Is Increasing the Gas Tax Truly Politically Unpalatable?

Apr 23, 2013 Full story: www.governing.com

As the surface transportation bill nears its expiration next year, you can expect to hear plenty of discussion about how, exactly, the feds will pay for transit and highways in FY 2015 and beyond.

Last year, when Congress passed the two-year highway and transit bill, it relied on some accounting tricks to maintain level funding. But accounting wizardry won't work when the bill expires next year. At some point in 2015, the Highway Trust Fund will no longer have the funding it needs to meet all of its obligations, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates, so that leaves few options for federal lawmakers.

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“Obama Shames the USA”

Since: Apr 09

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#1 Apr 23, 2013
"The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president."___ManBearPig

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#2 Apr 23, 2013
The last thing we need is to increase funding for this govt to give away as it sees fit. Keep the money in the people's pocket and not the govt's
My president was elected by dead people!
Regards, Terri

“Obama Shames the USA”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#3 Apr 23, 2013
Obamamuslim needs more money to feed ManBearPig since Canada came out and said that their science says Global Warming is a bunch of crap.
Ronald

Long Beach, CA

#5 Apr 23, 2013
The elderly 60s 70s era radical ruling class (now in power) has built a voting majority of tax eaters and taxpayer supported Thug people for the purpose of maintaining their power over the minority of increasingly impoverished Americans who pay taxes.

The writer questions "the political palatability" of further increasing the already heavy tax burden that has been put onto the backs of the taxpaying minority, but such schemes are not limited to only one political party. The whole idea is to impose ever higher levels of taxation, but to do it in such a manner that the "other" party can be blamed.

To see the future of America, one only look to the one-time great State of California - a State the ruling class politicians have used their power of taxation to bring to economic and societal ruin.

Using moneys hard working Californians have paid at the pump in the form of confiscatory sales tax to support the State's growing number of tax eaters and taxpayer supported Thug people, the taxpayer funded highway and road maintenance funds are experiencing "shortfalls" - both at the State, as well as the federal level.

With the voting majority of tax eaters and taxpayer supported Thug voters now without any opposition, California's radical free-spending out-of-control political ruling class will lead the call for even more hard earned taxpayer money being shoveled down the federal highway maintenance - and other State and federal rat-holes - for the ultimate benefit of their wealthy political pals. The outcome of those never ending and increasingly shrill cries should be clear to all.

Ronald

“Yeah, but...”

Since: Sep 11

MILKY WAY

#6 Apr 23, 2013
If there's one thing we Americans need. it's more taxes. Particularly on the middle class. You got a job to drive to? You're lucky! Pay more so the ruling class can drive their SUVs!

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