Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.
“If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know,” Obama said laughingly. “You might want to think about a trade-in.”
But, as one Facebook posted wondered, if the questioner can’t afford the petrol, how is he supposed to afford the additional car payments?
If we really think this through (something our educational and political systems don’t encourage) what we’re being told is this:
- We need to cut back on our oil consumption.
- We won’t really make the technology and infrastructure investments we need to because we get more short-term political mileage out of entitlements, as our boffo performance with the stimulus demonstrates.
That, will all apologies to Paul Simon, leaves us with one mandate: Get on the bus, Gus.