Allen West Fills Up His Hummer


Tea Party favorite and wingnut extraordinaire Allen West has taken to complaining on his Facebook page about how expensive it is to fill up his Hummer — and how it’s all Obama’s fault that gas prices have gone up. Politico reports:

“People have asked me before is there any area where I could praise President Obama? Certainly, he has an impeccable penchant for understanding the power of the bully pulpit,” the Florida Republican wrote on his Facebook page Thursday. “President Obama is also very adept at promulgating deceptive language masquerading as policy, actually just insidious political gimmickry.”

Looks like somebody got one of those “improve your vocabulary in a year” desk calendars.

He continued, “This ‘tax policy’ is an example as well as today’s speech on his ‘energy policy’ shall be. Here is the bottom line, last night it took 70 dollars to fill the tank of my 2008 H3 Hummer, what is it costing you? What does it cost the president to fill his gas tank?”

I consider a Hummer to be a Rorschach car. If someone buys a Hummer, that decision alone tells you almost everything you need to know about them.

Comments

  1. otrame says

    Or, as a friend of mine once said (to a guy in a very expensive and flashy sports car) “Sorry about your penis.”

  2. Phillip IV says

    The most bizarre thing about that quote is that there was actually no need to mention the make and model. He could have just said “my truck”. So either he misspoke, or he actually thinks owning such a “proud American overindulgence” car would help his popularity with voters.

    But we’ll be seeing more of the $5 per gallon line running up to the election, along with the “common sense” suggestion of drilling and pipelines (like the OPEC had no say in that matter). With all of their other economic proposals unpopular and discredited, it’s the only clear-cut venue of attack they have left in that regard.

    But, unlike 2008, when they tried the same line, Barack Obama is actually in charge now – so if the oil prices show no sign of receding by the summer, he could always offer up something like a gas excise holiday in Congress. Which they Republicans would then have to turn down (removing the issue from their arsenal) or accept while betraying their deficit rhetoric.

  3. Chiroptera says

    Huh.

    I don’t own a vehicle, so I save a whole lot on gas. And insurance, come to think of it. And seeing the maintenance costs that some of my friends have had to bear lately with their vehicles, I wonder how it is that anyone can afford to own a vehicle.

    It is a bit inconvenient at times, but I’ve found that most of the times I need to get into the City for some reason, there’s usually someone who needs to make that trip anyway, so it turns out to be not so bad.

  4. ehmm says

    Supply and demand, man.

    As far as I’m concerned, if you commute in a Hummer, you have given up your right to be taken seriously when bitching about the price of fuel. I would also point out that the wasteful consumption of the stuff is one of the things that contributes to the high prices. And the moment I even think you are going to start droning on about safety, I’ll suggest heading over to the IIHS website and showing me how many times the Hummer appears as a top safety pick. The answer to this is easy.

    If you’re a wingnut who’s thinking on your feet that day and you just want to say anything to win the argument, you might point out that it’s just a bullshit government agency and what do they know? I’ll tell you your wrong and that the IIHS is a consortium of private insurance companies, not a gov’t agency.

  5. leftwingfox says

    I seem to remember another low-milage monster named after a blow job… what was that?

    Oh Yes.

    Shockingly prescient parody in that movie.

  6. ehmm says

    … also, is there anyone who didn’t expect the economic recovery to be accompanied by rising fuel costs?

  7. naturalcynic says

    Awwww, give the poor guy a break. If he had an H2, he would be spending $85.
    And all his thuggeryhard work in Iraq has gone for naught, that’s what really pisses him off.

  8. Ben P says

    I don’t own a vehicle, so I save a whole lot on gas. And insurance, come to think of it. And seeing the maintenance costs that some of my friends have had to bear lately with their vehicles, I wonder how it is that anyone can afford to own a vehicle.

    Where do you live?

    I have friends that live in major cities and don’t own cars, but that is quite literally an impossibility here. Virtually anything of interest would be a half an hour walk or more, and there’s no public transportation to speak of. (we have a bus system, but outside of downtownn stops are few and far between).

    The upside for low income people I guess is that we don’t have smog requirements and southern winters are kind to vehicles, so it is quite possible to go and find a cheap 20 year old car for a couple hundred dollars.

  9. unbound says

    OMG! You mean there are consequences to letting all these oil companies merge and allow them to write energy policy?

    No way!!

  10. 'Tis Himself, OM says

    It cost me $22 to fill up my Mitsubishi Eclipse on Friday. Maybe West should consider getting a vehicle with a smaller, more fuel efficient engine.

  11. dingojack says

    The less there is of a commodity, the more consmers have to pay for it (the demand line has a negative slope).
    Oil is a commodity that has a finite supply. It is running out. Therefore the price will rise (and continue to rise).
    Welcome to post-peak oil Allen, hope your stupidly fuel-ineffcient, micro-penis-compensating truck bankrupts your sorry ass.
    Dingo

  12. says

    “President Obama is also very adept at promulgating deceptive language masquerading as policy, actually just insidious political gimmickry.”

    Keep in mind, this is how West responded when asked if there was anything he could praise Obama for. The guy’s asshole quotient is through the roof.

  13. Chiroptera says

    ehmm, #8: As far as I’m concerned, if you commute in a Hummer, you have given up your right to be taken seriously when bitching about the price of fuel.

    Ah, but let us not forget the overblown sense of entitlement that characterizes American white conservatives. Especially the evangelical Christian right.

    Ben P, #12: Where do you live?

    A small town in rural Oklahoma. Without any public transportation at all, which can be a drag.

    But everything I need on a day-to-day basis is within walking distance, so it’s not so bad.

    That includes when I lived on the other side of town, when I would have to walk 40 minutes or more in 100+ degree heat with a full backpack of groceries from the supermarket to home. That is what I consider “walking distance.” Needless to say, I don’t have a lot of respect for West’s whining.

  14. says

    I’ve seen a Hummer regularly parked in the student’s parking lot of a local high school for the last couple of years. You can only wonder why you’d let your kid drive a giant gas guzzler like that.

  15. D. C. Sessions says

    The gas price thing is another useful test: all of those “sacred free markets” ideologues on the Right suddenly discard supply and demand when it comes to gasoline prices.

    For instance, “gasoline less than $2 a gallon when Obama took office” never connects to “and the economy was in free fall, the Dow had dropped by nearly half and we were losing hundreds of thousands of jobs a month.” Pure coincidence, I’m sure.

    Or “gasoline is headed back up to the Bush-era high” (not how they put it, of course) never gets connected to “and the economy is starting to seriously recover while other countries are ramping up their demand.”

    Bah.

  16. says

    But we’ll be seeing more of the $5 per gallon line running up to the election, along with the “common sense” suggestion of drilling and pipelines (like the OPEC had no say in that matter). With all of their other economic proposals unpopular and discredited, it’s the only clear-cut venue of attack they have left in that regard.

    I would say that drilling has been thoroughly discredited as a legitimate means of lowering gas prices. If not in the public mind, economists at least have been pointing this out for many years. We don’t have enough reserves in the US to make a serious dent in oil prices, even if we were to open up every last wildlife refuge and national park to drilling.

    As with everything else, the policy is based purely on interests of powerful constituents. Drilling in ANWR and shallow water areas that are off-limits may be a net negative for the public, but the oil there is profitable, and if the oil companies make money, that’s all that matters.

  17. llewelly says

    If we had a Good Christian President, who understood that cheap gasoline was the Bounty of God Almighty, given unto the Faithful of Jesus Christ Motors, our nation would be driving a Christian Path to Righteousness, and our Faith would be Blessed with cheap gasoline, Real American Muscle Cars, and Real American Big Trucks.

    But our President is a Sinner, who believes the Satanic Myth of Millions of Years, who believes coal and oil are the flesh and blood of Dinosaurs and ancient swamps, squished and squashed by Dancing Continents for millions upon millions of years.

    God rejects this myth. God punishes our Great Nation by making oil scarce, and parking almost impossible to find, except on the Interstates of our big cities. Many Americans are so deep in Sin, that God has forced them to buy economy cars, or electric cars, or even, so great is their sin, ride the Communist Bus.

  18. dingojack says

    Ohh stop it Allen, you’re breaking my heart!
    With USD70.00 you be able to buy about 11.65 gallons of petrol here (AUD1.484 per litre).
    Spoilt, overpriveleged and clueless. I wonder why the rest of the world thinks of you as an offensive joke?
    Dingo

  19. Phillip IV says

    Area Man @ #16:

    Keep in mind, this is how West responded when asked if there was anything he could praise Obama for. The guy’s asshole quotient is through the roof.

    Well, to be pragmatic, West is a black Republican in Florida, constantly under scrutiny by his Teabagger supports for the slightest hint of heresy. Just answering the question with “I’d have to think about that for a moment.

    No.” could have damaged his political career. And going for a more elegant, subtler backhanded compliment? Even if he was capable of it, it would go straight over the heads of far too many of his reporters, would likely miss the irony.

  20. says

    Chiroptera:

    Ah, but let us not forget the overblown sense of entitlement that characterizes American white conservatives. Especially the evangelical Christian right.

    You might want to remember that we’re talking about Allen West, who is an evangelical Christian & American conservative but not white.

  21. Chiroptera says

    TCC, #27: You might want to remember that we’re talking about Allen West, who is an evangelical Christian & American conservative but not white.

    You are quite right. I actually knew that, but I was momentarily thinking about West’s intended audience and didn’t think how what I wrote could be read.

    Like West, Keyes, Thomas, and Cain, there are plenty of African-American conservative Christian Rightists (not all of them Protestant, as you can see). The movement as whole is dominated by whites and white-thinking, I don’t want to over-simplify the situation.

    I apologize for any offense that anyone might have taken from my comments.

  22. says

    Chiroptera: To be honest, I don’t think your previous statement was offensive, just a bit inaccurate. I do find your comment about “white-thinking,” however, to be a little bit strange (and vague, as I have no idea what “white-thinking” might entail).

  23. cormac says

    It’s amazing to me all the talk about entitlements in politics when we, as Americans, live in probably the most entitled society on the planet. Most Americans think that they are “entitled” to low gas prices, “entitled” to drive huge vehicles with no regard for mileage or the environment, and “entitled” to any and all other excesses that they can think of. Santorum and his religious ilk all think that we (man) are “entitled” to dominion over the planet. I just don’t understand this mentality of me, me, me but it’s just pervasively prevalent in the right wing of our society.

  24. Chiroptera says

    TCC, #29: (and vague, as I have no idea what “white-thinking” might entail)

    I was referring to the ethnocentric mind set of the white dominated Christian Right, especially the white (and male) centered thinking that seems to be unable to understand or empathize with those who are different.

    Perhaps I should just have said “ethnocentric.”

    Or maybe “bigoted” would have been even better.

  25. ehmm says

    Chiroptera

    I used to live in Oklahoma as well and yes the public transportation sucks and the heat is oppressive. You should have seen the looks on the faces of my fellow office dwellers when I showed up at work one day with my brand new sub compact.

    That said, there is one segment of that crowd that I do sympathize with. That is people down there who drove 1/2 ton trucks who were feeling the pinch of gas prices and totally understood the necessity of a more fuel efficient vehicle but just couldn’t justify it financially. Their current vehicle was paid off and they’d been driving it for a decade but the uncertainty of the job market at the time meant they had to suffer the high prices instead of risking a car payment. I think there is some validity to that.

    Even still, have people forgotten about car pooling? You take a vehicle that normally carries 1 person on a daily commute and add a passenger, the fuel economy of that vehicle immediately doubles. Easy. The added bonus is that second vehicle is not on the road, which eases traffic.

  26. says

    Let’s just agree that to be black and to impress the Republican base, you have to be an even bigger douchebag than your white counterparts, which is really saying something. Not only do you have to evince the normal asshole behavior of your tribe, you have put on a much grander display of dickheadedness to overcome the suspicion that you’re not really one of them.

  27. Azkyroth says

    Hmm. My Prius costs about $100 a month to fuel and I drive quite a bit, including to campus daily.

    In fact, the fuel savings are enough over the vehicle I was previously driving that I come out ahead even considering the increase in monthly payment.

    Sucks to be you, West.

  28. says

    That said, there is one segment of that crowd that I do sympathize with. That is people down there who drove 1/2 ton trucks who were feeling the pinch of gas prices and totally understood the necessity of a more fuel efficient vehicle but just couldn’t justify it financially. Their current vehicle was paid off and they’d been driving it for a decade but the uncertainty of the job market at the time meant they had to suffer the high prices instead of risking a car payment. I think there is some validity to that.

    This is precisely why fuel economy standards make sense and need to be tightened. If you want the “free market” to handle things, you have to assume that consumers are rationally pricing in the future expected costs of gasoline given the likelihood of oil supply constraints and surging demand in the developing world. Sadly, few people actually do this.

    Demand for oil is largely inelastic precisely because consumption habits are built into choices made in years past, including the kind of car to buy, how far away from work to live, etc. Then these people end up with huge gas bills that they can do nothing about, and they run to the government demanding that something be done about their own bad choices.

  29. says

    Buying a hummer and complaining about gas prices…I supposed I shouldn’t be surprised by the lack of thought that goes into what he says/does anymore.

  30. magistramarla says

    We spend a little over $50 per month to fuel our Prius, and we’re paying California prices.
    My husband rides his bicycle to work, saving fuel and getting his work-out five days a week. I only use the car for grocery shopping, appointments, etc.
    We’ve also discovered that one of the best things about living next to the ocean is no need for an air conditioner in either the house or the car! Love that natural air conditioning!

  31. Azkyroth says

    We’ve also discovered that one of the best things about living next to the ocean is no need for an air conditioner in either the house or the car!

    Eat shit. ;/

  32. davem says

    I paid $1.37.9/L yesterday, or $5.22/gallon. The US still has the cheapest gas in the world.

    In the 1st world, maybe. There are still some places (oil producing countries) where it’s cheaper than water.

    …and at $5.22 a gallon, you’ve got it cheap. I just paid $8.28 per US gallon (£1.347 per litre), at the cheapest place in town.

  33. carlsonjok says

    The most bizarre thing about that quote is that there was actually no need to mention the make and model. He could have just said “my truck”.

    He could have, but that would have been inaccurate. Hummers are not trucks. As someone who drives a truck (for completely non-genitalia related reasons,) I can assure you that Hummers are not trucks since they have absolutely no practical utility like a truck does. They are the ultimate vanity vehicle.

  34. Olav says

    RON95 petrol (the regular kind) is now at more than €1.80/litre where I live.

    That would be 9.11 US$/GAL

    I think the price is still not nearly high enough, because it doesn’t yet drive (ha) people out of their motors at all.

  35. imthegenieicandoanything says

    Y’know, a Gingrich/West ticket would pair the two most horrible human beings on earth today, and in order of horrible-ness.

    Thank the Lovecraftian stars that they could never produce living, much less fertile, offspring!

  36. kyoseki says

    The Hummer vehicles have always been about conspicuous consumption so I find it hilarious that someone who owns one is complaining about how much it costs. At British prices it would cost $180 to fill his H3’s tank (~23 gallons).

    Fun fact, the original Hummer H1 has a diesel engine and not gas powered like the H2/H3, and you can run it on B100 biodiesel just by swapping the fuel lines to ones that won’t degrade (assuming you can find it, B100 is almost impossible to find even here in Los Angeles and it’s more expensive than regular diesel when you do – most places stock 5% biodiesel just for the tax break).

    Incidentally has anyone else noticed just how quickly so-called “Conservatives” want government subsidies and interference when it becomes apparent that a global free market results in rising oil prices and not falling ones?

  37. says

    I work in a mail-room just a few miles from home but because my mid-western city doesn’t believe in sidewalks or reasonable public transit, I needed a car. I bought one – a nice shiny new Ford Fiesta. It gets 28 mpg in the city and 43 on the highway (my actual measurements – the rated mileage is lower). I have a reasonable payment, cheap expenses at the pump, and cheap insurance. For some reason though some of my co-workers think that it’s a girly car. To them I am just not a man unless I get something ridiculously large and wasteful. I will never understand the attitudes of my fellow Americans. Let them think what they want. I just hope that efficiency someday catches on.

  38. Azkyroth says

    To them I am just not a man unless I get something ridiculously large and wasteful. I will never understand the attitudes of my fellow Americans. Let them think what they want. I just hope that efficiency someday catches on.

    “My MPG is bigger than yours.”

  39. harold says

    I do find your comment about “white-thinking,” however, to be a little bit strange

    As a white heterosexual male who is not part of the US “conservative movement”, I perceive the overall movement as racist, mainly toward African-Americans, although there is also bigotry toward many other groups.

    My perception is strong and probably correct. I am culturally close enough to the people that the code is targeted toward, that I generally have a very good understanding of the code. The major communication vehicles of the movement – right wing talk radio, Fox News, and statements made at Tea Party rallies – are persistent in expressing barely coded racism.

    However, although the coded statements are barely coded (from my perspective), the fiction of denying the racism is considered considered enormously important.

    Since the movement also endorses callousness, short-sighted infantile greed, sexism, homophobia, unjustified anger and resentment, appropriately targets sadism, hypocritical religious authoritarianism, and reality denial, a guy like Allen West can’t help being attracted.

  40. says

    I was reading Consumer’s Reports and one of the biggest complaints about the Hummer: gas mileage. Really!! I can’t imagine why someone would engage in conspicuous consumption and then complain that the consumption was, uh, too conspicuous. It tends to make me suspect they aren’t very smart, or something.

  41. says

    I was in Saudi Arabia last week; gas is (if I did the conversion right) about 70 cents – $1/gal. There are a fair number of gas guzzlers, but fewer than you’d expect due to the cost of importing them. Mostly the gas guzzlers are either American SUVs or Italian sports cars. If you can afford a Lamborghini, you can afford to fill ‘er up…

  42. says

    You can only wonder why you’d let your kid drive a giant gas guzzler like that.

    Maybe the kid has to pay for the gas, so they’re effectively grounded?
    Alternate theory: maybe the parents know the kid is a bad driver and want them driving the most tank-like vehicle possible.
    Alternate theory #2: it’s nobody’s business but theirs.

  43. Michael Heath says

    James Watt at Wikiquotes:
    My responsibility is to follow the Scriptures which call upon us to occupy the land until Jesus returns.
    The Washington Post, May 24, 1981

    That is the delicate balance the Secretary of the Interior must have: to be steward for the natural resources for this generation as well as future generations. I do not know how many future generations we can count on before the Lord returns; whatever it is we have to manage with a skill to leave the resources needed for future generations.
    Testimony before the House Interior Committee, February 1981

    “We will mine more, drill more, cut more timber.”
    Quoted in Media Transparency [1]

    “Everything Cheney’s saying, everything the president’s saying – they’re saying exactly what we were saying 20 years ago, precisely … Twenty years later, it sounds like they’ve just dusted off the old work.”
    Watt praising Bush energy and environmental policies Watt Applauds Bush Energy Strategy Denver Post May 16, 2001

    “If the troubles from environmentalists cannot be solved in the jury box or at the ballot box, perhaps the cartridge box should be used.”
    The Earth’s Storm Troopers Phoenix New Times August 7, 1991 also [2].

    We have every mixture you can have. I have a black, a woman, two Jews and a cripple. And we have talent.
    Speaking before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on September 21, 1983, in reference to members of the U.S. Commission on Fair Market Value Policy for Federal Coal Leasing

    Liberals have shifted government into a position of being neutral between right and wrong. By concentrating power in government institutions, liberals chisel at the three pillars of society: the family unit, work ethic and faith. That’s not good for America.
    U.S. News and World Report, November 11, 1985

  44. Azkyroth says

    Alternate theory #2: it’s nobody’s business but theirs.

    Except that unlike, say, the sex lives of consenting adults, inexperienced drivers in tank-like vehicles endanger OTHERS.

  45. Olav says

    Azkyroth says:

    Alternate theory #2: it’s nobody’s business but theirs.

    Except that unlike, say, the sex lives of consenting adults, inexperienced drivers in tank-like vehicles endanger OTHERS.

    And pollute everyone’s air, and consume everyone’s resources.

  46. jonhendry says

    The H3: When you want to look like a douchebag for driving a Hummer, and you want to spend too much on gas, but you don’t actually need any of the abilities that made the H1 famous.

    I saw a Range Rover the other day, with a cover on its spare wheel that said “HUMMER RECOVERY VEHICLE”.

    ie, Hummers (especially non-H1 models) are a joke now, even among off-roaders who presumably appreciate a big gas-hungry vehicle.

  47. tuxedocartman says

    Aaaaaaand that was the line for me, folks. Henceforth, I shall now refer to the GOP as the POE party… because I honestly can’t tell if they’re parodying themselves or not. I mean, Colbert can’t come up with material this good.

  48. says

    The H3 is a joke. It lacks most of the good stuff of the H1 and retains almost almost all of the bad stuff.

    Alan West is walking penis (although not a large one).

  49. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    It’s amazing to me all the talk about entitlements in politics when we, as Americans, live in probably the most entitled society on the planet. Most Americans think that they are “entitled” to low gas prices, “entitled” to drive huge vehicles with no regard for mileage or the environment, and “entitled” to any and all other excesses that they can think of.

    It’s been that way for a while:

    The American way of life is not negotiable – G. H. W. Bush, Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, 1992.

  50. ehmm says

    #47 MyMindMeanders

    You get 43 on the highway? What’s your typical highway cruising speed?

    I checked out the Fiesta at a recent car show and I have to say I liked it a lot. When they bring the new engine here I’m giving serious thought to making one my next car.

    As for “girly car” comments, I just tell them I’m suitably hairy and my attachments are ample enough. That shuts them up pretty fast. Then I remind them how I was one of the few people who made it to work after last years blizzard, and the one the year before.

  51. Ichthyic says

    Ohh stop it Allen, you’re breaking my heart!
    With USD70.00 you be able to buy about 11.65 gallons of petrol here (AUD1.484 per litre).

    Ha! You spoiled Aussies with yer cheap gas.

    it’s over 2.00/lt here in Hobbiton.

  52. Ichthyic says

    Aaaaaaand that was the line for me, folks. Henceforth, I shall now refer to the GOP as the POE party… because I honestly can’t tell if they’re parodying themselves or not. I mean, Colbert can’t come up with material this good

    bah.

    call me when they start talking about how Brawndo has what plants crave.

  53. Ichthyic says

    “Allen West Fills Up His Hummer …” With Rent Boys

    Much better.

    “Allen West GETS a Hummer FROM Rent Boys.”

    even better.

  54. Azkyroth says

    “Allen West GETS a Hummer FROM Rent Boys.”

    even better.

    Won’t someone think of the poor rent boys? :(

  55. dingojack says

    Ichthyic – You guys have cars?!?
    I thought you took the trip to Mt. Doom on yer big hairy feet! :)
    Dingo
    ——–
    NZD2.00/litre = AUD1.5627/litre = USD6.32/USgallon

  56. Ichthyic says

    I thought you took the trip to Mt. Doom on yer big hairy feet! :)

    naww, that’s only for the annual Pilgrimage these days.

  57. says

    “Allen West Fills Up His Hummer …” With Rent Boys

    I’m sure he could find plenty of libertarians any day to ride with him and add a nice shiny ideological veneer to both his Hummer and his whiny complaints.

  58. says

    Alternate theory #2: it’s nobody’s business but theirs.

    I would say it’s the business of anybody they might run over in their overpriced gas-guzzler, and the business of anybody who ends up suffering due to the pollution it creates. And maybe the business of everyone who pays to have the roads maintained (since a Hummer must be doing more than its fair share of damage).

  59. says

    I would say it’s the business of anybody they might run over in their overpriced gas-guzzler, and the business of anybody who ends up suffering due to the pollution it creates. And maybe the business of everyone who pays to have the roads maintained (since a Hummer must be doing more than its fair share of damage).

    Sure. But that kind of “for the good of us all” argument can apply to anything where anyone’s actions potentially affect others. So presumably you sneer at people who have children (on the principle that a single child has a bigger impact than a single Hummer) and sniff at people who don’t live in a shoebox, etc, etc. A righteous life of disapproval for all!

  60. says

    In response to summer at #60Amazon’s (sorry – no quoted text posting from my phone makes that a challenge ):

    I drive the speed limit on the highway which is 65 mph around here. The Fiesta automatic transmission gets better mileage than the manual but in the city at least it sucks. It is a computer controlled manual gearbox and like the auto in the Focus it is the biggest complaint people have with the car. If you do a lot of highway driving though, it is great. Just set the cruise control and drive at the speed limit and you should get similar figures. If you get the SFE model it should be even better.

  61. savagemutt says

    RON95 petrol (the regular kind) is now at more than €1.80/litre where I live.

    Well, there’s your problem right there. You old-worlders keep buying this “petrol” stuff. You should switch to gas.

  62. says

    We drive an ’06 Ford F350 diesel pickup. It gets decent mileage for a pickup (20-23mpg), and we live in a rural area so it’s necessary, not an indulgence. Do I bitch about how much it costs to fill it up? Nope. That’s part of driving a pickup, and it’s not a commute vehicle.

    We’re in the process of shopping for a more fuel efficient vehicle for a daily driver for trips to the store and stuff. Unfortunately, it can’t be a tiny econo car due to my disabilities, but we’ll get something as fuel efficient as possible in the size range we’re looking for.

    It kills me when someone buys a big ass truck then bitches about how much it costs to keep it on the road. Derp.

  63. harold says

    Of interest, this article provoked me to learn a little more about Allen West.

    As far as I can tell, West has never made a dime that didn’t come directly from the government (military service, “civilian adviser”, one year, designer help us all, as a high school teacher, and now politician) or from people who wanted to influence the government (he spent a couple of years at a defense contractor).

    Also in contrast to his Galtian pronouncements, this guy is no Herman Cain. I don’t know what he earned during his two years in the private sector, although my dime says that the symbolic ex-military types aren’t the ones who get the real gravy. As for the rest of it – lieutenant colonels make a very comfortable living and he was allowed to retire – I assume he gets a military pension on top of his other pay – but we’re not exactly talking mega-millions here. I guess high ranking officers and members of congress are closing in on the top 10%, but it’s not 1% stuff. And remember, people talk about the 1%, but that’s BS – the top .01% is where the action is. A cardiologist can crack the top 1%.

  64. Nemo says

    I still have yet to put more than about $20 a time into my Prius. I’m not a big driver, so I haven’t worked it out monthly. But I can say that I pay more for insurance than for gas.

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