Congress Faces Tough Decisions on Gasoline Tax
The tax that helps support our transport infrastructure, set to expire in September, hasn't been adjusted for inflation in 18 years.
A majority also answered that traffic congestion was not “a fact of life” — in other words, people believe something can be done about it. A majority (55%) also responded that our country’s infrastructure is outdated, unreliable and inefficient. On the statement, “Transportation infrastructure funding decisions are based more on politics than need?” a whopping 62% said they strongly agree.
I am in favor of a "Gas Tax" like Euopre has. Pricing doe not flucuate much between cities and more goes to fixing roadways and infrastructure. so if they change it to .25 per gallon that is fine with me. We have been neglecting out infrastructure and roadways since WWII
Oh look! All the self-declared 'conservatives' want things for free. The horror of more than 18 cents a gallon gas-tax! After all we are ENTITLED to cheap gas aren't we?This isn't about being entitled to cheap gas. This is about being entitled to a government that doesn't squander our money. Do you think most Americans would mind paying their fair share of taxes if the money was actually used wisely and for its intended purpose? The gas tax, like most everything else in our broken and corrupt government, is siphoned off for things other than road construction and maintenance. THAT'S why the government doesn't deserve a penny more from any of us. Not until they can prove they're not wasting half of what we give them. Is that an unreasonable request when 40% of what Obama is spending has to be borrowed?
Oh look! All the self-declared 'conservatives' want things for free. The horror of more than 18 cents a gallon gas-tax! After all we are ENTITLED to cheap gas aren't we?
I have an idea: in Iraq gas is cheap and nobody fixes the roads and you drive up a trash-littered dust-track to your 'estate-behind-walls'. If you have money. That works for me! Maybe that's where we are heading? True hardcore 'everybody-for-himself'? Or maybe we should have gas even cheaper than in Venezuela and pay the difference with what? Our budget surpluses? Oh forgot - we are living beyond our means already! Shoot that won't work! Maybe we can just 'drill, drill, drill' till the cows come home and mandate we sell it below what it costs to squeeze it out of the earth. We all know we are 'being ripped off' by big oil, don't we?
Well let's just pray like Mr. Perry and maybe the roads and bridges will magically not fall apart!
Oh and btw, unemployment in Germany and much of Western Europe is lower than in the US despite high gas-taxes. Of course, once benefits and the now loafing (under) self-employed over here are factored in we maybe more up at 20% unemployment too.
Now get this; gas is even more taxed in Norway, an oil exporter and more than 100% hydro-power self-sufficient society. What are they thinking over there? Saving all that money for what? A rainy day? Pah-leazze!
First do we know if all of the current Gas tax's goes to roads,,How much does it take for the Government to spread the money around, is it efficient, maybe you should have a privatized entity that controls the money in a more efficient manner, any one knows the Government takes allot of money to distribute money, Case point Cash for Clunkers give 4500 dollars cost 25,000 dollars great ratio,
Government is not the answer beside defense of this country, unless of course your one of the 35 million+ getting Government checks,
One of the reasons you go to those place is because there are not the mega roads and people there, so be careful what you wish for.
There are also many examples of pork projects that cost disproportionately more that the population they benefit - bridges to nowhere, etc.
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