This really blows my mind. I couldn’t make this up if I wanted to, but Tom Brokaw, during his interview with Barack Obama, suggested making Americans pay more to fill up at the pump.
MR. BROKAW: Why not take this opportunity to put a tax on gasoline, bump it back up to $4 a gallon where people were prepared to pay for that, and use that revenue for alternative energy and as a signal to the consumers those days are gone.
Excellent idea, Mr. Brokaw. Punish consumers while at the same time lecturing them that they better like it because it’ll never be affordable to drive again. Even Obama could see it was a bad idea. The absolute snobbery and cluelessness of this one statement frustrates me and troubles me at the same time, because it’s an outlook many of the ruling class seem to hold. It’s an outlook that holds the middle class in utter disdain, that the government ought to dictate to the American people how often they drive in order to satisfy a political argument.
It’s folks with this view that will be whispering into the President’s ear the next few years. I pray their wish for higher gas prices doesn’t come to pass.