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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 11:53 AM
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Whoa! Big story from AP: Rising Gas Prices Hit Poor Hardest
This story from the "No shit, Sherlock" files. Of course, as our President says, "If you don't need gas, don't buy it!"


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For most Americans, today's rising gasoline prices are an annoyance, not a serious financial hardship.

Then there are people like Kenneth and Edith Taylor of Baltimore, who already struggle to make their monthly social security checks of less than $1,700 last by cooking casseroles and soups at home instead of eating out and forgoing new clothes for as long as possible. Now, with neighborhood pump prices averaging $2.85 a gallon, the Taylors say they simply cannot afford the 80-mile roundtrip to visit their daughter more than once a month.

"There and back is $10 worth of gasoline," said 84-year-old Kenneth, who used to make the trip in his Buick LeSabre at least every other week.

The Taylor family's increasing frugality may be a drop in the bucket for the world's most voracious energy consuming nation, but it is not inconsequential and could be the start of a broader trend....

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060423/ap_on_bi_ge/gas_pri...
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 11:55 AM
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1. Yahoo! has that up on their front page this morning
:banghead:
Do they really think we're too stupid to figure that out? Oh wait, maybe many people actually are. :(
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Neil Lisst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 11:55 AM
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2. Look what he's done to our country.
Gee, who'd think if you let a drunken whore for oil interests be president, this would happen?!
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 02:39 PM
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21. That's what I keep saying to all those who try to blame Gore's losing
on Gore. Duh. What part of two oil men in the white house, and an all republican government, didn't you get????? Don't dare try to blame this mess on Gore. Any body with a brain could have seen this train wreck coming.
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Neil Lisst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 04:04 PM
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23. Cheney's getting his multimillion dollar checks from Halliburton openly.
Spiro Agnew went down for petty theft compared to this.

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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 11:56 AM
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3. Rich get richer, and the poor get screwed
Oil companies trying to top the 8 billion dollar quarter profits into double digits...
They reeeeeeeeeeek of greeeeeeeeeeeeed :mad:
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begley Donating Member (197 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 11:58 AM
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4. They make $7 an hour and spend $7 in gas to drive to..
..and from work each day. That's a heck of a bite.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 12:03 PM
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6. Jaysis
Are there any jobs nearer where you live? I know it's not always possible to find one, especially when you live out in the country and all the jobs are in town, but good geeawd.

Tell your boss what's going on. If you're a good employee, he'll want to keep you.

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begley Donating Member (197 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 12:05 PM
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8. it wasn't me
but I think it could be typical. It doesn't take all that much driving to burn 7 bucks.
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CountAllVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 12:15 PM
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11. Welcome to the DU begley!
:hi: begley and Welcome to the Democratic Underground!

There are few jobs where I live and if you are lucky enough to find one it will be minimun wage. :grr:

:dem: :kick:
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LARED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 12:00 PM
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5. I read this article yesterday and thought
it was kinda annoying

it starts out with the title being about the poor hit hardest and this concern about serious financial hardship

For most Americans, today's rising gasoline prices are an annoyance, not a serious financial hardship.


Then goes on the talk about someone that needs to take one trip a month rather than two. Lots of snippets about people having to be careful about their travel habits. No where is there anything about financial hardships.
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 12:03 PM
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7. And not one mumbling word about
about the add-on cost of food and manufactured goods, thanks to skyrocketing transportation costs.

These people are bs artists.
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Missy M Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 12:18 PM
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13. I think for middle class Americans the rising gasoline prices....
are more than just an annoyance. The cost of home heating, health insurance, taxes, credit card debt, food are all rising, so adding the price of gasoline on top is starting to bring some hardship to middle class Americans. How can anyone expect to save for the future. The person who wrote that article yesterday is totally out of touch with reality.
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LARED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 12:21 PM
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15. The person who wrote that article yesterday is totally
out of touch with reality.

I agree,
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 12:12 PM
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9. MODS! This should be locked and placed in LBN!
so it can qualify for my "You Call This NEWS?" award!

:rofl:
rocknation
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 12:14 PM
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10. Is that right next to the "dog bites man" story?
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femmedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 12:53 PM
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19. and Brad and Angelina are likely to have an attractive baby.
That was a top story on AOL recently, I kid you not.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 01:27 PM
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20. LOL! And "Republican indicted"!! LMAO!!!
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misternormal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 12:17 PM
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12. "No shit Sherlock files... !!!
:rofl: :thumbsup: Good one!!! Mind if I use that???
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 02:55 PM
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22. My pleasure.
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 12:19 PM
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14. I lost 20 lbs. last year on the "Exxon/Mobil diet" - couldn't afford both
food & gas, & something had to give.

I predict the Exxon/Mobil diet to be this summer's hottest trend.
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 12:24 PM
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16. There are people that budget down to the last dollar and penny....
Naturally, an increase in gas prices is going to hit them someplace else. The poor are going to be hit extra hard. You will notice more cars on the side of the road empty, will be my guess. They will try to make it one last mile on the fumes and it not make it...
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951-Riverside Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 12:30 PM
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17. Oil Pig: Its your fault the prices are high you need to conserve fuel! HA!
Poor Guy: But I only drive to work and to the grocery store
Oil Pig: *oink* *oink* *oink* Uhh... okay then we're switching from Winter to summer grade fuels, blame the democrats... and Iran
Poor Guy: You say this every freaking season.
Oil Pig: *oink* *oink* *oink* If we drilled in Alaska prices would be cheaper

I'd love to toss a few oil execs in prison its not right that they are making insanely huge profits and yet they blame us, they know damn well we don't have a choice.
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catmandu57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-23-06 12:44 PM
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18. That's why I didn't even open the link
It's a great big no shit sherlock.
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