SEARCH BLOG: GOVERNMENT and TAXES
One of the few rational taxes is that placed on gasoline to fund building and maintenance of public highways and bridges... as long as those funds are not diverted elsewhere.
Politicians, however, like to play fast and loose with laws, taxes, regulations, and mandates. When economic realities come home to roost, like dying chickens, politicians see an opportunity to play the sly fox and pick off some of those economic realities as political opportunities.
Here in Michigan and in Washington, D.C., our politicians see the economic reality of high gasoline prices as an opportunity to score some political points by offering to sacrifice the gasoline tax "chicken" for the summer. People are uncomfortable with the results of political policies that have restricted oil drilling and refinery building ... higher gasoline prices, so let's pretend that we are doing something to solve the problem created by those policies.Politicians love to have it both ways. They want to prove their worth by passing laws, taxes, regulations and mandates... and then they want to prove their worth by "helping" their constituents avoid the economic penalties of their manipulations.
The real world doesn't work that way.