This could easily be titled “why I’m not a Republican”, but there are plenty of reasons for that. This is just a big, bold, in-your-face reminder from the Republicans that they are shortsighted, inept, and not listening at all. We tell them we’re electing them to do what the Democrats will never do – we’re electing them to stop raising taxes, to use the funds they’re already taking from us at gunpoint wisely, and to stop spending. But they won’t.
I heard this over the weekend while listening to the news on the radio:
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) signaled Sunday that Republicans might be open to negotiating increasing the gas tax in order to pay for the highway infrastructure spending bill that expires in May.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Thune said that while he is opposed to increasing the gas tax, lawmakers will need to “keep all options” available when they return to Washington this week.
“I don’t favor increasing any tax,” Thune said. “But I think we have to look at all options.”
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) had proposed cutting other taxes while raising the gas tax user fee $0.12.
The Republicans were not voted in in 2014 to raise taxes. The entire discussion, which I heard, basically turned into Republicans saying they want a 12¢ gas tax hike.
This kind of behavior from Republicans is what drives voters apoplectic. We said no. We said no again. We said a thousand times no.
And they say “more taxes”… and then hide it behind linguistic tricks and excuses. They say the Democrats will make them do it (which is absurd as the Republicans control both houses), so it’s better to do it their way – we’re getting it anyway, may as well just boil that frog rather than toss it in the pot right away.
And now there are even more Republicans saying it:
Record-low gas prices across the U.S. have given rise to fresh talk in Washington of raising the federal gas tax for the first time in over 20 years, with leading Republicans now saying a hike must not be ruled out.
The GOP has long resisted calls from business leaders and others to boost the 18.4 cent-per-gallon tax as a way to pay for upgrades to the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges.
Yet in recent days, senior Senate Republicans have said they want to keep options open and that “nothing is off the table” when weighing the best mechanisms to pay to finance infrastructure projects.
“I just think that option is there, it’s clearly one of the options,” said Sen. Inhofe (R-Okla.), new chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the third-ranking Senate Republican, also said they were open to the possibility of raising the tax.
Democratic leaders in both chambers of Congress, meanwhile, declared this week that “now is the time” for an increase.
That Democrat argument “NOW IS THE TIME” is an imperative designed to shut off discussion, to end conversation, and to short-circuit reason by demanding an immediate response. And Republicans, who now control the House and Senate, are willing to go along with it all because so many of them have the same problem Democrats do – they can’t stop spending taxpayer money.
They just refuse to stop taking money from your wallet to throw away.
The shortsightedness of this is astonishingly offensive. Gas prices right now are low because Saudi Arabia is dumping oil on the market to hurt both Russian economic interests and to break oil & gas frackers in the United States. The only reason gasoline is “cheap” right now is because of an artificial bubble engineered by the Saudis, and the only reason gas was on the decline before was because of frackers in the US being able to exploit resources that were opened to them 10 years ago.
Furthermore, the assertion that gas prices are “record low” is absurd. Gas prices now are close to what gas prices were when George W. Bush was in office. There is no “near-record” low, gas has just returned to where it would be if Obama weren’t actively trying to make energy prices “necessarily skyrocket”. Remember, Obama’s EPA is fining oil companies for failing to adhere to a mandate to use a fuel additive that does not exist.
The Republicans who are saying they should raise the gas taxes on you the citizen because they think you won’t notice, and because it’s “cheap” right now are the kind of people I’d love to go camping with. I’d love to get up early in the morning in the mountains where it’s cold, climb out of the tent and discuss policy with them. I’d love to explain to them that by the same reasoning as gas taxes, that during the day since it’s “record high” temperatures, they should just get rid of their tents and blankets and sleeping bags. Then when evening comes they can suffer from the same short-sighted asinine reasoning that’s going to be stabbing citizens in their wallets… they can freeze without cold weather gear because of believing “record high temperatures” at noon would continue and that no one would feel the loss of some material wealth during more pleasant times.