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Why we didn't do this 20 years ago is a testimony to special interests outweighing the national good.
Some liberals argue against a gasoline tax because it's so regressive. I argue that getting out of our petroleum fix is not going to be without pain for everyone. It's all a matter of exactly how that pain occurs. Is it better for poor people to pay a higher tax that benefits everyone, or to pay higher gasoline prices to the oil companies and Arabs and suffer disruptions from a crisis driven changeover that will disproprotionately affect them?