I guess the GOP should thank its lucky stars that weeping George Vionovich is headed for the exit.
Of course, he could still team up with some on the Democratic side to do some damage before January if this is any example:
"Fuel taxes today fund the vast majority of the federal government’s investment in infrastructure projects," Voinovich wrote in the letter. "Due to dwindling fuel tax receipts, Congress has had to transfer billions of dollars from the General Fund to the Highway Trust Fund to maintain our current level of federal involvement."
"The lack of investment in our crumbling bridge, highway, and transit systems is a missed opportunity for the creation of thousands of well paying jobs and long term economic growth for our Nation," said Voinovich.
And the chorus warms up – anyone?
Yes, that’s right, a fuel tax is a regressive tax because it hits hardest those who can least afford it, but who’s jobs depend on them being able to drive to them daily. And who is suggesting such a tax in the middle of a deep recession?
That’s right – a Republican. Even the Obama administration is against a freakin’ increased fuel tax, and there’s hardly a tax they’ve met they don’t like.
“I believe Americans are willing to pay a higher gas tax to create jobs, improve our infrastructure and better our climate," Voinovich said at a business conference in Ohio last month. "And many of my conservative colleagues do not consider that gas tax as a tax, but as a user fee.”
And I believe you’re as full of beans as you usually are, Mr. Voinovich. Americans have made it clear over and over and over again that they’re not willing to pay more taxes for any reason until government can prove it can balance its budget and pay down the debt. On top of that, Americans also don’t give a flip what you and your idiot conservative colleagues consider it, it’s a freakin’ tax.
Now I know that Voinovich doesn’t represent the conservative side of the GOP in the Senate. But there’s still that “R” beside his name and crap like this is why many people don’t trust the GOP any further than they can throw a Democrat.