Virginia is heating up as the gubernatorial race begins to reach its climax. One of the criticisms being thrown out is that a candidate wants to raise the gas tax. Now politically, the suggestion of higher taxes is rarely welcome, especially when imposed on such a crucial facet of day-to-day life.
Despite this, my mind is settled on the need to incentivize the retreat from oil dependency that digs our nation deeper and deeper into a colossal ditch. With a gas tax comes more government hiring power, more political independence from oil-rich nations and more aid to lowering our deficit and fending off the specter of inflation that could stop a recovery dead in its tracks. Furthermore, it could lessen the severity of an impending tax hike, as debt interest continues to build.
Further extrapolating, we need to be familiarized to the argument of cost revelation: that the sticker prices of our products are a façade. We don't pay for environmental and cultural upheaval, or the release of toxins that go into the production of these cheap, seemingly disposable and infinite supplies. It's thus a matter of principle: that you get what you, not others, pay for. And it's not just the third world that bears the burdens of short-sightedness -- it’s the children and grandchildren of this nation. Harming a child in the womb is unconscionable, but inevitably trashing their ability for future health and prosperity is rarely pondered upon. We need to wake up, smell the roses while they last, and change our ways for our neighbors, both in time and space. The world is what we make of it, not what we take of it.