Democrats to Raise Gasoline Tax

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,386643,00.html

    Lawmakers Could Consider Gas Tax Hike, After Gas Tax Holiday Fails
    Sunday, July 20, 2008


    July 18: A gas price sign is shown in McKinney, Texas.

    WASHINGTON — The political vision of a summer gas tax holiday died a quick death in Congress, losing to a view that federal excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel will have to go up if they go anywhere.

    Despite calls from the presidential campaign trail for a Memorial Day-to-Labor Day tax freeze, lawmakers quickly concluded — with a prod from the construction industry — that having $9 billion less to spend on highways could create a pre-election specter of thousands of lost jobs.

    Now, lawmakers quietly are talking about raising fuel taxes by a dime from the current 18.4 cents a gallon on gasoline and 24.3 cents on diesel fuel.

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    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."
     
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    I believe democrats are out of touch with reality to even mention an additional tax on gasoline at this time. :BangHead:
     
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    Yes, they seem out of touch in many areas. If they want to really cut fuel consumption, and generate enormous revenue to fund their social programs, raise it a buck.....
     
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    I will support a tax on anything if congress both dems and repubs will put a stop on any and all spending and cut some current entitlements until the debt is all paid.
     
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    Democrats to Raise Gasoline Tax

    Surprise, surprise! :(
     
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    News Flash!!!!!!!!!

    Birds fly, squirrels eat nuts, fish have scales --------!!!!!!
     
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    Now that is news, right along with , democrats raise taxes!!!!

    I'm learning each day.
     
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    Now that we seem to agree that democrats like to raise taxes, do we also agree they are beyond stupid to talk about increasing the tax on gasoline at this particular time?
     
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    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

    I can hardly afford to buy gas now!
     
  10. just-want-peace

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    The elites have absolutely no concept of the average Joe's daily grind; ergo they have absolutely no concept that they are telling a starving man that he needs to diet!!!

    Yes, I do believe they are that out of touch!!!!!
     
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    I hope the Hill soon realizes strenuous taxation is why we parted company with the king. I no longer feel represented if the elected officials don't have my interest in mind when they make decisions.

    Perhaps someone should introduce a bill for no new taxes without a vote from the people. This will force them to make good use of the tax they collect at this time.
     
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    We keep asking them to solve all the problems and their solutions always require more funding, result in more regulations, more artificial influences on the marketplace, more opportunities for political favors, more vote buying, and just more problems. Congress can't fix anything so let's stop asking them to do it. Let's tell them to start undoing the reams and reams of regulations already in place they have dragged us down and hold us there.

    Even as we debate this topic EPA is rolling out more stupid rules - thousands of pages of confusing and conflicting gibberish - that profits only environmental lawyers and consultants. Even EPA is being directed by consent decrees resulting for court cases brought by environmental groups. They all lack any common sense to balance the needs of a modern society with good stewardship of the earth's resources. They keep us from making good use of what we have and, instead, divert our attention to ineffective energy solutions.

    I suspect that the pollution resulting from the manufacturing, transportation, use, and disposal of all the "product" - paperwork, meetings, travel, training, litigation, studies, controls, additional equipment, non-productive overhead, etc. - exceeds any reduction in harmful pollution for the processes being regulated that would otherwise produce real and useful product.

    Congress will be happy to give us more of the same if we want because, remember, they specialize in skimming from the proceeds of any real exchange of goods and services without which they'd be out of work. But at the rate we're going they make actually get us to the point we're only working for them and the voters they've bought with promises for a free ride.
     
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    I sure like what this guy said in the article... :thumbs:

    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."

    Earmarks should be eliminated all together. They are nothing but slush funds...
     
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    NOT ENOUGH! Should raise it a buck to pay for the oil war.
     
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    'Pears as how somebody left the door open, cause there's a heap of hot air coming in.:BangHead:
     

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