October 24, 2005
NY Times Calls for Higher Gas Taxes
This morning the NY Times editorialized in favor of higher federal gas taxes "to connect our crises and our consumption in a coherent way."
October 24, 2005 7:01 AM
well, that convinced me. I'm all for a higher gas tax, you just have to implement it slowly and allow for the public to adjust.
October 24, 2005 10:47 AM
I agree about the slow implementation and time to adjust.
Say, raise taxes $1.00 per gallon, beginning with a 10-cent increase in three years, and growing 10 cents per year. Full phase-in over twelve years. Use half the money for alternative energy and energy efficiency R&D.
That would give people plenty of time to adjust, choosing whatever personal strategy fits them best to deal with the new tax. Fuel-efficient vehicle, bio-diesel, bicycle or walk more, limit your trips, live closer to work, take public transit, keep the SUV but buy a Smart Car or a Vespa for local trips -- the choice is yours.
October 24, 2005 10:50 PM
Ray Whitford Says:
Lets add one more federal department that needs to be 100 percent supported on a fuel tax: The DoD
Then the equation will be equal where no one who doesn't wish to support "war for oil" can use their actions to show their values.
Right now, the USA government is so corrupt (record deficits, pork barrel spending, lobbyists creating law, etc.) that only through cutting off the supply of payola will we save our democracy.
If a political party wanted to do this fuel tax idea there would need to be a decrease in the Income Tax rates for lower income families.