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GM CEO: Heys whos up for a one-dollar hike in federal gas tax?
Hotair ^ | 06/08/2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 06/08/2011 7:43:47 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

They don’t call it Government Motors for nothing, you know:

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. …

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.

“There ought to be a discussion on the cost versus the benefits,” he said. “What we are going to do is tax production here, and that will cost us jobs.”

By taxing production, Akerson refers to the effort to raise the CAFE standards for average fuel efficiency. The Obama administration wants to push US automakers to stop producing so-called gas guzzlers, pushing the average efficiency to as high as 62 MPG by 2025. Akerson says that will add $3500 to the average price of cars, which will put US automakers in poor competitive position against their imported competition.

That argument has two problems. First, politicians will continue to tinker with CAFE standards regardless of tax policy, so Akerson’s trade wouldn’t be a trade at all — it would be an additional cost on top of the financial and safety tradeoffs that come with increased CAFE mandates. Second, the problem in this case isn’t which government intervention to demand but the government mandates themselves, on a cost issue that should be regulated by consumer demand. When gas prices rise, people will look for more fuel efficiency without government either stripping consumers of choice or taxing them into oblivion.

Besides, this is hardly the environment in which to demand a gas-tax hike. Drivers have already gotten sticker shock from skyrocketing costs at the pump — and at the grocery store. Akerson seems to be blissfully unaware that while CAFE standards impact costs in his industry, gas tax hikes impact costs throughout the entire distribution chain. Gas prices have a multiplying effect as they impact costs of bringing all goods to market, especially food. Consumers are already seeing their declining buying power erode even faster due to escalating fuel prices and an insane government policy that keeps America from exploiting its own resources to bring more supply on line and stabilize the markets.

Rather than solve the actual problems, Akerson defaults to piling more taxes on consumers as a solution. Maybe consumers should keep that in mind when considering GM for their next transportation solution, too.


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KEYWORDS: energy; gasoline; gastax; gm; tax; taxes
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THE BEATINGS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL SALES IMPROVE


1 posted on 06/08/2011 7:43:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey who’s up for an ugly, overpriced electric car?


2 posted on 06/08/2011 7:45:56 AM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: SeekAndFind

Another reason to officially BOYCOTT GM


3 posted on 06/08/2011 7:47:22 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well that would make gas 4.46 cents a gallon. Close to 5 bucks. I was just getting happy that the gas was getting cheaper and cheaper everyday and now they want to raise the price. UGH!


4 posted on 06/08/2011 7:48:05 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: PGR88

Another reason to officially BOYCOTT GM

I can’t boycott something I never purchased. I ONLY have purchased Toyotas and Hondas and will continue to do so. Very reliable cars that hopefully people will purchase in mass. Get rid of GM for sure. Ford is not really any better with regards to reliability.


5 posted on 06/08/2011 7:49:58 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: PGR88

my 1999 Yukon will be my last


6 posted on 06/08/2011 7:52:11 AM PDT by NativeSon
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To: napscoordinator

WTF do you expect. This guy spent his entire career in the telecom business. Probably doesn’t even know where to put the gas in in any of “his” products.


7 posted on 06/08/2011 7:54:18 AM PDT by technically right
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To: SeekAndFind
http://www.gm.com/contact-us
8 posted on 06/08/2011 7:56:17 AM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dan, you’re a moron.


9 posted on 06/08/2011 7:56:17 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: SeekAndFind; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; ...
RE :"By taxing production, Akerson refers to the effort to raise the CAFE standards for average fuel efficiency. The Obama administration wants to push US automakers to stop producing so-called gas guzzlers, pushing the average efficiency to as high as 62 MPG by 2025. Akerson says that will add $3500 to the average price of cars, which will put US automakers in poor competitive position against their imported competition."

Ideally, I could see replacing the income tax with a gasoline (energy) tax increase but liberals want both taxes, and many voters prefer the idea that someone else pays so a gas tax is generally unpopular. Short term such a move wouldnt help the economy at all but it would long term.

My view on taxes : make them visible and make 'everyone' pay them, not just a small % of public. You want voters to learn that all the spending they demand comes at a cost TO THEM.

10 posted on 06/08/2011 7:57:13 AM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: SeekAndFind

Bought a car last month....guess what brand was so off my radar I forgot to boycott it?


11 posted on 06/08/2011 7:57:46 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: SeekAndFind

General Motors needs to do the marketplace a favor:

DIE!

This Akerson is another James Taggart.


12 posted on 06/08/2011 7:58:06 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (FUBO, the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: napscoordinator
Ford is not really any better with regards to reliability.

My 1997 Ford Escort with 250,000 miles on it that gets 30-35 mpg begs to differ ;^)

13 posted on 06/08/2011 7:58:42 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Pure brilliance. How about a 50% tax on pizza to encourage the consumption of healthier food? Maybe an X-box or Nintendo tax to encourage physical activity for youths? Wow, the possibilities are endless.


14 posted on 06/08/2011 7:59:23 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: SeekAndFind

It is so easy to tell the average taxpayers to pay more in taxes when you are rolling in the dough with your million dollar paychecks. A huge increase would not even be noticed by you. Government Motors JERK!


15 posted on 06/08/2011 8:01:13 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: SeekAndFind

We will still hate the Volt


16 posted on 06/08/2011 8:02:41 AM PDT by D Rider
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To: SeekAndFind

Who’s up for a dollar more on gas? Our communists black Muslim King, that is who. Why stop there? Make it 10 a gallon and the civil war will start.


17 posted on 06/08/2011 8:04:03 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Gabz

Do keep in mind that Bill Ford also wants higher gas taxes.


18 posted on 06/08/2011 8:04:20 AM PDT by whd23 (Every time a link is de-blogged an angel gets its wings.)
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To: PGR88
Another reason to officially BOYCOTT GM

Politicians and CEO's combining to take away all choices except for the "choices" they want us to make. People get sick of the gasoline and electric car games and choose to go to natural gas? Natural gas will soon see some piece of legislation increasing its cost.

This game is getting sick.
19 posted on 06/08/2011 8:09:25 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty ("You're a different kind of special..........")
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To: SeekAndFind

GM invites you to let them know what you are thinking. Drop them a line at:

http://www.gm.com/toolbar/contactUs.html


20 posted on 06/08/2011 8:09:44 AM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Task 1: Accomplished, Task 2: Hold them Accountable!)
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To: Right Brother

Also, a tax on UNwed parents....


21 posted on 06/08/2011 8:09:44 AM PDT by goodnesswins (...both islam and the democrat plantation thrive on poverty)
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To: PGR88

Two out of my 5 vehicles are GM (a Chevy and a Saturn), but they’ve been paid off for a long time. Until they get self serving oligarchs like this moron outta there, I’ll never buy another GM product (and I get supplier discounts).


22 posted on 06/08/2011 8:11:29 AM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.....Eagle Scout since Sep 9, 1970)
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To: SeekAndFind

To: Dan Akerson
From: Concerned Voter

Subject: Purposed $1 per gallon tax hike

Dear Mr. Akerson,

It’s come to my attention that you’re advocating additional fuel taxes to subsidize vehicles your company makes and no one wants to buy. I suspect you’ve been studying the principles of Marx and Mao and believe this is best for your company.

Sir, my response to you is quite simple....F YOU!

Signed,

Current and future Honda owner.....


23 posted on 06/08/2011 8:12:00 AM PDT by ATLDiver
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To: SeekAndFind

What is another dollar a gallon, when you make $9 million a year?


24 posted on 06/08/2011 8:13:44 AM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Conversation went something like this:

Obama calls his lackey at GM.

“You have 6 months to increase sales of Volts or you’re out”.

Obama lackey at GM calls marketing:

“You have 2 days to figure out how I can increase sales of Volts or you’re out!”.

Marketing calls back later that day: Boss there’s no way we can do that unless the price of gas goes way up, like a dollar a gallon!

Obama lackey thinks for a moment; calls a press conference.


25 posted on 06/08/2011 8:14:03 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (BUY AMERICAN. The job you save will be your son's, or your daughter's)
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To: ATLDiver

Did you really send this letter to Dan ? :)


26 posted on 06/08/2011 8:14:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: whd23

So, with people out of work and with no disposable income, this moron wants to raise gas prices so those with no money will buy cars which would cost 3500 bucks more than a normal small sized car.

Don’t think he gets it. People who still have money can probably afford the higher gas prices and won’t go out buying a tinker toy.


27 posted on 06/08/2011 8:16:47 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Sarah Palin - She’s living rent-free inside the MSM’s heads. Credited to Lurk)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey, who’s up for throwing Dan off the top of the RenCen and seeing if he bounces?

(No actual idiot car execs were harmed in the making of this post.)


28 posted on 06/08/2011 8:19:27 AM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Gabz; napscoordinator

I have a project for you. Google/Bing this phrase : ford high mileage club, then search honda/toyota high mileage club.
Look through the club list and report back the following: 1- most clubs per mfg, 2- # of members per mfg and 3- highest mileage per member.

Let me know the results.


29 posted on 06/08/2011 8:19:36 AM PDT by TheCause ("that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States")
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To: SeekAndFind
I've been putting this sticker on gas pumps:

"Somehow we have to figure
out how to boost the price of
gasoline to the [$8-$10/gal]
levels in Europe." - Barrack Obama's
Energy Secretary Steve Chu Had enough yet???)

I've sized mine to fit twelve to a sheet of bumper sticker stock...
30 posted on 06/08/2011 8:19:47 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 867 of our national holiday from reality. - Obama really isn't one of us)
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To: SeekAndFind

No but I’m tempted....Should be a template for all of us.


31 posted on 06/08/2011 8:23:47 AM PDT by ATLDiver
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To: SeekAndFind

UP YOURS first, Ackerman!


32 posted on 06/08/2011 8:24:10 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (My new business is great! I make prayer rugs w/ bombs inside. Prophets are going thru the roof!)
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To: SeekAndFind

translation: we don’t want to retool our entire production line to make 45MPG rice burners, only to have some smart-aleck competitor come along and start kicking our a*s with a line of souped-up SUV’s


33 posted on 06/08/2011 8:25:13 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: TheCause

I did. It was interesting. I did see a Ford for 400,000 miles. I saw a few high milage Honda’s and Toyota’s. That is the first time I even heard of a Ford high milage club. To be honest, if you asked the population of Americans which cars lasted the longest it would not be Ford they would claim. Toyota and Honda would be the answers. I just don’t like Ford and won’t ever buy a car. They are really pro-homo too (not that there is anything wrong with it.....lol).


34 posted on 06/08/2011 8:25:58 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: null and void

I hope it peels off easily.

It’s really uncouth to cause problems for minimum wage workers at the gas station, otherwise.


35 posted on 06/08/2011 8:26:13 AM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: SeekAndFind

Well of course. How else are you going to get the plebes to buy the Chevy Volt other than through government-enforced economic extortion?


36 posted on 06/08/2011 8:26:34 AM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: napscoordinator

Ford’s not pro-homo, that’s silly.

They did a couple ads and caught a lot of flack.

Ford is the best domestic competition to Obama fascism.

I’d say buy a Ford, it will most irritate liberals.


37 posted on 06/08/2011 8:28:24 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (BUY AMERICAN. The job you save will be your son's, or your daughter's)
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To: SeekAndFind
Facist!
38 posted on 06/08/2011 8:28:24 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (November 4, 2008 - the day America drank the Kool-Aid)
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To: Gabz; napscoordinator
My 1997 Ford Escort with 250,000 miles on it that gets 30-35 mpg begs to differ ;^)

You've got my '96 Escort beat on miles (230K so far), but I've got you beat on mileage - mine's gotten up to 42 mpg highway in the past (well above EPA est). Averages in the upper 30s.

I bought this car in Feb '96. My neighbor bought his '96 honda civic in August of that year. By the time I had my first problem with the Escort (rear window defroster switch), the neighbor had already replaced the engine in his civic.

I'll put any one of the 3 Fords I currently own up against anything foreign-made.

39 posted on 06/08/2011 8:31:01 AM PDT by LIBERTARIAN JOE (Don't blame me - I voted for Ron Paul!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I just got back from Italy and driving a rental Toyota right now. I am buying a car within the month. I have not started looking yet.....low blow on the Obama thing.....lol. For me to even go to a Ford dealership would be difficult. It would be like changing my beliefs from conservative to ultra liberal. lol. What Ford car would you recommend?


40 posted on 06/08/2011 8:31:56 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: agrarianlady

Yes, it does peel off easily and cleanly.

I am well aware of what a minimum wage worker has to put up with.

Typically a neatly done and professional looking sticker will stay on the pump for a week or so, vs a few customers for a scrawled Post-It note.


41 posted on 06/08/2011 8:35:25 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 867 of our national holiday from reality. - Obama really isn't one of us)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Second!

Ford trucks are pretty darn good for the money. Out here in the farm states there are quite a few around.

42 posted on 06/08/2011 8:41:04 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (The Sixteenth Amendment - a.k.a. - The Slavery Amendment)
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To: sickoflibs
“My view on taxes : make them visible and make ‘everyone’ pay them, not just a small % of public. You want voters to learn that all the spending they demand comes at a cost TO THEM.”

Right. And no more taxes withheld from paychecks - send everyone a quarterly bill from Uncle Sam, and another from their state.

Before long there would be a tax revolt.

43 posted on 06/08/2011 8:42:47 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: SeekAndFind

Good comments on this thread and a couple of STATIST’s that agree with the CEO...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2731262/posts


44 posted on 06/08/2011 8:43:10 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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So, the GM CEO wants a $1 per gallon increase to make his junk show a profit?

Answer: GM as a corporation must die by going through a REAL bankruptcy. If it can be restructured, perhaps it can be reborn. If not, then let Obama’s Government Motors and its UAW thugs go to Hell where their likes are appreciated.

45 posted on 06/08/2011 8:54:48 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: BlatherNaut; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; ...
RE :"Right. And no more taxes withheld from paychecks - send everyone a quarterly bill from Uncle Sam, and another from their state. Before long there would be a tax revolt."

That was what I was getting at and I have proposed the above myself many times, let me add: "..send everyone a quarterly bill from Uncle Sam which they have to mail back with a check or supply a credit card or bank account number (automatic payments) and make payment within 30 days or pay late fees."

Of course not even congressional Republicans want that. I had a freeper once tell me he didnt want the government to be forced to limit spending because Democrats might cut Republican (his) desired spending first when they have control of DC, that was a couple of years ago though 2009.

46 posted on 06/08/2011 8:59:36 AM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: SeekAndFind
Who's up for NEVER buying another GM automobile?

ME

47 posted on 06/08/2011 9:03:11 AM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: SeekAndFind
>>GM CEO: Hey’s who’s up for a one-dollar hike in federal gas tax?<<

I dunno. But hey! Who's up for some flapjacks?!


48 posted on 06/08/2011 9:03:32 AM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: SeekAndFind

How about a quick liquidation of the company and sales of it’s assets to a non-union competitor that isn’t a pet monkey of the Washington Cabal.


49 posted on 06/08/2011 9:20:27 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks. Now I have Diet Pepsi all over my keyboard and monitor.


50 posted on 06/08/2011 9:31:26 AM PDT by CarWashMan
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