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Paging Ivory Tower Politicians
Of all three candidates for president I can’t decide whose position on the proposed gas tax cut bothers me the most. The plan in question originated when John McCain, “the presumptive Republican presidential nominee called for a hiatus in the 18.4 cent-a-gallon federal gas tax from Memorial Day until Labor Day - the period when vacationing Americans spend the most time on the road.”
Probably the most palatable stance is Barack Obama’s, because it is clear that Obama simply doesn’t get the logic behind allowing people to keep more of their own money. Hillary Clinton on the other hand supports this particular measure but, as evidenced by proposals like her mandate for socialized healthcare, it is not because she believes that people have the capacity to make intelligent, autonomous decisions that affect their own lives. McCain’s stance is somewhat lacking as well, especially because he understands that people have a right to (more of) their own money. This makes me think “he knows better” and to expect more from him generally. Instead of cutting taxes on gas, the revenue of which goes to funding legitimate highway projects, wouldn’t it be more prudent to cut taxes on, say, income? Income taxes go to fund a whole range of ridiculous programs and projects, and there is no reason (as far as I can tell) to disincentivize earning money.
What the gas tax episode reveals to me, above all, is how detached these politicians are in many ways. There is probably no compelling reason not to cut taxes on gas, and giving people more of their money back should presumptively be considered good. But at the same time, it seems to me like politicians should be doing a lot more (or rather stopping the many bad things that they try to do) to help people. See Thomas Sowell: “There is nothing so bad that politics cannot make it worse” or Ronald Reagan: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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