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  •  Steady 4$ gas is the best policy (9+ / 0-)

    This is the the policy that they should run on.  If the price was predictable, the tax revenues could be used to provide alternatives, and everybody knew the price of gas was going to be at least $4, the country would really accelerate its decline in the use of oil.


    We must not make that mistake again. Therefore, what our mythical candidate would be proposing, argues the energy economist Philip Verleger Jr., is a "price floor" for gasoline: $4 a gallon for regular unleaded, which is still half the going rate in Europe today. Washington would declare that it would never let the price fall below that level. If it does, it would increase the federal gasoline tax on a monthly basis to make up the difference between the pump price and the market price.

    "Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist."

    by oregonj on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 10:53:20 PM PDT

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    •  well, you may know that as i know that, (5+ / 0-)

      but i'm saying that middle-non-informed-
      notawareofwhat'sgoingon america
      is going to say:

      "hey!  what the hell's going on here?
      $4 for gas?  i'm votin' for the other party!"

      how does anyone hope to introduce "predicability"?

      •  Good question, mj (4+ / 0-)

        but if Obama can't make that argument now (maybe after the midterms), then noone will ever be able to make it.

        "Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist."

        by oregonj on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 11:00:36 PM PDT

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        •  Obama doesnt have to make it... (3+ / 0-)
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          the Presidency as designed is to be The Executive. The action should be in Congress and at the state and local levels. State and Congressional leaders must start now, even at the risk of endangering their seats personally, to campaign on the true cost of oil and start running campaigns on it.

          I personally think that if the floor for gas was $4.00, and the difference between $2.75 and $4.00 were to be entirely designated to all current energy programs:

          tax rebates for home efficiency/generation
          tax rebates for 40 mpg and over cars
          trains for intercity and intracity transport
          new electrical grid
          wind/solar/tide farms
          public service ads for consumer changes
          war footing for energy independence

          that this is a winning platform for a winning state or federal candidate.

          Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

          by OregonOak on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 05:44:03 AM PDT

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      •  And at the same time (2+ / 0-)
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        they scream that the federal government should be as small as possible and stay out of things.

        People with hatred in their hearts never live up to their full potential. It's very sad.

        by Nelsons on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 03:42:06 AM PDT

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    •  yeah, you have a good point there (2+ / 0-)
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      dangangry, Crashing Vor

      Short memories. Get used to things quickly.

      We've always been at war with Eastasia/paid $4 a gallon for gas.

      I know this is a snob comment, but unfortunately, it has a grain of truth in it.

      "The concept of "library," can be applied to any product or service, not just books." - Jay

      by Miep on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 12:01:38 AM PDT

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