We get one bit of relief in this fake “recovery” and Republican traitors want to punish us for it.
Senate Republicans are signaling that they want to reward us for giving them the Senate by raising our taxes. No good deed goes unpunished!
According to The Hill: “Momentum builds in Congress for raising the federal gas tax.”
Record-low gas prices across the U.S. have given rise to fresh talk in Washington of raising the federal gas tax for the first time in over 20 years, with leading Republicans now saying a hike must not be ruled out.
The GOP has long resisted calls from business leaders and others to boost the 18.4 cent-per-gallon tax as a way to pay for upgrades to the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges.
Yet in recent days, senior Senate Republicans have said they want to keep options open and that “nothing is off the table” when weighing the best mechanisms to pay to finance infrastructure projects.
“I just think that option is there, it’s clearly one of the options,” said Sen. Inhofe (R-Okla.), new chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the third-ranking Senate Republican, also said they were open to the possibility of raising the tax.
Democratic leaders in both chambers of Congress, meanwhile, declared this week that “now is the time” for an increase.
While major obstacles stand in the way — namely the House of Representatives —business groups believe there is a real chance to raise the tax in the final two years of the Obama administration.
So amid all the hardships of this fake “recovery,” we get one bit of relief no thanks to politicians but due to the power of markets and the hand of providence… and politicians want to punish us for it.
Why do you think business leaders are lobbying for a tax increase on gasoline? Obviously, they will have to pay the tax, but they already pass off the cost of transportation to the consumer. As consumers, business leaders will be hurt by a tax increase on gasoline. But if their business thrives because of the tax, they will personally benefit more than the tax will cost them. So, ultimately, they are lobbying to have every Joe and Jane Taxpayer subsidize a business expense. Yes, you and I use the highways, but we don’t wear them down nearly as fast as people using the roads to haul goods.
“Comments this week from Sens. Inhofe, Hatch and Thune signal a growing recognition that the gas tax is a fair and consistent way to fund our infrastructure needs,” Association of Equipment Manufacturers spokesman Michael O’Brien said in an interview on Thursday.
Doubtful. How does this organization calculate what is fair and consistent about a gas tax?
Remember, we are talking about a permanent tax hike. Do you think these Senators or anyone else will be beating the drums to lower the gas tax if the price goes up again?
“I remind my conservative friends, and people who ask the question about maybe as a part of a package having to increase the user fees, that this is what we are supposed to be doing,” Inhofe told The Hill in a brief interview.
“The user fee is very, very popular. The evidence of that is a lot of states are doing that on their own because ‘well if the federal government won’t do it we’ve got to do something about the roads,'” Inhofe said.
How is it a user’s fee when I have to pay a tax for the highways when I mow my lawn?
And since when do we assume that the Federal government should be doing something that the states are perfectly capable of taking care of? Why not simply eliminate the Federal gas tax and give the responsibilities to the states? Then they can decide how much they need to tax gas in their state, but we won’t have to be double taxed.
“People who use the highways ought to pay for them,”[Senator Orrin] Hatch added. “That’s a small price to pay to have the best highway system in the world. And that may be where we’re going to have to go.”
But how is such a price accurately set? Why do we even need the best highway system in the world? Could we get our gas taxes cut if we settled for second best? Why should poor people have to pay more for gas just because business leaders want them to do so?
Don’t fall for the claim that we are going to get a tax cut to “make up” for the tax increase. These people are totally untrustworthy. If they give us the tax relief first then they can talk about a higher gas tax.
If the highways need to be funded (probably because the money was wasted on cronies), let the Senate reduce the weapons being given to terrorist overseas or close a military base somewhere on the planet.