And Then Sometimes We just Watch…

It just occurred to me that one thing has been largely missing in the whole gas tax holiday hubbub…US.

Interesting, no? You get the sense that our collective consciousness is attuned to the fact that it is a gesture containing no real benefits other than to garner our good will.

I haven’t seen any anti-tax groups making a big push to help the idea gain momentum or anti-anti-tax groups furiously compiling and releasing statistics on how many school children will go without lunch as a result of the lost revenues (yes, yes, I know the gas tax money goes to road construction, etc – I’m taking creative license here).

All I have seen are candidates floating the idea, the media working as hard as they can to make some kind of story out of it (“Not even conservative economists agree with McCain”, “Not even Paul Krugman agrees with Hilary”) and We, the People, sitting on the sidelines with a bemused smile on our faces, elbowing each other with a quick “Awwwwww, they’re trying to connect with us.”

Its cute.

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3 Responses to “And Then Sometimes We just Watch…”

  1. John Says:

    I wonder if people simply recognize it as pandering and automatically dismiss.

    And I also wonder – If there is a legitimate solution to the staggering fuel prices, could a candidate run on it without being dismissed as a panderer?

  2. aureliusmaximus Says:

    Definitely think that we all just recognize it as pandering and think its kind of cute.

    Too much he-said/she-said in trying to determine who is responsible for fuel prices inho.

    I think our processing capabilities are definitely part of the bottle neck which presents a substantial quandry – by-and-large we seem to now agree that the long term goal needs to be to reduce our reliance on oil so how does the expansion of our refinement capabilities or other solutions to the short-term problem ever gain enough support?

  3. John Says:

    I think you would like this book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Myth-Rational-Voter-Democracies-Policies/dp/0691129428

    I will loan it to you if you are interested.

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