Not Better Off.

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The national average is over $3.83.  This is $4.00.  And there’s a nearby station that is at $4.089.

Earlier this week my fuel oil tank needed a refill.  Retail price? $4.399/gallon.

A friend who buys bulk diesel fuel told me he last paid $5.069/gallon.

Are you better off now than you were 8 years ago?

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  1. How were your plans influenced, if at all, by gasoline prices?

    I’m staying home.  Diesel fuel for my tractor is expensive, but I have to cut the lawn anyway.

  2. That is, will the maintenance of an empire become prohibitively expensive when the cost of jet fuel, diesel, and lubricating oil goes through the roof?

    The National Assembly

    • Robyn on May 23, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    …I was living in Conway, AR, a math professor at the University of Central Arkansas.  Now I live in Bloomfield, NJ, a computer languages professor at Bloomfield College.

    There is good and bad in every change.

    • Edger on May 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    for 13 years now. I miss it once in awhile if I want to take a long trip, and I do love the highway. I’ve driven across the country 4 times, and there’s not much better for the soul or that beats cruising through the dark at 3 in the morning all alone when there’s no one else out there at 80 miles an hour with Peaceful Easy Feeling” blasting out of the speakers.

    But I don’t really miss the fact that I used to drive 3 blocks to the friggin’ grocery store. Now that was dumb.

  3. I was at the brink of unemployment.  Now, I am gainfully employed (and a bit overworked).  I have to say I am better off, but it certainly didn’t come from Bushanomics.

    • Noor B on May 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    But that’s only because my husband and I were lucky enough to find decent jobs before the crunch started, and my mother died, leaving me enough funds for a Prius and a downpayment on a house.  If it wasn’t for that, the current gas prices would have me looking for a different job closer to home.  I’m still stocking up on rice and beans….

    And chesapeake, we think alike.  We can’t bully our way out of this one.  I suspect petroleum prices would be higher than we were used to anyway, due to structural issues.  But, I also suspect the Bush wars and his posturing also have something to do with it.  Notice he got stiff-armed by the Saudis right after his lovely little speech at the Knesset?

    Thinking about the credit squeeze and the oil price explosion, it almost comes across as a cosmic intervention.  (Picture Mother Earth shaking her finger and yelling “You’re crapping up my planet and tormenting your siblings with this nonsense, Georgie, and the party is gonna stop, NOW!!!”)      

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