Well that’s certainly clear to me now

via the NYTimes

The Clear Case for the Gas Tax

Seriously, can it be any clearer?

If anything, the tax should rise to maintain a system that constantly needs upkeep — the backlog of bridges needing repair is estimated at $72 billion — creates jobs and encourages drivers to buy more fuel-efficient cars.

1) raise the gas tax
2) ??? unemployed people buy more fuel efficient cars and revenue is raised
3) bridges are fixed

Tit for Tat

Or over the top ridiculousness of rhetoric for outrageous claims against the other side.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned his rhetorical fire on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke here Monday night, saying that the chairman would be committing a “treasonous” act if he tried to boost the economy with a decision to “print more money.”


Because it made me chuckle.

From Jonah Goldberg in a paragraph about the uselessness of the Iowa straw poll.

Ron Paul’s second-place finish proves that it’s in no meaningful way a real poll, as his supporters are akin to “Battlestar Galactica” loyalists at a “Star Trek” convention, incapable of winning many converts and themselves unwilling to switch teams.