OT - Gas to hit 4.00

Matthew Frederico mfrederico at gmail.com
Tue Jun 10 16:50:28 MDT 2008

On Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 2:30 PM, Dave Smith <dave at thesmithfam.org> wrote:

> Regarding high gas prices, Grant Shipley wrote:
>> Does our government not realize this is killing the average American?
> That's because the average American is broke. It's not the government's
> problem that Americans can't control their spending and apparently prefer to
> live paycheck-to-paycheck. Don't think it's because wages are down either.
> It's totally discretionary behavior. The average American has much nicer
> (and bigger!) cars than I and a fancier house and amenities, and yet I make
> much more than the average American. What's wrong with this picture? Gas
> prices would have to double from where they are now before I would start
> caring.  Even then it wouldn't be a huge deal. Why? Because I choose to
> drive an inexpensive, fuel efficient car and live within my means regarding
> house, cars, and toys. I'm frankly totally disappointed in the people around
> me who choose to spend more than they earn on crap rather than "acting their
> wage."
> Although I have to say that it's behavior like this that has created a
> housing bust and caused the Fed to reduce interest rates, which means I get
> my pick of nice real estate at bargain basement prices. Maybe I should be
> grateful for all the self-control lacking Americans out there. Isn't it
> great to be American?

You are so awesome.  I wish I could be like you.

-- Matthew Frederico

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