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April 20, 2004

Gas tax

James Lileks responds to Andrew Sullivan on gas taxes (via She who will be obeyed!).

The only relevant question is, Which taxes? The case for a gas tax is a straightforward one. Gas prices are strikingly lower in America than anywhere else in the world

And if all your friends jumped off a cliff and imposed a landing-on-the-rocks surcharge, would you do it too? Get out a map. Look at, say, Belgium. Look at America. Compare. Consider the costs of trucking lettuce from Mexico to North Dakota. Discuss.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 20, 2004 07:12 AM

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Sullivan's quality has declined drastically over the last year or two. If he cut his writing output in half, he might become as good as he was when he edited The New Republic.

I often wince at his arguments even when I agree with his conclusions.

Posted by: Michael at April 20, 2004 06:17 PM