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In searching for an auto-themed article to go in our weekend edition, I came upon one that had been written in late 2021 but seemed appropriate for this very week.

The theme: Strategies to beat the high cost of driving.

And indeed, high it is: The station I gassed up on Saturday for $3.799 per gallon yesterday was at $4.299 per gallon, and it looks like the end is nowhere in sight.

Which is why the first two paragraphs from the article that I grabbed for use in the weekend edition were so enlightening. Keep in mind, they were written in December:

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Drivers likely need no reminder that the cost of fuel is high. In November 2021, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicated the average price per gallon of fuel was $3.39. That marked a seven-year high and an increase of $1.29 in just 12 months.

The good news for motorists is the EIA anticipated that fuel prices would drop considerably in 2022, with estimates suggesting a gallon of fuel will cost an average of $2.88 in the early months of the year.

Let’s repeat that second paragraph, just for emphasis:

The good news for motorists is the EIA anticipated that fuel prices would drop considerably in 2022, with estimates suggesting a gallon of fuel will cost an average of $2.88 in the early months of the year.

Well, here we are in the “early months of the year,” and how’s that prognostication working out? Not very well.

Hard to blame the analysts of the Energy Information Administration, wherever they may be; who knew that global chaos was in the cards for 2022? But still, it goes to show that one needs to take predictions, including or perhaps even especially from the gub’mint, with a grain of salt.

SPEAKING OF WARFARE: Chatting with an insider in the world of Arlington politics a few days ago, this person suggested that the Arlington branch of the NAACP currently was “at war” with the Arlington County Democratic Committee, and who knew where that conflict would end up.

The county’s NAACP has ramped up its public visibility in recent years, and seems to be tacking a little left of the (already left) Democratic power structure.

Before the Wuhan flu-han sent things higgledy-piggledy in 2020, I was plugged in enough in the world of the Arlington Democrats. These days, it’s more of a looking-on-from-afar situation. So whether “at war” is hyperbole or an accurate representation, I can’t say. But it certainly appears a contentious relationship at the moment.

FORGET WALDO: WHERE’S FAUCI? Yes, the news has been Ukraine-Ukraine-Ukraine and economy-economy-economy of late, but the sainted-by-some Dr. Fauci appears to be laying low. So I reiterate my guess that he’s finally worn out his usefulness to the Biden administration and is being told by the White House to keep his opinions to himself rather than accept every invitation from a servile media outlet that comes his way.

If so, smart move by the Bidenistas. Loose cannons tend to do a lot of damage, no matter who is at the helm of the ship of state. Time for the good doctor to take his golden parachute and enjoy the years the Man Upstairs provides him.

– Scott McCaffrey

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