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  • Krauthammer’s Gas Tax Would Weaken America

  • January 23, 2015

  • In a recent Washington Post article, conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer called for a $1 per gallon hike in the gas tax. His main points are that a higher gas tax—coupled with payroll tax rebates—would boost the economy, and that reduced U.S. consumption would strike a blow against hostile foreign regimes. The first point is simply wrong; even with a payroll tax swap, a higher gas tax would hurt the economy on balance. And if reducing world oil prices is the geo...
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In a recent Washington Post article, conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer called for a $1 per gallon hike in the gas tax. His main points are that a higher gas tax—coupled with payroll tax rebates—would boost the economy, and that reduced U.S. consumption would strike a blow against hostile foreign regimes. The first point is simply wrong; even with a payroll tax swap, a higher gas tax would hurt the economy on balance. And if reducing world oil prices is the geo... Read More
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