Some-one tell me this is a joke.
A summer “gas tax” holiday? Oh my freaking Ceiling Cat! What is that going to help? Other than politicians pretending they are doing something to help you, that is.
Okay, let’s whip out the calculator. Remember math class? One plus one equals two? Vague memory?
Average gas tank is 13 gallons.
Gas tax is 0.184 cents.
13 times 0.184 = 2.40 (rounded up) savings per fill up.
Let’s say you fill up once a week. Average four weeks in a month.
4 x 2.40 = 9.60 savings per month.
Three month “holiday”.
3 x 9.60 = 28.70
Total savings over the entire summer – about thirty bucks.
Total loss of revenue for federal highway construction = 10 BILLION dollars.
Let’s just forget about the collapsing bridges and other crumbling interstate roads, we can fix that later. Just like we’ll fix the dependence upon foreign oil problem later.
Just toss us some peanuts and we’ll shut up like the good little monkeys that we are.
Was it last year or the year before when gas prices were soaring just over $2.50 a gallon that Bushie suggested they give us all a hundred bucks to pacify us and create the illusion that something was being done about the energy crisis?
Well, at least McCain is being all reasonable about it. Says sure it won’t help, but you little peons out there maybe can buy a “better meal” or “something for their kids”. And Clinton is all jumping on the meaningless gesture bandwagon.
At least Obama has the guts to say this is all showboating. At least he has the guts to say that we need real solutions, not party tricks and distractions. He, at least, thinks the American public isn't stupid.
To suggest that $30 bucks over a summer is going to help the poor and middle class is out of touch bullshit. It’s insulting to the public that they are supposed to serve. We need real, long term solutions, not condescending ‘here, go buy a cheeseburger and a doll for the kids’ hand outs.
How about take away the billions in subsidies that the oil companies get and give it to companies trying to find alternatives to crude oil? How about that?
How about we get fricking real? How about we demand the same from our politicians?
How about an apology from McCain and Clinton for the slap in the face insult of suggesting that thirty dollars is going to help us? Neither of them has a clue as to what the average American is going through.
Thor sez: No Jantrums on MY day!