Tuesday’s LA Times had an article on the forthcoming $4 a gallon gas cataclysm that included this interesting observation:
Another factor lending strength to the surge is the apparent willingness of Americans to put up with runaway prices.
“We’re not hearing the chatter. We’re not hearing about boycotts or picket signs at gas stations like we did with earlier price hikes years ago,” said Jason Toews, co-founder of the Gasbuddy.com website chain.
Herewith, the blog52 top ten reasons why Americans aren’t protesting high gas prices or buying less gas:
10. We’re too busy working two jobs so we can pay for gas and food.
9. We’re too busy standing in line at the food bank to join any protests.
8. The prez keeps telling us the solution to all our woes is to go shopping, so we do.
6. We all got letters from the IRS promising a check to cover gas. It’s in the mail, right?
5. The Dept of Energy told us the alternatives to petroleum products aren’t reliable.
4. We can’t sell our SUVs to reduce our gas costs because we lost our homes in the mortgage meltdown and are now living in them.
3. We have to make a reservation for a Smart car? We want one now!
1. We went to the streets to stop the Iraq war – the largest antiwar protests since Vietnam, and not just in the US – but still they had their war. Excuse us if we don’t think the oil companies who are benefiting from this war give a good goddamn about public opinion.