Government Motors Pushes Gas Tax Bailout

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAna.../Government-Motors-Pushes-Gas-Tax-Bailout.htm

    Government Motors Pushes Gas Tax Bailout

    Posted 06/09/2011 06:46 PM ET

    Energy Policy: Unable to sell its electric cars, a failing General Motors wants to "nudge" you out of your gasoline-powered vehicle by upping the federal gas tax a buck a gallon. We don't think consumers will buy that either.

    We've all followed that car with the bumper sticker that reads "Don't Laugh — It's Paid For."

    Well, GM wants to increase our pain at the pump and force a struggling Joe Sixpack out of his "gas guzzler" by making him go from gas he can't afford to cars he can't afford and does not want.

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    GM sold 493 Chevy Volts in April, bringing sales for the first four months to a staggering 1,073.

    At this rate, it will take quite a while to fulfill the 2008 campaign pledge by Barack Obama to put 1 million plug-in vehicles on the road by 2015.
     
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    I favor the gas tax to pay for the oil wars.
     
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    By all means, every time you buy a gallon of gas please donate one dollar to the US treasury. Thank you so much for putting your money where you mouth is.
     
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    You would prefer to finance the oil wars through inflation? I thought all you Real Christian Americans hated inflation?
     
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    How about we let the market sort it out.
    1. Let GM FAIL!
    2. Let the price of oil reflect supply and demand.
    3. Let people deal with this and carpool, ride bikes, etc. as a result to economize.
    4. Let the price of oil dip a bit as demand decreases relative to supply.
    5. Let market solutions develop alternative fuel technologies through profit motives (*gasp*) and reduce regulatory burdens that make these endeavors expensive.
     
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    I hate inflation with a passion, and I don't agree with the dichotomy you are trying to argue.
    I believe that the limited role of any government is to enforce contracts and protect individual life, liberty, property, and privacy from aggression.
     
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    Then neither of us support the oil/opium wars?
     
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    An additional dollar per gallon tax would cause inflation.

    The higher price of gas at the pump would push up the cost of just about every product and service.
     
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    Not if the dollar was used to pay off or the increase of the national debt.

    Also, one must differentiate between money inflation and price in terms of work hours inflation.
     
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    I am not aware of any oil wars. Can someone help me out?
     
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    Iraq, Afghanistan.

    Iraq was "sold" on the basis that Iraq oil would pay for the oil and then some. China got the oil contracts and the US is still paying.

    Afghanistan under the Taliban cut opium production by 90% and refused to permit an oil cartel natural gas pipe line across Afghanistan. The opium production is now twice the pre-Taliban production. A pipeline contract was signed three months or so after our invasion.
     

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