Sunday, May 01, 2011

Symbolism, Sympathy, and the Boutique Fuel Reduction Act

via Symbolism and sympathy: Obama's risky gasoline strategy
To ease voter angst, analysts said Obama has to show his concern -- a feeling the White House is eager to project -- even though his options are limited.

"What you try to do is basically show that, hey, I've noticed," said Mark Hansen, a political science professor at the University of Chicago.

"It's largely symbolic. It's more an expression of concern than anything that's going to have a substantive effect on prices that people are paying at the pump." seems like passing S. 511 Boutique Fuel Reduction ActA bill to amend the Clean Air Act to provide for a reduction in the number of boutique fuels, and for other purposes might be a step towards a more efficient market for cheaper gas. At least it's more than a statement of feeling our pain.

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