Last week, I mentioned that gas prices have risen. Again. I’m surprised that announcement didnt get any traction.
“You ought not be,” Liz Arden told me. “People are no longer caring, as gas prices and fluctuations and such have been so much news items and we’ve grown so used to near $4.00/gal prices. It’s ho hum.”
And therein lies the problem.
Gas prices nationally were below $1/gallon on and off in 1998; $1 was still the “price point.” Prices started spiking then although there was a drop below $1.20 in ’02. My gut reminds me that the price of hamburger has done about the same over the same period.
$4 is the price point now.
Has your paycheck quadrupled since gas cost a buck?
Herr Blogmeister asked: “Has your paycheck quadrupled since gas cost a buck?”
I am independently poor and have not got a paycheck since gas was a buck.
“Has your paycheck quadrupled since gas cost a buck?”
Nope. In fact, my take-home paycheck has shrunk considerably, despite a new job with a higher salary, thanks to higher insurance prices.
My household income is less than half than it was four years ago, due to the above and a husband who has been out of work for over two years, but no longer counts as one of the unemployed because he’s been out of work for over two years.
And disability approval takes an average of 973 days. NINE HUNDRED SEVENTY THREE DAYS.
But apparently I’m not paying my fair share because I can still afford Ramen without government assistance.
A year ago I bought Ramen 10 for a dollar. Kroger has it in their ad this week, 6 for a dollar. Wot’s that, 40% inflation? I lost my slide rule.