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Do the Right Things and the Government will Make You Pay Sooner or Later

January 4, 2009

I was reading down through the My Yahoo page and a story caught my eye, and really pissed me off. It tells how because things are tuff, the nation has cut back on spending, and the Congress decides to hurt them even more.

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A federal commission created by Congress to find a way to make up the growing revenue shortfall in the program that funds highway repairs and construction is talking about increasing federal gas and diesel taxes.

A roughly 50 percent increase in gasoline and diesel fuel taxes is being urged by the commission until the government devises another way for motorists to pay for using public roads.

I my opinion, this shows that the Reps. in D.C. are whores for the corporations. They managed to take our tax money and hand it over to the Big 3 Auto Makers, and the Financial Community, and against our wishes. However, to help out the people who put their butts in those seats that they enjoy, they take more of our money. And you can bet that not even 25% of the taxes pulled in will go for the infrastructure.

There is a push for the tax, those in favor are saying that it will force the people to change there travel habits. This has been proven with the last oil price surge. There were people having to quit jobs because it was not feasible to travel with the price of gas. Also schools were cutting the number of hours, even days a week the children would be in school. Also after school activities, and sporting events were canceled. This was also due to the price of fuel.

What a tax on gas will do is, force a change in social habits and travel to and from work. This will be accomplished by, driving up the price on food and necessities. It will eventually drive the mom and pop shops that managed to survive the last oil hike, out of business. Essentially it will be starving people to invoke a change.

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Now, though, with gas at a buck and a half, a loose group of economists, academics, environmentalists and even some businesspeople is telling Congress and the incoming Obama administration that the 18.4 cents a gallon you pay in federal gasoline taxes isn’t nearly enough.

“Has there ever been a better time to raise the gas tax?” asked economics professor Thomas Cooley on Forbes’ Web site last week, proposing an increase of up to $1 a gallon.
Paul Foster, chairman of the Western Refining oil company: “The tax on gasoline needs to be at least $2 a gallon.”

“We need a significant increase in the cost of gasoline to change our habits,” writes conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, proposing a $1 gas tax hike after the enactment of offsetting tax cuts for workers.

The money for fixing the problem is out there with out trying to tax their way out of it. The people of the United States are going to be facing a lot of economic turmoil in the next decade, and we don’t need what is our life blood harder to grasp. Please bombard your Congressperson and Senators, telling them, “As a nation we can not afford this preposterous idea of a tax, especially at this point in time.”

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