The New York Times had an op-ed up on Dec. 26 called simply, The Gas Tax. Now if you didn't know it was the NYT, you might think an article about the gas tax right now might examine ways to reduce it, as another means of stimulating the economy. Oh no, the NYT thinks we should raise it. One of their suggestions:
to devise a variable consumption tax in such a way that a gallon of unleaded gasoline at the pump would never go below a floor of $4 or $5What a great idea. Let's cripple the transportation industry and raise the cost of everything that relies upon it -- permanently. They reluctantly admit that raising gas taxes might not be such a good idea right this minute. But they are longing for the day when raising taxes can push gas back up over $4 a gallon.
The article operates from the standard left-wing central government planning premise that we can't allow the market to work -- even though the Times admits that gas prices will eventually rise on their own. And since we can't allow the market to work, of course we can't possibly allow people to choose what types of vehicles we want to buy -- that would involve way too much personal freedom. People are basically sheep that need to be guided by the government, and forced into doing the right thing -- as defined by the NYT.