If there was ever a time to feel like you are being pandered too, this here is the time. Both McCain and Clinton are touting a “gas tax holiday” in their stump speeches, which would supposedly remove the gas tax for the summer driving season, saving you some money at the pump. Obama thinks it is quite silly and just a political ploy, and he is absolutely correct – the federal tax on a gallon of gasoline is $.184, so if you are using 10 gallons of gas a week, you would save about $1.80 a week. Is that really going to make or break anyone? I don’t think so. And what happens when that $.184 tax gets put back in place at the end of the summer? What a fun day that will be, when the price of gas shoots up almost $.20 a gallon in one day! But before talking about what they should be doing, let’s keep one thing in mind – these are people running for President…they are not actually the President. All the speeches in the world will not make anything they say happen until they are actually President. So when you hear any of them saying “I will remove the gas tax for the summer driving season”…they can only be talking about the summer of 2009, when and if they are President. It reminds me a lot of being in high school, when the student running for student body president proclaims something like “I will put a soda machine in every classroom”…when everyone knows that will never happen.
Instead of political moves like this put into play in order to garner votes, the candidates should be touting real energy reform bills and subsidies for research into alternative energy instead of subsidies for oil companies making record profits…not tax cuts that will only save us a few pennies while taking money away from road repair and maintenance that the states desperately need. I am not saying that Obama has the best plan for the future of energy use and generation in this country (I don’t think any of them do enough in their proposals, quite honestly), but at least he does seem to understand that this proposal by Clinton and McCain is just political pandering. I would like to hear about real energy reform from these candidates, not idle talk about removing a few cents on each gallon of gas in order to try to secure a vote.
They really do think we are that stupid, don’t they…
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