Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has a serious problem.† He just can’t manage to buy a tank of gas.
Ryan, illustrating the skyrocketing price of gas, claims he had to bust out two credit cards just to fill his tank up while on a recent trip in Wisconsin with his family.† “I canít even fill up my truck any more because of gas prices…You have to put a new credit card in the system if you actually want to top it off.Ē
But was Ryan exaggerating?†† Let’s do some simple math to see.
According to gas trackers in Wisconsin, a gallon of gas runs $3.72 on the low end to $4.19 on the high, and the average gallon in the state as a whole is $3.83.
Many pickup trucks, minivans and SUV’s tend to have around 20 gallon gas tanks.† Assuming Ryan, a noted fiscal conservative, waited it out at least long enough to not have to buy at the most expensive station in the state, but did take so long that he drained the tank nearly dry, if he bought a full 20 gallons at the average cost of $3.83, then yes, he would have gone over the $75 gas max by $1.60.
But this is by no means the highest gas prices Wisconsin has seen in recent years.† In fact, gas was 10 to 20 cents more per gallon in his state middle to later 2008, under President George W. Bush.† It then took a huge nosedive in the two months leading to the 2008 elections, and began inching back up once the elections were over.
When did they take their next big spike?† Right after the 2010 Republican sweep.
The “can’t fill my tank on a credit card” complaint is by no means new.† Customers were complaining back in the summer of 2008, when they were advised to close off the first transaction and begin a new one to get around the problem.
But now that the GOP wants to build the Keystone Pipeline, it’s suddenly the stuff that talking points are made of.
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