There's a crass old saying my grandfather used to have.
It went something along the line of, "don't whizz down my back and tell me it's raining." In other words, make sure what you see is what you get, right? Well, right now, many various sources would love to tell you that gas prices are lower. Lower than what? Kareem Abdul Jabar? The Empire State Building? A jet?
Sure, prices are down from say, last week. Or maybe even a month ago. On the other hand, for news sources to be reporting that prices fell by a penny last week is hardly anything to get excited about. If prices fell by $.50 or something, that'd be worth reporting. But a cent and a half? Come on...
That doesn't even save you $.50 on a fill-up, so what's the point?
I saw a headline from a local news outlet this morning that should've been good news. Gas prices were down again in northern New England. But to go from $3.43 a gallon to $3.42 seems exactly like that situation my grandfather used to speak of. That's an awful lot of excitement over a penny.
Now, don't get me wrong. I get how the pricing works. It's basically got nothing to do with our government. OPEC pretty much gets to choose what we pay for gas. So if you're mad about gas prices, blame them. Our government can't do a whole heck of a lot. Release the reserves? It's only happened 3 times in our history as a country.
To me, this has nothing to do with politics, but how we receive information. We seriously don't need a stupid report from anyone about gas falling a cent. Ten cents? Great! A buck? Fantastic! But if anyone in the world wants to be informed about gas falling a thin, red cent... I won't believe it. Stop pouring gas down my back and telling me it's raining.