I know people like to vent when the cost seems so high at the pump, but at the end of the day:
12000 (avg. US miles/year) / 20 (avg. US miles/gallon) = 600
A $1 increase in gas represents $600/year additional spending, or if you make _minimum wage_ about one day a month's work extra spent on gas (extra, of course, not counting initial outlay that would be paid anyway).
I'm amazed at the media's reporting of impending doom in this crisis, especially since a lot of us work _12 days_ a month just to pay the same 39% in taxes that come up every year, for instance. Higher prices suck, as usual, but at the end of the day it has very little bearing on even the most flagrant of expenditures, as witnessed by our crazy-strong economy.
My God is this off topic, sorry.