AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 3/31/2004 09:18:00 AM ----- BODY: Wictory Wednesday - I think our gas station owners are tired of being yelled at about high gas prices. The price of gas has risen here in Maine to about $1.75 a gallon. On each pump, though, the owners have put a sticker breaking down the price of gasoline. It seems we pay only $1.31 per gallon of gas - the rest of the cost is taxes. John Kerry has been trying to blame the high gas prices on George W. Bush. Let's look at a few facts, though. John Kerry voted against increasing U.S. energy independence by voting against drilling in Alaska. Not once, but seven times. Kerry has proposed tax hikes on gasoline that would increase gas taxes another $.50 cents per gallon. The George W. Bush re-election website includes a gas tax calculator that helps you figure out how much more you'll be paying for gasoline under Kerry. Yes, gas prices are high. But instead of ranting about wars for oil and a Halliburton-funded conspiracy involving Bush, Cheney and the Illuminati and their plan to take over the world, how about dealing with the fact that state governments and the federal government in the United States have grown too dependent upon various unseen taxes we pay all the time. Bush has lowered some of those taxes, and hopes to do so again. Kerry would raise them. This fall, support George W. Bush with your donations or your time. If you're a blogger, join the growing list. --------