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Obama really sticking to his guns on gas prices

Good for him:

I do wish the bullet points at the end mentioned more than just a plan for alternative fuels... something like:

  • Take the train or bus instead of driving
  • Move somewhere you can walk to work or to the store
Track Twenty-Nine makes a similar point.

Still, I'm extremely impressed with Obama's excellent position and fortitude on this issue. It's fairly clear that President Obama would have the best energy, transportation, and urban policies of the three remaining candidates.

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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The problem with mentioning your points is that they involve sacrifice. People don't vote for sacrifices, they do vote for alteratives. Of coarse the ideas that those points are sacrifices are debatable, but to much of the country that’s what they hear.

by Rj on May 1, 2008 9:46 am • linkreport

At least one of our candidates for Prez has a brain. Transportation policy in this country drives me bonkers. Hopefully Obama will be different.

by NikolasM on May 1, 2008 9:46 am • linkreport

Good for Obama. A gas tax holiday is unlikely to reduce the price significantly and will reduce funds for transportation maintenance.

by John on May 1, 2008 11:07 am • linkreport

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

An extremely popular president once asked Americans to make sacrifices. I suppose pandering is more important to some politicians than others.

America is facing an energy crisis. Although I wasn't around to witness it, in the 1970s, if you passed people on the freeway going more than 55, they'd honk at you to get you to slow down. Whether politicians tell us to or not, we ARE going to have to make sacrifices. Maybe if a politician (statesman) acted like they were in tune to reality, they'd get brownie points.

Anyway, as Mr. Obama points out, his campaign is about changing the rhetoric in Washington. Don't get me wrong, I think he's done more than any candidate has in recent years, but he could do better when it comes to energy policy.

by Matt' on May 1, 2008 11:27 am • linkreport

When Kennedy made that famous statement, was he RUNNING for President, or already elected?? There's plenty of reason for optimism that Obama will put "sacrifices" a bit more once he's in office.

by Paul on May 1, 2008 11:54 pm • linkreport

I agree with Obama on this.

But how many of you agree with Hillary who not only takes the opposite stance (along with McCain), but who also wants to reimpose the NMSL of 55 mph?!?!

by Douglas Willinger on May 3, 2008 10:53 pm • linkreport

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