If That Was Their Answer, What Was the Question?
By Bryan Caplan
When Democratic candidates were asked, “What would you do to reduce gas prices?,” their answers made very little sense. Which brings me to a Jeopardy-inspired puzzle: If those were their answers, what question were they really answering? To what policy question would an appropriate answer be: “Impose a carbon tax, cut subsidies, strengthen fuel efficiency standards, support alternative fuels, and launch a price-gouging investigation”?
My charitable submission: “What would be an optimal energy policy?”
My uncharitable submission: “What would you do to get revenge on oil companies – to make those bastards pay for what they’ve done to us?”
Take your pick!