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  1. #1 Congressional Democrats Pushing To RAISE Federal Gas Tax by 50% 
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    OMG: Congressional Democrats Pushing To RAISE Federal Gas Tax by 50%

    The report by the AP, which was pounced on by smaller news agencies, has received little attention by major news agencies who are seemingly obsessed with a presidential nominee.


    In perhaps the most distasteful and contrarian effort yet, stories are surfacing through news agencies this morning of a private congressional talks that would actually raise the Federal Gas Tax by approximately 50%. That's right, a 50% increase in the federal gas tax at a time when Middle Class and Lower Class Americans, along with the backbone of our economy, the trucking industry, are suffering from oil prices that have more than doubled since the beginning of 2007.


    Fueled by reports that funding for Highway projects will continue to fall short of actual costs, the AP has reported that Congressional Democrats are privately discussing and pushing for a 10 cent per gallon increase in the federal gas tax imposed upon both gasoline and diesel fuels. According to the AP, Congressional Democrats are currently writing legislation for the increase to be included in the 2009 Highway funding act. Currently the tax, which was passed to be a temporary tax, is 18.4 cents per gallon on gasoline and 23.4 cpg on diesel fuel.


    Democratic leadership is pushing for the increased taxes based upon a current shortfall in Federal Highway funding, a shortfall that will only increase as long as the current leadership continues to fail to enact legislation aimed at lowering fuel prices. Just three years ago the federal highway fund reported a budget surplus, but as oil prices have risen, so have the costs of the heavy machinery and asphalt that is used in highway projects. It is the rising cost of oil that has created the budget shortfall, and this congress apparently feels that increasing fuel prices further will magically solve the problem.


    Congressional Democratic Leadership, running on a platform of lower oil prices in 2006, has failed to enact a single piece of legislation aimed at lowering fuel prices. This summer, they have held up legislation put forth by Republican leadership aimed at increasing domestic oil production and increased funding for federal commodities regulators (the regulators who provide oversight to the "speculators"). In fact the only legislation that current Congressional leadership has pushed for is the so-called "use it or lose it bill" which would double the land-lease rates on offshore drilling.


    Middle Class Americans are being hammered at the pump and at retail checkout counters. Last month, consumer inflation rose by over 1%, driven by high oil prices. This fall consumers will face a double-whammy as they turn on their furnaces, only to find that home heating costs have also skyrocketed. Inflation is only likely to rise, as the trucking industry, the backbone of our economy, continues to reel from increased fuel prices. Yet, despite a growing concern over stagflation, congressional Democratic leadership is proposing a tax on the very product whose high prices are damaging our economy.


    The report by the AP, which was pounced on by smaller news agencies, has received little attention by major news agencies who are seemingly obsessed with a presidential nominee. It is time, that the press reports this travesty and that American people realize that the current congressional leadership is a disaster who has shown no ability to pass legislation based upon the concerns and needs of middle class Americans.

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    SANTA BARBARA: THE HORROR, THE HORROR!

    “Santa Barbara is sometimes referred to as the American Riviera. Her beautiful beaches, majestic mountains and colorful culture make Santa Barbara a premier resort destination.” (Quoted from the City of Santa Barbara home page: http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Visitor/)

    Do note that the first feature mentioned is the town’s “beautiful beaches.” Not mentioned is the fact that some of the most expensive real estate on the planet is located in and around the area.

    No, I’m not a Santa Barbara realtor. However, Santa Barbara’s beauty and prosperity put the lie to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s adamant position against offshore drilling for the life blood of American prosperity, oil. As for drilling in the waters off Santa Barbara, that would be tantamount to drilling under the Statue Of Liberty!

    In 1969, Santa Barbara suffered from one of the worst oil spills to that date when a UNOCAL oil drilling platform six miles offshore had a “blowout” which resulted in an “environmental nightmare” and sent 200,000 gallons of oil goop toward the beaches.

    Dead seals and dolphins, choked by the goop, began to wash up. Seabirds of many a variety were covered in it and over 3600 succumbed. (http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/~jeff/sb_69...articles2.html) It seems to have been an horrendous event as seen in the photos on that UCSB website and the cleanup took almost 12 days.

    The point of this retrospective? It took TWELVE DAYS for the oil company workers and volunteers to totally clean the mess! Yet, almost 40 years later, multi-millionaire Pelosi continues to harp on the horrors of drilling offshore for that life blood that keeps America alive and prospering: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/...ica/pelosi.php.

    May God forbid we have another oil spill that takes yet another 12 days to clean up! See what happened to Santa Barbara? (Long term, nothing happened.)

    As for $4 or $5 dollar gas and home heating oil, that’s irrelevant to Nancy. She has millions to keep her going and keep her warm.
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    WHY would they raise the gas tax? How do they expect to win on that platform in November?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    WHY would they raise the gas tax? How do they expect to win on that platform in November?
    Because.....they prey on the stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    WHY would they raise the gas tax? How do they expect to win on that platform in November?
    Thats my question ?
    Sounds like they think that they have a 'shoe In' With the Magic Mulatto or they are just 'Bat Shit' crazy with power ?
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    On Fox's show, this morning, with Hemmer and Kelly they had Jim DeMint and an empty chair for the eight dems they tried to get on to talk about the tax increase. It was funny!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    WHY would they raise the gas tax? How do they expect to win on that platform in November?
    Do you see much coverage of this issue?

    It's easy how they plan to win, complete control of the mainstream media. All the big anchors are following Obama hoping to be the head of the new Ministry of Truth.
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