Skip to comments.Congressman John Dingell Proposes 50-cent Gas Tax Hike to Fight Global Warming
Posted on 09/27/2007 10:08:35 AM PDT by MNJohnnie
Dealing with global warming will be painful, says one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress. To back up his claim he is proposing a recipe many people won't like a 50-cent gasoline tax, a carbon tax and scaling back tax breaks for some home owners.
"I'm trying to have everybody understand that this is going to cost and that it's going to have a measure of pain that you're not going to like," Rep. John Dingell, who is marking his 52nd year in Congress, said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press.
Dingell will offer a "discussion draft" outlining his tax proposals on Thursday, the same day that President Bush holds a two-day conference to discuss voluntary efforts to combat climate change.
But Dingell, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that will craft climate legislation, is making it clear that he believes tackling global warming will require a lot more if it is to be taken seriously.
"This is going to cause pain," he said, adding that he wants to make certain "the pain is shared in a way that is fair, proper, acceptable and accomplishes the basic purpose" of reducing greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels.
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I have to be the first to say: What a Dingell-berry!
A $5 tax on cigars and a 50 cent a gallon tax hike on gasoline. This is outrageous. Especially when all the country needs is a good 5 cent cigar and a place to smoke it.
This old relic and his ancient ideas needs to be put out to pasture. He is a menace to society.
This is the absolute crux of the problem.
Yep - because that’ll certainly bring gas prices down, won’t it. The pundits were right - the DemoRATS will now be using the Global Warming Chicken Little Umbrella in order to institute new taxes “for our own good.” Trouble is, of course, that everyone’s getting sick of both the global warming mantra in general and these idiot Dems in Congress in particular. We were warned they’d raise taxes and OH LOOK! They are.
How about before we soak Joe Middle Class with a huge tax increase, let’s first cut entitlement spending by 50% and cut Congressional salaries by 50%. Do that first, then we’ll talk about a gas tax increase.
Brilliant idea. Many Americans are up in arms over the high price of gas, so this will go over really well.
I suppose though that the people screaming loudest about all that gasoline revenue lining the pockets of Bush, Cheney, and their big oil buddies will have no problem paying much higher taxes because this is “for the children!”
Can you say, DINGBAT! Democrats are the ruination of this country - them along with all communist orgs like ACLU, Code Pink and the list goes on.....But the sheeple keep reelecting and contributing to THEIR own future downfall. Pitiful.
"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -- Wendell Phillips,
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin
A tax that hurts the poor workers that Dems burble over all the time; will injure the middle class workers that actually run this nation; and will even dent the public transportation system Dems love, are all reasons why Dems should lose Congress’ control. That they won’t shows the stupidity of many voters.
Why don't you Democrat PR mouthpiece simply go JOIN them instead of spending all your time trash talking our side?
The moronic Michigan Democrats have returned this guy to Congress 26 times (and, really, 37 times) - despite the fact that he lives in a UAW district where a gas tax would be yet another blow at one of MI’s few remaining large employers.
I think the war on poverty should remind everyone that they have no freaking clue what they're doing and the money won't make one damn bit of difference.
Another aspect of his proposal that could adversely affect the economy enormously is later in the story...
“Phaseout of the interest tax deduction on home mortgages for homes over 3,000 square feet. Owners would keep most of the deduction for homes at the lower end of the scale, but it would be eliminated entirely for homes of 4,200 feet or more.
He estimates that would affect 10 percent of homeowners. He says “it’s only fair” to tax those who buy large suburban houses and create urban sprawl. Historic and farm houses would be exempted.”
...who is marking his 52nd year in Congress
This is the absolute crux of the problem.
Yep, time for the last roundup for Dingbat and KKK man, and Murtha, and________ (list your favorite Dems to go). Some are not even old, just insane!
Simply to point this out....living in Germany....there is a $5 a gallon tax on gas...a 19 percent sales tax, a 25-35 percent income tax, and a 13.5 percent tax for healthcare. Any idiot who thinks a gas tax will cover medical costs...is simply not facing the massive cost of medical coverage for families.
same story here
Compounding it is the fact that a Dingell has held the MI 15th Congressional District since it was drawn up in 1932. John Dingell Senior died halfway through his 11th term and was replaced by John Dingell Jr. in a special election.
It makes a big difference. All that tax money allows “walkin’ around” money payments to get re-elected.
My best friend was one of the civilian housing officers at Ramstein. He told me he could have made a FORTUNE selling the U.S. gas coupons they were issued.
In fact, isn’t the tax per Litre? Which makes it even more oppresssive.
The people who are dumb enough to vote Dem in the first place aren't even aware of how much tax is included in the price of a gallon of gasoline. If this tax ever passes, it will be immediately followed by a barrage of MSM stories about record oil company profits and CEO salaries. By the time the idiots see the jump at the pump, they'll already have their bad guy.
In other words, middle class families who work hard and do well and can afford to build nice-sized homes will be punished.
Meanwhile, the homes of the very wealthy will be exempt - since they have already inherited historic homes or will be able to spend millions to purchase and rehab old properties.
“the pain is shared in a way that is fair, proper, acceptable and accomplishes the basic purpose”
This sort of tax is regressive. It has the greatest impact on the rural poor. They usually have long distances to travel for work, etc. They usually have no other alternative form of transportation. They usually are already paying the greatest cost for gas because they are subsidizing competitive pricing in urban areas.
This has a compound effect on the viability of local businesses in rural areas that cannot compete with other areas and countries because the cost of transporting the raw materials they produce becomes a limiting factor. Also, agriculture and timber indistries are large comsumers of oil products (diesel and fertilizers) and the tax, unless they are exempted, could raise the costs of inputs into their business. This could raise the cost of domestic food and wood products or render them non-competitive with foreign producers. It also creates greater input costs for the production of alternative fuels such as biomass and ethanol.
Bad urban idea.
This will be one of the issues that will doom the Democrats. If Republicans are stupid and don’t take a firm stand against the Global warming foolishness they will be passing up a sure fire way to drive a wedge between the public and the Democrats desire for new taxes.
I’d be repeating a simple mantra, “Democrats think you aren’t paying enough for gasoline.” “Raise your hand if you think you don’t pay enough taxes or enough for your gasoline?”. It should be cast in terms of food and milk for babies. Tell the people in the crowds that you aren’t going to stand by while the carbon taxes and gasoline taxes raise the cost of groceries. I’d also put together a whole slew of simple effective phrases that will continually cast doubt in the mind of the public where the silly claims and fears of global warming are concerned. Make it a fight. People will have a propensity to not want to believe anything that will raise their taxes and cost of gasoline. Don’t let the left get away with this big lie.
What is the cure for Dingell?
“How about before we soak Joe Middle Class with a huge tax increase, lets first cut entitlement spending by 50% and cut Congressional salaries by 50%. Do that first, then well talk about a gas tax increase.”
I like your way of thinking.
Good luck Buckwheat!
Needed to save the Republic from these damned lifetime political careerists.
Damn them all!
Please direct the congressterd to the following...
Considering that the guy just released this you might want to allow the GOP candidates a little time to answer.
I would be very surprised if Thompson at least does not jump on this. And I would expect that most, if not all, the imprtant GOP candidates to hit this.
You know, if we can’t turn this into a winning issue, there’s no hope left for the country.
He can KISS my ***, I don’t get ANYTHING back by supposedly “reducing Global warming”. THis is just another liberal-spendthrift policy (probably to pay for another bloated government program).
Fine. I have an idea. Resign fro the political trough and go back to where you came from and get a real job and pay for your own perks and maybe you'll get a clue how it feels to have a bunch of cavalier clowns like you pissing our money away faster than we can earn it
All we need to do to fight global warming is get all that hot air out of Washington D C.
My husband and I talked about the GOP loss in
06.He was up in arms over the fact that the dems took control of congress and said he just KNOWS that the dems will take the WH in 08.
I told him then,”you worry too much. All you gotta do is just let the dems be,and they’ll spend so much time tripping over their own male-type organs that by the time election day comes,their own constituents-as well as those with a brain-will be so fed up with them,there’s no way they’ll get elected.”
The party’s moved even further into moonbat territory than they were during Clinton’s salad days,and too many folks will see that,and that will seal their fate.
I have faith. I’m NOT worried.They keep doing one horrendously stupid thing after another,and isn’t it delicious that they’re doing it now,right before we get to the really serious part of the election cycle?
I think this might be a poison pill - he does not want this increase because he is very much a “car company” guy. It is like lowering the blood alcohol level to .02. It looks like you REALLY care when in fact you just want nothing to be approved.
Double-Dog Dittos to that!! Give Dingbat and the other RAT/lib/socialists more money, and they will SPEND it on everything BUT “climate change”. Just look at how the legislators spent all of the “for the children” money they got from “Big Tobacco.” (Must — check — blood pressure!)
Idiots actually vote this way, actually believing this. This tax increase will devastate the lower middle class, the so-called "working poor" that the PARTY OF THE WORKIN' MAN! claims to represent.
To the struggling $11-an-hour worker, the PARTY OF THE WORKIN' MAN! says: Take the bus. Oh, you have to take three buses to get to your job? Too bad. Suck it up.
the other idiot lifer rep named “john” from MI weighs in.
considering the budget crisis MI is in right now, why on earth are any of the MI reps allowed to open their mouths regarding any type of funding/ taxes?
And the sad thing is its a set-up that everyone will fall for. People will protest, fight, yada yada yada and they will get the 50 cent increase cut to 10 or 15.
As people celebrate their big victory the politicians will laugh at how thats all they wanted in the first place....
Happens all the time.
In the United States it is more that a few miles to get to the store in most cases. If you live in a small country a $5.00 tax on a gallon of gasoline that will take you from border to border sounds good. But in this country a gallon of gasoline will not get you out of most cities.
Dingle is another walking poster-boy for mandatory term limits.
That's as far as you have to read.
I still don’t understand how increasing taxes will change the climate. I guess I’m dense.