The numbers on the pump are not a moral compass needle
Watching Faux News at the gym on Saturday, I witnessed a number of talking heads going on at length with their Rove talking points (“Democrats: all out of ideas, or just anti-American?”) and then they turned the corner to a more hopeful concept. Would the lower gas prices, they wondered, help the president and the Republican party – the true Americans – in the upcoming election?
Apparently (I shudder to think they may be right about this) there are voters on both sides of the aisle who may vacillate back and forth depending on such ephemera as this week’s gasoline prices. Price goes up: “Darn that Bush!” as if the president has his hand on some sort of economic faucet. Price goes down: “I dunno, Bush brought the gas prices down” – same empty-headed idea.
Speaking to those voters, if they exist:
“Whether you support the president or not, if you would change your vote based on an irrational (that is to say, ‘ignorant of economics’ ) view of an issue that is only tangentally affected by the presidency, please, please, stay home next election. You are a loose cannon on the deck of state. Spend the time watching the excellent PBS video series on economics, Commanding Heights. Read up on the history of Iraq, only this time go back at least to 1258. Hell, read Larry Gonick’s Cartoon Guide to US History if you can find a copy.
Above all, base your voting convictions on something deeper than the price of gas this week. That is all.”
(Wanders off, sputtering and muttering…)