Uncle Sam Keeping Gas Above $2/Gallon In Most States

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Hat/Tip to Joseph Rossell at Newsbusters.

You can thank you state and federal government for the fact that most of America is still paying more than two bucks a gallon for gasoline.

Subtracting state and federal taxes and fees on gasoline, the price of a gallon of gas would fall below $2 in 29 states, according to data published by the American Petroleum Institute in October 2014, and by AAA. AAA said the national average for gas dropped to $2.394 per gallon on Dec. 22. while the average state and federal gas taxes and fees averaged a whopping 49.28 cents-per-gallon, or more than 20 percent of the total price.

Of course you won’t hear about those taxes on the evening news broadcasts.

Those gas taxes, which are hidden by being incorporated into the pump price of gasoline, also went unmentioned by the broadcast network evening shows from Sept. 29 to Dec. 21.

And in typical Utopian, knee-jerk, Liberal fashion, we can NEVER have enough taxes…

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Falling prices have been good news and economic “stimulus” for drivers and retailers, yet some liberals have already started calling to raise gas taxes even higher — right now, so that consumers won’t feel it. The New American said on Dec. 17, that 67 percent of Americans oppose raising the federal gas tax. According to The Tax Foundation, the federal excise tax on gasoline is 18.4 cents-a-gallon.

Howard Gleckman, a Forbes contributor and a resident fellow at The Urban Institute, said on Nov. 11, that this was “a perfect opportunity to raise the gas tax,” because consumers “would barely notice if they had to pay a bit more now at the pump.”

CBS’s “60 Minutes” also promoted calls for higher taxes in a 14-minute segment on Nov. 23, by interviewing five people in favor of increased funding for transportation and no opponents. That night, Ray LaHood, former Secretary of Transportation, told correspondent Steve Kroft that “politicians in Washington” lacked the “political courage” to raise taxes and improve infrastructure.

Another former politician, CNBC’s “On the Money” Dec. 5, Democrat Ed Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania, said it was time to raise the gas tax in a Dec. 5, CNBC “On the Money” interview.

Rendell claimed, “Our infrastructure’s crumbling. Our roads and our bridges are in dangerous condition and it actually will save people money.” 

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