Gas Prices & Politicians

McCain and Hillary are proposing to suspend the federal gas tax to lower gas prices by 16 cents.  George W. Bush (did you know the W stood for Walker?) wants to initiate drilling in the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge (but he likes to call it ANWR, which sounds a lot less beautiful and worthy of conserving), to halt the rising gas prices.  If you ask me, these are possibly the two dumbest ideas I have ever heard.  If we suspend the gas tax, demand will go up and the price will rise back to the current level in a couple months and we’ll be without the benefit of the federal tax that pays for road repairs.  If we drill in the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge, we’ll just wipe out our own supply, destroy a wildlife refuge, and have no long term solution.  US isn’t even close to paying the most for gas, this is not a result of politicians screwing up, national security, or high taxes, it is simple supply and demand and the value of the dollar decreasing.  Let’s suck it up, pay more for gas and drive less, use more fuel efficient cars, and maybe we’ll come up with less expensive and more environmentally friendly options. 

Nation City Price in USD Regular/Gallon
Netherlands Amsterdam $6.48
Norway Oslo $6.27
Italy Milan $5.96
Denmark Copenhagen $5.93
Belgium Brussels $5.91
Sweden Stockholm $5.80
United Kingdom London $5.79
Germany Frankfurt $5.57
France Paris $5.54
Portugal Lisbon $5.35
Hungary Budapest $4.94
Luxembourg $4.82
Croatia Zagreb $4.81
Ireland Dublin $4.78
Switzerland Geneva $4.74
Spain Madrid $4.55
Japan Tokyo $4.24
Czech Republic Prague $4.19
Romania Bucharest $4.09
Andorra $4.08

Top 10 Frenchtown Moments cont.
6.  Wine Fest – We’ve had the opportunity to go to a couple wine fests in Frenchtown and they’ve always been a lot of fun.  The first wine fest we hit up was with Andy and Lauren.  It ended up raining a lot, so we hung out longer in each store sampling more wines.  By the end of the day, we were really tipsy, running through the streets in Frenchtown, trying to get to the next venue’s sampling without getting soaked.  There’s typically 10 stores/restaurants participating, each store has 5 or 6 different wines or beers to try (do the math, it’s a lot of samples!), it’s never too crowded and there’s always plenty to try.  This year’s wine fest takes place June 7 and 8th. 

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