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Why Thomas L. Friedman’s Gas Tax Idea Stinks

Columnist and author Thomas L. Friedman recently proposed a $1 per gallon gas tax in his NY Times column.

Said he:

The smart thing for us to do right now is to impose a $1-a-gallon gasoline tax, to be phased in at 5 cents a month beginning in 2012, with all the money going to pay down the deficit.

The bottom line is that this idea stinks.

I could go explain the economic factors at work that demonstrate the futility of this idea.  Or, I could take a systems thinking approach and explain how solving symptoms instead of root problems produces counter-intuitive results which often make the problem worse.

However, none of that would be very interesting.  Instead, I’ve put together a short presentation that demonstrates why Friedman’s gas tax idea stinks.  It’s called Why Friedman’s Gas Tax Idea Stinks.  Catchy, right?

Click here to watch the presentation.

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  1. May 29, 2011 at 1:56 am

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