I drove it to school and work and I could fill it up for... are you ready for this?...... $12.00.
I did some searches online for the average price of a gallon of gas in 1990 and came up with ranges from $1.00 to $1.25. Where I lived, in the small city of Pearl, MS, gas was around $0.67 a gallon.
I remember when prices went up to $0.72. I felt panic - OMG! How in the world will I be able to afford to fill up my car?!?
In 1990 you could fill up your car for less than $15 bucks and buy a movie ticket for $3.25.
Now, it costs an average of $50 to fill up my 2011 Jeep Compass and a movie ticket costs almost $10 bucks!
If you're wondering where this trip down cheap gas memory lane is coming from - thank Congress.
I normally try to stay away from reading about politics and the crap our government tries to pull because - for one it's just depressing, and two - well it's just depressing.
But lately you'd have had to literally live in a cave under some rocks to get away from the news that we as a country are BROKE. I don't mean brok'en', although we're well on our way there as well, I mean broke as in We Gots No Dollas.
Out of all the shifty stuff going on in our country that rubs me the wrong way, the economy is an issue that definitely pushes my hot button. And not in a good way.
According to Obama, if congress doesn't pull their heads out of their asses and come to some kind of compromise he cannot guarantee that medicare checks will go out. Social Security benefits may not get paid and soldiers may end up risking their lives for literally nothing.
Meanwhile movie stars are living it up in mansions.. some more than one.. and in multiple countries. Pro athletes are raking in millions for playing one form of ball or another and the people who run this country are happily cashing their fat checks while trying to figure out how to screw the rest of us out of our truly hard earned money.
I understand running the country is an important job - but I find it more than ironic that the people who are supposed to be making sure our government is truly 'For the People' can spend weeks in a room arguing over who to screw but not once mention 'oh HEY! We make a boat load of money - how about we take pay cuts and dump some of our over inflated pay checks back into this country we're running into the ground'.
In 1990 a US Senator made $98,400. In 2011 they make $174,000.
That is a $75,000 raise over the course of 20 years. SEVENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS!.
This is from http://www.house.gov/daily/salaries.htm. If there is a newer listing I wasn't able to find it.
Salaries Legislative, Executive, Judicial
*as of January 2009
So let's do a little math. If there were only 1 person in each of these positions that's $1,244,100. 1.2 MILLION dollars a year in salary.President .........................................................$400,000Vice President .................................................$227,300Speaker of the House ......................................$223,500
House Majority & Minority Leaders ...............$193,400House / Senate Members & Delegates ............$174,000Chief Justice, Supreme Court ...........................$217,400
Associate Justices, Supreme Court ...................$208,100
Let's go back to 1990 for a minute.
The Average National Debt in 1990 was $3,364,820,000,000.
The Average National Debt today - 14,293,315,...,... well hell, it's changing too fast to be able to keep up - see for yourself here.
According to Whitehouse.gov the national debt has increased $12.7 Trillion in the last ten years. And according to Skymachines.com the debt has in fact done nothing BUT increase since President Ford's term in 1976 - and it was $653.5 million then.
Needless to say in the last 34 years our country has done nothing but sink deeper and deeper into the red, yet political figures have steadily been getting raises, bonuses, cushy health plans and the like.
~~taking a second to breath myself into a calmer state.
Ok - I'm settled down now - well enough to continue any way.
I LOVE and am incredibly grateful for the freedoms and liberties afforded to me by living in the US - but as a whole - we are a lazy, whiny, greedy, gluttonous country that has NO IDEA how cushy we have it.
In El Salvador some families live on as little as $30 a month. A MONTH!
In many African villages children are lucky if they eat, and can't even imagine what it would be like to drink clean water.
In America - we pay celebrities ONE FREAKING MILLION DOLLARS to film ONE episode of a popular sitcom - which only takes about a week.
In America we pay a basketball player THIRTY THREE MILLION DOLLARS to bounce a ball for 4 years.