John McCain, now with Hillary Clinton’s support, is calling for a break on the around 18 cent federal gas tax over the summer to help us all out. But would the federal government reducing its taxes only encourage the market to raise the price to make up the difference? I know that sounds very conspiracy theory, but that’s my concern.”This isn’t an idea designed to get you through the summer,” Barack Obama said. “It’s designed to get them through an election.”

He says that the efforts by McCain and Clinton would save you and me about $28 over all. Every dollar helps, but that sounds like a lot of pandering for a little bit of money.

The real problem is that, without a tangible solution to gas prices, these candidates are coming up with flimsy solutions. Kudos to Obama for calling a spade a spade, but he doesn’t really offer up any suggestions that are going to save me at the pump tomorrow or next week, either.

Reducing the taxes isn’t it, but millage standards and alternative energy studies and new drills off the Carolina coasts are long-term solutions that aren’t going to mean a thing to me after gas hits $4 a gallon. Somebody has got to start thinking outside the box.

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