What amazes me most about Republican Solutions is that they claim to want lower government spending. I was listening to McCain this evening outline some of his programs for the United States. McCain was outlining his proposal to get rid of the tax on gasoline for a few months this summer. I could not help but think to myself, how is this going to help? It does nothing but shift the cost of fuel consumption from the consumer to the federal government. A price subsidy, like this is just giving the oil and gasoline companies more room to charge higher prices. This is an old Republican idea that has been raised and put down numerous times in the past because it impedes our ability to maintain our roadways which are already in a desperate state. This solution reminds me of the Medicare Prescription Drug Bill. But that bill codified the right of drug companies to charge whatever they wanted for the prescription medication and the government would pay it without complaint. This solution also reminds me of the Republican/McCain solution to the healthcare problem; give us a tax break so that we have more money to buy healthcare insurance. The solution again does nothing to restrain costs; it just adds more fuel to the fire. These solutions do nothing to control costs, and that is the basic problem. The one thing each of these solutions has is that it shifts the expense to the Federal government and does nothing to solve the underlying problems causing the crisis. And then one day, usually around election time, we find that deficits have soared. And the Republican solution is? You got, do the same thing over again. And the way to control runaway costs is to have market competition. This should be pretty obvious to anyone, particularly a Republican who is supposed to be for a minimalist Federal government and fiscal responsibility. But it appears the special interests that fund the Republican Party are going to push to their last breath to keep the nice cozy situation they have in Washington until there is a revolt, and everything becomes socialized.