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  •  I agree with you, but I think we need to focus (2+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel, dkosdan

    on creative ways to reduce gas usage in the U.S. without raising gas taxes.  I'm no expert, and I value your opinion, so I wish you would spend more effort educating us about alternatives to gas taxes.

    Why?  Because it will NOT happen the next two years.  Nancy Pelosi, and the entire leadership, have committed to no higher taxes on the middle class.  Whether it's strictly accurate or not, almost everyone will consider this a tax on the middle class.

    Let's be realistic.  It won't happen, because Democratic leaders will not break their pledge not to raise taxes on the middle class.  

    Other ideas?
    •  Americans don't want to reduce their usage (0+ / 0-)

      that's the problem. the Republican campaign has worked.

      yet, when gas prices go up, usage plummets for most people, except the crackhead addicted

      and, when the prices go down, usage soars

      Cornbread is square, but pi are round.

      by cookiebear on Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 05:44:25 AM PST

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      •  I'm not sure I agree with you. I happen to (3+ / 0-)
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        think Americans want to play catch-up on Kyoto, and realize we are adding more than our fair share of greenhouse gases.

        My problem is a practical, political one:  Democratic leaders have committed to no higher taxation of the middle class in the short term.  They won't do it, not until they have consolidated power in 2008.

        What can we do now, very soon, without raising taxes -- without setting up a bill that will break a no-tax pledge, and end up being vetoed anyway?

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