It is being reported tonight that Congress is hastily slapping together a “grab bag” of legislation they think they need to pass before heading off for the Memorial Day holiday break. But as with everything in this Congress, haste to exploit the latest crise du jour is going to cost the American taxpayer yet again.
This time in the form of higher gasoline taxes – a quadrupling of the current 8 cents a barrel. This is being touted as a way to make sure there is enough money to pay for oil spills. Like the one in the Gulf of Mexico that BP is going to pay for.
President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have said they expect BP to foot the bill for the cleanup.
“Taxpayers will not pick up the tab,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday.
So of course it makes perfect sense to raise taxes on everyone in America who drives a car, rides a motorcycle, uses a lawnmower, or any other engine-driven piece of machinery that uses gasoline.
I so love the smell of hypocrisy floating on the warm, spring evening air.