Debra J. Saunders

It's an odd objection. More consumers would be spending an extra $5,000 for hybrid technology. They would burn less fuel and enjoy a faster commute. As their cars move into diamond lanes, there would be more room in "general purpose lanes."

The only reason to object is if you want gridlock.

Another plus: Detroit would feel pressure to mass-produce hybrids, instead of leaving this fuel-efficient technology to Toyota and Honda. And drivers would see the upside of saying no to SUVs.

It all comes down to entitlement, as Campbell said.

These questions, however, arise: Do Americans think they are entitled to drive on highways designed to hasten their commute rather than to deliberately slow it?

Or do voters believe -- indeed, does the Bush administration believe -- that the people's government is entitled to punish people for driving to work?

Debra J. Saunders

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