by kosnomore, Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 08:42:00 AM EDT
The new bright idea that will not die in Washington is the replacement / supplement of the gas tax with a tax per mile driven. (Ironically, some of the same people who complained of Bush administration intrusion in our private lives want the government to install a GPS in everyone's car and monitor where and when we travel).
Supposedly, this will increase tax receipts and discourage bad behavior, i.e., driving a car.
by Jonathan Singer, Tue Jun 17, 2008 at 05:04:59 AM EDT
Wonder why John McCain recently ramped up his obfuscation campaign on gas prices, launching screed after screed about getting rid of the federal gas tax for the summer (not mentioning, of course, that this wouldn't actually lower the price of a gas of gasoline for the American consumer, while at the same time either cutting key funding -- and thus jobs -- in highways or growing the national debt)? This from the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll should provide a bit of an answer:
Six percent in the new poll call gas and energy prices the single most important issue in the presidential election now underway. In February, under 1 percent highlighted the issue as tops. Asked which candidate they trust to deal with the situation, 50 percent said Barack Obama and 30 percent said John McCain. Eleven percent said neither presumptive nominee is better on gas prices.
This has got to be a focus of the Obama campaign going forward, pressing this already present advantage on the issue of gas prices. With the potential of five or even (oy gevalt) six dollar a gallon gas near the time of election day, energy issues aren't likely to come off the collective mind of the American people any time soon. And as a memo to John McCain, I would just say that going and pandering to oil executives probably isn't the way to assure voters that you're going to be any better on the issue than George W. Bush.
by darwinism, Mon Jun 09, 2008 at 09:20:37 AM EDT
I must admite that I was never a big fan of Hillary's gas tax holiday, but according to this article, the people who are affected most by the ever increasing gas prices are her core constituents.
Opponents joked about the paltry savings families would get from a gas tax holiday. Mayors like Daley and Bloomberg called it dumb (not mentioning that the gas tax in their cities is pegged to a percentage of the pump price with no cap- bringing in untold sums of money to city coffers helping to alleviate budgetary deficits).
I think Hillary at least understood the symbolic, if that was all the savings afforded, meaning of the gas tax holiday. Ironically, it would have provided 'hope' to these families that their government is trying to do something, albeit short term, with the rising fuel cost. Unfortunately, substantive articles like this came only after the debate had passed.
by NYMinute, Thu May 22, 2008 at 07:33:41 AM EDT
As MyDD has spiraled exponentially into the depths of anti-Clinton and anti-Obama hatchet jobs (and more recently...whose supporters said what when that offended whom and who honestly cares...diaries), we seem to have lost touch with a number of ideals and characteristics which, for me at least, are inherent in the spirit of a tireless progressive activist.
As progressive activists, we can separate out our emotions - which run rampant toward the furtherance of progressive causes - from the strategic choices we know that we must make in order to see progressive policy implemented. We can find it in our hearts to forgive and forget when a (largely) progressive candidate panders for votes by trotting out gimmick-laden policies. And perhaps most importantly, we can temper our enthusiasm for progressive causes with the pain that millions of Americans are suffering. We can know and understand that sometimes the best policy for the country isn't the best policy for each individual voter, and that sometimes progressive unity requires understanding an issue from an alternative perspective.
by SevenStrings, Mon May 19, 2008 at 02:46:21 PM EDT
Okay, this diary is not really about the gas tax, or Sen. Clinton's proposed gas tax holiday which did not find support from a single mainstream economist. This diary is about a larger issue: when do we listen to economist, and when do we reject their advice ?
Economic theories are all about maximizing societal benefits (such as GNP, per capita GDP, growth rates, housing starts etc.) using sound economic/fiscal policies etc. Generally, disparites in income/asset distributions do not concern economists too much ~ some disparity in income and asset distribution is desirable, because that disparity is the reward for hard work; and we cannot promote growth without rewarding hard work. Thus, while some economists also worry about extreme economic disparities, they agree that economic disparity is a smaller concern than overall growth.
This is where, I believe, we should reject the economists advice. Let us consider the emerging food crisis as an example.