In a 2009 Opinion piece in the Washington Post, Richard Lugar advanced the idea of the $1 per gallon gas tax. To be fair, he is proposing to make it revenue neutral by cutting the payroll tax. However this would be a huge economic penalty for people who have to drive a lot. This tax would have a serious impact on lots of Americans. This wouldn’t hurt my wife and I all that much, because we have a decent income, and a short commute to work. However, certain areas and people would be devastated. This would strongly affect people in rural areas (which tends to be underserved by mass transit) especially poorer working people with a long commute. You know, the people who are so financially strapped they can’t afford to sell their current house and buy one closer to work who coincidentally are the same people who can’t afford to trade in their cars for newer, smaller, more fuel efficient ones? Obviously Senator Lugar doesn’t understand that three year old opinion pieces no longer go to the newspaper morgue to die.
Need I point out to Senator Lugar that there’s a name for the demographic group of Hoosiers who don’t live in areas served by mass transit and drive to and from work? They’re called Republicans!!!