Monday, June 05, 2006

Het up about gas prices?

O MONEY. Every time gas prices go up, people -- especially politicians -- start saying stupid things. Like, they say the government should do something to control the situation -- tax oil companies more or prosecute them for price gouging or pass some kind of new legislation to, you know, keep prices down. Right now, lots of Democrats are acting as if Republicans are to blame for gas prices being so high, and they suggest that putting Democrats back in power would somehow improve the situation.

Here's a reality check. The Democrats favor the same kinds of policies -- economic, environmental, and social -- routinely administered by the socialist progressive governments in Europe. Like the Europeans, they think the government should be in charge of as many things as possible, only they can't afford to be quite as socialist liberal as the Europeans because of all the evil red state people in this country. Now, if Democrats are right about how much better a job they'd do for us average, ordinary American motorists, wouldn't we expect to see that gas prices in Europe would be lower? Or if not lower then not higher? Or if higher at least not DOUBLE what they are here?

See for yourself. Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the U.K. in virtual lockstep at about $6.50 a gallon.

The next time some liberal pol starts pandering to you about how much he shares your pain at the gas pump, remember that the highest part of the price you pay for gas is taxes. And raising taxes is what liberals socialists do best.

Bon voyage Happy Motoring..

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