Dingell Proposes Gas Tax Increase
What’s the old saying, how can you tell when a politician is lying… it’s when their lips move. Well our latest example from Michigan proves this more accurate than we would like to admit.
With gas prices at record levels, John Dingell D-Mich has decided to play the green card. It seems that he wants to place an extra 50-cent tax on every gallon of gas in an effort to force less consumption. I did mention that gas prices were already at record levels.
Perhaps the real reason for this desired increase is the high gas prices have already forced consumption to decrease. The decrease in consumption equates to a decrease in tax revenue. So, could it be that John Dingell D-Mich is using the “green excuse” in an effort to make up for this loss of revenue. I think so.
It’s really a vicious cycle. They increase the gas tax, you buy less gas and then they increase the gas tax. We won’t even get into loss of sales and tax revenue in other areas because of increased taxes on gas. Okay, some politicians aren’t exactly known for understanding how things like the economy work. I suppose it’s a good thing that people who can’t do anything else can become politicians.
How can I say this? John Dingell is lying and is proposing a tax increase under the guise of saving the planet when the real goal is to make up the tax revenue they are losing because of already decreased gas consumption. Yeah, that’ll do.
While Dingell’s idea will likely lie dormant until after the 2008 election, the idea of carbon taxes is not. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain all support some type of system that either directly or indirectly will raise prices to penalize polluters.
Don’t you just love politicians – but it’s for the planet – yeah right!