Lord Crimson

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Dingell Proposes Gas Tax Increase

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John Dingell

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!


Written by Lord Crimson

March 20, 2008 at 8:57 pm

8 Responses

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  1. Hi LC,

    Once again, I seem to have missed something. Didn’t we give Michigan to Canada as atonement for the acid rain thing back in the 80s? I’m pretty sure I’m right on this, as no one with the name of Dingell could possibly survive public school in the US.

    the Grit

    the Grit

    March 20, 2008 at 9:45 pm

  2. It seems like most of the carbon and gas taxes being proposed recently are “revenue-neutral”. BC’s recent tax does increase the price at the pump, but that money is used to offset lowered income taxes.

    Even if Dingell does see a gas tax as a way to increase government revenue, there will still be a positive environmental outcome. Is it really so bad?


    March 20, 2008 at 9:54 pm

  3. Hi Grit

    Canada opted for the catch and release plan so quickly threw Michigan back. Yes, kids can be cruel so we can only imagine what issues Mr. Dingell-berry carries around. It is clear that he is now taking this opportunity to inflict revenge on all that tormented him.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 21, 2008 at 1:39 am

  4. Hi Nicholas

    As I was reading your take on higher taxes it occurred to me that there was a time when people actually worked for themselves and not slaves of the government. I see no real benefit in giving government more and more because they are reckless and squander what they get now.

    So, I must answer your question with a yes, higher taxes is really bad.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 21, 2008 at 1:52 am

  5. While there is no way “carbon taxes” would occur before the election, I fear they are not too far off.

    Ben Keeler

    March 22, 2008 at 9:45 pm

  6. Hi Ben

    I agree with you that any large tax increase will be put on hold until after the election. I just find it shameless when politicians like Dingell use the environment as a reason to steal our money for our own good.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 23, 2008 at 12:46 pm

  7. Happy Easter LC!

    Sunflower Desert

    March 23, 2008 at 2:02 pm

  8. Hi Tammi

    Happy Easter! Hope you had a great day.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 24, 2008 at 10:38 am

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