There has been a lot of talk lately about state and federal governments giving up the taxes on gas so that consumers can have lower prices at the pump. What nonsense! The government lose revenue which could mean a reduction of services. Or, since most states are just getting out of deficit holes which means that the revenue will be made up else where. Since the benefit for doing this is suppose to be giving us more money to spend, making it up in other taxes is just disguising the problem.
The idea worries me for another reason. It gives us a false sense of well being. We look at the price at the pump and as long as it is at an acceptable level, all is well. We can drive what we want ,as much as we want, and not take responsibility for it. We want it all. But as the price of gas goes up, we start having to make choices. Do we give something up, change vehicles, change our routine? No, we whine about the cost. If the taxes are pulled out of the price at the pump, we will be happy because we didn't have to change our lifestyle. Until, we get the larger tax bill or a cut in services.