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#1 posted 05-05-2007 06:48 PM

Os, you touched on a sore point that has been sticking in my gut for a few years now.

Up until the end of 2005 the government was giving tax breaks on vehicles over 6,000lbs (around there anyway). So hundreds of thousands of people ran out and bought SUVs, Hummers, etc. that guzzled gas like a sponge. I know people who went out and bought expensive gas guzzling SUVs that cost $50,000 or $60,000 right before the tax law was repealed. Some even had weight ADDED to the darn things just to make sure they passed the code. My understanding is that the original provision was to help out contractors, farmers, etc. that had to buy heavy duty vehicles for their business. But as usual, people took advantage of the situation and the break was eliminated.

I guess my question is this. With gas now costing upwards around $3 a gallon, why can’t the government pass the same kind of break for people to go out and buy hybrids, etc. All this talk about oil conservation and this just seems like a no-brainer that the government could do in a heart beat. Am I missing something here?

Anyway, I know this is off topic Bill (it doesn’t even have to do with woodworking I know) and I apologize but Os’s comment just got my dander up (in a good way Os cause I’m agreeing with you) so I just had to release some steam.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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