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Gas not high enough for you? Let Congress help ...
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, July 20, 2008

Yes, fellow citizens, that well-regarded institution, Congress, is trying to see if they can further add to your woes while trying to do a little "revenue raising":
[Rep. James] Oberstar, D-Minn., said his committee [House Transportation and Infrastructure 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."

At the very least, the gas tax should be indexed to construction cost inflation,[Rep. Peter] DeFazio [D-Ore] said.
Indexed to construction cost inflation? Yeah, that's the ticket - then you never have to go back and pass an increase, do you?

PAYGO? Seems to be a "nogo". I would guess no spending cuts are imagined or anticipated.

And, of course, no outside groups are involved in suggesting this increase, are they guys?
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association is calling for a 10-cent-a-gallon raise and indexing the tax to inflation. With construction costs soaring because of competition for building materials from China and other developing nations, the tax rate would have to be about 29 cents a gallon to achieve the same purchasing power as the 18.4-cent rate imposed in 1993, the association says.
Oh, and that's not all that's "on the table" for next year (in anticipation of a Democratic president):
Other ideas that will be on the table when lawmakers write a bill next year including more toll roads and public-private partnerships, congestion pricing and user fees where drivers pay a tax based on how many miles they drive.
But, uh, you know, they're not really going to raise your taxes or anything if they get a Democrat in the White House.

[HT: Joel C.]
 
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Imagine with me, Bruce, what would happen to Democrat chances for Both Congress and the WH would be, were the press to actually do their JOB, and offer this for a headline:

Democrats propose fifty-four percent tax increase



Which, when you boil it down is what this thing from Oberstar amounts to. Anyone think they’d stand a snowballs chance if the truth came out in that fashion, instead of being couch in phrases like

 
Written By: Bithead
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Soooooo...how do they pay for roads when we move to a carbon-free economy? . . .
 
Written By: Sean
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Soooooo...how do they pay for roads when we move to a carbon-free economy? . . .

Written By: Sean
They got it covered...
and user fees where drivers pay a tax based on how many miles they drive.

 
Written By: rgaye
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Obviously an editing error...

Which, when you boil it down is what this thing from Oberstar amounts to. Anyone think they’d stand a snowballs chance if the truth came out in that fashion, instead of being couched in phrases like...

..."Investing in America"

 
Written By: Bithead
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The Republicans should run the following ad in congressional and Senate races this year:

"This is Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. They are in control of Congress. Both of them have been blocking the lifting of the moratorium on oil exploration off the coasts of the United States. They are asking for your vote this year, to solify their party’s control of both houses of Congress. In 2006, the Democrats ran on "elect us and you will see lower gas prices." Gasoline then was $2.50 a gallon; now it is $4.20 a gallon.

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are asking you to vote for Democrats this year. If you vote for them, you are approving of their refusal to allow more oil exploration. You are approving of their tax increases which they have promised will occur if a Democrat is in the White House to sign them into law.

The next time you fill up your gas tank, think of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. And then think about how your vote for their party in the election this November is a vote for $5.00 or $6.00 a gallon gas and higher taxes. And if you vote for them, you are asking them to do that to you. That is not a threat; that is a promise."

With that ad, Pelosi and Reid will become minority leaders in a heartbeat.
 
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Agreement, James.
 
Written By: Bithead
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Sounds like you guys are swiftboating Harry and Nancy!
 
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Heh... Apparently Camp McCain is reading here.
 
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