Monday, June 9, 2008

Rural America hit hard by gas prices

Today's NYT has an article entitled, Rural U.S. Takes Worst Hit as Gas Tops $4 Average. I think it's an important read. It says that the American family now spends 4% of their take home pay on gas. But in rural America people are traveling longer distances to their jobs (often in vehicles that get very low gas mileage) while also making less money. Often they are paying closer to 14% of their take home pay for gas. Many are losing their vehicles because they can't make the payment after buying gas.

This has become a class issue. Wealthy city dwellers are still paying less than 2% of their incomes for gas yet the rural poor are being forced to change their diets so that they can keep getting to work every week.

Is the Revolution coming? You know it is. Now we need to focus on making it the Revolution that we want rather than one of desperation and chaos.

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