Thanks to plunging recessionary demand gas prices head under $3 a gallon — bring back our SUVs and forget all that talk about alternative energy sources. In fact, given what happened almost 30 years ago, if energy prices were to keep going down, fervor could quickly abate for conservation and driving less.

Actually, now is the time to raise the federal gas tax 25 cents a gallon. Raise taxes! How outrageous when everyone has been wracked by the financial meltdown. Will it happen? Very unlikely given the political wave of bailouts, rescues, and tax givebacks pushing up our national debt to increasingly stratospheric levels.

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