The deficit commission has proposed a gas tax increase.People will complain about it no doubt.But.
We are spoiled rotten and our government is broke. We have the best road system in the world,but need four wheel drive and big vehicles ,usually with one occupant. I know, a better public transportation will help. We also pay some of the lowest fuel prices in the non producing world. US gas about $2.60 versus Europe at about $7.50. And we send about a billion dollars a day to producing countries.
A higher gas tax, say $1.00 per gallon makes good sense. The part that is most appealing is that it is a semi voluntary tax. We have some choice in the matter. We can buy more fuel efficient cars, take public transportation,car pool,consolidate trips,etc. It is also better for the environment.It will help speed the conversion to natural gas which is more friendly to the environment and abundant in our country which creates more jobs here and keeps more US dollars at home. A $1.00 tax per gallon will generate about 150billion dollars to a broke government which can put it towards debt reduction.
What is the reason this has not been done already? Our politicians are too afraid to upset the spoiled electorate.