Gas Prices are Not Ruining People's Lives

Will all of the whining and complaining we’re hearing from all corners of the country about the "outrageous" price of gasoline, you may be surprised to hear that it’s not going to cut down on vacation traffic this Memorial Day weekend.

An AP story (linked Drudge) says that travel this weekend will be up 1% over last year.

As millions of Americans prepare for the first big holiday of the summer season, the price of gasoline is the talk of the town. Despite prices hovering above $2.85 a gallon, AAA says it expects a slight increase in the number of travelers this year.

The auto club has estimated that 37.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Memorial Day weekend, up about one percent from last year.

Not only will millions of Americans still hit the roads this weekend, but the AP also reports that 94% of all boaters plan to be on the water this summer — even if gas prices go up another dollar.

Looks like my fellow citizens who are more than willing to pay $2.00 for a 20-ounce bottle of brown sugar-water (a.k.a. Coca-Cola) at the shopping mall vending machine realize that maybe they can handle gas at $2.85 per gallon.