Skip to comments.GM chief pushing for higher gas taxes. (Obama Motors Shafts Public)
Posted on 06/07/2011 8:23:45 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA
Detroit General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson wants the federal gas tax boosted as much as $1 a gallon to nudge consumers toward more fuel-efficient cars, and he's confident the government will soon shed its remaining 26 percent stake in the once-bankrupt automaker.
"I actually think the government will be out this year within the next 12 months, hopefully within the next six months," Akerson said in a two-hour interview with The Detroit News last week.
He is grateful for the government's rescue of GM "I have nothing but good things to say about them" but Akerson said the time for that relationship to end is coming because it's wearing on GM.
Its kind of like your in-laws: It was a nice long weekend. We didnt say a week, Akerson said with a laugh.
And while he is eager to say goodbye to the government as a part owner of GM, Akerson would like to see it step up to the challenge of setting a higher gas tax, as part of a comprehensive energy policy.
A government-imposed tax hike, Akerson believes, will prompt more people to buy small cars and do more good for the environment than forcing automakers to comply with higher gas-mileage standards.
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Spoken like a true Marxist. I will buy what I want, when I want. This Regime Apparatchik can go screw. Maybe if they built cars people wanted, they wouldn't be begging the Gov't to artificially raise gas prices to move overpriced garbage like the Volt and Cruze off the lots. I really hope these dopes go out of business. They are becoming dangerous to the American way of life.
... so he hijacks one of the largest corporations in America to foist his policies on America...
Alien bastard needs eviction.
It continues to prove a marxist cannot drive a capitalists car, only destroy it.
So does the Cruze come with a tow along vehicle? Cause my four kids (two car seats included) will not fit. And God forbid I want to take the grandbaby with us?
Yes, let them drive wagons, I mean Cruzes... while we take our limos and have the helicopter pick up our wife and kids on the way to our private jet.
I hate Obama, and I will NEVER EVER buy another GM vehicle. Ever.
For a guy with credentials he is a douche bag.
For the last decade, he has worked in Washington, D.C., most recently as managing director at The Carlyle Group, where he oversaw “75 to 80 CEOs” and almost “$200 billion in market capitalization.” He gave up at least $100 million to leave Carlyle and run GM.
Please go back to what you were doing.
These elitist a$$holes are truely pushing us to the 2nd Civil War.
Wow, they really want folks to buy their Volts.
“A government-imposed tax hike, Akerson believes, will prompt more people to buy small cars”.....
Hey dipstick!....not everyone can fit into your small cars. Besides, I like big cars a-hole!
Now I have even more reasons not to buy a GM or Chrysler - and tell everyone I know not to buy one either.
GM is nothing but part of the communists black Muslim King Obama club of socialists. Civil War on the horizon.
Tell me about it. Those stupid car seats take up so much room you can’t fit two in the back of one of those death traps. These Statists have no idea how the real world works. I work for a living and need to haul stuff and then load a camper on the back for a budget vacation with my family. The Cruze is not going to cut it.
If government control of the ecomomy works, the USSR would be THE super power, and Cuba and Zimbabwe would be fighting it out for the title of second largest economy.
Milton Friedman works. Karl Marx does not.
Gubmint and BigBiz have always been in bed together from the beginning!
Even Kruschev once remarked that all merchants are thieves...
Planet of The Absurd!
GM wants smaller cars so that people will stop having children. BTW, I drive a 1996 Mercury Marquis with 70,000 miles on it. I was in an accident that almost made it necessary to total the car. I got it fixed for less than what the estimate was. So now I can continue using it to run things like a Parish BBQ for 300 people this Sunday. That isn’t happening with a Smart Car or the Orange Line.
P.S. Mercury is made by FORD. You know, the company that Obama didn’t ruin.
So he says the gov will be out in 12 months. Someone needs to tell this moron it wasn’t gov money that baled them out, it was taxpayers that did. I’ll take my free car now thank you.
Isn’t socialism grand?....Just raise the gas tax through the roof so everyone will buy a small car... FU!
Good bye GM from a long time Chevy guy.
mike jackson of autonation pushes this manure too.
power to tax is the power to destroy.
Chevy Cruze steering wheel falls off.