When gasoline goes from $3.50 to $4.30 a gallon in one month, don’t call this a price increase. Call it what it really is: a tax!
Like a tax, expensive gasoline takes money out of consumers’ pockets. The only difference between higher gasoline prices and higher taxes is that money derived from higher taxes can go for such things as government employees’ pensions or health benefits. Or the extra tax money can go to schools that don’t educate.
Moreover, the more gasoline costs, the more money government gets from the gasoline sales tax.
In a time of rising gasoline prices, government should cut taxes.
California Gov. Jerry Brown should reverse course and demand that voters reject his November ballot measure, a measure that will hike the state sales tax and the personal income tax.
Consumers are already paying too much for necessities like food and fuel. There is no need to expand — through taxes — the bloated government of California.