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5/15/2008

A Better East Texas: Gas Day Holiday Hoax

Recently the idea of a gas tax holiday has been floated by the presidential wannabe's.  Gas prices continue to go through the roof and these candidates are using the situation to play political games.  The result of a gas tax holiday would mean nothing to us as consumers and it would cripple funding for our highway system. 

I don't know what gas prices are going to do in the future but it sure looks that we will be in this situation for a while.  If you are old enough to remember the OPEC oil embargo of the early 1970's then you know that long lines at the pump changed the way we conducted our daily tasks.  The only way that we will be able weather this storm is by changing our habits. 

 It seems un-American but I am sad to say that not much has changed in 35 years and we are still at the mercy of others for our most popular energy source. 

So welcome to the new normal of 3-dollar plus per gallon gas prices and all the baggage comes with that.  Perhaps 35 years from now our children will have solved this problem but for now we will have to make adjusts and make it work. 

 I don't want to sound defeatist because the great thing about America is that situations like this birth some great innovation. So to the entrepreneurs out there - get busy and you will make this a better country and a better East Texas

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