What Can Congress Do About High Gas Prices?

7:09 am - Jason G. - Politics

Congressman Ron Paul asks What Can Congress Do About High Gas Prices? in his latest column.

The only guaranteed lever they have is their power to change the amount of taxation:

And in the meantime let’s eliminate federal gas taxes at the pump.

We have one of the silliest systems in the world where politicians (excluding the honorable Ron Paul, of course) complain about the high price of gasoline but conveniently forget that they collect more in tax revenue on gasoline than oil companies profit.

That’s right, the US Government and state governments make more profit from your pain at the pump than those “evil oil companies” that do the work of pumping, refining, and delivering the gasoline to you.

I don’t know about you, but I like and need to use gasoline. Shouldn’t my hard-earned money go to the people actually providing me a service rather than the politicians who squander it with bridges to nowhere? Even if the oil companies are getting oversized profits, at least they worked for it. In contrast, politicians take money they didn’t earn, for services they haven’t performed, and spend it on things that I never asked for.

This comes back to my old force versus persuasion argument. Oil companies have to persuade me to buy their goods. Governments do not, they force me to pay taxes. Guess which one I prefer, and even which one I have a free choice with?



7:00 am - Jason G. - Quotes

Mastering others is strength.
Mastering yourself makes you fearless.
-Lao Tzu


Swarming and Stacking

6:30 pm - Jason G. - Technology

Those clever people over at digg labs have put together some eye-candy for our general amusement. They put a flash presentation on the near-real time updates to their links database. You can watch different stories get additional votes (diggs) and watch it unfold over time…


My Name is Bono, and I’m a Rock Star

6:46 pm - Jason G. - Politics

From Bono’s speech at Harvard’s commencement:

What are we rebelling against now?

If I am honest I’m rebelling against my own indifference. I am rebelling against the idea that the world is the way the world is and there’s not a damned thing I can do about it. So I’m trying to do some damned thing.

But fighting my indifference is my own problem. What’s your problem? What’s the hole in your heart? I needed the noise, the applause. You needed the grades. Why are you here in Harvard Square?

Why do you have to listen to me? What have you given up to get here? Is success your drug of choice or are you driven by another curiosity? Your potential. The potential of a given situation. Is missing the moment unacceptable to you? Is wasting inspiration a crime? It is for a musician.


Winning the Cultural War

6:34 pm - Jason G. - Politics

Thought Charlton Heston is nothing but a gun nut? Read his speech to the Harvard Law School Forum in 1999.

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