The Best of Notable Quotables; December 21, 1992

Vol. Five; No. 26

The Henry Luce Would Roll Over in His Grave Award

“During the darkest days of the tax battle, did you have the urge to tell the state residents ‘Oh, grow up?’”

Time reporter David Ellis interviewing Connecticut’s tax-hiking Governor Lowell Weicker, April 13 issue.


“Put an international tax on emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases....Find a way to put the brakes on the world’s spiraling population, which will otherwise double by the year 2050....Give the United Nations broad powers to create an environmental police force for the planet.”

Time list of “What They Should Do But Won’t” at the United Nations “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, June 1.

“Increase taxes on gasoline and other fuels. This would help finance cuts in other taxes – each penny-per-gallon increase in the gas tax would generate $1 billion in new revenues – and would also encourage energy conservation, cut down pollution and traffic congestion, and reduce the U.S. trade deficit. A good start would be an increase of 25 cents per gal. – less than the amount by which prices rose during the Gulf War – with further increases of five cents a year.”

Time suggestion for a tax  package, Dec 9, 1991.