Just when you thought it might be safe to go to the gas station - check this out!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardianwe...472240,00.html

However you do the numbers, $100 a barrel adds a while new factor to the equation of car buying - and probably pushes things to the point where you have to be luxury-driven to buy anything other than a hybrid - since the difference in gas cost per month is like having two car payments instead of one! (e.g. difference between 20-ish mpg to 40-ish mpg @ $5 per gallon on 100 gallons a month).

Then there is the national debit and what we owe for the escapade into Iraq - http://costofwar.com

Right now it looks like the government might soon have to pay car manufacturers to mandatory install hybrid equipment in all cars, and you would have to pay extra to *not* have it!