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Old 05-24-2007, 09:11 PM   #1
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Wis. gas station shuts pumps over prices

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070525/..._price_protest

best part from the story:

'Schwartz called that "outrageous" and said even he can't fill up his SUV at that price.

"If it keeps going like this, my kids will never be able to afford to drive," said Schwartz, who has an 18-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter.'

Clueless dipshit.

The American consumer gets what the American consumer deserves. What are the odds he's charging that gas for his 15 MPG SUV on a credit card?
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What an amazing level of stupidity.
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The greedy American.

He'll also want a government bail-out when he can't pay his interest only mortgage. Personal responsibility doesn't exist in the US anymore. Everything is "someone else's fault."
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The greedy American.

He'll also want a government bail-out when he can't pay his interest only mortgage. Personal responsibility doesn't exist in the US anymore. Everything is "someone else's fault."
I believe in personal responsibility
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The greedy American.

He'll also want a government bail-out when he can't pay his interest only mortgage. Personal responsibility doesn't exist in the US anymore. Everything is "someone else's fault."
I'd agree with you if this was a shoe store he ran, but to be fair, the government has a lot to do with the price of gas. A lot of his scenario IS out of his hands.
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I'd agree with you if this was a shoe store he ran, but to be fair, the government has a lot to do with the price of gas. A lot of his scenario IS out of his hands.
It's more like a combination of "market forces," combined with cartel/oligopoly-style supply throttling and price gouging.
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It's more like a combination of "market forces," combined with cartel/oligopoly-style supply throttling and price gouging.
True, but who's behind those or should I say at least turning a blind eye on those cartel/oligopolies?
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I'd agree with you if this was a shoe store he ran, but to be fair, the government has a lot to do with the price of gas. A lot of his scenario IS out of his hands.
Never underestimate market forces. He drives a inefficient SUV. Most likely to satisfy his giant ego; a 25 MPG minivan is far too unsexy.

he gets what he deserves, and hurts the country in the process. He has power, and won't use it. He'd rather feel good about his dick.
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Never underestimate market forces. He drives a inefficient SUV. Most likely to satisfy his giant ego; a 25 MPG minivan is far too unsexy.

he gets what he deserves, and hurts the country in the process. He has power, and won't use it. He'd rather feel good about his dick.
Well I'm not a fan of SUVs inefficientcy, but he may just live in a part of Wis or lifestyle where an SUV is a practical vehicle.
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Well I'm not a fan of SUVs inefficientcy, but he may just live in a part of Wis or lifestyle where an SUV is a practical vehicle.
Yeah, I've survived for 4 years in Northern New England with a FWD VW sedan. The "snow" arguement is just false. It's all about his dick.
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Yeah, I've survived for 4 years in Northern New England with a FWD VW sedan. The "snow" arguement is just false. It's all about his dick.
I didn't mention snow. I know farmers and people who live in houses without paved roads to the main highways that need 4x4s and other such vehicles.

Yes the majority of SUVs are useless, but you don't know this man's story.
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Mequon is north of Milwaukee ... if I remember correctly, it's not uber-urban, but not really farmland either. Although considering it's Wisconsin, I bet you wouldn't have to drive very far out of Mequon to hit farmland.
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The rest of the world is laughing their asses off at us whining about our $3.49 per gallon gasoline prices. Did we really think it was never going to happen to us? Are we really that stupid?
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I worry most about people who are already struggling to make ends meet as it is, and as gas prices keeps rising and wages don't, it's going to be even harder.

Unfortunately, not every city has a decent or convenient public transportation system, so for a lot of people, it's the car or nothing.
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I worry most about people who are already struggling to make ends meet as it is, and as gas prices keeps rising and wages don't, it's going to be even harder.

Unfortunately, not every city has a decent or convenient public transportation system, so for a lot of people, it's the car or nothing.
I've seen this first hand. It's a sad sad state of affairs. And yes this may not be a great example, but there are many out there that have to decide on rent or gas money. When you rise more than a dollar within 6 months, something is fucking wrong.
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As I said in the Ask the Southerner thread, gas prices in Germany are currently at around $7.13 per gallon, depending what your car goes with.
Reasons are the holidays (Pentecoste this weekend, Ascension Day the week before), the taxes, the supply oligopoly, and a very important factor currently: The huge demand in the US and China.
No wonder they did so in the US either.
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When I was out with my mother Monday afternoon the station where she was going to stop for gas was $2.97. We went to a store across the street and when we came out not even 30 minutes later the price was up to $3.03. If that isn't gouging I don't know what is.
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The gas prices have finally caught up with me, that's for sure. I paid $3.66 on Tuesday and I imagine it will spike over the holiday weekend. I've had to transfer money from savings to pay for gas. It's not that it's really so bad, I just was not prepared for this and did not budget appropriately when I started my budget months ago. We're getting rid of one vehicle and moving in August so that we can both walk or bike to work/school if we have to, or at least be on a bus route (right now we are at the Grand Rapids/Kentwood line and not near a bus route). I'm not going to complain because we don't need two vehicles and we don't need a vehicle larger than our car, but it has gotten to the point where we are making some major adjustments and I've had to say no to doing certain things solely because of gas costs. We usually house sit for my relatives for 2-3 weeks each summer, and I'm contemplating telling them no because at this rate, what they pay us is not going to cover the gas to get out there and back.
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My usual gas station has topped out at $3.48 for the past two weeks. I'm fortunate to be able to afford my gas, but I don't often drive during the week, and can usually get by with filling up my tank only once a month.

And I have a wee Saturn, so even with the expensive gas, it only costs me about $25-$30 to fill it up. And I take advantage of the semi-decent public transportation in Seattle.
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$3.50US is still about a buck less than what we're paying here.

ETA: I got rid of my car last summer. I live in a city which has iffy public transit, so I made sure I'm within walking distance of where I need to be for the most part. I absolutely miss the convenience of a car and I miss the convenience of a good transit system, but at the same time, there are definite financial benefits.

I told myself I'd go car-free for 3 years. One down, 2 to go!
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