Romney-conomist Greg Mankiw wants a further $2/gallon gas tax?

Economic Policy Journal:

As the price of gasoline soars, top Mitt Romney adviser, Harvard economist Greg Mankiw sticks to his guns and calls for a hike in gasoline taxes. In a recent blog post, Mankiw points to a WaPo column which states:

N. Gregory Mankiw, former top economic adviser to President George W. Bush and current adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, also backs a stiff gas tax increase… In a New York Times column this year, Mr. Mankiw offered a tax overhaul that might include a gas tax “exceeding” $2 per gallon.

I don’t think that’s going to be too popular. It’s not clear from that snippet that he’s adding an additional $2 on top of what’s already there, but if that’s what he’s proposing, Romney’s got some explaining to do. Not much more to that post, but good snark at the end.

  • londondave

    He better be an ex-advisor, PDQ,

  • Angry Webmaster

    And a few weeks ago Obomney adviser Norm Coleman said that they really weren’t planning to repeal Obamacare, they were going to try and fix it.

  • ardimark

    Another reason for Liberal romney NOT to get the Republician nomination. Anybody but romney

  • DeafRanger

    GOOD NIGHT!  I’m only scarcely getting by on my Social Security and the two dollar tax on top of the already high prices would stop me dead in my tracks.  I’d have to wind up buying a horse.  Then they would probably add a methane tax to that!  Hey already runs about $16 a bail hearing Arizona.  I suppose they won the senior citizens to have to stay home.

    In my opinion this gives one more reason why people should vote for Newt.  Now, I’m not much for his trying to run on the $2.50 gasoline ticket, but at two dollar gas tax from Romney almost makes it sound like good sense.

    Our nation needs jobs, debt brought under control, and a nation run on the basis of the US Constitution and the laws that support that Constitution.  What we don’t need is higher taxes.  We are taxed enough already.  What part of “TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY” don’t they understand?  We would have to be as rich as Romney to be able to take a vacation.

    Is Romney that far out of touch with the normal people?  I know he doesn’t care about the poor people and he thinks we have a safety net that’s enough to catch us already, that he’s wrong, very wrong.  He needs to understand where some of us live and is not an ivory tower and is not in palatial palaces.

    This makes absolutely no sense to me.  We don’t need moderately conservative people running for Congress, we need people who understand Reaganomics and who will reinstitute those.

    There should be no room for Romney in the White House!

  • Deekaman

    Never saw that coming from Mankiw.I followed his blog for  a time not too long ago and this was NOT something I expected.

  • Lucid_American

    I smell a rat, trying to scuttle the Romney ship

  • Mike Street Station

    To be fair, the WP article does state that this was 
    Mankiw’s personal opinion, not a recommendation in his role as Romney advisor.  If Obama can’t pull it off (and he would really love a high gas tax) I don’t think this is even going to be anywhere near a Romney agenda.