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GM CEO: Customers Don't Pay High Enough Gas Tax
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/8/2011 | Tom Gantert

Posted on 06/08/2011 1:37:07 PM PDT by MichCapCon

It appears peculiar that a company would demand that government do something that hurts its customers. But that’s what many limited-government policy experts are saying after General Motors CEO Dan Akerson told the Detroit News that he wants to see the federal government raise its gas tax by as much as $1 per gallon. Akerson told the Detroit News that he’d like to see the federal gas tax hiked to get customers to be more receptive to smaller more fuel-efficient vehicles.

According to the Detroit News: “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.”

Akerson’s comments highlight a conflict of interest between General Motors’ ability to please customers and the federal government, which bailed it out and still owns 26 percent of the company, according to Sam Kazman, general counsel for the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“It’s crazy to see industry serving government rather than serving the public,” Kazman said. “Carmakers are calling for an increase in the cost of the things that drive their product – gasoline. That suggests there is something really wrong with the world.”

(Excerpt) Read more at michigancapitolconfidential.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: akerson; cars; democrats; fascistmotors; gm; governmentmotors; marxistbrotherhood; marxistcoup; obama; obamamotors; obamasminions; taxcheatparty; taxes

1 posted on 06/08/2011 1:37:10 PM PDT by MichCapCon
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To: MichCapCon

another reason to NOT buy Government Motors Vehicles...


2 posted on 06/08/2011 1:38:35 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: MichCapCon

I’ll never buy another Government Motors car. Never.


3 posted on 06/08/2011 1:38:47 PM PDT by Kozak ("It's not an Election it's a Restraining Order" .....PJ O'Rourke)
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To: Waco

isn’t that special?


5 posted on 06/08/2011 1:44:56 PM PDT by don-o (Tagline was zotted)
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To: MichCapCon

If this guy would be completely honest he’d say he wants higher gas prices but he wants the government to pay for all the gas for those who live in Detroit.


6 posted on 06/08/2011 1:44:56 PM PDT by Terry Mross (Only a SECOND party will get my vote.)
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To: MichCapCon

Dan makes $9 million, what does he care about a dollar a gallon increase.

I bet Dan doesn’t drive a Dolt.


7 posted on 06/08/2011 1:46:01 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Vaquero
another reason to NOT buy Government Motors Vehicles...

I bought a new car in the last 2 years, and specifically avoided GM and Chrysler. When talking about my purchase with typically curious friends, relatives, coworkers, I was sure to tell them exactly why I did not consider GM or Chrysler. I am running my own boycott. I estimate I got my message out to 20-25 people. If everyone would do that, the whole country would know it in a very short time.

8 posted on 06/08/2011 1:46:21 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: MichCapCon
"What's good for General Motors is good for the country."

That used to be considered condemnatory by the Leftwingtards. Now its their mantra.

9 posted on 06/08/2011 1:48:27 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: MichCapCon

Last week the wife and I purchased an Enclave. Does Akerson want us to take the car back? Maybe we should do that, and let the workers who made the Enclave know we were just doing what their boss advised us to do.


10 posted on 06/08/2011 1:50:42 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: razorback-bert

Let me get this straight, the non-governmental CEO of Government Motors (not Obama) wants to raise gas taxes $1 so that the public will be forced to buy Government Motors low end POS cars. Let’s see $40,000 for the Dolt or $22,000 and up for the $12,000 Cavalier/Cobalt replacement Cruze.


11 posted on 06/08/2011 1:52:39 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: MichCapCon

Do the elitist idiots, who we just BAILED OUT, read sign language; do they understand acronyms like GTH or GTFO or STHU? =.=


12 posted on 06/08/2011 1:53:40 PM PDT by cranked
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To: Vaquero

He wants the rest of the country to look like Detroit.


13 posted on 06/08/2011 1:54:19 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: MichCapCon

Apparantly he thinks GM can survive selling cars only to left-wingers, at least in the American market.


14 posted on 06/08/2011 1:57:28 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: RetiredTexasVet
I was literally hours from selling my '08 Mustang Bullitt (#2033) in favor of a more economical and practical Chevy Equinox.

After this - never in a MILLION years will I buy a Government Motors car again. I'll ride the damn bus first.

15 posted on 06/08/2011 1:59:15 PM PDT by liberty_lvr (Drill Gaia like a 3 am prom date)
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To: MichCapCon

Glad my Corvette is pre-Government Motors!


16 posted on 06/08/2011 2:06:58 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: PGR88

I particularly loathe Chryslers ‘Union Thug’ commercials.(I am a former Chrysler loyalty buyer....and what they have done sickens me...)

I will buy Ford till the gummint and the unions are no longer in any way shape or form in the ownership of GM or Chrysler.


17 posted on 06/08/2011 2:07:11 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Vaquero
another reason to NOT buy Government Motors Vehicles...

Yup. These guys aren't real bright.

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18 posted on 06/08/2011 2:08:27 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: liberty_lvr

This is truly Abbott and Costello whose on first. You can’t make this up.


19 posted on 06/08/2011 2:09:38 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: MichCapCon
What dan is actually saying is, “Due to my failed marxist roots and the communist president that hand picked me as ceo for this Nationalized company... we at government motors have started building electric cars... and we are so heavily invested in this pos car that no one wants... that we need to get the price of gas so high that you friggin’ rubes in rubeville will buy our turd named the volt”.

LLS

20 posted on 06/08/2011 2:35:14 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("Do you want to save America? Then start acting and THINKING like you do"!)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Do they really think that by jacking up the price of gas by another Dollar, that people will have MORE money to buy a new car with?


21 posted on 06/08/2011 2:39:26 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: MichCapCon

What does he care? He won’t notice it.


22 posted on 06/08/2011 2:45:31 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: MichCapCon

GM CEO, “If we can get our congress-critters to increase the gasoline tax to $14 a gallon, think of how many Volts we could sell!”

“Call out the flying monkeys, teamsters, and UAW!”

Mark


23 posted on 06/08/2011 2:45:48 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MichCapCon

I would happily pay a dollar more a gallon in taxes. Why? Because that would ensure that B. Obama would not be re-elected. Worth it.


24 posted on 06/08/2011 2:46:56 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

It’s amazing how lifelike he seems, if you ignore Obama’s hand up his a**.


25 posted on 06/08/2011 2:52:07 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: razorback-bert

Why is it always a-hole who make stupid statement like this.

Unemployment is over 9%, people are losing their homes, have given up looking for a job that do not exist, selling items to get money to by food with to feed their families and along comes a moron who make 9 million a year wanting to add even more burdens to joe six pack.

And by the way, when is GM going to pay the tax payers back for all the money that mac daddy gave to them.

And why is GM going to build that loser Volt is Mexico at cheap labor and still charge $50,000.00 for this POS?


26 posted on 06/08/2011 3:24:55 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: MichCapCon
I wrote GM earlier this morning. Just yesterday I was inspecting both the Chevy Equinox and the Buick Enclave. I thanked them for helping to eliminate their products from consideration. I received the following reply minutes ago...

Customer Relationship Specialist: Joan

Dear Sgt_Schultze,

Thank you for contacting the General Motors Customer Assistance Center. We appreciate you advising us of your concerns and providing us the opportunity to consider your comments for our business.

Mr. Akerson's comments regarding gas taxes were part of a far-ranging interview on energy policy and what types of market forces can move consumers toward more fuel efficient vehicles. While left unsaid in the interview, Mr. Akerson understands raising taxes more appropriately resides with policy makers.

One of the best things about America is that we have the freedom to openly discuss our personal values, ideas and beliefs. We recognize that individuals have many different views. Thank you for sharing yours with us. Your thoughts and opinions are very important to us. The opinions of our customers are always valued and considered.

So, it seems at this point, he's standing by his request for higher taxes (while realizing it is the government's job to implement them).

27 posted on 06/08/2011 6:57:03 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: MichCapCon

Another frickin tool.


28 posted on 06/08/2011 7:02:58 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Pelosi: Obamacare indulgences for sale.)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

I hear the sound of Mr. Akerson’s golden parachute starting to deploy.


29 posted on 06/08/2011 7:13:26 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Pelosi: Obamacare indulgences for sale.)
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To: Mike Darancette

Maybe that’s his plan ... looking for a quick payout.


30 posted on 06/08/2011 8:05:20 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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