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January 08, 2009

Gasoline taxes

Thomas Friedman is right about the need for the Obama administration to consider increasing the tax on motor fuels along with an economy-wide carbon tax (1/2, Opinion, “Obama must take gas-tax plunge”). World oil prices are at a four- or five- year low and will increase rapidly as soon as the economy begins to turn around.

It would be far better if instead of increasing the motor fuels tax at the pump, we levied an import tax of $30 to $40 on each barrel of imported oil with half that rate on oil imported from Canada.

Such a tax would have several salutary effects and would not be a zero-sum game. In other words, it would not add that amount to the cost of oil at the pump.

As the world’s largest consumer it would help keep down the world price of oil, increase the development of our own energy resources, encourage energy conservation and help reduce our massive federal debt that could reach $2 trillion this year.

G. Ross Stephens
Professor emeritus,political science and public administration, UMKC
Leawood

I strongly oppose raising the federal tax on gasoline at this time. It would hit hardest those who live in rural areas and drive miles to their jobs at nursing homes, fast-food stores, discount stores and other places. It would also hurt rural school districts that run long bus routes and all of us who buy food, clothing and other things.

Besides, no one knows when the price of gas might increase again — even those wealthy advocates of an increase who live on the East Coast where they have access to good public transportation and can afford the higher price of gasoline.

Jeanette B. Welch
Warrensburg, Mo.

What short memories we have. Last summer when gas hit $4 per gallon, people started using mass transit, buying fuel-efficient cars and driving less. With the price of gas now below $2 per gallon, we seem to be returning to our gas-guzzling habits.

I agree with Tom Friedman that we need a much higher gas tax. If a higher tax would help stabilize the price at around $3 per gallon, we would do more to conserve, and there would be incentives for companies to innovate.

If we do nothing, I predict the return of $4 gas within a year. We will still be paying a much higher gas “tax.” But instead of the U.S. treasury, the recipients will be Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Putin and the Arab oil sheiks.

Mike Mendon
Gladstone

Comments

Pub 17

Who gets the engineering jobs? Sanjit and Rajneesh. What's your point, you racist creep?

solomon

Hey moron, now its me wearing "bling" and being a victim of whitey?(I was unjustly punished by my parents at times for something one of my siblings did, but I wouldn't call that a victim of whitey) Then you call me a socialist? Name one socialist agenda I have ever backed here (by the real definition or the one kooks like you use) You're getting nuttier by the post.

Too much MSG in your diet must lead to brain damamge.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Say what you will, how refreshing it is to count on knowing that the bling you and the rest of the victims of slavery and whitey purchase, comes from Asia.
You really need to axe yo'self what you have learnt from alla dis, Uhh Uhhh uhhh Ya Know. Holla.

solomon

"I find it entertaining"-NE

I'm shoo, I can heah you raughing light now.

solomon

Hey Stupid wannabe,

Why do you continue to say I take up for Sharpton and Wright? Are you really this crazy?

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Well Sol and Pubic, if you do not know what those industry standard terms are that would make you uneducated in that given industry. Sol get out of denial, sticking up for bogits like Sharpton and Jackson show nothing but your denial. Slanr, flip, gook, chink, say what you will, I find it entertaining not insulting. We know who gets the engineering jobs.

Pub 17

I'm thinking something closer to "He Stopped Lovin' Her Today"

A blackhead you've had for years
You pick at it now and then
In the silence of the night
Comforts you just like a frien'...

solomon

Lets hear opinions here, should I do the lyrics to the tune of "Puff the Magic Dragon"?

I had a very good day conference call wise and am feeling creative.

i can give you an idea....."Buddy, the racist blackhead, lives in Blue Springs, and follows in the hollow words of a big air bag druggie..."

solomon

Pub,

Thanks, now I have something to work on as my insomnia hits about 3 tomorrow morning.

Pub 17

You've just written the opening lines to a C&W song.

solomon

I'm not jealous, he's like a blackhead you've had for years and pick at now and then. Funny, huh, BuddyT the blackhead.

Pub 17

You're just jealous because Officer Frag has strong feelings for me.

solomon

Please Trudy, please do not ban BuddyT, he is the most honest representative of his groups POV. He does not say hateful, bigoted, anti-Muslim, anti-gay things and then try to excuse them. He is the best of the worst.

Also he is a great form of entertainment when you realize how many people actually think like he does but soft peddle it here.

CRD

Can BuddyT be banned again, Trudy?

solomon

I forgot, have to be careful aound here Certified Maniacal Fool, (unless anyone can read something more appropriate there).

solomon

OH NE, I don't know what a CFM is either, like Pub, but can always recognize a CMF.

solomon

Al Sharpton pity party? Who is you writer dweed?

I guess if you don't hate blacks you are a Sharpton fan or a Jacksonatic by your slant(I swear, that wasn't an asian crack you hopeless wannabe)

Also, I'm not disappointed you are not 1099'd, I don't care, but your rant this morning sounded like Richard Pryors nonsensical scene about plastics in Superman III, whether you think so or not.

Pub 17

Fool, like most congenital liars you can't keep your lies straight. You went on for weeks in great detail about your ex. Now, keep us all amused, say something primitive and offensive about your superiors.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Well Sol you rant sounds like an Al Sharpton pity party on a daily basis.
Can you say CRACKA Barrel!It's OUTRAGEOUS!

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

First off all Pubic, I am not 1099. I am W-2. The three corporations I have been a principal in, I was also W-2.
Secondly, you have no idea what you are talking about regarding my ex-wife. None.Zero. Zilch.
I have been married for 20 years to the same woman, versus my es whom has been married and divorced, 5 or 6 times last count. You never have answered what you do for a living and how you became a SME in so many industries. I guess I best tell the "stupid" project managers and superintendents on all of the infrastructure projects across the country that they are uneducated compared to the Pubic 17. I would bet you have no idea what AQCS is or a pre-heater basket or what CFM is. Now take your welfare recipient self tot he beach and kiss your boyfriend where he likes to be kissed and where you like to kiss, sweetlips.

 
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