Just so we’re clear, charging people an additional $0.50 per GALLON of gas as an “incentive” to conserve gas and thus help fight against global warming is akin to the same sort of bullshit that had people dumping bales of tea in Boston Harbor 200 some-odd years ago. That’s an extra 10$ on every 20-gallon tank of gas we’re already paying $60 for! $70 a fillup! That’s more than a day’s wage for a LOT of people!
Oh, and if that isn’t enough,
Dingell’s proposal would also phase out the mortgage interest deduction from taxable income on loans for large houses over 3,000 square feet and eliminate the tax benefit for homes over 4,200 square feet.
Dingell said while new bigger homes are more energy efficient than smaller ones built years ago, the so-called “McMansions” are usually located in the suburbs, requiring longer commutes that lead to dramatically more energy use.
So, you’re not only being penalized for driving a gas hog, but also for having a big house and the temerity to live to far away from work.
The money from the gasoline tax would go into the federal highway trust fund to pay for roads and mass transit. The jet fuel tax would be used to improve airports.
Suuuuure it will. Just like all that money in the Social Security account will be there for me when I retire. Uh huh. Buying it. Really. And all that money we dump into the Department of Education actually goes to schools. Snicker.
And, in a related point, most of the people pushing this kind of legislation ride around in limos, or write their fill-ups off as an official expense, and could care less what it actually costs at the pump. Which, again, is what led to some tea bales being dumped in the aforementioned harbor, once upon a time.
And let’s not even talk about all they gas they burn flying the jet-set in for another environmental “summit.” When I see Rep. Dingll driving around in a Prius, maybe THEN I’ll take him seriously.
Lends to mind a quote from the movie “300.”
“This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy it.”
And yes, the context is the same.