Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Tax my products, please!
Ben sends us a link entitled "Spot on Analysis from Today's WSJ", which paraphrases some excellent insights.
The U.S. government mandates fuel-economy standards that force Detroit to make cars Americans don't want to drive.
Detroit loses money on those cars.
Washington is now forced to throw taxpayer dollars at its mistake.
The car makers demand a tax increase [a tax that guarantees a gas-price floor of $4 a gallon] that would prod Americans to buy the unpopular cars that Washington mandates.
As for what the American consumer or taxpayer wants -- or can afford in today's economy -- who cares? Welcome to government-run energy policy.
Kind of like government-run housing policy, starring Barney Frank and Chris Dodd.