I an now hearing in our “Catastrophe De Jour” media that Obama is sinking in the poles because gas prices are rising. The President of the US has just about as much control over where our economy and gas prices go as he does over the price of rutabagas in rural China. Any country whose people, political parties,activist groups, or whatever decide to vote for one candidate or another based on single issue such as gasoline prices, that affects only their tribe or subset are just plain nuts. And by being so, in collusion with the media, force candidates into extreme positions which then tend to paint our future presidents into corners that all of us would be better off avoiding.
This is not an endorsement of Obama (I didn’t vote for him) although I believe he as done a reasonable job with the hand and events he has been given, other than some socialist tendencies and the apparent need to apologize too much(a symptom of our society in general) he has reacted much as most American Presidents have to the world around them. Presidents by necessity should be elected to represent the good of the whole country and after the election almost all move closer to the center in recognition of that fact. Presidents get re-elected by taking care of the whole country allowing all the parts to believe they are being heard and growing instead of nurturing one part and choking off the rest under some zero tolerance or overly tolerant of anything mind-set.
Is it really true as the media would have us believe America will elect a President based on the price of gasoline while most of the rest of the world worries about finding potable drinking water and something to eat? The next time you spend $2.00 for a bottle of “smart” water or $6.00 for a pack of cigarettes think about it. Grow up America, Dylan told us 40 years ago that, the times they are a changin,” and it is still true today. Please be aware that there is a great deal of difference between the promise of and being elected based on a “chicken in every pot” vs the promise of a “cheap gallon of gasoline in every tank.”
Gasoline is going to trend up in price because of supply and demand issues, at times they are short term created issues, as speculative non-productive parasites live on our blood, but over the long haul it is REAL and is the perfect example of the old “spaceship Earth” concept of conservation. We have limited finite supplies on Earth and there is no gas station near by in the solar system to refill those supplies when they are gone. Choices in any evolutionary situation are simple, move, change or die. Move and die tend to happen quickly… and in the gasoline situation there is no place to move to avoid it and I don’t think most of us wish to die so the alternative is change. Evolutionary change is slow but sure and we must begin this change now if we are to avoid the other alternatives one of which is unavailable and the other of which is simply not a good choice.