Charles Krauthammer had a column(http://tinyurl.com/37wfad) saying that a large increase in the federal gasoline tax could achieve President Bush's goal of reducing gasoline usage by 20% a whole lot quicker than his alternative energy proposals to achieve that goal over years and years. So, what if the federal gasoline tax was increased by $2.00/bbl., phased in over 4 years, to attempt to achieve this 20% reduction goal? Would you support this idea? This could reduce our imports of foreign oil by 20% - including oil from "bad" countries associated with funding terrorism. This would make a whole more sense than the idea of terror free oil by trying to figure out which countries are "good" and which countries are "bad" to buy oil from - especially since oil is a fungible commodity. As a libertarian I am opposed to such a tax increase but I am also pro-defense/national security. So does anyone care to try to make a case for this idea on a national security basis?