Perhaps you thought I was going to agree with you that gas prices are high. I actually don’t think they are high. The reason is because I know they are not high when viewed in comparison to other countries. Now, I know some of the examples I mention may have their reasons. Gas prices in Japan are about $5.83 a gallon, but because the mass transit there is so amazing, most people who have driver’s licenses and own cars would expect to pay that much anyway. What’s funny is that those people also get the full-service treatment at gas stations, something rarely seen in America anymore.
My dad cites Venezuela (19 cents a gallon), but there will always be an extreme. And we as Americans, who live in one of the best countries in the world aren’t even close to the other extreme of super high gas prices. Gasoline in France, Germany and the UK is above $8 a gallon. And when I see countries like North Korea and Pakistan having lower gas prices than us, I know that has to come at the cost of other freedoms (not that there’s any link between lower gas prices and lower freedoms…)
What’s my point? I think if people knew how well we had it, they wouldn’t complain about gas prices. Isn’t there anything else to talk about? I feel like I hear it every day. Just yesterday, at the haircut place I was at, the manager and all the ladies were complaining about gas prices, remarking how low they remember it being when they were younger. Anyone over 40 can remember there being a time of gas prices being less than $1, I guess. But apparently people don’t think about inflation. Yes, stamps used to be much lower, too. But adjusted for inflation, there was a time stamps were higher than they are now. My dad will even cite a story of how he could get an entire combo meal for under $1 (I don’t believe it was a major fast-food chain, but still…)
It’s about economy. America is getting to a place where a $200,000 house is no longer as big as it used to be. I know, because when we go house shopping on a budget, we know that even $160,000 buys so little of a house anymore. That’s just one example. Sure, airfare has gone up and airlines are charging for more than one bag. That’s the way the industry is going. While that seems foreign to us, 10 years from now, we’re going to look back and wonder why we felt like we needed two bags for travel. Actually, I think two bags are needed for people who are moving back and forth the way I do between home and college…then again, it’s considered ‘moving’, and therefore I should expect to pay for the second bag.
Well, this was an interesting rant…either way, I hope people will consider what a broken record it is to remark of high gas prices. We should wonder why news broadcasts continually report on it. We hear it every day, but guess what…we’re all buying it. There seems to be no stopping it, so why continue to fuss about it? Shouldn’t we just accept that the ‘price’ of living in America will always go up? I noticed that when I went back to my hometown after nine months of being in a different state for college, the price of Pop-Tarts went up 20 cents. Should I go on a rant about how everything is going up in price?
“Sadly, darling, you just did go on a rant about how everything is going up in price.”