Democrats Raising Taxes
Congressman John Dingell, Democrat from Michigan, home of the American automobile industry, thinks it would be a good idea to raise the federal tax on gasoline by $.50 per gallon.
Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., wants to help cut consumption with a gas tax but some don’t agree with the idea, according to a new poll by the National Center for Public Policy Research.
The poll, scheduled to be released on Thursday, shows 48 percent don’t support paying even a penny more, 28 percent would pay up to 50 cents more, 10 percent would pay more than 50 cents and 8 percent would pay more than a dollar…
Some environmentalists and economists say pain at the pump may be bad for Americans, but good medicine for a sick planet.
But others say it wouldn’t change much. Even if Americans abandoned their cars, global emissions would fall by less than one percent.
And Dingell’s proposal isn’t nearly the most onerous liberal attempt to to use the tax code to punish politically incorrect behavior.
“A tax on gas is a way to reduce dependence on import oil, reduce traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions,” said Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute.
The Earth Policy Institute proposes raising the gas tax 30 cents per gallon each year over a decade and offset with a reduction of income taxes, Brown said.
For all you arithmetically challenged liberals out there, that’s $3.00 per gallon in increased taxes over the next ten years… effectively doubling today’s price at the pump.
That people are serious about these sorts of proposals is incredible enough. That they have clearly given no thought at all to the economic impact of what they are proposing is downright frightening.