Americans shouldn’t panic over gas prices

Gas prices are going up again.  Why are so many people surprised? And why are they thinking we need to tap into the oil reserves?  If we were to use all the oil in the reserve, what would happen if we really had an emergency?

A few years ago when gas prices first hit the $4 mark  there were a few grumbles among the masses, but people didn’t panic like they’re doing now.  All it takes is one person to suggest such a thing, and they tell two friends, and they tell two friends, and so on and so on…well, you get the idea.

I once heard a news report which stated that as gas prices go up, it’s a sure sign that the economy is getting better. I have no reason to dispute this, but it just doesn’t make sense to me.  If the economy was getting better, wouldn’t the prices go down?

But if this is the case, (thousands of jobs have been created in the past few months) isn’t paying more at the pump a small price to pay to have people working again? What happened to taking the bus, riding a bike, or even walking to your destination?

I am no longer a smoker, but when I did buy cigarettes, they were selling for $3 a pack. I thought that was outrageous!  The other day I saw an ad for a pack of Marlboros…$5.75 a pack.  And you don’t think people will spend $5 a gallon for gas?

People are worried that the country will run out of oil, or that the Middle East will cut us off completely. Let’s forget for a moment that the people who run that business really like money.  Wouldn’t they be cutting their own throats if they quit selling their precious oil?  Besides, that just might be what the country needs. It might force us to come up with an energy plan is more safe for the environment. We can do that. We’re pretty smart people.

I’m not worried about the rising gas prices. I sometimes think that people talking about it just makes it worse.  Rumors get started and people don’t really know what to think. The logical choice is to just accept that this is the way it is and move on.  Invest in a bike or get the exercise you’ve been talking about.  The situation really isn’t as bad as people think.

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