CNN Opinion: America, quit whining about gas
posted at 5:44 pm on March 1, 2012 by MadisonConservative
I know what you’re thinking, but no, that’s the actual goddamned headline. It’s some Brit who writes about cars that doesn’t host Top Gear, so I have as little clue as you who the hell he is. That is, apart from the fact that, like most liberals, he wants you to feel his pain:
In some places here you’ll pay an eye-watering £7.27 ($11.52) for a gallon of super unleaded. And prices throughout the rest of Europe are similarly high. But it is worth sparing a thought for the hard-pressed Norwegians who’ll pay £7.28 ($11.54) for a gallon of the regular stuff across their country.
If the price of oil was the only factor to dictate the expense of gas it wouldn’t be such a bitter pill. But it isn’t. The government decides how much we’re going to pay per gallon. Surprise, surprise, it also decides that the majority of it should be diverted to their coffers. So of our £6.22 average, £3.74 ($5.92), or a bit over 60%, ends up in the Treasury’s back pocket.
The government isn’t the only guilty party. Fuel producers take 36%, which goes some way to explaining Shell’s obscene £18.1bn ($28.6bn) profits from last year.
Isn’t that interesting? He blithely notes that more than half of the price they pay at the pump goes right back to their overlords, but when it comes to the actual oil companies, he can’t help but characterize the obscene profits that they make…at about half what the government does, for doing nothing whatsoever to produce that gasoline. As with the Occupy crowd, the problem is never the inefficient, bloated, cash-gulping bureaucracy, but in fact is the scurvy private enterprises that have the audacity to want to be successful in producing a high-demand product.
Additionally, like the Occupy crowd, his rationale consists of “it sucks for us, so it should suck for you”. He goes on to point out that Sweden pays even more at the pump. Yeah, that’s always the answer. If your situation is poor, make someone else’s just as poor as yours. Does he wish for lower prices? Of course not. Hell, he jumps onto the on-ramp to the “high prices are good because oil is bad” highway:
Fuel is a drug the U.S. has long since needed weaning off. Admittedly Americans have to cover greater distances than Europeans. But you don’t need a glorified double bed powered by a throbbing great V8 to do that. A sensibly-sized car with a two-liter turbo will do the job just as comfortably.
And with developing nations such as China, Brazil and India demanding ever more fuel, the planet can’t put up with anyone’s penchant for gas-guzzling monsters any more.
Oops. My bad. He doesn’t say that oil is the problem. He says “fuel” is the problem. Good to know that we’re on the way to cars powered by fairy dust. Oh, wait…that would be fuel, wouldn’t it? Okay, so the guy is as much of an idiot as every person who ever says “free health care”, or “free contraception”.
So, we should shut up about gas costing four dollars a gallon, which at a rate of ten gallons per refill, done twice a month, means at bare minimum eighty dollars a month out of your pocket…and is critical for most folks to get to work, as well as affecting the price of goods we buy, due to the author-admitted fact that America is ginormous…
…AND we should shut up and pay for all college students’ nine-dollar-a-month contraceptive pills so they can bone in financial freedom.
This is why I toke.