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deadmessengers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-04 12:49 PM
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10. No, it's quite politically correct to say it.
What's politically incorrect to point out is the transportation alternatives you pointed out work very well in high-population-density areas, but don't work at all in places where it's "drive or die". It's really easy to say "just ride a bike!", when you actually HAVE that option - but for most of us, it's not.

For example, I live in a semi-rural area, 27 miles from where I work. Clearly, walking or biking are not an option for people like me. Public transportation is not an option, either - the nearest public transporation facility is a bus line 14 miles from my home.

So, I drive my 4-cylinder Accord to work. And a 50-cent gas tax would hurt like hell, but not nearly to the degree that it would hurt my asshat neighbor in his Expedition. So, I'm all for that - and it's a perfectly progressive tax. If you've got enough money for an Exploder, you can spring for the non-subsidized cost of the gas for it. Hell, I would support a bigger gas tax increase ($1?) if I knew that money would be irrevocably earmarked for R&D on alternative fuel technologies.
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  -Why are gas prices not an issue for it because of the 50 cent digno dave  Oct-18-04 12:22 PM   #0 
  - Kerry pounds on the price of gas in  BrentTaylor   Oct-18-04 12:24 PM   #1 
  - It is not politically  Barney Rocks   Oct-18-04 12:26 PM   #2 
  - No, it's quite politically correct to say it.  deadmessengers   Oct-18-04 12:49 PM   #10 
  - If We Had Passed That Tax, and Spent the Money on Transit  AndyTiedye   Oct-18-04 12:27 PM   #3 
  - I'd expect a post like this a couple weeks before the election from a  nothingshocksmeanymore   Oct-18-04 12:30 PM   #4 
  - How nice of you to bring up that issue.  aquart   Oct-18-04 12:33 PM   #5 
  - It ends up being regressive, though....  politicat   Oct-18-04 12:48 PM   #9 
     - Public transport isn't the only answer.  deadmessengers   Oct-18-04 12:57 PM   #12 
        - Actually, we will need 87 B for nationwide programs.  politicat   Oct-18-04 01:03 PM   #13 
           - No quick fix  deadmessengers   Oct-18-04 01:25 PM   #15 
              - No, there are no quick fixes.  politicat   Oct-18-04 03:23 PM   #16 
  - What Kerry should hammer Bush on is the Strategic Petroleum Reserve  wuushew   Oct-18-04 12:34 PM   #6 
  - not  blindpig   Oct-18-04 12:45 PM   #8 
  - the SPR is a drop in the bucket compared to consumption.  politicat   Oct-18-04 12:55 PM   #11 
  - He never supported a 50 cent tax hike- he did not dismiss it when proposed  papau   Oct-18-04 12:41 PM   #7 
  - Hasn't it been proven that Kerry never supported a $.50 gas tax?  BrendaStarr   Oct-18-04 01:07 PM   #14 

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