European would do.

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