Gov. Easley to President Bush: "Stop Waiting and Start Helping."

I don't always agree with Mike Easley, but I find it hard to argue with the basic proposition that one job of the top executive is to provide leadership for the common good. In this case, Easley wants to freeze North Carolina's automatic gas tax increases ("Nobody ever anticipated that Washington would let gas prices get this high") and look elsewhere for some of the funds to maintain roads. We'll see what the General Assembly has to say when when they get back into town on Tuesday, but it's good to see Easley getting out front on this issue.

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Easley is very popular in the state. Bush is very unpopular. Easley is a Democrat. Bush is a Republican. Attack Easley, attack. Paint the Republicans so that Shuler has a better chance in November.

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I saw this yesterday

Such good news...I couldn't understand why they would dump it on a Friday. Glad you printed it today.

I agree with Robert. This type of activisim from our Governor helps Dems across the board. Senator Easley is sounding better and better all the time.



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This might be good politics,

This might be good politics, but it's terrible policy. Look where we're going. Check out the 3-year graph at raleighgasprices.com

(you may need to select "3-year.")

Ultimately, since NC has no domestic fuel industry, with continually rising gas prices, we send all the extra dollars outside of NC. If we raised the gas tax in a way that $2.85 gas became $2.95, and put the proceeds into upgrading rail lines to DC, Atlanta, and expanding public transportation, we'd at least capture some of the extra spending motorists pay on gas for programs that provide relief from auto dependency. Otherwise, the extra money just goes to Houston and Saudi Arabia.

Peak oil is upon us and NC stands to get a serious kick in the tail because of the lack of any serious alternative transportation outside of Charlotte and continually wretched land use planning.

Easley could at least hit some of the right policy notes while doing this. He could talk about freezing the gas tax and recommend that a windfall profits tax on oil companies be used to fund expansion of transportation alternatives in NC metro areas and tax rebates in rural areas in which the car is the only functional choice.

Even if it doesn't go anywhere, this is also a way to beat back the abusrd "Democrats have no ideas" meme.

This might be good politics,

This might be good politics, but it's terrible policy. Look where we're going. Check out the 3-year graph at raleighgasprices.com

(you may need to select "3-year.")

Ultimately, since NC has no domestic fuel industry, with continually rising gas prices, we send all the extra dollars outside of NC. If we raised the gas tax in a way that $2.85 gas became $2.95, and put the proceeds into upgrading rail lines to DC, Atlanta, and expanding public transportation, we'd at least capture some of the extra spending motorists pay on gas for programs that provide relief from auto dependency. Otherwise, the extra money just goes to Houston and Saudi Arabia.

Peak oil is upon us and NC stands to get a serious kick in the tail because of the lack of any serious alternative transportation outside of Charlotte and continually wretched land use planning.

Easley could at least hit some of the right policy notes while doing this. He could talk about freezing the gas tax and recommend that a windfall profits tax on oil companies be used to fund expansion of transportation alternatives in NC metro areas and tax rebates in rural areas in which the car is the only functional choice.

Even if it doesn't go anywhere, this is also a way to beat back the abusrd "Democrats have no ideas" meme.