"Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. . . . Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness."
~Orwell, Politics and the English Language
now, i understand that a gas tax is a user fee, and i'm ok with that to a point. however, i see some obvious ways in which we could reallocate the money that don't involve highly regressive taxes.
and then there's just the obvious complete mistake of the timing. during the planning and writing of the bill, no one said, "hey, this is an issue that makes people irrationally furious. perhaps we should do something else, or at least wait until after the election to spring it on them."
really? nobody suggested that?
This is what Americans pay now.
Fuel taxes in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaOn average, as of April 2014, state and local taxes add 31.5 cents to gasoline and 31.0 cents to diesel, for a total US average fuel tax of 49.9 cents per gallon for gas and 55.4 cents per gallon for diesel
The United States federal excise tax on gasoline is 18.4 cents per gallon and 24.4 cents per gallon for diesel fuel.
So 50 cents a gallon in taxes isn't already enough? Bring back the mighty V8!
If only the gas tax actually WENT towards road maintenance.
Ah, one can dream...
"Half full or half empty doesn't matter. What matters is, you've only got half a glass...so what are you going to do about it?" - Me
When they come out next year, and if my shoulder will fit, I'm buying an Elio.
Most of my driving is to and from work five miles away. I don't need to do that in a 11mpg Jeep.
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Obama is a clown in blackface. Oops! I misspoke. My bad.
they don't go out as much they stay in it creates a drag on the economy.
the average gas price is about 6 cents higher. that 6 cents has cost the American economy 150m dollars. so theoretically a 12 cent increase would cost the American economy 300m dollars possibly.
that is 300m dollars that people and businesses don't have to spend.
it's always fair when it is someone else's money. I think we should look at the transportation budget and see what they are spending their money on. how many people are employeed and whether or not we can cut back on spending within the department itself and transfer those funds to projects.
this is also what happens when people drive more efficient cars. they buy less gas which means less tax revenue.