I was sitting in my car thinking about what I'd do with the $27 a year that's going to come my way if the 1993 gasoline-tax increase is repealed. My mother told me that it's always good to look at the bright spots up ahead.

I'm using the figure of $27 because that's an economist's estimate of how much the "average driver" would save on gasoline every year if he no longer had to pay the 4.3 cents-per-gal. tax hike. It's a figure based on the assumption that the oil companies, long known for their exquisite sense of fair play, will...

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