Who'd have thought $3 gas would look ...

Who'd have thought $3 gas would look good?

There are 24 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Oct 14, 2008, titled Who'd have thought $3 gas would look good?. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

As she pumped $2.95-a-gallon gasoline into her petite Plymouth Sunfire yesterday morning in Bel Air, Kristin Bienert was daring to dream SUV dreams.

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Benjamin

Baltimore, MD

#1 Oct 14, 2008
When gas prices first started to rise a guest on a local radio station in Baltimore said that prices at the pump would rise so high that when they dropped to around $3 or so people would be so glad that they would give thanks to the heavens above. Someone way back then thought that $3 or just under would be coming back but he did not know when. When oil sold at $10 a barrell, the world was a happier place. Can we ever see those days again? How much is enough?
Mike B

Waynesboro, PA

#2 Oct 14, 2008
you don't think this was the plan all along, I said from the beginnign that the oil companies on purpose and in their plan raised the prices to $4 a gal. so that when they dropped to the low $3 that we would all say "hey , gas is all the way down t $3 a gal."WHAT A JOKE , and people like you fell for the assenine trick, we are just like sheep being led to the slaughter!!!!!
Elliott Simpson

Glen Burnie, MD

#3 Oct 14, 2008
gas should be 250 today. Exxon and the other companies are not producing/refining to keep profits at a peak level They are scumbags. I can't wait till alternative fuels come into play.
afmca

United States

#4 Oct 14, 2008
Benjamin and Mike B could not of said it better. This was the last price gouging scenario being played out from Cheney's energy meetings during Bush's first term. What both forgot to mention is that $4 gas also opened up American off-shore oil .. which is what Exxon and the rest of the American oil cartel really wanted. The American tax payer got sucker punched twice and the trouble is we stand there grinning asking for more.
oh brother

Glen Burnie, MD

#5 Oct 14, 2008
No wonder we have a credit crisis in this country. Gas prices fall and this girl immediately starts thinking about buying a gas guzzler. Geez.
Kevin from Jessup

Newark, NJ

#6 Oct 14, 2008
Warren Debelius, a Fallston retiree who keeps detailed notes on his every fill-up, agreed with her prediction. His theory on why prices have fallen now: " George [Bush] is close with the Saudis." ----------
Phhhleeaaassee. Sure Georgie boy called the sheik and said lookie here lower the price of oil so my man will win the election! It doesn't work like that. you conspiracy theorists need to loosen up your tin foil hats. It's cutting off your oxygen supply and making you STUPID.
Jerrard

Towson, MD

#7 Oct 14, 2008
Just wait until Obama's (assuming he is elected) windfall profits tax hits the oil companies. $5, 6 or 10 a gallon. He is a fool if he thinks the cost will not be passed on without the oil companies extracting an extra pound of flesh.
Fed Up in Towson

Cockeysville, MD

#8 Oct 14, 2008
Jerrard wrote:
Just wait until Obama's (assuming he is elected) windfall profits tax hits the oil companies.$5, 6 or 10 a gallon. He is a fool if he thinks the cost will not be passed on without the oil companies extracting an extra pound of flesh.
But it worked so well for Carter ... oh, wait.
battleshipbill

Sterling, VA

#9 Oct 14, 2008
Jerrard wrote:
Just wait until Obama's (assuming he is elected) windfall profits tax hits the oil companies.$5, 6 or 10 a gallon. He is a fool if he thinks the cost will not be passed on without the oil companies extracting an extra pound of flesh.
Obama is not the fool....only those who would vote for him, precisely because they refuse to understand the repercussions of the things he proposes.
FireTrembley

United States

#10 Oct 14, 2008
Well enjoy it while it lasts. The crooks at OPEC are alarmed that American's have had enough and have cut back on their gas consumption. They intend to cutback on production to chip away at our reserves so they can drive the price of oil back up. They know that they only have about 50 years of relevancy left and when the oil is gone the middle east will be dropped into a massive depression that will make a goat herders lifestyle look lucrative. So hopefully Dubai and Kuwait enjoy their riches now...
Ben

Upperco, MD

#11 Oct 14, 2008
WOW! I wonder how typical a response to the price reduction is the "let me go forth now and buy an SUV" idiocy? Gas was high just 3 months ago!

If this idiocy is widespread, then an argument can be made to keep a federal tax in place that keeps the price above $4 a gallon and pump the proceeds, if there are any, into windmills, solar panels, nuclear and clean coal. I'm tired of sending the money to those who wish us great harm and it seems clear that little miss SUV craver could care less.
FireTrembley

United States

#12 Oct 14, 2008
Ben wrote:
WOW! I wonder how typical a response to the price reduction is the "let me go forth now and buy an SUV" idiocy? Gas was high just 3 months ago!
If this idiocy is widespread, then an argument can be made to keep a federal tax in place that keeps the price above $4 a gallon and pump the proceeds, if there are any, into windmills, solar panels, nuclear and clean coal. I'm tired of sending the money to those who wish us great harm and it seems clear that little miss SUV craver could care less.
I surprisingly agree...for the sake of our future stability I'd support a tax on oil and gas that went straight into the development of alternative fuel sources. It'll stink now, but in 10 or 20 years we'll be glad we did it. Provided that the crooked and dysfunctional governement uses the funds properly.
Fed Up in Towson

Cockeysville, MD

#13 Oct 14, 2008
FireTrembley wrote:
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I surprisingly agree...for the sake of our future stability I'd support a tax on oil and gas that went straight into the development of alternative fuel sources. It'll stink now, but in 10 or 20 years we'll be glad we did it. Provided that the crooked and dysfunctional governement uses the funds properly.
But that's the problem ... such a tax would NEVER go to "only alternative fuel research." It'll go to earmarks, "programs," or some other government slush fund, and just get pissed away like most of the taxes we pay.

E.g., if O'Malley wanted to have slots *without* a constitutional amendment that went ONLY to education, I'd be all for it. But instead, he threatens the taxpayers with more taxes in one hand and essentially gets a hall pass to do whatever he wants with slots revenue in the other (while also propping up MD's dying horse racing industry at our expense). This is how new revenue gets spent by governments in our country today, and it's one of the most broken things in our system. A "windfall" tax on oil companies would be absolutely no different and wouldn't cause anything but higher prices at the pump while the oil companies maintained their same profit levels by passing on the tax to the consumers. Carter tried this already and it failed miserably, remember?
FireTrembley

United States

#14 Oct 14, 2008
Fed Up in Towson wrote:
<quoted text>But that's the problem ... such a tax would NEVER go to "only alternative fuel research." It'll go to earmarks, "programs," or some other government slush fund, and just get pissed away like most of the taxes we pay.
E.g., if O'Malley wanted to have slots *without* a constitutional amendment that went ONLY to education, I'd be all for it. But instead, he threatens the taxpayers with more taxes in one hand and essentially gets a hall pass to do whatever he wants with slots revenue in the other (while also propping up MD's dying horse racing industry at our expense). This is how new revenue gets spent by governments in our country today, and it's one of the most broken things in our system. A "windfall" tax on oil companies would be absolutely no different and wouldn't cause anything but higher prices at the pump while the oil companies maintained their same profit levels by passing on the tax to the consumers. Carter tried this already and it failed miserably, remember?
That's the problem. Government that no longer represents the will of the people.
Jesse

Macomb, MI

#15 Oct 14, 2008
Kristin Bienert lacks common sense. Gas prices come down a little bit and she wants to buy an SUV? There is no guarantee that gas prices will not go up again. There are no certainties with today's economy but she wants to trade her car is (probably for a loss) in order to purchase a larger one with a larger carbon footprint? Clearly, the current financial crisis has not sunk in. Americans should be saving money where they can.

But hey, if she has the cash to do it, then more power to her. However, based on her lack of common sense, I doubt she has the cash and will instead rely on credit, which is what got America in trouble.

My advice to anyone ... the advice that I have followed for years ... if you cannot pay for it with cash (with the ONLY exception being a house or college tuition), then you should not buy it.
Do Not Fly AirTran

Baltimore, MD

#16 Oct 14, 2008
Fed Up in Towson wrote:
<quoted text> A "windfall" tax on oil companies would be absolutely no different and wouldn't cause anything but higher prices at the pump while the oil companies maintained their same profit levels by passing on the tax to the consumers. Carter tried this already and it failed miserably, remember?
Companies will pass on their costs to consumers whenever they can but we've already reached the price point where demand for oil is dropping and the "will of the people" is to develop alternative energy sources. At some point they will have to sacrifice some profit margin so that idiots like Kristin will feel good about buying a gas guzzler, ensuring a market for their product in the future.

Since: May 08

Baltimore

#17 Oct 14, 2008
Mike B wrote:
you don't think this was the plan all along, I said from the beginnign that the oil companies on purpose and in their plan raised the prices to $4 a gal. so that when they dropped to the low $3 that we would all say "hey , gas is all the way down t $3 a gal."WHAT A JOKE , and people like you fell for the assenine trick, we are just like sheep being led to the slaughter!!!!!
well this sheep is driving for a bit cheaper. have fun peddling your bike, powered by vegetable oil.
larry g

United States

#18 Oct 14, 2008
i syphon my gas from my neighbor's car in the middle of the night. haven't bought gas in years.
only a matter of time

United States

#19 Oct 14, 2008
FireTrembley wrote:
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That's the problem. Government that no longer represents the will of the people.
Untill election time that is, when the amrican people get to slap them back in the face by way of voting them out!
Ruth Calabria

Lubbock, TX

#20 Oct 14, 2008
Please don't think $3 gas wasn't designed. By the Republicans.

Was Sarah Palin’s ranting and raving designed to distract us all from the boldest theft in history, the bailout of the stupidest, greediest bunch of Republican weasels to ever occupy Wall St. and the White House? Guess what? The bankers are going to use that dumb gift to finance the miracle last minute election of General Daffy Duck and Mistress Leia, Jesus have mercy on us all!

They set life up like a casino where you can’t possibly win in the long run. But you never stop trying because what else is there? Only to take over the casino, which nobody dares do or even dares to think about. But one thing that cannot be denied is that the payoff odds have just gotten sharply lower, suckers, homeowners, job holders, retirees. More on www.matrix-evolutions.com

Dr. Peter and Mrs. Ruth Calabria

THE EVOLUTION OF INFORMATION: A MATHEMATICAL IDEOLOGY

Lubbock, Texas

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