lawman - 8:31 pm on Jun 9, 2011 (gmt 0)
Lawman, I could agree with you on the need of government to cut costs, etc. But that's not the point. There is a need for taxes–we can argue about what should and should not be funded. But a tax on fuel is a smart way to have taxes AND have a positive public policy. We want people to save energy. No one argues with that. So, make energy, especially oil, more expensive and stop importing so much oil.
You are obvious comfortable with the status quo. You've got yours. I strongly suspect that you earned it. But, we need to make this change. It will require some adjustments. But, it's good domestic policy and it's good foreign policy.
Not sure what you're reading into what I wrote. I'll be plain. I'm not much into social engineering through taxation. If the price is perceived to be too low on a product, people will use more of it. Too much of that will create a shortage of the product. Then prices will rise until the shortage disappears. As to oil, high prices will result in more exploration and ... well you probably know all this as well as anyone else.
I happen to believe that in the not to distant future, gas prices will rise considerably and stay there.
For those who want revenue for infrastructure, why not privatize roads/bridges and let those who use them pay for them.
Nope, not a big fan of taxes.
Finally, I don't know why you want to make this personal by commenting on my car and telling me that I've got mine. Some actually like to hear about it. I know I like to hear about others' cars. However, if it bothers you I'll keep the car talk to the car forums I hang out on.