Back in the '70's, there were rebellious legislators who blasphemously wished to provide a $0.50/gallon tax on gasoline to encourage conservation. I'm not fond of taxes, but I thought perhaps there might be some merit to a tax such as that. In my mind, it would not hurt me that much, and maybe it could emphasise, through the pocketbook, that glutteny is a sin, and that there's a lot of practically in thrift.
Yesterday, I discovered some rather nice photos from the "Sunken Garden" in San Antonio, and decided that "someday", I'd be putting them into my stream.
Today, I filled up the wife's car, and came to the realization that the fillup cost approximately five times what it cost when they were proposing that tax, and ten times what it cost when I was making regular trips between Austin and Santa Fe (NM, not the one down near Galveston).
What this means, in terms of fuel costs, is that San Antonio is my new Santa Fe! The fuel cost for a round trip to SA is what it was for a round trip to SF in the '60's, and people are still squandering gas. That fifty cent tax probably would not have helped anyway!