So you don't see our armed forces and foreign defense policy's in any way ensuring the cheap flow of oil to the United States? Or are you of the belief that we put the Shaw of Iran in power because he was a such a good guy. Or that we overlook all the human rights issues in Saudi Arabia because of anything other than oil. Or that nearly all the 9/11 attackers were from SA.
If tomorrow this country stopped being the defacto security force for big oil they would have to do this for themselves. Then the free market would decide on how they would get from point A to point B. People wouldn't live 45 miles from work, cities would be build more rapid transit. Would it happen over night no of course not but it would happen.
I love the right when you point out that this is how they claim the free market should work but baulk at the notion that it should be forced on Big Oil. Or defense contractors.
No I don't. I simply do not believe that the price of oil is primarily dictated by our political relationship with the Middle Eastern oil producing countries, and all the stuff you imply that revolves around that. I think that's a simplistic, myopic view. Please note that I do not believe that you are a simplistic, myopic person. Quite the opposite. You are a bright, intellectually captivating person. I am referring only to the argument that you are making.
The price of oil and oil products is complex, too complex to distill into a simple political argument. A significant chunk of our oil comes from a cartel over which we have little to no influence. The price of oil in America as primarily driven by commodities speculators, who can give any reason under the sun for why they think oil futures should go up or down. These are the people that directly affect your everyday life by altering you household cash flow. Those are the people you should be angry at.
Removing the political angle, you're preaching to the choir here. Remember that, when I can, I commute to work by bike, under almost any conditions. I built a bike specifically for commuting, so that I can commute in the dark, in the winter, down to the teens. I am passionate about bicycle commuting. I would gladly pay, say, 5 cents more per gallon of gas if I knew that at least half of the money would go directly to building more bike paths, support bike share programs, cycling clubs, etc. The problem with the gas tax, like almost every other tax, is that it never really goes to the intended use. It just becomes another tax.
Of course, we all know that the real reason that I disagree with you is because I don't want the roads clogged with Freds on bikes like 1950's Shanghai.