CBS Suggests Government Subsidies to Lower Gas Prices
CBSâs âEarly Showâ co-host Maggie Rodriguez suggested June 25 that the cure to high gas prices is to have the government subsidize oil. After blaming speculators for the prices, Rodiguez asked, âGiven the dire situation here in our country, can't our government step in?â
Correspondent Sheila MacVicar reported that âgetting behind the wheel feels like an outrageous extravaganceâ in some countries in Europe where gas is near $10 a gallon. Much of that, she pointed out, goes to governments that levy high taxes on gas.
âThere are some places where gas is still a bargain. Countries that produce oil and subsidize the cost for domestic consumption,â said Rodriguez. âSo in Mexico, filling up at $2 a gallon doesn't feel so bad. Or in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, where the price is $1.50. Iran, $1.20. The best bargain of all, oil-rich Venezuela, 15 cents. 15 cents a gallon.â
Rodriguez said these other countries are âdoing a much better job of keeping their prices in check.â
âCan't our government step in and stop listening to the lobbyists and stop arguing about the role of speculators and do something substantive to bring down our prices?â she asked.
MacVicarâs report also featured oil analyst John Hall, who said speculators are âvery much to blame for the increased cost weâve seen in the last year so.â
Alan Reynolds, a senior fellow with the Cato Institute, wrote in The New York Post June 20 that âthe urge to blame speculators is as big a waste of time as blaming oil companies. Americans want more oil and gas â not more hot air from politicians.â