Economic Idiocy From David Kiley
J.J. Jackson | May 27, 2007
Bad ideas abound especially from those with an agenda.Â Take for example David Kiley whose solution to cutting back on the amount of oil we buy from OPEC is to increase taxes on gasoline.
The average price of a gallon of gas is now above $3. That’s affecting some car buyers’ choices, as it has done whenever gas prices have spiked in the past two years. But it’s still not high enough to spur the needed transformation of the U.S. auto fleet to much higher average fuel economy.And that brings me to gasoline taxes, the one obvious measure that would move the U.S. to energy independence from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and substantially limit U.S. exposure to the political and ideological whims of the Middle East and Venezuela.
But don’t hold your breath. Republicans running for the White House are lining up to take pledges for no new taxes, no matter how badly they are needed. Connecticut is actually rolling back its state gas tax by 5 cents a gallon to throw a bone to voters. Oh boy — 5 cents! Ridiculous!
Democrats are showing no more courage, though they are talking more about the need for greater fuel economy. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., a presidential hopeful, is pushing for carbon taxes on auto makers. But he has said recently that “direct” taxes on consumers/voters aren’t (politically) feasible. So much for “Profiles in Courage.”
Boy, talk about arguing a false premise with gusto! So, according to Mr. Kiley, it is “couragous” to increase taxes on the working people of America for what end? To lower dependence on foreign oil?
Did he ever stop to consider that maybe, just maybe, if we increased domestic production? Is he even aware that the top TWO contries where America gets her oil from are Canada and Mexico? Probably not. Nope,Â itÂ is easierÂ to suggest that we raise taxes. And why? Well apparently Mr. Kiley thinks that it is government’s job to induce Americans to buy more fuel efficient vehicles.
Europe has an average fuel economy for its new-car fleet of more than 40 miles per gallon. The European Union years ago amassed support among members for high taxes on gasoline, which drove a swift migration from big cars to smaller cars and to diesel fuel. The result: less dependency on OPEC and cleaner air in the cities.
Again with the higher taxes means “less dependency on OPEC” thing again. Still no mention of increased domestic production. Still a promotion of government as a solution. Sounds like nothing more than your typical liberal who failed economics 101 promoting the same talking points.
With all the oil that we keep finding it is hard to see why he would even try to bring up talk about fuel economy standards. That would be an argument IF we were running out of oil so as to make it go further. But since we’re not it is pointless pandering. Doesn’t Mr. Kiley believe that if people want an SUV capable of hauling supplies from the Home Depot and 8 kids to soccer practice at 18 MPG they should not be able to? Or maybe he would just prefer that instead of the kids traveling in one 18 MPG SUV there should be 4 40 MPG cars carrying them there and 8 trips made in that same vehicle to get everything home from the hardware store?
Instead of one 1 mile trip at 18 MPG (0.06 Gallons of gas used) would he prefer the four 1 mile trips at 40 MPG (0.1 Gallons of gas used)? Oh, maybe he can’t do the math about how that actually turns out to be MORE gasoline that is needed?
Nope, just another silly and economically illiterate talking head unable to do the math and promoting government control over your life. But should we expect anything else?
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