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Gas tax would stall an economy that's barely in first gear

I find Thomas F. Schaller's call for an increase in the federal gas tax very disconcerting ("Gas tax increase long overdue," Jan. 9). Just because he teaches political science doesn't give him the expertise to conclude that an increase in the federal gas tax is overdue.

Did he at any time mention an increase in the tax would be detrimental to the economy? No, he did not. Did he consider the impact on the citizenry of the U.S. and how it would impact the cost of every purchase? No, he did not.

At this point in this anemic recovery, another tax increase (Obamacare, Social Security increases) would only cause additional harm to the already overtaxed American.

Frank Wolfe, Parkville

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