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Go, "resilient consumers"! 
24th-Nov-2007 10:03 pm
dust this off colin : charliemc
So, when you're a hired flack, like I am, you have to appreciate a really good spin-doctor. (Just like you have to have a certain amount of contempt for a really lazy interviewer.)

Case in point: the latest version of an explanation for high gas prices that I heard on one of our most conservative radio stations. The woman giving the explanation was not supposed to be a flack for the oil companies, but she must have been. She gave the usual reasons, like "unrest in the Middle East." (By that token, I should have been living with high gas prices my whole life, because there has ALWAYS been unrest in the Middle East.)

She did actually give a nod to the speculators who are driving up the prices because they can. Uh, no shit.

My favorite of her explanations was by far the backhanded compliment to the gas-buyers themselves. She praised the "resilience" of the American consumer, who have managed to continue to keep buying gas, even though no one can quite figure out how. (Well, no one but Starbucks and the credit card companies and other retailers who have been affected by the downturn in discretionary spending.)

That's masterful public relations work. And, sadly, it's probably completely true. As long as we just gulp and continue to pay the price, they'll continue to hike it up. Our very willingness to pay is all the incentive the oil companies need.

I remember when we thought invading Iraq would bring gas prices down. Ha!

Hope the resilient consumers had fun shopping yesterday. We had outlet malls opening at midnight, as well as the few biggies opening at 4:00 and 5:00 am. It almost made me want to go shop!

ETA: This is entry #400 for me. And considering I've been on LJ for more than five years, that's not very impressive.
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25th-Nov-2007 06:35 am (UTC)
That story -- and the spin -- still amazes me.

What amazes me most, is just how stupid we are as a nation...

Well, as I've always said, the war is making money for someone. (As you and I both know, that's why wars are really fought -- in order to make money.) It's just not you or me! (heh)

Gas goes up and people drive those huge gas-guzzling hogs. (What happened to that gas conservation attitude that was around when we were teens?) And we all still drive. But, hey, if you live here, what else can you do? We're not Europe, where you can practically walk from country to country...

Resilient. I guess that's us! Makes me grin to hear it...

Hope the resilient consumers had fun shopping yesterday. We had outlet malls opening at midnight, as well as the few biggies opening at 4:00 and 5:00 am. It almost made me want to go shop!

Yep -- me, too! (And we never do that right after Thanksgiving...)

I wish I'd realized the important impact Christmas shopping has on our economy years ago. I'm thinking of a certain minister who needed to be 'straightened out' about his negativity regarding Christmas shopping... (You know who I mean.) I'd love to put it all in perspective for that ass.

Anyway, great to see you posting again!
25th-Nov-2007 08:12 am (UTC)
Mistress, I want to thank you for the rename token. I never thought I'd get the chance to change my LJ name, since just_jimbo had been taken. It feels great to have done it now, and it made a wonderful anniversary/Christmas present.

I hope to see you more here at LJ. Happy holidays to you and Charlie and your family!

Jimbo
25th-Nov-2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
shakes head we had our local mall open at 1 am (a first here)

people waited HOURS in line 28 degrees even, many brought babies and children

let's see there was a mini riot around 9:30 pm the night before, then when the doors opened, a stampede that hurt people, ripped a door full off the mall and more

shakes head, baffles my brain some of the things consumers do

there spin doctor --- I wanted to throw a big party and it seems many came, I think it is a success!

shakes head

you ever shake your head so much you get dizzy??? I DO! lol

love
t

25th-Nov-2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
No matter how bad things would get, my father-in-law would shake his head and say, "there's a sucker born every minute". It does seem odd that a whole country could be "suckered" into believing we just need to point a finger east!
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