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Rising gas prices crimp Americans' spending

EnidNews -- WASHINGTON — Higher gas prices are crimping consumer spending and slowing the already-weak U.S. economy. And they could get worse in the coming months.

The Federal Reserve this week took steps to boost economic growth. But those stimulus measures are also pushing oil prices up. If gas prices follow, consumers will have less money to spend elsewhere.

The impact of the Fed's actions "is likely to weigh on the value of the U.S. dollar and lift commodity prices," said Joseph Carson, U.S. economist at AllianceBernstein. "We would not be surprised if (it) fueled more inflation in coming months, squeezing the real income of U.S. workers."

Americans are already feeling pinched by high unemployment, slow wage growth and higher gas prices.

Consumers increased their spending at retail


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Submitted Sep 16, 2012 By: aservant
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 1:43:41 AM

MrL: good ideas, too bad, they won't ever be put into place (neither party, not just one or the other will do what it takes to get to a better economy).
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 11:33:47 AM

In order to increase comsumption of goods we must have a reduction in unemployment. Wage increases should remain modest so that inflation does not take off.
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 6:40:30 AM

If consumers stop buying crap they don't really NEED then they might be able to put their cars in the garage.
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 12:39:14 AM

obvious
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 12:23:50 AM

No joke!
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 12:14:49 AM

No surprise here
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 12:10:47 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:50:15 PM

Any surprise here? Gas prices may be rising, but unless you work for the oil or fuel companies directly, the salaries are staying the same or lowering still.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:49:16 PM

crimping us to death.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:45:36 PM

High gas prices and underemployment is a poor combination.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:42:04 PM

devaluing the dollar causes hyperinflation. all because government doesnt take care of fiscal policy and the budget.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:36:41 PM

Yeah, just wait till Mitt the Twit gets in there...Yeah, he'll fix it ..Bahahahahhahhahahhahahha!
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:36:38 PM

Oil czars and the politicians think the public is totally stupid and they we will believe all their lies. It's bad enough we have the chief of liars in the WH and he wants our vote. Not in this life time. The oil clown are as stupid and liars as the liar politicians. All they want is to line their pockets with more profits from us. What a bunch of CRAP!
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:33:33 PM

QE3
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:31:14 PM

And it's having a boomerang effect on the economy.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:29:54 PM

Consumers must feel like they're becoming puppets of the oil masters.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:29:08 PM

yea
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jodybull
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:28:59 PM

Americans waste! That's it, bottom line. Maybe this so-called "crimping" is a good thing to make Americans get real and only buy what they need, and save the rest.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:28:51 PM

It's called inflation.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:26:19 PM

Crimping is a kind description.
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Well if this doesnt show that electing a President based on pointless social, cultural and religious issues DOESNT WORK then..........good luck.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:23:25 PM

High gas prices during the Bush administration is what brought us into a recession two years before the banks went bust. We couldn't afford to spend with over $3 a gallon gas then finally over $4.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:22:35 PM

Times are tough and prices aren't dropping here.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:22:01 PM

...worse than it already is.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:20:59 PM

At least prices are falling
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:17:20 PM

what spending ??..we unemployed people only buy what we need to survive..
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:16:46 PM

Not crimping; but rather strangling to death. The Fed looks at the economy from an academic perspective or through a political lens, not on real world effects on the common man.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:15:29 PM

How is this a surprise?
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Ok
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Everything is going up except wages.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:13:33 PM

c'est vrai. (that is true)
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:13:09 PM

Well since you can only spend the same dollar in one place/time, you might think gas prices may have an impact! We aren't allowed to mint our own money in the basement like the Feds do!

Gov't inaction won't help any either.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:11:36 PM

Owebama says it's Bush's fault...
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Ya Think!!
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And... my President cares
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:09:51 PM

old news
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Not good.
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Worse for those on fixed income.
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No kidding!
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No really? Surely you jest.
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Not every one.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:07:09 PM

Or at least those in charge of it. And those who appointed those who are in charge of it.
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i know i'm hurting
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Eating out less than last year.
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Your dollars are being destroyed by the Fed and things like QE3. Get rid of the Fed!
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More Inflation
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Stop driving SUV's. It's your own fault.
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Staying home.
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That's why we're all slowly losing our savings. It's a slow and steady drain.
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NOT NEWS
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