Iron Maiden: Need or want?
Is a Vermont gas-guzzler tax a good idea?
I think not, and here’s why: The proposed $150 tax would add approximately one-half of one percent to the purchase price of the average new SUV or truck. If you find this onerous, you probably haven’t done the math. In fact, I think you should be laughing all the way to the bank, because $150 is FAR TOO LITTLE. I mean, you can afford to drop $30k on a new F250, and you’re really going to let a hunnert and fidy stand in your way? That’s pathetic, friend.
There’s been a spot on the radioof late. You might have heard it: Mama’s doing her best to teach her dear ones to respect the earth – why, her five year old sorts the recycling, fer chrissakes – but this tax… it’s just not fair. After all, thanks to her prolific breeding, she NEEDS a SUV, to shuttle her lil’ darlings, collect the groceries, and make her hair appointment.
My issue is not that she has three kids, nor that she chooses to drive a SUV (which likely gets at least double the mileage of my '90 Chevy 1-ton). My issue is with our collective confusion regarding needs and wants. Needs include: A roof over your head. Access to health care, sufficient calories, and clean water. Someone to love and someone to love you back. Anyone who thinks that they NEED a SUV because they have three kids/live on a dirt road/don’t like driving in the snow would do well to get the hell out of North America and see how the rest of the world lives. It’s not as if you’ve gotta go to some third world hellhole; most of Europe would do it (and the wine’s pretty tasty).
Do I sound self-righteous? Am I a walking, driving contradiction? Perhaps. After all, my life is full of wants: I own six pairs of skis, four bicycles (and half a tandem), and more vintage Iron Maiden albums than I should admit. None of these are needs. But then, I’m not claiming they are, am I?