Dick Durbin: Now’s The Time To Raise The Gas Tax
Democrats controlled the Senate from the start of 2007 through just a few days ago. They could have passed legislation doing just that, particularly during the time period of 2009-2010, when they also controlled the House and the Presidency. Durbin could have submitted legislation at any time. It’s rather interesting that he is pushing this now that the GOP controls the Senate
(The Hill) Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he thinks “now is the time” to raise the gas tax, which hasn’t been touched by Congress in over 20 years.
“I think now is the time to do it, but we ought to do it in a thoughtful way,” Durbin said on Wednesday.
Huh. A “thoughtful way”.
Durbin said he wasn’t speaking for the entire Democratic caucus but noted two factors lawmakers should consider when opening up discussion on increasing the tax.
Perhaps not all, but surely 95%.
One, Durbin said, is “the most devastating impact is on lower and middle income families… so we have to find some tax relief for them if we increase that gas tax.”
“I think we can do it,” Durbin added, saying one way to shield lower income families could be through a refundable tax credit.
So, let’s raise the cost of living, then give some citizens a tax credit, which would only occur when they go through the laborious process of filing their tax returns? This is a shell game, with about as much chance of winning as when you give it a shot with a street hustler.
Second, Durbin said, new revenue generated should go to research in the Energy and Transportation Departments “so we can continue to build more fuel efficient vehicles.”
I wasn’t aware that the U.S. government actually built vehicles. My understanding is that private sector companies did this. What he is saying, though, is that lower and middle class citizens will only see a fraction back as tax credits, with most going to favored Democrat purposes.
This is typical Democrat: any excuse to raise taxes.