$30 from a gas tax holiday buys one person food for a month, but do "creative class" [cough] Obama Fan Bois care? Guess...
[I'm still getting links to this one over a year later. One can only speculate why it hit such a nerve. Double shot, sir? Cinnamon? The topic of the post -- Hillary Clinton's gas tax holiday -- comes from the 2008 primaries, so it's now dated. But pearl-clutching from career "progressives" is ever green! -- lambert]
[Welcome, Sadly No and Balloon Juice readers. Vanilla shot with your ramen? Cinnamon? I, for one, welcome our new "creative class" overlords; we welcome your hatred, if any. Because every time the OFB use the word "desperate," a kitten dies...]
As alert reader gqmartinez points out, $30 is a month's worth of food, if you need to live on ramen noodles. And as alert reader BDBlue points out, it's 15 weeks worth of school lunches for one of your kids.
I've done that math, because after the dot com bubble burst, that was the situation I was faced with, and I was lucky, because my situation only lasted for months. Except I can top gqmartinez: My survival formula was dollar store spaghetti sauce. You can get two days out of a jar, and even with spaghetti, I could still get change back from my thirty! That was before things got really bad, and I went to the cans of generic pork and beans, 4 for a dollar. Plus, since by that time the gas and the electricity were off, I could heat the beans with the hotplate after stringing an extension cord out into the hall and plugging it into a socket I'd screwed into the light for the purpose. Too risky to boil water that way, I felt. What if I heard someone on the stairs and had to cut the power when the spaghetti was only half boiled?
$0.25 a day.
Now, to Stoller, $30 is what? Seven vente lattes and a croissant? I'd say. Though maybe he goes for the pumps of vanilla syrup instead of the croissant. I really wouldn't know.
So, keeping the math in mind, let's look at Matt Stoller's latest attempt to unify the party over at Cheetopia:
CONFIDENTIAL/URGENT POLITICAL PROPOSAL
First we must solicit your confidence in this issue. This is by virtue as being utterly confidential and "top secret".
If you accept we will deliver to your a sum of 30 DOLLARS in the summer 2008 in form of a "GAS TAX HOLIDAY".
Ha ha! Teh funny!
(Note, of course, that if a Hillary supporter wrote an equivalent parody of a Nigerian 409 scam, the OFB would be all over them screaming racism. Although the OFB are all over anybody screaming racism at any time for any reason, so they can feel good about themselves for not being racist. Therefore, that goes without saying. Sorry for the redundancy.)
Because, let's remember, as Stoller forgets --- or seemingly forgets -- that $30 could be a month's worth of food to somebody on the edge. Not that Stoller cares, or even understands.
Why? Because the real issue is who is going to bear the cost of permanently higher oil prices, the potential collapse of the American imperial project, and the wrenching adjustments that will need to be made for global warming.
The "creative class" [cough] is determined that it won't be them.
Therefore, the costs will be shifted to us.
Take that Unity Pony out for a drag, boys. But I think your pony's starting to smell.
NOTE You know what? I bet these guys leave a messy table for the barista. They would.
UPDATE Susie does the math too.
And in comments over at Susie's place, I'm reminded that maybe I'm being too harsh on the Boiz. I mean, take John Avarosis of America Blog -- please! I think the $30 might really help him! Because help is what he certainly needs:
If you make $75,000 or more a year, no check for you. Forget that fact that you live in NYC or DC or San Francisco, where prices from property to food are outrageous. No, forget that. Some guy living in a mansion in Topeka making $74,999 a year will get his little gift from the US Treasury and you, living in NYC making $75,001 out of a 300 sq ft studio apartment will get nothing. How about my friend who bought an entire house in Baltimore for $275,000 when that would get you a very small studio in DC. I know someone who got an entire house in Ohio for $2000 a month when that would get you a one-bedroom apartment in DC. I have a friend who moved to North Carolina and got offered a bit over $75k a year. He said it was a king's ransom in NC. In DC, well, again, keep checking out those studios. And another friend has a 900 sq ft condo, and paid more for it than another friend's parents paid for their 6000 sq ft house.
Oh, the humanity! You know, I though at the time that post was aberrational; just an A lister who lost his mind. Now I see that it was prophetic, and right down that yellow stripe in the middle of the road with these guys.
(Check the link for the history of the post, where Avarosis... Well, I think the French would say foutre le camp....
UPDATE See here for the economics of the proposal in real life. 200 OFB economics professors, and four bucks, will buy you a latte.