Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Why the gas tax needs to be abolished

No, I am not in love with the oil companies.

But the gasoline tax of 18.4 cents per gallon (~4 liters) is not a progressive tax by nature (it's a flat excise tax), and it hurts cash-strapped consumers who are simply trying to commute to and from work. If you want to pay for roads and bridges, tax the rich.



  1. I hate sales taxes, but there are practical reasons for artificially raising the price of gas. For one thing, the gas tax pays for roads, but you took care of that by deciding to tax the rich more. But mostly, I don't want to encourage people in their decision to waste gas and buy gas-guzzlers by keeping gas cheaper than anywhere else in the world.

    If anything, I would raise the gas tax, maybe even triple it. If you get rid of taxes on other items, it would even out for the average consumer. There's still going to be issues, like for anyone working in shipping and transportation, but I'll tell you what: it will encourage gas efficiency and might even cut down on traffic. Maybe we can make an exception for diesel, as well.

  2. Even without the gas tax, gasoline is already really expensive. Many people have to commute hundreds of miles per week to go to work, and the gas tax hurts their bottom line.

    I can't afford a Tesla Roadster, can you?

    I WANT an electric car, I just can't AFFORD one right now.