I wonder at times, if people are just naturally stupid, if we have been exposed to lead paint for too long, or if it is simply that we are being born with less brain cells, than before. If you listen to Hilary Rodham Clinton, or John McCain, you really need to shake your head, specially when it comes to Gas Prices.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton lined up with Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, in endorsing a plan to suspend the federal excise tax on gasoline, 18.4 cents a gallon, for the summer travel season. But Senator Barack Obama, Mrs. Clinton’s Democratic rival, spoke out firmly against the proposal, saying it would save consumers little and do nothing to curtail oil consumption and imports. (source)
Now I am no Economist, or math whiz, but I have to say that what good does removing a tax of less than 20¢ a gallon do for you? Will it lessen the price of hamburger that is trucked in to your grocery store? How about the wheat farmer, will it let him plant more at a cheaper cost? Is it going to make airlines drop the price of tickets for those travelling from one coast to the other? Is it going to lower the price of a postage stamp?
This is the whole problem with these flash in the pan schemes. They are short term, they sound good, but they do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to solve the real problem. That is that fuel is expensive, whether to fuel your SUV, or to HEAT YOUR HOME. It isn’t going to make summer camp cheaper for your kids, sure won’t make the cost of educating your kids come the fall any cheaper either. It won’t make bread cheaper, won’t help businesses like Ford or Chevrolet build cheaper cars either.
A suspension of the gas tax WILL NOT make the goods you buy any cheaper, specially when you consider the bulk of them are MADE IN COMMUNIST CHINA! The price for shipping them isn’t going to be lower, nor are the costs going to go down for Airplanes, Trains, or Trucks that deliver the stuff to your stores. Business will continue to rake it in, because like a sap, we believe a stupid TAX SUSPENSION slash CUT is the SOLUTION TO EVERYTHING.
At a meeting with voters in North Carolina on Monday, Mr. Obama said lifting the gas tax for three months would save the average consumer no more than $30, a figure confirmed by Congressional analysts. Mr. Obama has previously dismissed Mr. McCain’s proposal as a “scheme.”
“Half a tank of gas,” Mr. Obama told his audience. “That’s his big solution.” (source)
While John McCain and now Hilary Rodham Clinton propose to suspend the Federal Tax, Obama is opposing it. Will it help him? According to most it won’t, which is why I wonder if we just aren’t plain stupid. Or is it that we are simply selfish, and very short sighted?
So we get a summer vacation, so we get away from the daily grind and it doesn’t cost quite as much as it should, how does that help? To begin with, you have to do a fair amount of travel to make it worthwhile, in savings, but nothing else is going to be cheaper. When labor day comes, the prices go back up, and instead of having a whole summer of finding solutions, we wind up right where we are now, facing outrageous gas prices, with winter coming.
And I don’t think it is rocket science either. Give people a healthy tax rebate if they buy a Hybrid Vehicle, or if they use Alternative Energy Sources. I mean think about it. If we gave a few thousand dollars back to every one who bought a Hybrid, do you think that it would be too long before Detroit was manufacturing a whole slew of different Hybrids? Do you think gas prices would remain so high, if less people were consuming the vast quantities they do now?
And what about alternative sources? If there was REAL MONEY in it to switch to bio diesels, or diesel, how long would it be before we saw new advances in the types of alternative fuels? That is the real marketplace, but it takes money, money that is being used for campaigns instead of helping us weather the worsening economy.
Obama is right, Clinton & McCain are wrong. They are simply pandering to our fears, instead of offering us real solutions. While I am not too thrilled with Obama and some of his polices, so far he is the ONLY CANDIDATE TRYING TO LOOK OUTSIDE THE BOX. I mean let us face the truth, Tax Cuts have been around for ages, specially under George W. Bush.
HOW IS IT WORKING FOR YOU?
Big Business has gotten richer, has huge profits, and yet the cost of goods continues to go up. The quality of goods is constantly being lowered, while we pay more for it. Yet the Corporate Profits continue to skyrocket. Inflation is on the rise, and even working two jobs won’t keep your house yours, let alone allow you to take the kids to soccer practice, or to eat any better. That is what Tax Cuts have given you so far, so I have to ask:
When do we stop allowing ourselves to be BOUGHT OFF with Shiny Beads, Shoddy Trinkets, and Phony Words of Sympathy from the likes of John McCain and Hilary Rodham Clinton?