RAISE GAS TAXES NOW!

THE U.S. PAYS A HUGE PRICE FOR STILL-TOO-CHEAP GASOLINE. HIGHER FUEL TAXES CAN CLEAN THE AIR AND LOWER THE DEFICIT

It may be a patriotic duty to fume over the spike in gas prices, but like it or not, there's a paradox in our pique: America's love affair with cheap energy is precisely the reason that gas taxes should be higher. Bob Dole and Bill Clinton won't say so, of course. They're busy sparring over a repeal of the 4.3 cent-per-gal. gas tax the President included in his 1993 deficit-reduction plan. But pandering isn't inevitable: four years ago, Ross Perot and Paul Tsongas were calling for a new 50 cent-per-gal. tax to be phased in over a number of years. The...

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