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.
(Excerpt) Read more at investmentwatchblog.com ...
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.
I will never buy GM again either.
That is what is incredible with this idiots push for higher gas prices. What says that folks are going to buy his stuff? Most people are going to buy their economy cars from people who know how to build cheap econo-boxes. Overseas.
Naw. I’d prefer to see the CEO’s of major car companies taxed at a 99.9999% level.
It is painful.
Well, when you’re sucking at the ol’ government teat, higher taxes are a win.
Until the teat runs dry.
Just ask any citizen of the former Soviet Union.
I will never buy a new US vehicle ....
The uaw an their socialist handlers can kiss my butt.
And isn’t price fixing against the law ?
Ooooops sorry. I thought the law might apply to this band of criminals.
This is nightmare that just won’t end IMO.
Ford cancelled Mercury in a way to make Ford healthier when they were restructuring, without Gov’t help. If GM would have cleaned house years ago like this instead of looking for Obama help, they would be making a profit now instead of circling the drain.
The other part of this marxist plan is that Joe Six-pack will be buying that Cruze for what a suburban now costs. That is the easiest way for the government to steal the private wealth of the middle class euro style. Pay more get less.
He can’t sell the disaster known as the Chevy Volt to anyone with a brain, little wonder the government and GE(a branch of the government) will buy them.
Cheap energy is what is needed, not phony green energy and small cars.
like 'falling' and not hitting the ground, or 'running' and the slow moving zombies still gain ground, or when ya finnally shoot em, the bullet just bounce of kinda nightmares ???
uAW aside, i give props to Ford for re-structuring and biting the bullet several yrs ago and saving their bottom line, at substantial cost in the process...gubmint motors and cries-ler, not so much...
ive never had new vehicle, and looks like i never will, especially micro junk with black box systems mandated...
$1/gallon tax hike ??? Bite me !!!
Could it be that he is admiting GM can't meet the hew standards?
... yeah, but now we get to and HAVE to pay for both conspiring against us. Now we have Government Motors as the gubermint. No longer a force pushing the government or wrestling with the government. Now its them against us.
I see the CEO of Governtment Motors is just another Champaign Socialist.
Rich environmentalists don’t care if they pay $5/gallon normal working people do.
It is the ultimate goal of radical environmentalists and the elite to “nudge” us little people into urban bubbles. Note to GOP, please make this an issue in 2012.
We will never buy a Government Motors product, big or small. We will buy Fords or Toyotas.
Have always been a chevy guy. Still own a 2003 s-10(before Obeamer)and will never, ever, let me repeat that, never ever buy a GM car nor consider a Chrysler. Ford will be the only way to go. Oh, btw, did I say I’d never buy a GM ahain!
Agree.... Sick of the unions.
I am a GM guy too. I have a large collection of 60’s and 70’s stuff. I will not buy anything but a Ford anymore unless it is a classic. Of the 16 cars I have only 3 are not GM. And of those 3 the newer Lincoln Town Car is the most reliable car I have. It is indestructible. I treat it like a Tijuana Taxi and has over 150000 miles without a tune up and still runs great. I will really miss bashing Fords at car show though.
says the Company that makes 6.2L Supercharged 556HP V8’s...
It has always been Them against us...
Could it be that the constitution was purposely drafted with flaws to allow for what has happened first with lincolns abuse/unconstitutional war against America, and then step-by-step to todays predicament?????
Constitution Worship Revisited: Im Still Fed Up!
by Gary D. Barnett
Recently by Gary D. Barnett: Osama bin Laden Causes Yet Another War? After Hes Dead?
Last year I wrote an article titled Im Fed Up With Constitution Worship! Since that time it seems, I hear more and more every day about getting back to the constitution, mainly from conservatives and those of the Tea Party persuasion. I always wonder not only have any of these people ever read and studied the constitution, but also do they even understand why it was secretly drafted in the first place? All indications show that they arent at all familiar with the enabling power of that document to create a strong central governing system that reduced severely the sovereignty of the states.
I have this contrarian view not because I am cynical or pessimistic, but because I have thoroughly studied this set of rules or law of the land, and found them to be antagonist to individual liberty and states rights, and sympathetic to big government. When one compares the constitution that was replaced, The Articles of Confederation, there is little doubt of this truth. Lysander Spooner said this:
But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.
In my opinion, there is no doubt that the constitution fully authorized the government that we had and still have today. It is also true that any set of rules is powerless to stop tyranny unless the people enforce and demand compliance on a constant basis. This has never been the case. Even if it had been followed to the letter, it is obvious that liberty would still have been compromised.
Before the current constitution was drafted, there was never any mention or acceptance of the notion that there was a (U)nited States, or that any single nation existed with power over the states. Quite the contrary was the case. It is very troubling that so many Americans have been fooled into believing that the constitution is the basis of our freedom. Nothing could be further from the truth, and nothing could be more misunderstood!
Recently, those like Tom Mullen and Bill Buppert have explained thoroughly why the constitution is not what it is made out to be, and many others have properly denounced this misleading document as well, but the general thinking is still very misguided. Most continue to laud and worship this very flawed piece of parchment, and continue to believe that it is the creator and savior of liberty. Liberty lies in the essence of man, not in documents secretly drafted in the dark of night by the few. The free spirit of the people must awaken before any real freedom becomes evident, and in that awakening they must realize the great importance of the individual and of individual responsibility.
My intent here is not to claim that our original constitution, The Articles of Confederation, were a perfect set of rules, or that any set of rules established by simple men could be perfect. My intent is to expose the lie that is our current constitution. If we as a people could see the truth of why our original constitution was completely scrapped in favor of our current one, maybe a more widespread anger would arise. Once it is accepted that the Hamiltonians in 1787 staged a coup to destroy states rights in favor of federal power, and to destroy individual liberty in favor of nationalism, then maybe more will begin to question their false idolization of the constitution. One could only hope for such an awakening.
Before this constitution, there was no power whatsoever for the federal government to tax. That was left entirely to the individual states. Now the Feds have an unlimited power to tax. In Article 1, Section 8, the taxing clause states, Congress has the power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises for the common defense and general welfare of the United States. I see no limits mentioned here whatsoever, and given the term General Welfare of the (U)nited States, there is no reason to believe that any restriction was intended. Many so-called constitutional scholars will argue this, saying that all spending must be constitutional, or within the confines of the taxing and spending clauses, but these arguments can easily be refuted given the broad and sweeping language in this section. This was in my opinion done explicitly by design. Article 1, Section 8 is nothing if it is not an all-encompassing, unrestricted, and explicit enabler of unlimited governmental power.
Anyone can check the definitions during that period by simply going to the dictionary of that time, Samuel Johnsons A Dictionary of the English Language. It is immediately obvious that there was little difference in the meaning of general welfare at the time of the founding as there is today. But this is just one example of the obvious misunderstanding by so many in modern times.
Under the Articles of Confederation, there was no president. There was no supreme court. There was no federal taxation, and certainly no immoral income tax. This meant that there was no IRS. There was no federal control of interstate commerce. Congress could not raise an army or draft troops. What this meant, was that the states were sovereign, and no national government existed in any real sense. Because of this, freedom flourished, and tyranny was not evident. So how is it then that this very pro-central government, federal controlling, and powerful national governing system could be created by the same constitution that supposedly set us free? Why were the Articles scrapped entirely if freedom of the people and states rights were the objectives sought? I can tell you; at no time did those who supported the drafting and ratification of the U.S constitution in 1787 consider individual freedoms!
There are those who would offer that the Bill of Rights adopted several years later corrected the obvious problems that plagued the constitution, but that thinking is based on the false logic of gullible minds. While those amendments certainly were restrictions on government power, they did nothing to change the original intent, that being one of granting massive and in many cases unlimited power to a federal government.
The constitution allowed for the usurpation of power by the executive branch, it allowed federal courts to approve and sanction authoritarianism by the government over the people, it allowed for legalized forcible theft by the federal government in the form of taxation, and it allowed the federal government both the ability to collect taxes for war, and to also prosecute those wars. These egregious powers given by the constitution to the central government are completely antithetical to liberty, and should never have been considered by any men of character.
The people did not establish our constitution, nor was it inspired by divine intervention as so many suggest. It would be difficult for me to imagine that God would have a hand in the destruction of our inherent and natural rights. No, this flagrantly flawed document was designed and implemented by a few corrupt men led by Alexander Hamilton. Their agenda was guided not by any desire to achieve liberty for all, but by a grand lust for power and control. Had that not been the case, the Declaration of Independence would have been the guide for any new set of rules, and our original constitution would have been even more scrutinized instead of being replaced.
Instead, after 224 years, we now have exactly what the original ruling class desired, an all-powerful central government ruling over the lower classes. This is a rule by the few over the many. As Aristotle said: rule by the few is aristocracy in its ideal form and oligarchy in its perverted form. The elite class holds all the cards, while the rest of us now struggle under the thumb of tyranny!
June 4, 2011
Gary D. Barnett [send him mail] is president of Barnett Financial Services, Inc., in Lewistown, Montana.
Copyright © 2011 by LewRockwell.com. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.
The Best of Gary D. Barnett
I can’t buy any fewer GM cars than I’m already never going to buy again. I would have to buy negative cars.
Reminiscent of the negative Lucent layoffs from the early 2000’s...when LU laid off more workers than they actually employed.
If there was any doubt in whether or not I would purchase another GM vehicle at any point in my future, this statement has definitely sealed the deal. I will NEVER so much as CONTEMPLATE giving another PENNY to Government Motors for the remainder of my days...
I was just saying our taxes are way too low! :)
I understand the connotation behind your comment, but I must disagree--at least insofar as MY Aztek is concerned. The Aztek I own has been a VERY reliable vehicle and has served me more than adequately.
Maybe others have not been so fortunate as myself, but I cannot complain about the Aztek. 155k and still purring like a pussycat...:-)
Sounds like a “Gasoline Consumers’ Boycott of GM” is in order here
THIS is exactly why I’ll walk before I EVER drive a GM vehicle again... EVER!
And I stake this vow after decades of being a loyal GM customer. Never again.