Pipe Dreams Edition – Gas Tax Hike

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November 13, 2015

Pipe Dreams Edition – Gas Tax Hike


Credit Gosheshe/Flickr Creative Commons
Credit Gosheshe/Flickr Creative Commons


Sometimes, the results of studies and reports are astounding. Like this one: http://grist.org/news/how-to-sell-the-gas-tax-to-people-who-hate-taxes-and-love-driving/

It seems that when trying to get “We the People” to accept a gas tax hike by saying, “Well, our gas is cheap so we should raise the taxes. Look at what Country X pays”, doesn’t work. Thanks, Captain Obvious.

The Michigan State University study conducted by two sociologists did discover that taxpayers would support a gas tax hike if the money raised went to making more energy efficient transportation, repairing infrastructure that current taxes cannot pay for, or refunding the surplus tax back to the citizens instead of depositing the money in the Treasury’s General Fund.

Okay. So let’s talk about this. By the way, when you read the article, ignore the sanctimony. Read it, you’ll see what I mean.

I’m against raising taxes. Period. But, for the sake of discussion, let’s try to talk about this study without laughing. First, “Energy efficient transportation” in “Greenspeak” typically means EV or alternative fuels. Not with my tax money. No way, no how.

Want energy efficiency? Let a private company do the work. Also, let’s be honest, combustion engines are getting more efficient with each passing year and energy efficient vehicles’ ranges are still limited. So “energy efficient” is sort of like a mythical creature. Let’s not get into the carbon footprint of energy efficiency or any of those “facts” here.

Second, the tax money would go to repair infrastructure. I love the altruism of the study participants. I admire it, I really do. But let’s face it: Any gas tax raises would probably go towards offsetting the bribes, I mean tax breaks, given to energy efficient vehicle purchasers and not repairing infrastructure.

Third, support a tax hike if the money was refunded equally among citizens. This is comical beyond belief. If the money could be refunded, why do we need to raise the taxes? If I’m correct the logic seems like this: let’s raise the tax five cents because we haven’t raised it in 22 years, to 23.4 cents and then we the government will refund you that five cents so you’re only paying 18.4 cents. THAT’S WHAT WE PAY NOW! Moreover, when have any of us ever known our government to be that trustworthy?

This just seems like more pipe dreams.

But what do you think?

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My Final Thought:

This poor Porsche! http://www.autoblog.com/2015/11/12/criminal-slices-through-porsches-roof-just-to-break-in/

Though tenacious, this car thief isn’t exactly good at what he does. Not only did he ruin a perfect Porsche, he couldn’t even boost it. And he was filmed by a security camera.

It’s so hard to find people good at their jobs anymore. Sheesh. In all seriousness, I hope London police catch the guy. He should be charged with attempted theft and destruction of a pristine Porsche.

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Love Your Car! See you next week!

–Lauren Fix

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