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Well, even though about 80% of this country is telling Congress to drill for more oil to help increase the supply whereby lowering costs, and after they plan on voting against the Federal gas-tax holiday (which in my opinion was a gimmick to begin with) we now have Dems that are going to propose a gas-tax hike! And – not by just a little bit either! Two Dem Representatives are currently toying with the idea of a 55% increase in the Federal Gas Tax to make up for shortfalls (due to their economic policies) in transportation and highway budgets.
The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. James Oberstar, and the chairman of the highway subcommittee, Rep. Peter DeFazio, presented fellow lawmakers with a list of how many jobs and how much money each state would lose. It ranged from $30 million and 1,000 jobs in Vermont to $664 million and 23,000 jobs in California.
Why do you think these people might be losing their jobs? Surely, it can’t have anything to do with the increased prices in oil and gas could it?
Just three years ago, that trust fund enjoyed a surplus of $10 billion. Even without a tax freeze, the fund is projected to finish 2009 with a deficit of $3 billion. That that could grow as Americans drive less and buy less gas because of higher pump prices.
Oh – I guess it does! So – because the increased price of gas, Americans are actually conserving and using less – so – your idea to fix the problem is what? To raise the price of gasoline even further? You guys really are morons! Gee – don’t you think that would just force people to cut back even further leaving greater shortfalls? It doesn’t take an economic genius to figure that out!
If they do raise taxes on gas, forcing more people to use less and less gasoline, we’ll just be put in to a never-ending tax cycle – prices go up, people use less, the Feds want more, so they tax more – which means prices go up, people use less, the Feds want more, so they tax more – which means……
That message carried the day this summer. But now Congress has the bigger task of dealing with the short-term deficit crisis in the fund and coming up with a new spending plan, including revisiting the gas tax issue, when the current six-year, $286 billion highway-transit act expires in September 2009.
Senate Democrats in May tried to add $5 billion to an aviation overhaul bill to replenish the highway trust fund next year; Republicans objected. Democrats tried again in June, but this time for $8 billion; Republicans objected to that, too.
Congress should first reduce spending on pet projects, known as earmarks, argued Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. “I’m not going to let the Senate spend all this money when nobody is looking, especially when we refuse to stop wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on earmarks.”
Well – at least we have one smart individual up there that actually thinks these things through!
Oberstar, D-Minn., said his committee is working on the next long-term highway bill. He estimated it will take between $450 billion and $500 billion over six years to address safety and congestion issues with highways, bridges and transit systems.
“We’ll put all things on the table,” Oberstar said, but the gas tax “is the cornerstone. Nothing else will work without the underpinning of the higher user fee gas tax.”
BUT the gas tax “is the cornerstone…” He used that as a BUT? He said it was the cornerstone – you know – the foundation builder – essentially – he is saying that nothing else they do up there in Congress will work unless they increase the gas tax. Idiots! No, wait – FREAKIN IDIOTS!
At the very least, the gas tax should be indexed to construction cost inflation, DeFazio said
Gee – what do you think is at the root of the increased construction costs? Could it be transportation and delivery costs of materials? Could it be production costs for those materials? Don’t you think any of that is tied to the increased prices in oil and gas? The article claims it is increased demand by China for construction supplies. Oh, really? And, China only recently has increased their demand? I don’t think so! We’re not that stupid!
Again – you freakin idiots don’t get it! Drop the price of the oil by increasing supply and all the associated costs go down with it! Again – this puts it in an unending tax cycle – increase the gas tax – which increases contruction costs – which if the tax is indexed to the increase in construction costs – means we increase the gas tax – which increases construction costs – which if the tax is indexed to the increase in construction costs – mans we increase the gas tax – which means……see..get the point?
Including state and local levies, people in the U.S. pay about 47 cents on average in taxes for a gallon of gasoline. Fuel in many European countries costs $8 to $9 a gallon, with half or more of that going to taxes.
Ummm…so freakin what? Do you really think we Americans really give a rat’s ass how much those Europeans are paying at the pump? Why should anything they do over there have anything to do at all with our policies? Freakin’ lib dems always looking overseas to dictate American policy. Again – so freakin what!
Other ideas that will be on the table when lawmakers write a bill next year including more toll roads and public-private partnerships, congestion pricing and user fees where drivers pay a tax based on how many miles they drive.
So -not only would they increase the gas tax, they want to charge each of us a user fee for driving our damned cars? If that’s the case, what incentive is that for anyone to switch to those “eco-friendly” cars? Any savings they get from the gas pump by purchasing less gas will be eaten up by that stupid-assed user fee.
Seriously – we need to kick all those idiots out of Congress. They sure as hell don’t care about we little people who actually have to pay for our own gas!
UPDATE – Guess I wasn’t the only one posting about this today – Here’s Bradley’s take on it: Lawmakers Want Higher Gas Tax