It’s tough to understand what Obama means sometimes. Instead of confronting Arab leaders in Cairo about the problems they face with militants and that we face with terrorism he decides to thank them for inventing algerbra. That one will take a while to settle, I’m sure. But what about taxes? As we all know too well, we are in a recession. You’d think taxes are a bad thing to increase when times are tough. Apparently, the Obama administration understands this:
Mr LaHood [DOT secretary] said any increase in the federal element of fuel tax – which pays for parts of the interstate highway system – would hit the poor hardest.
“We are not going to propose any kind of an increase in the gas tax while our economy is in a state of recession and so many people are out of work,” he said.
So this is an acknowledgment that raising taxes when the economy is performing poorly is a bad idea. So why, if I may be so silly to ask, is Obama interested in raising taxes many times over through Cap-and-Trade which could cost consumers as much as $2 trillion over the next eight years?
How can you have your Department of Transportation secretary say raising taxes during a recession is bad but then have another guy (the president) say it’s okay to create a completely different kind of tax which will cost people much more?
Another thing that doesn’t make sense is a reason for Cap-and-Trade (so the Liberals say) is to discourage industrial production and driving so as to reduce carbon dioxide. Wouldn’t raising the price of gasoline be a faster, simpler way to discourage driving (and thus reduce CO2?). Again… what am I missing here?
The answer, of course, is that Cap-and-Trade has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with redistributing wealth so as to pay for socialized medicine and it’s easier to do that then to simply raise the gasoline tax which would immediately anger voters resulting in Democrats getting tossed out of office.
Yet another dishonest shell game from the Left but this time it’s going to hurt your wallet… a lot.