Money Angles: A Tax Increase You Can Avoid

A Tax Increase You Can Avoid

Most people say they'd be willing to pay their share to cut the deficit, but then, when a share is proposed for them to pay, they go nuts. Like the woman I saw on TV, informed of the Senate's proposed 4.3 cents-per-gal. gas-tax increase, who looked into the camera and said it would kill her. Well, maybe she said, "It would be a killer." But the point was clear to any Congressman who happened to be watching: over her dead body.

No one, presumably, had taken the time to help her calculate what 4.3 cents per gal. means. To a typical...

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