Civilizations can only be understood by those who are civilized.
— Alfred North Whitehead
There's talk about increasing the federal tax on fuel. We're not buying as much so tax revenues are down. Since these are hard times all around several states are considering the same move. There's even talk about taxing the mileage you drive. Yikes! Taxes are necessary but also politically volatile so they're a touchy subject. Pointing out government waste is just as easy as noting crumbling roads and bridges.
As much as I would like to, it's not like I will completely stop driving. But I do use public transportation, walk, or ride a bicycle as much as I can. In an ideal world we'd live near our workplace, stores and schools but that is extremely difficult for most people. Sometimes I just don't understand it.