What more could you want in a President?
OK, his ability to school some 3-on-3 Rec-leaguers in Indiana (see the video below) doesn’t win my vote (or anyone else’s, I pray). But he’s standing up to the bullshit trickery McCain and (surprisingly) Hillary are throwing around about this summer “gas tax holiday” idea. It won’t save us any money. It won’t cut down on our dependence on oil. It won’t help slow down global warming. It will only trick people into voting one way over another. Sure, I love a little extra cash in my pocket as much as anybody, but just like the $2100 deposit scheduled to go into my savings account tomorrow from President W., a few cents a gallon of gas tax off my bill this summer isn’t going to fix anything. No Impact Man and a bunch of experts lay it all out strait here.
Just one more reason I ask you to vote for Barack Obama. He’s willing to do what’s real and right instead of what wins short term votes. And he can kick McCain’s butt in 1-on-1. 🙂
PS-Obama comes to Watertown and Sioux Falls tomorrow. Daschle and McGovern too.
I don’t know who Mike Trap is, but his post reminded me why I started writing this one. It wasn’t just another plug for Obama. The point I forgot to make (hold the snickering please) is this: The only way to ease the pain at the pumps is to learn to use less gas. The solution is changing our behavior–shifting the way we understand and use gasoline and other fuels. Don’t fall for the gas tax holiday gimmick. Best case: American families end the summer with 25 extra bucks in their pockets, while we keep stuffing our gas guzzlers with ever-more expensive fuel. Worst case: we end up using even more gas than we would have without the tax holiday, which drives the demand–and therefore the price–up higher and higher even more quickly.
Disclaimer: I know nothing very little (can’t bash the USD econ department that bad) about economics. But these guys do: http://www.politico.com/static/PPM43_080502_list_gastax.html.
Here’s what Barrack had to say about this slick idea a couple of weeks ago: