February 29, 2008

Gas is expensive?

I just returned from running to the store to pick up some necessary items. During my travel there and back I was listening to talk radio. The host and callers were talking about how Bush was surprised to hear that they are forecasting gas to rise over $4.00 a gallon. Most of us have been hearing this for over a month now.

I'm not a Bush supporter. What he's done in office angers me on levels more than I can fathom. And no, I didn't vote for him last time. I didn't vote for Kerry either, I ended up writing in a candidate. With that being said, this really doesn't surprise me. But then again I don't think most politicians have any idea what the average American citizen pays for things and what the costs are going to be on those items in years to come.

Honestly I think if you went up to any politician and asked them the simple question of "Do you know how much it costs to fill the gas tank on a (insert car here)?" they probably wouldn't know. Now of course if I asked many of you "Do you know how much it costs to fill up a Chevy Silverado or a Chevy Venture?" you'd probably be able to get close to the ball park. Why? Because you pay for your gas.

Most of the politicians I know and have worked with have staff that fills the tanks on their cars or has someone drive them, especially at the Federal level. I'm sure career politicians probably couldn't tell you what side of the car their gas cap is on. And this is just another reason I believe they are out of touch with the American public.

So does it surprise me Bush didn't know? Not at all.

Posted by Contagion in Politics at February 29, 2008 03:21 PM | TrackBack

I would guess his comments about not expecting a spike in gas prices are probably about as accurate as his statements that we have no reason to think the country is going into a recession...

Posted by: Shadoglare at February 29, 2008 03:39 PM

I think that asking the President (or Presidential candidates) about the price of a gallon of gas is as silly as asking him about the price of a gallon of milk.

If the candidates knew the answers off the top of their heads, I'd immediately suspect a set up - also I'd worry that they would be too much into micromanaging rather than worrying about the overall picture.

If I didn't drive, I wouldn't know gas prices. Plus the car I drive uses the expensive gas, most of the time I don't have a clue what regular unleaded costs... I don't care, I'm not using it. And I have no idea what a gallon of milk costs - haven't bought one in years. That does it - I'm soooo not presidential material. *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at February 29, 2008 04:26 PM

C'mon, Contagion.
George W.'s people don't tell him anything. And I think he only watches TV or reads newspapers once a week.
It took him 3 days to learn that New Orleans was underwater after Katrina hit.

Of course bad news is surprising to him.

Posted by: Roses at March 1, 2008 11:56 AM