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That's a big no.

Remember back in 2001 when this happened? Funny how things change... Oh Wait...

Q    Ari, why is a temporary or permanent cut in the federal gasoline tax not a possible option for the problem with spiraling prices?

     MR. FLEISCHER:  The President is very concerned about the rise in gasoline prices.  He's very concerned about the impact that it's having on Americans, particularly, lower income Americans, who need their vehicles to drive to get to work and to enjoy their family lives.  And that's one of the reasons the President is pushing so strongly for a comprehensive energy policy, and also for a tax cut, so he can get money into the hands of people who are being hit by rising gas prices.

     During the campaign last year there was much made about the possibility of repealing the federal gas tax, or limiting the federal gas tax.  The President did not join in that call.  I would alert you just to wait until the final recommendations come out of the task force.

     As I indicated this morning, the President has not joined that chorus before -- I do not rule it out, but I have said very clearly that's not something the President is focused on.  His focus is on long-term solutions, not quick fixes.  Quick fixes don't work.  He wants to have a focus on that which is long-term, that will work.

     Q    Well, wouldn't this quick fix certainly work in shaving a little bit off the price?  What's the detriment of doing it?

     MR. FLEISCHER: Again, the focus of the President is to move forward on a long-term solution to a problem that's been very long in the making. And one of the things that's wrong with Washington, in the President's opinion, is people too often move from one quick fix, one short-term, non-solution to the next short-term non-solution, without focusing people's attention on the big matters that really count.

     And in the case of energy, that's a focus on how to conserve energy, conserve fuel, develop more resources, have better infrastructures so that electricity can move across transmission grids and natural gas can move across pipelines in a manner that gets the market to the market, in a manner that lowers costs on a full-time basis for the consumer.

     Q    Is one of the problems with this, and the entire energy field, American lifestyles?  Does the President believe that, given the amount of energy Americans consume per capita, how much it exceeds any other citizen in any other country in the world, does the President believe we need to correct our lifestyles to address the energy problem?

     MR. FLEISCHER:  That's a big no.  The President believes that it's an American way of life, and that it should be the goal of policy makers to protect the American way of life.  The American way of life is a blessed one.  And we have a bounty of resources in this country.  What we need to do is make certain that we're able to get those resources in an efficient way, in a way that also emphasizes protecting the environment and conservation, into the hands of consumers so they can make the choices that they want to make as they live their lives day to day.


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May. 9th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
That's so stupid. I can't even begin to wrap my head around how stupid that is.
May. 28th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
where can you find the video clip of this?
Anybody with a video link to Ari saying, "...that's a big no..." ?

send to: pickle_barrel@hotmail.com Thanks
May. 28th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
Re: where can you find the video clip of this?
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