Thursday, March 20, 2008

An Idea So Stupid Only a Democrat Could Come Up With It

For all the kvetching over gas prices, can you just imagine how well this will go over?

It's not as if the government isn't raking in windfall profits on gas as it is. Now these greedy SOB's want even more.

On the upside, maybe the Democrats could incorporate this lunacy into the convention platform. Then John McCain could win all 50 states.

Michigan Congressman Wants 50-Cent Tax Hike on Every Gallon of Gas
A Michigan congressman wants to put a 50-cent tax on every gallon of gasoline to try to cut back on Americans' consumption.

Polls show that a majority of Americans support policies that would reduce greenhouse gases. But when it comes to paying for it, it's a different story.

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.

"I don't want to pay more, I don't think anyone wants to," said Karen Deacon, a motorist.

"I think that wouldn't make any sense," said Frankie Hoe, a motorist. "Ugh ... who's making the money from all this and where is that money going? Is it going to go green? I don't see any green things anywhere."

The automobile is the nation's biggest polluter; Americans use more gas than the next 20 countries combined.

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.

"A tax on gas is a way to reduce dependence on import oil, reduce traffic congrestion [sic] and reduce carbon emissions," said Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute.
Hey Lester, when you give up driving and polluting the air with your nonsense, they maybe we can talk.

Here's an idea. If 46% claim they want to pay more, how about just sending the government a check directly? Wouldn't that help solve your guilt?

As it stands, the government is raking in billions already off gas taxes. Giving them even more money to waste is an absurd notion.

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