Summer 2008: we’re using too much gas, and everyone should be driving fuel-efficient vehicles.
Winter 2008: we’re not driving enough, and the increased fuel efficiency of vehicles has caused a steep decline in gas tax revenues, so the government is going to raise the gas tax.
Liberals are never happy. You drive too much, and that is bad. You drive too little, and that is bad. You drive fuel-efficient vehicles, and that is good. You drive fuel-efficient vehicles, and that is bad.
And now, our roads and bridges are crumbling, and we’re all gonna die unless the government intervenes.
And of course, the answer to all problems is to raise taxes. Whether it be one of the proposals in North Carolina which taxes drivers based on mileage (and you can bet your rear end that this would be in ADDITION to the tax on each gallon of gas), or the proposal in Oregon that would mandate installation of a GPS unit into each vehicle, thus enabling the state to charge by the mile. And while reassurances often accompany such proposals (e.g. “don’t worry, this will REPLACE the current tax system), the thiefs politicians seldom stick to this initial promises.
Gloom and doom is alive and well in Liberal Land. They come up with a problem, and when the problem disappears, it’s replaced by another. It’s a never ending cycle, and with the media in lock step with many of these politicians, it becomes an accepted fact.
And of course, the answer: MORE TAXES.
If only the liberal politicians (D’s AND R’s) would let natural market and other forces run their course, we’d be happier, and a lot better off….