"People are tired," she said sadly. "Cranky. Prices keep getting higher and higher everywhere they go and they're tired."
She's right about that. I see it. People are definitely cranky. Steve and I were driving somewhere last week, stopped at a red light, and we were about three cars back. When the light turned green the guy in the lane next to us started screaming, "Go!!! It's not going to stay green for ... ever! " Yeah, so lots of us have temper tantrums when confronted with ignorant drivers (and there are plenty of them), but I think it's true that people are testy.
Jeffrey Lord at American Spectator hits on the issue of rising prices in his column this morning to explain why Obama is a "political goner" in 2012:
You can get away with a lot of things as president and blame them on other people. For Obama its George Bush or now the oil companies or also now those evil corporations or… well… yada yada yada. But when average Americans begin to understand that Obamanomics is directly responsible for a 28 cent rise in the price of milk (with over a year and a half to go to the 2012 elections), there is going to be political hell to pay. And the buck, so to speak, stops, as it always does, with the president of the United States.
It's all related to the cost of gas, of energy. Gas prices during Obama's tenure has nearly doubled and that's reflected everywhere you go. He can't blame this one on Bush. This is when the rubber meets the road; this is when the Average American starts paying attention:
Paying an increase of 28 cents for a gallon of milk inside of less than four months? This is the language understood by average Americans too busy with daily life to pay much in the way of attention to the economists, journalists, and politicians.And they' re getting cranky about it. They're going to look for someone to blame and someone to answer for this. It's going to get worse as summer approaches and the summer driving season kicks in. Gas prices always rise then. And then comes hurricane season. Up, up, up.
And Obama's answer? There's no "silver bullet" to bring down gas prices. Does that satisfy you?
It doesn't me, either.