I Debate an Increase in the Federal Gasoline Tax On the Air
By Brendan Moore
It probably seems unusual and frankly, perhaps even bizarre to some people, considering what I do here AND the current political climate, but I am an advocate of higher gasoline taxes. I’ve been pushing for an increase in the federal gas tax for decades, actually, and I occasionally reference this in the articles I’ve written for Autosavant, and sometimes, I write a piece about that subject specifically, like this one I wrote in 2006.
Anyway, other people have noticed my quixotic efforts, and last week, I was invited to defend my point of view on today’s The Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio, which was broadcast live this morning at 7 AM Central Time (much too early in the day for anything, in my opinion, but what do I know). The opposing point of view, that is, the notion that the federal gas tax should not be raised, was offered by Robert Murphy, economist for the Institute for Energy Research. It already sounds like quite a mismatch, doesn’t it?
The reason that this subject became relevant lately is that the president’s deficit commission recently called for a 15-cent increase in the federal gas tax in order to help close the deficit. So, now the subject is newsworthy.
The show is an hour long, with opening remarks by me and Mr. Murphy, some questions from Ms. Cardin, and then some call-in questions from listeners.
If you would like to listen to the show, you can download the MP3 file of the program HERE, and then play it back at your leisure. It is almost an hour long, as I mentioned, so put some time aside if you want to hear the whole segment.
I hope you find it interesting.