“At the heart of my approach is a simple belief,” Mrs. Clinton said. “Middle-class families are paying too much and oil companies aren’t paying their fair share to help us solve the problems at the pump.”Hillary Clinton wants to to suspend the federal excise tax on gasoline, in lock-step with John McCain, a clear attempt to attract the voters who eat that kind of thing up and believe that issues like gas prices are more important than the environment. Obama's response is apt:
At a meeting with voters in North Carolina on Monday, Mr. Obama said lifting the gas tax for three months would save the average consumer no more than $30, a figure confirmed by Congressional analysts. Mr. Obama has previously dismissed Mr. McCain’s proposal as a “scheme.”These are the kind of things that make you really hate American exceptionalism. We seem to believe that we have some fundamental right to cheap gas and home ownership (I've been told I'm in lock-step with McCain on this latter issue; so be it). Voters care more about tax rebates and gas price cuts than CO2 and suburban sprawl. Here's the NYTimes story.
“Half a tank of gas,” Mr. Obama told his audience. “That’s his big solution.”