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Thursday, April 21, 2011

$6/Gallon Gas?

As I watched the early show this morning, the anchor did the obligatory "stocks are up, all is good with the world" segment, followed by something that really shocked me.  Apparently the dollar index is at a 3 year low and some experts are expecting $6/gal gas by summertime. 

I was speechless.

I'd heard suggestions that $5/gal gas was right around the corner, and felt begrudgingly resigned to paying that price.  Now hearing expectations of $6 gas, I long for the days of $5 gas! 

Maybe that's how this ploy works? 

Step 1.  Introduce a bad idea.

Step 2.  Introduce a WORSE idea.

Step 3.  Suddenly idea #1 isn't so bad.

I told a friend last week that I feel like we're at a tipping point, our economy and our country, that is.  That we're balanced at the apex of a pyramid built on false money, inflated stocks and misinformation. 

You can only balance for so long. 

Then you slip.

I'm truly afraid we're about to slip. 

As a wife, a mama, a neighbor, I hope that you're putting food away.  Paying off debt.  Planning your garden.  Brushing up on skills.  Taking baby steps toward a simpler life.  These are the things that will make the difference between surviving and thriving. 


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Anonymous said...

Yep, we're looking at getting a small trailer to pull behind the bicycles to ride to the store instead of drive, paying off debt but getting much needed repairs done to the house and increasing our garden & working with neighbors in putting their gardens together or just helping them - my mother always said as a child their neighborhood stuck together. Traded gasoline for eggs/meat, helped can vegetables/traded them among neighbors. We're looking at that this summer. We need to get back to helping and working within our neighborhoods & not driving across the county/city.

Gen-IL Homesteader said...

Good post, Andrea. And I LOVE your logic on the bad idea! Wow! $5 does sound good compared to $6!

We'd love it if the rain would end so our peas could grow and not drown! The rain here has been crazy!

Ed the Pilgrim said...

A friend of our up north a bit has gas for $4.17 today....

Looks pretty good to hit the $5 mark by Memorial day.

Anonymous said...

Step 1. Introduce a bad idea.
Step 2. Introduce a WORSE idea.
Step 3. Suddenly idea #1 isn't so bad.

By George, I thinks you've got it. Ever hear of the Overton Window?

How about another slight of hand:
Step 1. Create a public irritant
Step 2. Have a solution/direction you want to herd the masses to.

Time to build my perfectly legal still.

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