I heard, and by heard I mean I overheard, really I was eavesdropping at a café near work, on a guy complaining about gas prices. He was talking about how we need to do this gas tax holiday idea that McCain and Clinton are all hot on.
I drive a 2005 Buick that gets 24.2 MPG according to the readout on the dashboard that calculates my mileage. If we take a three month gas tax “holiday,” and remove the 18.4 cent federal gas tax during that time, I will save a whopping $30.41 over three months. That assumes I maintain my current driving level of about 4000 miles over three months.
I currently have a quarter tank of gas, by Friday morning when I fill up, my low gas warning light will probably be on. At $3.49 (this morning’s price) it will cost me about $59 to fill up my tank. A three month gas tax “holiday” will barely give me a half tank of gas! Is a half tank of gas a solution to our problem?!!!
Maybe it is time John McCain, Hillary Clinton and the rest of the Republicans to start joining those of us who want a long term solution to oil dependence, rather than spewing rhetoric in hopes of getting elected. My hope is for change, and the only logical candidates are the ones saying “what exactly is a half tank of gas going to get people in the long run?”
By the way, that same 4000 miles will cost me a whopping $3.30 in “DFL gas tax” money this summer. $1.10 per month seems like a very small price to pay over the summer for a better roads, safer bridges and hopefully less traffic over the next several years. Isn’t it just disgusting how those Democrats think about and plan for the future? Any good Republican will tell you that debt is the way to make America great.